Chip Ganassi Racing is set to announce Ryan Briscoe as the team’s fourth driver in is expanded line-up for the 2014 IndyCar Series season.
The Australian will replace Dario Franchitti in the team’s line-up following the Scot’s enforced retirement from motorsport.
Briscoe had signed a full-time deal with Panther Racing – with whom he ran a part-time program last year – but he has secured a release from the series’ oldest-running team to take up what is arguably a more competitive drive in the championship-winning outfit.
Chip Ganassi veteran Franchitti was forced to retire from racing under medical advice in the wake of his huge accident at Houston.
Ganassi will expand to a four-car line-up in 2014, retaining the services of Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball while also hiring last year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, who joins the team from KV Racing.
For Briscoe, this will mark a full-time return to Chip Ganassi Racing. He made a one-off appearance in a fourth car at last year’s Indianapolis 500 (pictured above right), having made his debut with the team in the IndyCar Series in 2005, which was a difficult season punctuated by a huge accident at Chicagoland Speedway.
Briscoe hasn’t raced full-time in the IndyCar Series since 2012, when he raced for Team Penske.