Ryan Briscoe looks to be the odd man out at Team Penske if the IZOD IndyCar Series squad is forced to cut back from three cars to two next year, due to lack of sponsorship.
Team Penske boss Tim Cindric admitted earlier this month that the team would be hard-pressed to continue to run three cars full time in 2012, due to the start-up costs associated with the new cars and engines coming on line next season. Will Power is understood to have already re-signed with the team, and Helio Castroneves is also expected to return. Briscoe's agent, Max Angelelli, admitted to the Indianapolis Star that Briscoe's return with the team was questionable, although he was still hopeful that the Australian would be able to keep his seat.
"Roger (Penske) and Tim Cindric have been really good to us, especially this year," Angelelli said. "Roger wrote the check for Ryan (this season). I have to wait to give them a chance to see."
Angelelli told the Star he and partner Wayne Taylor, who own a Grand-Am Rolex Series team, considered fielding an IndyCar program next year but decided it wasn't financially feasible.