Ryan Briscoe St. Pete Preview

April 2, 2008

Fast Facts:

  • In 2005 in St. Petersburg, Briscoe started tenth and led a race-high 43 laps before an accident ended his race on lap 92.  
  • Last weekend in Miami, Briscoe started third and was running with the lead pack before being collected by the #23 car (Milka Duno), forcing him out of the race on lap 127.
  • While the 2008 IndyCar Series season marks Briscoe’s first year driving the #6 Team Penske Dallara/Honda; this is the second year the 26 year-old Australian has driven for Penske Racing.  In 2007, Briscoe shared driving responsibilities with teammate Sascha Maassen for the #6 DHL Porsche RS Spyder in the American LeMans Series for Penske Racing, where he earned Rookie of the Year honors.
  • The duo of Briscoe and Maassen earned three victories (St. Petersburg, Salt Lake City and Lime Rock);  two poles (Belle Isle and Laguna Seca) and finished second in the Championship.  Their teammates, Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard, earned the Championship for Penske Racing behind the wheel of the #7 DHL Porsche RS Spyder. 
  • Last May, Briscoe drove the #12 Symantec Luczo Dragon Racing entry, with equipment that was leased from Penske Racing, in the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race where he earned a fifth-place finish after starting seventh.
  • In the 20 IndyCar Series events Briscoe has driven to date, he’s earned one pole (Sonoma – 2005), two top-five finishes (Watkins Glen – 2006; and Indianapolis – 2007), six top-ten finishes and started in the top-ten eight times.

Penske Racing on Road/Temporary Street Circuits:

  • Penske Racing has earned 51 of its 134 race wins on permanent road/temporary street course, including the last two seasons in St. Petersburg.  The Team’s victory in St. Petersburg in 2006 marked their first permanent road/temporary street course win since the IndyCar Series began racing on non-oval circuits in 2005.

Did You Know?

  • In 2005, Briscoe led his first career IndyCar Series laps in St. Petersburg when he led the field three times for a total of 43 laps.

Briscoe on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:

“I think St. Petersburg is going to be a really exciting race. Especially with the recent merger, I think we'll see a lot of Champ Car guys running up front.  I think it's definitely going to be a challenge to get in that fast six during qualifying.  I’m optimistic about this weekend, as I led my first career IndyCar laps here in 2005, and I won last year’s ALMS race in St. Petersburg.  Plus, with Team Penske's winning record there, I definitely hope to build upon Helio's success (Castroneves has won the last two years).”