Continuing its tryout of various replacements for JR Hildebrand, who was cut from the team after Indy, Panther Racing has announced that Ryan Briscoe will drive its National Guard No. 4 IndyCar at this weekend's IZOD IndyCar Series round at the Milwaukee Mile. Briscoe drove the car for the double-header at Detroit's Belle Isle but was replaced by Oriol Servia for last weekend's race at Texas. Servia will be back in the car at Iowa on June 23.
“We're excited to have Ryan Briscoe back this weekend,” Panther managing partner John Barnes said. “It was great to work with him a few weeks ago in Detroit and he obviously knows his way around the Milwaukee Mile, so we feel like we'll be able to have a good weekend in the National Guard Chevrolet. We're working on getting him signed for several other races this season, so hopefully we'll have that finalized in the short-term future.”
Briscoe took his first IndyCar win at Milwaukee with Team Penske in 2008, and finished second there in '09. He said he was eager to get another chance with Panther.
“I felt like the team gelled really well when we worked together in Detroit and I'm sure we'll be able to pick right up where we left off this weekend,” said Briscoe, who will leave following the June 15 race to continue preparations for the Le Mans 24 Hours with Level 5 Motorsports.