INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Briscoe has found a ride for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 May 26.
Briscoe will join Target Chip Ganassi Racing in a fourth Honda entry for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Briscoe will return to CGRT in the No. 8 NTT DATA Honda alongside three-time and reigning Indianapolis 500 Winner Dario Franchitti (No. 10 Target Honda), 2008 Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Honda) and Charlie Kimball (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda).
With the addition of Briscoe to the lineup, CGRT will be fielding entries for both the defending Indianapolis 500 polesitter and race winner when the track opens Saturday, May 11.
Briscoe started his Indy car racing career with Target Chip Ganassi Racing in 2005 when the team was a three-car effort comprised of Dixon and Darren Manning. He competed in 14 rounds in the No. 33 Target car, had a team-best finish of 10th at the Indianapolis 500 and won his first Indy car pole position at Sonoma Raceway before a season-ending accident at Chicagoland Speedway.
Briscoe won the pole at Indianapolis last year and has made seven Indy 500 starts. He has seven career IZOD IndyCar Series victories.
“To say that I’m excited for the month of May would be a huge understatement,” said Briscoe. “I’m thrilled to join the Ganassi team for the Indianapolis 500 this year. Driving for the defending race winner — and especially with teammates that are former winners — is just incredible. There are still a lot of familiar faces on the team from when I drove for Chip in 2005, and I can’t wait to get started. I’m looking forward to a successful month.”
Ganassi was pleased to bring Briscoe back to the team.
“We all know Ryan is a talented driver, having had him in our Indy car system previously,” Ganassi said. “He will get up to speed quickly because he understands the ins and outs of how we operate our race program. The opportunity to have him back in a fourth car with us alongside Dario, Scott and Charlie is big. We are excited to bring NTT DATA into our team as well. Their strong reputation coupled with their focus on IT innovation make them an ideal partner for our race program.”