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Ryan Briscoe returning to Panther for Milwaukee IndyFest

Jun 11, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

Ryan Briscoe AP

Ryan Briscoe will return to the cockpit of the No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet for Panther Racing at this weekend’s Milwaukee IndyFest (Sat., 4 pm ET, NBC Sports Network) after racing for the team a week and a half ago in the Detroit doubleheader event.

“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 in Milwaukee,” Briscoe said in a team statement. “It’s obviously a very challenging racetrack and you need to get things right but Panther’s always had a great oval package and I’m excited to jump back into the National Guard Chevy and get back at it this weekend.”

Briscoe has made five career IZOD IndyCar Series starts at the Milwaukee Mile and won his first race in the series there in 2008 as a member of Team Penske.

In the same statement, Panther managing partner John Barnes indicated that the team was working toward landing Briscoe’s services for more IndyCar events this season that can work around his full-time commitments in the American Le Mans Series.

“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,” Barnes said.

In his first run with Panther at Detroit, Briscoe posted a result of 21st in the first Dual race (a late spin scratched a potential Top-10 result) and then finished 13th in Dual 2 after being collected in a Lap 28 multi-car pileup that was triggered by contact between Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power.

Oriol Servia, who drove the Panther car last weekend at Texas, will step back into the No. 4 for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway on June 23.

  1. AGMWorld - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    So Ryan is taking his Le Mans 24 Hours prep time to race for a unorganized team that is Panther Racing, and the team thinks that they can have a good flow using Seriva and Briscoe. Really John? Who the heck you think you are, Steve Spurrier?

    Just in case you don’t know this race fans. Steve Spurrier when he was the football coach for the Florida Gators and his short stint with the Washington Redskins. He famously like to go with a constant Quarterback rotation in the same game. Obviously, that never helped his team get a good flow of the game with this strategy. But still, Steve is very good football coach. Lol.

  2. midtec2005 - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    It would be cool if they got a shock victory. I was never very high on Briscoe, but he is a good guy, and now he’s also a bit of an underdog. Underdogs are always fun to root for 😉

  3. Jeff - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    I wonder if Panther will look at any other drivers besides Briscoe and Servia. Maybe Daly or Clauson would be good to try too.

    • midtec2005 - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      I agree, plus they are Americans… and this is the National Guard car.

  4. drylake - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    There is actually a connection between Steve Spurrier and Panther racing. Can you tell me what it is?

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