Ryan Briscoe to skip qualifying for Sunday’s IndyCar race at Pocono

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IZOD IndyCar Series driver Ryan Briscoe will miss Saturday’s qualifying for the first open-wheel race at Pocono Raceway in 24 years.

Instead, Briscoe, according to reports, will compete in the American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.

Driving the No. 4 Chevrolet, Briscoe will start Sunday’s Pocono IndyCar 400 from the back of the field. He did turn several practice laps at the 2.5-mile tri-oval on Thursday.

Briscoe has competed in just four of the first 10 IndyCar series races this season, with a best finish of 12th in the Indianapolis 500. He also had top-15 finishes at Belle Isle (13th) and Milwaukee (15th).

“Last week, we spent our time working on our race prep and we worked hard on trying to find something that will get us through the field during the race on Sunday,” Briscoe told The Associated Press. “Pocono’s a big track and it’s a long 400-mile race, so we feel plenty confident, even having to start in the back.

“I know the National Guard crew will work hard, and with all the track time we’ll have (had) on Thursday, we can get to the front.”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen takes pole at Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has taken pole position for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

It’s the second career pole for the Dutch driver, who beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by just 0.123 seconds.

Verstappen’s first pole was earlier this season at the Hungarian GP in August.

Six-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes will start from third position. The 2018 winner at Interlagos finished 0.191 seconds back.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Alexander Albon finished in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Hamilton was fastest in final practice earlier Saturday, 0.026 quicker than Verstappen.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday is the penultimate race of the season. Hamilton secured the season title, his sixth, in the previous race in the U.S.