Things that make you go “hmm”

Posted by Iannucci | 3/26/2007 | 4 comments »
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This weekend’s racing festival on the streets of St. Pete features not just an IndyCar race, but also two Indy Pro races and an ALMS race. As many of you know, a few of the more prominent ICS teams have ALMS teams that will be competing. Teams like Penske Racing.

Take a peek the Penske Racing site and hover over the “American Le Mans” button. Notice that one of those listed drivers is a former IndyCar series driver. Someone who is still relatively young but has 19 career starts. Someone who managed to take a D&R car to the podium at Watkins Glen last year.

Could Ryan Briscoe be the guy set to replace Sam Hornish Jr? Just asking.


  1. Anonymous // March 26, 2007 4:17 PM  

    Um, I don't think Briscoe likes the ovals. He wrecked a bunch of cars for Target and got up into the fence in Chicagoland. He's a good road course driver, though. I wouldn't read to much into it. If Hornish's seat comes open, Penske will be flooded with calls. He'll have his pick of drivers.

  2. Iannucci // March 26, 2007 5:07 PM  

    Yeah, I've heard Briscoe isn't hip to ovals, but consider three things.

    1) The ovals in a Penske Honda would be more manageable than they were in his previously over-trimmed out Ganassi Toyota.

    2) There are more road courses coming, partailly due to The Captain's influence.

    3) Penske seems more likely to have a guy in mind should Sam go than to hold an open audition.

    I just find it interesting that Briscoe is already in the stable.

  3. Johnny // March 27, 2007 8:42 AM  

    Where's Hornish going? If you're still thinking NASCAR, I dunno. He hasn't been a huge success over there so far.

  4. Anonymous // March 27, 2007 12:43 PM  

    I've always thought Briscoe to be a VERY capable driver, and thought Chip gave up on him a bit too fast. How this guy isn't in a car and Darren Manning is, I don't understand at all. Needless to say if Hornish goes to the tin tops, this is the guy he wants.