Ousted former Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe will race for the frontrunning team’s main rival, Chip Ganassi Racing, after signing a one-off deal to drive for the team at next month’s Indianapolis 500.
The four-time Indy 500-winning team will field a fourth Honda-powered entry at the world’s most famous open-wheel oval race. The Australian will drive the team’s #8 entry with backing from NTT DATA, and hope to claim back-to-back pole positions at the venue after claiming front-row honours there last year.
“I’m thrilled to join the Ganassi team for the Indianapolis 500 this year. Driving for the defending race winner – and especially with teammates that are former winners – is just incredible. There are still a lot of familiar faces on the team from when I drove for Chip in 2005, and I can’t wait to get started. I’m looking forward to a successful month.”
The announcement will mark a return to the team that gave him his very first IndyCar Series break way back in 2005. That year, he contested fourteen rounds of the championship, claiming a best race finish of tenth at Indianapolis and winning pole position at Sonoma, before a season-ending accident at Chicagoland Speedway.
More recently, Briscoe drove for the Team Penske outfit, but his last two years with the squad were wildly inconsistent and he found himself dropped from their line-up at the end of the year and has since switched to the American endurance racing scene.