Briscoe Back for Corvette Racing at Petit Le Mans
Aussie star entered to drive both Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs in 1,000-mile/10-hour race
DETROIT (Sept. 26, 2014) – Ryan Briscoe will return to Corvette Racing next week for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta as the third driver in both of the team’s Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs. The Aussie star will try to help Corvette Racing and Chevrolet win for the fifth time this year in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. The annual 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance race is set for Saturday, Oct. 4.
Briscoe will be back in the Corvette C7.R for the first time since the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March, where he drove with Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in Corvette Racing’s No. 3 entry. The trio also helped debut the car at the Rolex 24 At Daytona to start the TUDOR Championship season.
“I’m super excited to get back in the Corvette. It’s a beautiful car and a great team to be with,” Briscoe said. “I had a lot of fun at Daytona and Sebring, so I’m really excited for the opportunity to come back and try to help out as much as I can to get Antonio the Driver’s championship. Road Atlanta is a unique track and very old-school. There is no room for error in a lot of areas, especially in some of the key areas. Turn 1, for example, is really quick. There is no run-off area. If you run wide, you’re in the grass and likely to go to the fence. It’s a track where you have to be concentrating 100 percent.”
Briscoe drove a Chevrolet-powered IndyCar full-time for Chip Ganassi Racing in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series. He has seven career victories in the series, and he made his impact in sports car racing in 2007 as a prototype rookie at Penske Racing with three victories. Briscoe has nine ALMS victories – all in prototypes. Two of those came at Petit Le Mans – 2008 and 2013.
Corvette Racing has won four times this year, and Garcia enters Petit Le Mans second in the GTLM standings, as is the No. 3 Corvette C7.R in team points. Road Atlanta has been a hotbed of success for the team with 10 victories there since 2000 including eight times at Petit Le Mans.
“It’s a race I’ve done before and won before,” Briscoe said. “After Daytona and Sebring, I felt really comfortable getting in the car and getting up to speed. I think the team was comfortable with how I adapted too. I think I’ll be a good fit to jump in either car when needed.”