PANTHER'S BRISCOE GIVES POSITIVE REVIEWS OF ROAD TEST ON IMS ROAD COURSE
Former Indy 500 Polesitter and National Guard Panther Team Take Different Route at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 5, 2013) – Panther Racing and driver Ryan Briscoe wrapped up a test session Wednesday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after spending the day running on multiple configurations of the track’s road course. Briscoe and Panther joined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and driver Graham Rahal for the test organized by IMS and IndyCar officials. The two drivers also ran different Firestone tire compounds during the test in order to gauge how the cars reacted to the different racing surfaces as they transitioned from the oval track to the infield.
“It’s really strange coming the wrong way on the front stretch. It’s a pretty good track actually; it’s got a lot of high-speed corners,” Briscoe explained. “It’s just great to be back in the Panther car; I didn’t I’d be back in an IndyCar again for quite a while, so it’s a good little bonus mid-week fun for me.”
Briscoe and Rahal ran multiple different configurations of the IMS infield road course throughout the day, reporting back to IMS and IndyCar officials their thoughts on the course. The two drivers were also able to run some different Firestone tire compounds during the test in order to gauge how the cars reacted to the different racing surfaces as the cars transitioned from the oval to the infield.
“It’s pretty smooth, really,” Briscoe continued. “Certainly the oval portion of the track has more grip, but the only thing we’re doing there is flat out in the oval section and then heavy breaking for the corner. And having lots of grip under breaking could be good for giving guys confidence in late breaking moves.”
While other series have utilized the infield road course at IMS, IndyCar has never held a race or official test session on its road course previously. That could change and as the track looks to invest nearly $100 million into their facility, and officials at IMS and IndyCar aren’t ruling out using the infield road course for IndyCar Series testing or a possible 2014 race.
“I think it’s a good road course. The layout of the course itself is really nice and it’s a fun tack to drive; it’s fast and it’s pretty physical as well,” said Briscoe. “Anytime we have here at Indy would be great.”