Ryan Briscoe gets full season ALMS drive, plus Le Mans debut

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Ryan Briscoe will have the opportunity to race in both the Indianapolis 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans this year.

The Australian, formerly at Team Penske, has signed to Chip Ganassi Racing for the 500 and has seen his one-off sports car race for Level 5 Motorsports turn into a full-season drive that includes his debut at Le Mans. 

“I’m very excited about this,” Briscoe told Autosport. “I’ve been interested in going to Le Mans for a few years and this year was the perfect opportunity for me to go over there and get some experience.”

Briscoe and Marino Franchitti will be split between Level 5’s pair of HPD ARX-03b prototypes in the P2 class of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, as co-drivers to Level 5 team principal Scott Tucker.

The trio won the season-opening race, the 12 Hours of Sebring, in their class

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”