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.