Although Briscoe’s quest for a full-time IndyCar ride was not achieved in the off-season he learned a great deal that has helped make him both a better driver and a better person.
“It was an interesting offseason with just a few highs and lows,” Briscoe said. “It was really good because I had so much interest and feedback and a lot of people wanted to have me on board. Unfortunately finances become a problem. I don’t have money I bring to teams. It makes it a little more challenging when other drivers arrive with money and rides dry up. I look at my career as something you just never know. I’ve raced for a lot of really good people and have no regrets.
“I think it’s really cool to come back to Chip Ganassi’s team where he introduced me to American racing in 2005. I’ve made full-circle and we still have a great relationship.”
Briscoe ran 13 laps on Sunday and his best lap was his 11th trip around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a speed of 218.900 miles per hour. That was 17th fastest out of the 23 cars that made laps in practice on Sunday on a very sunny, but cool and windy Mother’s Day in Indianapolis.
“I’m certainly going to go out and do my best and try to make the most of it,” Briscoe said. “It was great to get out there. We were able to shake down the T car and the primary at the end. So we basically got through exactly what we wanted to do. Both cars feel great. The boys have done a great job preparing them both. When I went out tonight, it was like I never left driving Indy cars. It just felt normal. It feels good to be back in the groove of things and looking forward to doing more tomorrow.
“What we are going to be seeing is the first part of the week everyone will be doing race runs with lots of cars on track and a lot of drafting,” Briscoe said. “Some guys will get tow laps and post big times but when you are on the only one on the track you might see some surprises. On Friday we get the boost for qualifying and we get to switch gears a bit.
“On qualifying we will just try to go out and go fast.”