IndyCar Series driver Ryan Briscoe was the guest on the IndyCar Series teleconference on Nov. 13 to discuss his signing with Team Penske for the 2008 season. Briscoe, a 26-year-old native of Sydney, Australia, will drive the No. 6 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone. He talked about getting a second chance with a top IndyCar Series team after making selected starts over the past two seasons.
Q: Was getting back to IndyCar full-time always on your radar?
RYAN BRISCOE: "Well it's definitely been a priority of mine to try to get into the IndyCar Series again, have a shot at the Indianapolis 500 and the championship and everything. But definitely my position I'm coming from is a factory Porsche driver with Penske, it's a very good spot to be in. So it was kind of like, I was in that position knowing that maybe there could come a time where if I was doing a good enough job, then this (IndyCar Series) position could come along; but also content to be patient and keep racing in the American Le Mans Series, which is a series that's really growing and getting stronger and a lot of fun to race in. But to get this chance with Team Penske in the IndyCar Series, really, it's unbeatable. It's definitely a step forward for me in my career. "
Briscoe also talked about his relationship with his new teammate Helio Castroneves and how he expects they'll work together.
Q: How well do you know Helio, and what are you looking forward to most with working with him?
RYAN BRISCOE: "I've gotten to know Helio pretty good this year, and he's a great guy. I've got to say at Indy this year, I never asked a whole lot from him, but he was always helping out, seeing how it was going with setup and how I was feeling in the car, trying to help out as much as possible. He was really great to work with all month long. He's a real fun guy. We get along great. I've got no doubt we're going to be great teammates together. "
Q: I know you'll be turning towards Helio for lots of different kind of help with the setup of the car and the way that things happen at Team Penske, but will you also be turning to him to learn some new dance steps?
RYAN BRISCOE: "I think I'll be turning to him more for race help than dance moves. But I've been watching it pretty closely on TV and taking some notes. I'm not the best dancer out there, though, I've got to tell you.
"I'm a fan (of "Dancing With The Stars"), and it was a lot of fun (to watch him). It looks like he's enjoying it, too. I'm really pulling as much as I can for him, and hopefully, he'll make it all the way to the end."
The 2008 IndyCar Series season begins under the lights on March 29 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 16-race schedule, one of the most diverse in all of motorsports, features races on 11 ovals, three permanent road courses and two temporary street circuits, all broadcast worldwide through a comprehensive, long-term agreement with ABC Sports/ ESPN. The 2008 Indy Pro Series season also begins on March 29 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 16-race schedule, which features eight ovals and four road/street course doubleheader weekends, will be televised by ESPN2.