Briscoe, Panther to join Indy road course test session

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Ryan Briscoe and Panther Racing will be joining Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal for tomorrow’s IndyCar test session on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The session will see both Briscoe and Rahal testing various configurations of the 2.6-mile layout, as IMS and INDYCAR officials are seeking feedback that could lead to future modifications to the circuit.

There has been much speculation about a possible IndyCar road race at IMS in 2014 that could “kick off” preparations for the 98th Indianapolis 500 on Indy’s legendary oval. However, nothing has been made official on that front just yet.

“I thought Sonoma would be the last time I would be driving an IndyCar for some time, so to get the invite to be part of this test is really cool,” Briscoe said in a statement from Panther.

“It’s always special to drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – whether it’s on the oval or any other course. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Briscoe has ran six IndyCar races for Panther this year, but his full-time commitments in the American Le Mans Series kept him out of last Sunday’s race on the streets of Baltimore (he did compete in the ALMS’ own weekend there).

Those duties will also keep him out of the remaining IndyCar events in 2013 (Houston, Oct. 5-6; Fontana, California, Oct. 19). Oriol Servia is finishing the season in Panther’s No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet.

For those that will be in Indianapolis tomorrow and wish to see the test at the Speedway, they are welcome to watch from the South Terrace Grandstands and the viewing mounds in Turn 2.