Ryan Briscoe

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Ryan Briscoe
Ryan Briscoe 2010 Indy 500 Practice Day 7.JPG
Briscoe at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2010.
Nationality Australia Australian
Born (1981-09-24) 24 September 1981 (age 33)
2014 IndyCar Series
Debut season 2005
Former teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (2006)
Luzco-Dragon Racing (2007)
Team Penske (2008–2012)
Ganassi Racing (2005, 2013, 2014)
Starts 130
Wins 8
Poles 13
Fastest laps 10
Best finish 3rd in 2009
Ryan Briscoe
American Le Mans Series
Years active 2007, 2008, 2013
Teams Penske
Level 5 Motorsports
Car no. 551
Starts 22
Wins 8 (6 class, 2 outright)
Poles 0
Fastest laps 2
Best finish 3rd (LMP2) in 2007
Previous series
2001
2002
2003
2006
Italian Formula Renault
Formula 3000 and German F3
Formula Three Euroseries
Champ Car World Series
Championship titles
2001
2003
Italian Formula Renault
Formula Three Euroseries

Ryan Briscoe (born 24 September 1981) is an Australian auto racing driver from Sydney who has raced open wheel and sports cars in Europe and America. He is currently a free agent.

In addition to his native English, Briscoe speaks Italian and French. He attended Trinity Grammar School in Summer Hill, Sydney, Australia.

He is married to ESPN motorsport reporter Nicole Briscoe (née Manske), whom he wed in 2009.

Career biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

Like many auto racing drivers, he started his career in karting, first racing in 1993. After winning Australian, North American and Italian championships, he moved to Formula Renault in 2000. He won the Italian Championship in 2001 (winning 5 races) and finished 4th running a limited schedule in the Eurocup (with 2 wins in 6 races). In 2002, he became test driver for the Toyota Formula One constructor. He started that year racing in the Formula 3000 series, but struggled and left his ride after 7 races. He finished the year in the German Formula 3 series, taking 3 podiums in the last 6 rounds. He won the Formula Three Euroseries in 2003 (winning 8 races in the process). He became the Toyota F1 team's 'third' driver (i.e., drove the team's test car on Fridays at Grands Prix) for the last third of the 2004 season, after previous third driver Ricardo Zonta was called up to replace Cristiano da Matta.

2005[edit]

There were rumors[1] that Briscoe was set to race for the Jordan Grand Prix F1 team in 2005, due to the team's acquisition of Toyota power. Instead, Briscoe raced for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in the Indy Racing League,[1] including a 10th place finish in the Indianapolis 500. He also made his Rolex Grand-Am début with Ganassi at the 24 Hours of Daytona. He took pole position at Sears Point, but struggled on the ovals and was involved in several crashes.

On 11 September 2005 he was involved in a violent crash at Chicagoland Speedway, breaking both clavicles among other injuries. His car climbed on top of the Red Bull entry driven by Alex Barron and went airborne into the catch fencing above the retaining wall and snapping in two. He was released from the hospital on 19 September and following some initial treatment in the USA, moved to the specialist Formula Medicine facility in Viareggio, Italy, for the bulk of his rehabilitation. It took 8 weeks for Briscoe to recover from the injuries he sustained in the crash. His official web site announced his return to the USA on 14 November 2005.

2006[edit]

Briscoe was dropped by Ganassi for 2006, replaced by 2005 IRL champion Dan Wheldon. During the winter, he tested with fellow Australian and Champ Car owner Kevin Kalkhoven's PKV Racing team. Briscoe also tested for the Mi Jack Conquest team. Briscoe competed in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona with 2005 Champions Wayne Taylor, Max Angelelli and Emmanuel Collard, but the team withdrew due to accident damage before Briscoe's turn to drive.

Ryan Briscoe waits for a qualification attempt at Indy in 2007

In 2006, Briscoe was announced as an endurance driver for Holden Racing Team, set to partner Jim Richards at the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000. He also drove in the A1 Grand Prix race at Laguna Seca in the USA for A1 Team Australia, scoring three points. At the Indy 500 he was a surprise late driver of the #48 car for A. J. Foyt Racing – the deal was so late he was still having his seat fitting with less than half an hour of Bump Day qualifying left, and he never got out on the track to attempt a qualifying run. He returned to the IRL the following week and drove the #5 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara to a third place finish at Watkins Glen International, a road course. He returned to the Dreyer & Reinbold team on a three race deal for the short speedways in the second half of the season, but recorded DNF's in 2 of his 3 races with the team. He then was tabbed to replace the injured Cristiano da Matta in the final two races of the Champ Car season for the RuSPORT team, including his home country's race at Surfers Paradise.

2007[edit]

Briscoe signed a deal to drive for Penske Racing's Porsche LMP2 car in the American Le Mans Series and was named to a ride in the Indy 500 in a car owned by Stephen J. Luczo and Jay Penske with equipment leased from defending '500' champion Penske Racing.

Driving the #12 Symantec Luczo Dragon Racing machine, Briscoe qualified 7th with a four lap average speed of 224.410. In the race on 28 May 2007, he completed all 166 laps before the race was called due to a driving rain. Briscoe finished 5th amongst the 33 participants earning him $302,305 and 30 driver points.

2008–2012: Team Penske[edit]

Briscoe at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2008.

Ryan Briscoe signed to drive for Penske's IndyCar team as a race driver for the 2008 IndyCar Series season, replacing the former driver Sam Hornish, Jr., who started racing full–time in Penske's NASCAR team in 2008.

Briscoe knocked himself out of the Indianapolis 500 along with Danica Patrick when Briscoe came out of the pits and ran into Patrick tearing up her suspension and tearing the front end of Briscoe's car. Patrick and Briscoe were fined $100,000 and placed on probation at the end of the 2008 season.[2]

Briscoe earned his first career win at Milwaukee the week after Indy, holding off Scott Dixon and avoiding a late crash involving Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, and Vitor Meira. Briscoe became the sixth driver in IndyCar history to score his first win while driving for Penske, following Mark Donohue (in 1971), Tom Sneva (1975), Rick Mears (1978), Paul Tracy (1993), and teammate Hélio Castroneves (2000). He followed up his first career win with a victory, shortly after the halfway point of the season, at the Honda 200 on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Briscoe also became the first Australian to claim victory at the Surfers Paradise Indy event on 26 October 2008, after countryman and favorite, Will Power, crashed out early in the race.

In sportscars, Briscoe continued to drive for Penske Racing in the American Le Mans Series. Briscoe scored his only class victory that year at Petit Le Mans, winning with fellow Indycar driver Helio Castroneves.

Briscoe at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2009.

2013[edit]

At the beginning of 2013, Ryan Briscoe was unable to secure an Indycar ride; instead, he was hired by Level 5 Motorsports to drive an HPD ARX-03b in the P2 class of the 2013 12 Hours of Sebring. Briscoe won the race with Scott Tucker and Marino Franchitti, his first ALMS P2 class win since 2008. Later, just before the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Level 5 announced it had signed Briscoe on as a full-season P2 driver with Tucker.[3]

Just before the 2013 Grand Prix of Alabama, Chip Ganassi Racing announced they had signed Ryan Briscoe to return to the team for the Indy 500 as a 3rd driver.[4]

Following the 2013 Indianapolis 500, Panther Racing announced that it had signed Briscoe to replace J. R. Hildebrand in the #4 National Guard car from Detroit onward.

2014[edit]

Following Dario Franchitti's retirement, Tony Kanaan moved from a planned fourth Ganassi Racing car, and Briscoe took over the #8 NTT Data car from Kanaan. He finished 11th in the points and failed to finish on the podium. He parted ways with Ganassi at the end of the season, as the No. 8 car needed more funding to continue. [5]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Italy Prema Powerteam 1 0 0 0 0 16 17th
2001 Formula Renault 2000 Italy Prema Powerteam 10 5 3 1 7 226 1st
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup 6 2 1 2 3 102 4th
German Formula Three 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
French Formula Three 1 0 0 0 1 0 NC†
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2002 German Formula Three Prema Powerteam 12 0 0 0 3 16 13th
International Formula 3000 7 0 0 0 0 0 NC
French Formula Three 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Italian Formula Three 1 0 0  ? 0 0 NC†
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2003 Formula 3 Euro Series Prema Powerteam 20 8 4 5 10 110 1st
British Formula Three 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 1 1 N/A 3rd
2004 Formula One Panasonic Toyota Racing Test driver
2005 IndyCar Series Target Chip Ganassi Racing 14 0 1 1 0 232 19th
Rolex Sports Car Series CompUSA Chip Ganassi 1 0 0 0 0 24 68th
2005–06 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Australia 4 0 0 0 1 51 13th
2006 IndyCar Series Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 4 0 0 0 1 83 21st
Champ Car World Series RuSPORT 2 0 0 0 0 17 21st
Rolex Sports Car Series SunTrust Racing 2 0 0 0 2 62 61st
V8 Supercar Holden Racing Team 2 0 0 0 0 120 58th
2006–07 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team Australia 6 0 0 0 1 25 13th
2007 American Le Mans Series – LMP2 Penske Racing 12 3 1 5 9 186 3rd
IndyCar Series Luczo-Dragon Racing 1 0 0 0 0 30 24th
2008 IndyCar Series Team Penske 17 2 3 4 5 447 5th
American Le Mans Series – LMP2 4 1 1 1 1 53 10th
Rolex Sports Car Series 1 0 0 0 1 30 46th
2009 IndyCar Series Penske Racing 17 3 4 5 11 604 3rd
Rolex Sports Car Series 1 0 0 0 0 25 41st
2010 IndyCar Series Penske Racing 17 1 3 1 3 482 5th
V8 Supercar Holden Racing Team 3 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2011 IndyCar Series Penske Racing 17 0 0 0 4 364 6th
Rolex Sports Car Series SunTrust Racing 1 0 0 0 0 27 26th
V8 Supercar Holden Racing Team 2 0 0 0 0 108 72nd
2012 IndyCar Series Penske Racing 15 1 2 1 3 370 6th
V8 Supercar Holden Racing Team 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2013 American Le Mans Series – P2 Class Level 5 Motorsports 8 6  ?  ?  ? 125 5th
IndyCar Series Chip Ganassi Racing
Panther Racing
7 0 0 0 0 100 26th
V8 Supercar Endurance Cup Holden Racing Team 4 0 0 0 1 216 7th
2014 IndyCar Series Chip Ganassi Racing 18 0 0 1 0 461 11th

† – As Briscoe was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2002 Coca-Cola Nordic Racing INT
12
IMO
13
CAT
12
A1R
17
MON
Ret
NÜR
Ret
SIL
12
MAG HOC HUN SPA MNZ 23rd 0

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2003 Prema Powerteam Dallara F303/008 Spiess-Opel HOC
1

1
HOC
2

1
ADR
1

5
ADR
2

1
PAU
1

1
PAU
2

2
NOR
1

4
NOR
2

Ret
LMS
1

3
LMS
2

Ret
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

7
A1R
1

1
A1R
2

1
ZAN
1

17
ZAN
2

1
HOC
3

17
HOC
4

1
MAG
1

14
MAG
2

14
1st 110

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Chassis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 WDC Points
2004 Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF104 AUS
MAL
BHR
SMR
ESP
MON
EUR
CAN
USA
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
TD
BEL
TD
ITA
TD
CHN
TD
JPN
*
BRA
TD

* Was entered as Third Driver, but did not run due to bad weather.

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 A1 Team Australia GBR
SPR

GBR
FEA

GER
SPR

GER
FEA

POR
SPR

POR
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

UAE
SPR

UAE
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

IDN
SPR

IDN
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

USA
SPR

10
USA
FEA

8
CHN
SPR

9
CHN
FEA

3
13th 51
2006–07 NED
SPR

13
NED
FEA

3
CZE
SPR

CZE
FEA

CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

MYS
SPR

12
MYS
FEA

17
IDN
SPR

6
IDN
FEA

10
NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

13th 24

American open wheel results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2005 Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz Toyota HMS
20
PHX
19
STP
14
MOT
12
INDY
10
TXS
12
RIR
21
KAN
21
NSH
8
MIL
DNS
MCH
10
KTY
13
PPIR
20
SNM
19
CHI
22
WGL
FON
19th 232
2006 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda HMS STP MOT INDY
WGL
3
TXS RIR KAN NSH
9
MIL
18
MCH KTY SNM
16
CHI 21st 83
2007 Luczo-Dragon Racing Dallara Honda HMS STP MOT KAN INDY
5
MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO MCH KTY SNM DET CHI 24th 30
2008 Team Penske Dallara Honda HMS
19
STP
23
MOT1
9
LBH1
KAN
7
INDY
23
MIL
1
TXS
3
IOW
7
RIR
15
WGL
12
NSH
23
MDO
1
EDM
6
KTY
7
SNM
2
DET
9
CHI
3
SRF2
1
5th 447
2009 Team Penske Dallara Honda STP
1
LBH
13
KAN
4
INDY
15
MIL
2
TXS
2
IOW
2
RIR
19
WGL
2
TOR
2
EDM
4
KTY
1
MDO
2
SNM
2
CHI
1
MOT
18
HMS
2
3rd 604
2010 Team Penske Dallara Honda SAO
14
STP
3
ALA
6
LBH
8
KAN
6
INDY
24
TXS
1
IOW
4
WGL
2
TOR
18
EDM
4
MDO
6
SNM
4
CHI
11
KTY
24
MOT
4
HMS
4
5th 482
2011 Team Penske Dallara Honda STP
18
ALA
21
LBH
2
SAO
3
INDY
27
TXS
6
TXS
3
MIL
11
IOW
6
TOR
7
EDM
10
MDO
16
NHM
8
SNM
3
BAL
14
MOT
20
KTY
8
LVS3
C
6th 364
2012 Team Penske Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
5
ALA
14
LBH
7
SAO
25
INDY
5
DET
16
TXS
3
MIL
14
IOW
18
TOR
19
EDM
8
MDO
7
SNM
1
BAL
2
FON
17
6th 370
2013 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12 Honda STP
ALA
LBH
SAO
INDY
12
26th 100
Panther Racing Chevrolet DET
21
DET
13
TXS
MIL
15
IOW
POC
14
TOR
22
TOR
DNS
MDO
SNM
17
BAL
HOU
HOU
FON
2014 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
10
LBH
17
ALA
11
IMS
6
INDY
18
DET
15
DET
10
TXS
9
HOU
12
HOU
8
POC
4
IOW
9
TOR
12
TOR
11
MDO
8
MIL
6
SNM
17
FON
7
11th 461
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.
3 The Las Vegas Indy 300 was abandoned after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
9 4 124 13 8 20 36 0 0
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes.
*** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2005 Panoz Toyota 24 10 Chip Ganassi Racing
2007 Dallara Honda 7 5 Luczo-Dragon Racing
2008 Dallara Honda 3 23 Team Penske
2009 Dallara Honda 2 15 Team Penske
2010 Dallara Honda 4 24 Team Penske
2011 Dallara Honda 26 27 Team Penske
2012 Dallara Chevrolet 1 5 Team Penske
2013 Dallara Honda 23 12 Chip Ganassi Racing
2014 Dallara Chevrolet 30 18 Chip Ganassi Racing

Champ Car[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2006 RuSPORT LBH
HOU
MTY
MIL
POR
CLE
TOR
EDM
SJO
DEN
MTL
ROA
SRF
11
MXC
14
21st 17

Touring/Sports Car Racing[edit]

(Races in bold indicate pole position)

Rolex Sports Car Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class)

Rolex Sports Car Series results
Year Team Make Engine Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points Position
2005 Ganassi Racing Riley Lexus DP DAY
7
HOM CAL LAG CMT WAT1 BAR WAT2 DAY2 MDO PHX WAT3 VIR MEX 24 68th
2006 SunTrust Racing Riley Pontiac DP DAY
Ret
MEX HOM LBH VIR LAG PHX LRP WAT1
3
DAY2 BAR WAT2
2
INF MIL
62 61st
2008 Penske-Taylor Racing Riley Pontiac DP DAY
3
HOM MEX VIR LAG LRP WAT MDO DAY2 BAR CGV WAT2 INF NJ MIL 30 46th
2009 Penske Racing Riley Porsche DP DAY
6
VIR NJ LAG WAT MDO DAY2 BAR WAT2 CGV MIL HOM 25 41st
2011 SunTrust Racing Dallara Chevrolet DP DAY
5
HOM BAR VIR LRP LAG WAT1 MDO DAY2 NJ WAT2 CGV MIL 27 26th
2012 SunTrust Racing Corvette DP Chevrolet DP DAY
Ret
BAR HOM NJ DET MDO ROA WAT1 INDY WAT2 CGV LAG LRP NC

V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 Final Pos Points
2006 HRT Holden VZ Commodore ADL
PUK
BRG
WIN
HDV
QLR
ORP
SAN
21
BAT
Ret
SUR
SYM
BAH
PHI
58th 120
2010 HRT Holden VE Commodore YMC
R1

YMC
R2

BHR
R3

BHR
R4

ADE
R5

ADE
R6

HAM
R7

HAM
R8

QLD
R9

QLD
R10

WIN
R11

WIN
R12

HDV
R13

HDV
R14

TOW
R15

TOW
R16

PHI
R17

BAT
R18

25
SUR
R19

Ret
SUR
R20

7
SYM
R21

SYM
R22

SAN
R23

SAN
R24

SYD
R25

SYD
R26

NC 0 +
2011 HRT Holden VE Commodore YMC
R1

YMC
R2

ADE
R3

ADE
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

QLD
R18

PHI
R19

BAT
R20

SUR
R21

11
SUR
R22

23
SYM
R23

SYM
R24

SAN
R25

SAN
R26

SYD
R27

SYD
R28

72nd 108
2012 HRT Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

SYM
R3

SYM
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

PHI
R10

PHI
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

SMP
R18

SMP
R19

SAN
Q

SAN
R20

BAT
R21

SUR
R22

4
SUR
R23

5
YMC
R24

YMC
R25

YMC
R26

WIN
R27

WIN
R28

SYD
R29

SYD
R30

NC 0 +
2013 HRT Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

SYM
R3

SYM
R4

SYM
R5

PUK
R6

PUK
R7

PUK
R8

PUK
R9

BAR
R10

BAR
R11

BAR
R12

COTA
R13

COTA
R14

COTA
R15

COTA
R16

HID
R17

HID
R18

HID
R19

TOW
R20

TOW
R21

QLD
R22

QLD
R23

QLD
R24

WIN
R25

WIN
R26

WIN
R27

SAN
Q

23
SAN
R28

9
BAT
R29

17
SUR
R30

5
SUR
R31

3
PHI
R32

PHI
R33

PHI
R34

SYD
R35

SYD
R36

35th 516

+ Not Eligible for points
* Season still in progress

American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final Pos Points
2007 Penske Porsche RS Spyder
Porsche MR6 3.4L V8
SEB
23/8
STP
3/1
LGB
2
HOU
4/3
MMP
1
LMR
1
MDO
2
ROA
4/2
MOS
3/2
DET
9/7
ATL
7/5
LAG
4/2
3rd 186
2008 Penske Porsche RS Spyder Evo
Porsche MR6 3.4L V8
SEB
Ret
STP LGB MMP LMR MDO ROA MOS DET
5
ATL
6/1
LAG
6/5
16th 53
2013 Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03b
Honda HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6
SEB
6/1
LNB
28/3
MON
3/1
LIM
3/1
MOS AME BAL
Ret
COTA
3/1
VIR
3/1
PET
2/1
5th 125

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2013 United States Level 5 Motorsports United States Scott Tucker
United Kingdom Marino Franchitti
HPD ARX-03b-Honda LMP2 242 NC NC

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Felipe Massa
Italian Formula Renault champion
2001
Succeeded by
José María López
Preceded by
Tristan Gommendy (French series)
Gary Paffett (German series)
Formula 3 Euro Series champion
2003
Succeeded by
Jamie Green