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Ryan Briscoe - Iowa Speedway IndyCar Series Preview

June 19, 2008

Photo courtesy IMS Photo.



Fast Facts:

  • Briscoe will be making his first start at Iowa Speedway on Sunday.
    Two weeks ago in Texas, Briscoe started and finished third marking his second consecutive top-three finish; he also led twice for a total of 12 laps bringing his season total of laps led to 59. 
  • Briscoe is currently in fifth place in the Championship point standings with 169 points, 35 points out of fourth place.
  • Earlier this month in Milwaukee, Briscoe earned his first IndyCar Series victory after starting 11th and leading twice for a total of 47 laps. 
  • In the 26 IndyCar Series events Briscoe has driven to date, he’s earned one win (Milwaukee – 2008), one pole (Sonoma – 2005), four top-five finishes (Watkins Glen – 2006; Indianapolis – 2007; Milwaukee and Texas - 2008), ten top-10 finishes and started in the top-10 twelve times.

Penske Racing on Short Ovals:

  • Team Penske has earned 25 of its 135 Indy car race wins (19%) on tracks that are a distance of 1-mile or shorter, including a victory at Milwaukee earlier this season. 
  • Team Penske has won five of the last ten, and eight of the last 23 IndyCar Series events on short ovals.

Did You Know?

  • Briscoe’s win in Milwaukee was Penske Racing’s 300th major race win since Roger Penske became a full-time team owner in 1966.  Of the 300 Penske Racing wins, 76 came in stock cars, 135 in Indy cars, 22 in ALMS, 30 in SCCA Trans-Am, 15 in Can-Am and one in Formula One, with the remainder made up of victories in FIA Endurance, F5000 and USRRC competition, among others.

Briscoe on the Iowa Corn Indy 250:

“I’m really excited to head to Iowa – it looks like a fun track. It’s a fast, high-banked short oval, so the racing will be similar to running on a superspeedway, but we’ll be turning on a very tight radius. I think it’s going to be one of the more physically and mentally demanding events this season and I’m certainly looking forward to the challenge.”