CHAMPCAR/CART: RuSPORT announces Briscoe for final two races

RuSPORT Announces New Driver for Final Two Races of 2006 Champ Car Season Ryan Briscoe to pilot the No. 10 RuSPORT car at Surfer's Paradise and Mexico City LOVELAND, Colo., Oct. 9, 2006 - RuSPORT announced today that Australian driver Ryan...

RuSPORT Announces New Driver for Final Two Races of 2006 Champ Car Season

Ryan Briscoe to pilot the No. 10 RuSPORT car at Surfer's Paradise and Mexico City

LOVELAND, Colo., Oct. 9, 2006 - RuSPORT announced today that Australian driver Ryan Briscoe will pilot the No. 10 RuSPORT Champ Car in the final two races of the 2006 Champ Car season, in Surfer's Paradise, Australia on Oct. 22 and Mexico City on Nov. 12. Briscoe replaces RuSPORT driver Cristiano da Matta, who was injured during a testing session at Road America on Aug. 3.

Briscoe brings a solid base of racing experience to The Champ Car World Series. He served as a test driver for Toyota's Formula 1 program from 2002-2004, competed in the Indy Racing League as a member of Target Chip Ganassi Racing in 2005, and raced in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in 2005 and 2006, winning the pole in 2005.

2006 has already been a busy year behind the wheel for Briscoe. In addition to Rolex Grand American event in Daytona, he has competed in four IRL events as a member of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, scoring two top-ten finishes, including one third place finish at Watkins Glen. Briscoe has also been racing as a member of Team Australia in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport and has already posted a successful result, finishing in third place in the first A1GP event of the 2006 season in Zandvoort, The Netherlands. A very well-rounded young driver, Briscoe most recently raced in this past weekend's Bathurst 1000, one of the premier events in the V8 Supercars Australia Series.

"I'm very excited about joining RuSPORT and competing in Champ Car," said Briscoe. "Because my official start will be in Surfer's Paradise, it will be a very special race for me. It's been my goal since the beginning of the year to race in Champ Car, and I'm with a top team, so it's a really exciting opportunity for me. I'm hoping we can get off to a quick start and get some good results right away."

"Since Cristiano's accident in August, we have spent a considerable amount of time and effort on finding the right driver for the No. 10 car," said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale. "Although we interviewed and tested several talented and capable drivers, we believe Ryan is the ideal type of driver for RuSPORT. The experience he has gained in his relatively young racing career has enabled him to become a competitive driver with a solid base of technical knowledge that we look for. RuSPORT is a team made up of very competitive people, and racing without the No. 10 car at the past three Champ Car events has been challenging for everyone here. However, the entire team is very excited to have the No. 10 car back on track in Australia and Mexico City, particularly with a driver of Ryan's caliber."

The 2006 Champ Car World Series continues with the Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfer's Paradise, Australia, October 20-22. The race will be broadcast via tape delay in the U.S. on SPEED Channel, starting at 2:00 pm ET on Oct. 22.

-credit: rusport

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Briscoe , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing