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Briscoe Not Done Yet with Open-Wheel Racing

2012 Indianapolis 500 polesitter Ryan Briscoe is preparing for his fourth tour of duty with Chip Ganassi Racing, but his choice of vehicle is decidedly different than anything he’s driven for the defending Verizon IndyCar Series champions.

The 34-year-old Australian was drafted into the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team this season to pilot the No. 5 Honda after James Hinchcliffe’s accident, and reminded everyone of his talent by placing 18th in the championship despite only competing in half of the 16 races on the schedule. 

Before stepping into Hinch’s seat, Briscoe recorded an impressive start to the year by winning the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring sports car races for the factory Corvette Racing team, and with Ganassi moving into the same class on behalf of Ford, his old team came calling. 

Briscoe got his IndyCar start with Ganassi in 2005, returned for the 2013 Indy 500, then ran the entire 2014 season with the team, and now he’ll saddle up on a Ford GT coupe for 2016, but it doesn’t mean he’s done with open-wheel racing. 

“I haven’t closed any doors, for sure,” he said. “For the near future, the priority is Ford and the GT program, so it rules out any full-time IndyCar stuff.” 

And what if a team comes calling around the Month of May—possibly even the team he’s driving for in sports cars?

“I feel I’m young enough and fit enough and have all the rest of it to fight for wins in IndyCar,” he continued. “Racing for Ford is my primary priority, no question, but there aren’t many conflicts with sports cars and IndyCar races next year …”

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