Ryan Briscoe Fast Facts - The Milwaukee Mile
May 29, 2008
Photo courtesy IMS Photo.
Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Fast Facts:
- In 2006, Briscoe made his only start in Milwaukee. He started 17th but incurred handling issues on lap 13, which ended his day and placed him 18th.
- Last weekend in Indianapolis, Briscoe started third, but was involved in an accident on lap 171 placing him 23rd.
- Earlier this season in St. Petersburg, Briscoe started fifth and led his first laps (11) behind the wheel of the No. 6 Team Penske Dallara/Honda before clipping the wall on lap 57 ending his day and placing him 23rd.
- While the 2008 IndyCar Series season marks Briscoe’s first year driving the No. 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 No. 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 No. 7 DHL Porsche RS Spyder.
- In 2007, Briscoe participated in the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 driving the No. 12 Symantec Luczo Dragon Racing entry, with equipment that was leased from Penske Racing. He finished fifth after starting seventh. In 2005, Briscoe started 24th and finished tenth.
- In the 24 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), eight top-ten finishes and started in the top-ten eleven times.
Penske Racing at The Milwaukee Mile
- Penske Racing has earned six victories at The Milwaukee Mile with four different drivers over four decades, including: Rick Mears in 1978, 1988 and 1989; Bobby Unser in 1980; Al Unser Jr. in 1994; and Hornish Jr. in 2005.
Briscoe on the ABC Supply /A.J. Foyt 225:
“We haven’t had much luck competing at Milwaukee, but last year’s test really gave me a lot of confidence. This was the site of my first test with Team Penske, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was great to turn some laps around the track with a car that felt so comfortable, so I’m really looking forward to getting back there under race conditions.”