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Birthdate: September 24, 1981
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
The 2009 IZOD IndyCar series season established Ryan Briscoe as one of the series’ top drivers and a title
contender. In his second full season with Roger Penske’s legendary Team Penske, Briscoe scored 3 wins and 5
poles. Briscoe took the championship fight down to the last lap of the last race of the season before finishing a
career best 3rd.
Close finishes were a theme for the Sydney, Australia native in 2009. He won by just .0162 of a second at
Kentucky Speedway in a thrilling battle with Ed Carpenter to the checkered flag, and he edged Scott Dixon at
the wire by .0077 of a second at Chicagoland Speedway for the fourth-closest finish in series history.
Briscoe has scored 5 wins and 8 poles in his, now, 3rd season with Team Penske. The 2008 season was
highlighted by his first career win at the Milwaukee Mile. Briscoe’s 1st win was also where Rick Mears scored
his first win exactly 30 years earlier. The 2008 win by Briscoe also marked Roger Penske’s 300th win as a team
owner. Also in 2008, Briscoe became the first ever Australian to win the famed street course race at Surfer’s
Briscoe’s relationship with Penske Racing began in 2007 when he drove in the American LeMans Series in the
team’s RS Spyder as a Porsche Factory Driver. That year, Briscoe and his teammate, Sascha Maasen, finished 2nd
in the championship, and Briscoe earned the ALMS Rookie of the Year award. In May of that year, he also
teamed with Luczo Dragon Racing for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500. Briscoe finished the race with a
career best 5th.
But, the past 3 years are the culmination of a remarkable comeback for Briscoe. After a promising rookie ride
with Target Chip Ganassi racing in 2005, his career took a frightening turn when he was involved in a fiery
crash at Chicagoland Speedway. Briscoe suffered several injuries, but quickly returned to the race car. In 2006,
he took part in a very diverse schedule that included starts in the IZOD IndyCar Series, Champ Car, A1GP, V8
Supercars, and the Grand-Am Series.
Briscoe began his racing career in 1993 at the age of 11 by competing in the Junior Yamaha Australian
Championship. He quickly proved his worth by winning the championship in 1994. He went on to win titles in
1995 and 1996. It was his move to Italy that proved a turning point in his career. It led to 2 more titles: the
North American and Italian karting titles in 1998 and 1999 respectively. In 2000, he made the switch from karts
to cars. Over the next 3 years, he competed all over Europe in a variety of series including Formula Renault
2000, Formula 3, and Formula 3000. In 2001 Briscoe won the Italian Formula Renault title, and in 2003, Briscoe
won the Formula 3 Euroseries title which landed him a role as a test and back-up driver for Toyota’s Formula 1
team . Briscoe was in that role until he moved to the United States in 2005.
He currently lives in Mooresville, North Carolina with his wife, Nicole and their pets Sam and Kitty.