Despite recent speculation suggesting that Ryan Briscoe could take over the seat at Andretti Autosports left vacant after Dan Wheldon’s tragic death, the Australian has been re-signed by Team Penske for the 2012 IndyCar season.
There had been some suggestions that Briscoe’s place in the three-car team was in doubt, but team officials have confirmed that the former Toyota F1 test driver will remain on board as part of an unchanged line-up.
He will partner compatriot Will Power and Brazilian driver Hélio Castroneves at the team, which will run Chevrolet engines next year.
“The combination of Helio, Ryan and Will has been a formidable one on the track and they work very well together as team-mates,” Penske president Tim Cindric said.
“Our goal all along has been to continue running three cars and thanks to our terrific partners, we have been able to make everything work from the business side.
“Now, all of our focus will be on developing the new Chevrolet IndyCar and getting ready for a strong return to the track in 2012.”
Briscoe finished a disappointing sixth overall in this year’s Championship standings – often being unable to run at the pace of his team-mates – and achieved four podium finishes.
His last IndyCar win came at Texas in 2010.
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