National Guard Panther Driver Misses Saturday Action for ALMS Start, Starts Last Tomorrow

LONG POND, PA. - (July 6, 2013) – National Guard Panther Racing driver Ryan Briscoe may have missed all of the IndyCar Series track activity Saturday at Pocono Raceway, but the 31-year-old made the most of his time away by winning the P2 class during today’s ALMS race at Lime Rock. With just three minutes to go in the race, Briscoe had contact with Guy Cosmo as the two drivers were battling for the lead, causing Cosmo to go off-course while Briscoe took the lead. Cosmo was able to recover to finish second in class. The result was Briscoe’s second ALMS class victory of the season and the third for his Level 5 Motorsports team.

Briscoe will make the three-plus hour drive from Lime Rock to Pocono himself this evening and will start 24th in tomorrow’s 160-lap event, which marks IndyCar’s return to the “Tricky Triangle” for the first time since 1989. Marco Andretti captured the pole position in an Andretti Autosport sweep of the front row with a two-lap average speed of 221.273 mph. He will be joined on the front row by teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay (P2) and James Hinchcliffe (P3). IndyCar announced earlier this week that it was moving to three-wide starts for all Triple Crown races.

Briscoe spent two full days testing the No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet; last Tuesday during a team test day and on Thursday of this week. Tomorrow will make his fourth start with the team since originally making his debut in the No. 4 entry during the Chevrolet Duel in Detroit and his last start came three weeks ago at the Milwaukee Mile.

Race Broadcast Info:
The Pocono IndyCar 400 will be broadcast on ABC on July 7th at 12 pm (ET), with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network, XM/Sirius Channel 211. Practice, qualifying and race coverage is also available on the IndyCar Mobile app from Verizon. -