Panther Racing has announced that Ryan Briscoe will drive its No. 4 National Guard Chevy for this weekend's Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit. The Australian replaces JR Hildebrand, whose contract with the team was terminated earlier in the day.
Briscoe, a seven-time IndyCar race winner, spent most of the past five seasons with Team Penske after making his IndyCar Series debut with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2005. He was out of a regular drive this year, but drove for Ganassi in last weekend's Indianapolis 500, where he finished 12th in the No. 8 NTT DATA entry.
“We couldn't be happier to have Ryan Briscoe join Panther Racing this weekend,” Panther Managing Partner John Barnes said. “He's a championship-caliber driver who's proven he can win races on any type of track in the IndyCar Series. We have no doubt he can jump right into our program and put the No. 4 National Guard Chevy at the front of the field. In his career he's gone toe-to-toe with the best drivers in this series and won a lot of races. We're all very excited that he's going to become part of our family here at Panther and look forward to getting him on the track this weekend in Detroit.”
“I'm unbelievably excited to be back in the IndyCar Series with Panther Racing and to have the opportunity to drive the National Guard Chevrolet this weekend,” Briscoe said. “I've competed against this team for a long time and it will be great to have the opportunity to work with John Barnes and the Panther guys. I'm confident we'll all work well together and be able to hit the ground running this weekend in Detroit.”