Ryan Briscoe, former Team Chevy driver in IndyCar and occasional driver of the C7.R for Corvette Racing, will fill in for the injured James Hinchcliffe in the 99th running the Indianapolis 500 this weekend. Hinchcliffe was injured when a component on his car failed and directed him into the wall at over 200 mph, sending a suspension component through his legs and up into his pelvis.
Briscoe is no stranger to the Indy 500. He’s run the legendary race nine times before, and even started on pole position at Indy in 2012 with Team Penske. You may also know the 33-year old for his performances with Corvette Racing at Daytona and Sebring this year and last year, or his time spent in the American Le Mans Series in 2013 with Level 5 Motorsports.
“First and foremost, I feel absolutely terrible for Hinch,” Briscoe told RACER. “I wish him the best and a speedy recovery. Under the circumstances, I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to be here and fill in for him. I really hope to do a great job for Arrow Electronics, Lucas Oil and the SPM team, and I’m looking forward to being back here in the Indy 500 again.”
IndyCar allowed Briscoe to practice on the track by himself Thursday as he familiarized himself with the all-new 2015-sped Honda and its aero kit. The Australian will start 32nd for the Indy 500, which is set to go green at 12:15 p.m. this Sunday.