IndyCar Driver Review: Ryan Briscoe

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MotorSportsTalk resumes with our driver-by-driver review of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series. Finishing P11 after coming back full-time this year is Australian Ryan Briscoe.

2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Ryan Briscoe

  • Team: NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing
  • 2013: 26th Place (7 Starts), Best Finish 12th, Best Start 9th, 0 Laps Led, 17.7 Avg. Start, 16.3 Avg. Finish
  • 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish

Ryan Briscoe didn’t post huge results sheet for 2014, in his return to the Verizon IndyCar Series after a part-time campaign in 2013. But that’s not a bad thing. It was typical Briscoe: clean, very few mistakes and often experimenting on setups, so there wasn’t too much to be critical of.

Overall, Briscoe finished between fourth and 12th in all but four races this year, all while finishing all but 21 of the 2,395 laps. Pocono and Iowa stood out as his best two races, the former where he bagged a fourth and the latter where he was in the top-three most of the night before fading back after other drivers took tires.

Objectively speaking though, Briscoe didn’t show enough from an outright pace standpoint. He outqualified each of Target teammates Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan only three times all year; he only led 5 laps compared to Kanaan’s 407 and Dixon’s 97, and like Justin Wilson, he was a rare non-podium finisher in a year where 20 drivers made it to the top-three. Still, I got the sense this was a building year for this group, as driver and fourth Chip Ganassi Racing team came back after a year’s hiatus in 2013, and will have higher expectations and goals for 2015.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.