IndyCar race winner Ryan Briscoe will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in June with the Level 5 Motorsports squad, along with the full American Le Mans Series schedule.
Briscoe, who is without a full-time IndyCar drive this year (although he will take part in the Indianapolis 500 with Chip Ganassi Racing), made his debut with the HPD-equipped LMP2 team in last month's opener at Sebring and will now stay with the squad for the remainder of the season. That means he will be part of its two-car lineup for the remaining nine ALMS rounds, starting his weekend at Long Beach, and drive its solo HPD ARX-03b at Le Mans.
"I'm very excited about this," said Briscoe, who raced for the Penske factory Porsche team in the ALMS in 2007-'08. "I've been interested in going to Le Mans for a few years and this year was the perfect opportunity for me to go over there and get some experience.
"I'm not saying it was top of my list of priorities, but not having a full-time IndyCar drive gave me the chance to do it, and with a team that is going there to win the class. It is going to be a busy year for me, what with Le Mans, a full season in the ALMS and the Indy 500!"
Marino Franchitti, who was also part of the Level 5 line-up at Sebring, has been confirmed for Le Mans and the rest of the ALMS. Franchitti and Briscoe will each share a car with team boss Scott Tucker in the ALMS and the three will join up in the solo entry at Le Mans.