Carlos Munoz, who started and finished second in his IndyCar debut at Indianapolis for Andretti Autosport, will drive the No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto in place of the injured Ryan Briscoe.
Briscoe suffered a fracture to the distal radius bone in his right wrist in an incident during Race 1 and was not cleared to drive in the 85-lap race on the 1.7-mile, 11-turn street circuit. Surgery will be required, but he is expected to have a quick recovery.
Briscoe's No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car was collected in a lap 65 incident in Turn 5 when the Nos. 19 and 83 cars of Justin Wilson and Charlie Kimball made contact
Briscoe qualified eighth for Race 2, but because of the driver change the No. 4 car will start from the rear of the grid.
“Carlos is a tremendous young driver with a great deal of talent,” Panther Racing managing partner John Barnes said. “We're excited that he was available to drive the National Guard Chevrolet on such short notice, and I'm sure this will be a great learning experience for him. We're obviously wishing Ryan a speedy recovery, but also very happy to make the most of this opportunity with Carlos today.”
Munoz, the Firestone Indy Lights championship points leader, jumped at the opportunity.
“I have to thank John Barnes, Panther Racing and the National Guard for this opportunity,” Munoz said. “It's unfortunate that it comes as a result of Ryan being injured, but I'm excited about making the most of this opportunity. Toronto is a challenging circuit, but just watching practice and qualifications the last few days it's obvious that the National Guard Chevy is fast and I hope to help bring the team a great end to the weekend today.”