Briscoe has successful wrist surgery; Conway to replace in ALMS

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Ryan Briscoe underwent successful surgery Monday in Indianapolis to repair his broken wrist. IndyCar orthopedic consultant Dr. Kevin Scheid performed the surgery, which included the fitting of a small t-plate and screws into the fracture on Briscoe’s distal radius bone.

Further evaluations will occur on Wednesday and on July 30, the latter of which Briscoe is expected to be fitted for a carbon fiber splint.

“Big thanks to everybody at the Indiana Orthopedic Hospital for the great hospitality and speedy surgery,” Briscoe said in a team release. “Everybody at the hospital, and all of the IndyCar medical staff, have done a great job taking good care of me and I can’t thank them enough. I’m feeling good and can’t wait to get back behind the wheel.”

Briscoe was still on site Sunday in Toronto when his injury replacement at Panther Racing, Carlos Munoz, made his first IZOD IndyCar Series street course start in the No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet. Briscoe’s availability for the next IndyCar race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 4 is undetermined.

His injury has not only compromised his IndyCar commitments, but also those in the American Le Mans Series with Level 5 Motorsports. Briscoe has won twice in four races co-driving with Level 5 team boss Scott Tucker in the LMP2 class HPD ARX-03b, but the latter of which two weeks ago at Lime Rock was shrouded in controversy after contact with Guy Cosmo. Briscoe and Tucker kept the win, but were docked points.

His fellow part-time IndyCar pilot Mike Conway has got the call to replace him for this weekend’s ALMS race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Mosport, confirmed by the team on Tuesday. The Englishman has raced the full FIA World Endurance Championship with the G-Drive Racing team and its Oreca 03 Nissan in LMP2.

Dodge to celebrate 50th anniversary of Hemi motor at NHRA U.S. Nationals

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When this year’s NHRA U.S. Nationals plays out from August 29 through September 3 at Indianapolis Raceway Park, a lot of folks are going to be channeling one of the most famous lines in motorsports:

“Hey, that thing got a Hemi?”

Dodge and parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday – on National Hemi Day, no less – announced that it will celebrate the Hemi’s 50th anniversary of Super Stock cars with the 18th annual Dodge Hemi Challenge during the U.S. Nationals.

Cars that will take part in the Challenge will be 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda cars – “The most iconic of the Mopar package cars,” touted a Dodge press release – in a head-to-head battle.

The Dart and Barracuda were purpose built for use solely on a drag strip. The 23 entrants in the Challenge will drive their personally owned versions of the ’68 ‘Cuda and Dart.

The winner of the Challenge – which will be held August 30-31 – will take home a $15,000 purse, while cash rewards will be available for all 16 drivers that qualify for final eliminations.

“The Dodge brand is proud to serve as title sponsor of the NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge, an event that spotlights the legacy and power of the 426 HEMI engine,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America.

Beahm added, “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Super Stock cars that debuted back in 1968 and are still competing today, which makes our support of this edition of the HEMI Challenge extra special.”

One special incentive for contestants is the 42.6-pound NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge trophy, created in the spirit of the 426 (cubic inch) HEMI engine.

Jimmy Daniels has won the Challenge the last two years and goes for a three-peat in this year’s race within a race. His father, Jim Daniels, won the race in 2010.

The Challenge’s all-time winningest driver is Charlie Westcott Jr. of Parma, Michigan, who captured the Challenge in six different years: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

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