Ryan Briscoe and Pippa Mann will be back behind the wheel at the IndyCar Series’ Firestone 600 round at Texas Speedway this weekend, in another round of last-minute seat-swapping.
Briscoe, who subbed for an injured James Hinchcliffe in the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda at the Indianapolis 500 a fortnight ago, will be back behind the wheel in the Canadian’s car at this weekend’s race under lights around the 1.5-mile speedway at Fort Worth.
The Australian finished an impressive twelfth in the 500 after starting from the last row of the grid and being delayed by an early spin.
Meanwhile, the game of musical chairs – otherwise known as Dale Coyne Racing’s driver line-up – continues on its merry jaunt, with the cash-strapped team announcing that Tristan Vautier and Pippa Mann will drive for the team this weekend.
Vautier was himself a last-minute stand-in for the unwell Carlos Huertas at the 500 (having himself qualified James Davison’s car), and earned a return call-up to replace the Colombian at the following round in Detroit, where he performed impressively.
Mann will get behind the controls of the team’s #18 machine, replacing Venezuelan pay driver Rodolfo González, who underlined his limited credentials with an error-ridden weekend at Belle Isle.
Mann contested the Indianapolis 500 a fortnight ago in a third Dale Coyne entry, and was the only one of the team’s drivers to finish, placing 22nd, three laps adrift.
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