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Old 7 Sep 2007, 16:43 (Ref:2006176)   #16
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He didn't show that well in the IRL but neither did anybody else in the team. It wasn't so much that it was Dixon's crap year & more that the package of car & engine was rubbish so all of the drivers struggled. Briscoe did get a few good finishes & Indy this year was great & as more road courses are added to the calendar he should be getting happier & happier about his prospects in the series.

As a small matter aside from the main point, that poor Ganassi year really highlighted the talents of Darren Manning for me as he was ahead of Dixon in the championship when he was fired (a move that still confuses me. Why would you sack you highest driver in the championship?!)
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Old 8 Sep 2007, 01:05 (Ref:2006488)   #17
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Ryan can probably drive anything well.
The year with Ganassi was a hole in his life...

He was quick testing for Toyota, First left karts and jumped into F. Renault and won the Italian series.
Then a big leap to Arden in F3000 but it was a poor year. Back to F3 at Toyota's behest and won the championship. A year F1 testing then off to Ganassi for the IRL.

He has done heaps of racing and been successful whenever he has had competitve machinery under him.

He's good enough to take Sam's place.


He was quite brilliant in karts too, CRG teammate to Nico Rosberg....
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Old 8 Sep 2007, 02:55 (Ref:2006523)   #18
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Ooops I need to correct myself. The V8 Supercar qualifying mentioned below was in fact Sandown and not Bathurst. Sandown is the enduro before Bathurst, Briscoe stuck it on provisional pole (the 1st time ever in a V8 Supercar was 12 days prior) but it was Gath Tander (regular Supercar driver) that did the top ten shoot out and only managed 9th. That is no mean feat considering the feild.

http://www.v8supercar.com.au/news/la...=&gid=10829593
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Old 8 Sep 2007, 07:06 (Ref:2006574)   #19
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His partner in the enduro's was Jim Richards, not Garth Tander
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Old 8 Sep 2007, 08:26 (Ref:2006594)   #20
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That's what I thought and then I read the article and thought "what the" I must have been drunk. Anyway he blew me away with at least getting it where he did considering the car time
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Old 8 Sep 2007, 13:26 (Ref:2006771)   #21
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What do you mean, "not have a regular gig?" He's been in the ALMS all year.
to me a regular gig means being in the same motorsport/leauge for more than just one season
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Old 10 Sep 2007, 09:34 (Ref:2008238)   #22
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As a small matter aside from the main point, that poor Ganassi year really highlighted the talents of Darren Manning for me as he was ahead of Dixon in the championship when he was fired (a move that still confuses me. Why would you sack you highest driver in the championship?!)
Chances are that CG just didn't get on with Darren ultimately, but also to be fair CG were clearly of the intention to cut back from 3 to 2 cars and probably had Wheldon on a contract pretty early in the piece. So of your existing 3 drivers do you keep a man employed by your engine supplier, one who is established in the series and a former champion or one who is clearly talented but has yet to be given the chance to shine.

Sorry - I'm a big Manning fan (quality qualifying this weekend - shame about the race) but in all fairness CG made the only reasonable choice, although I didn't like it then and I still don't but it was probably the right choice in the circumstances.
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Old 12 Sep 2007, 16:06 (Ref:2010234)   #23
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I can't see why Penske would be looking at anyone else other than Briscoe. They have plenty of experience of working with him now, so they should know if he has a brain or not. Also, I'm sure they would have kept a VERY close eye on him during May at Indy, so they probably have a pretty good idea of what he is capable of.
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Old 13 Sep 2007, 04:08 (Ref:2010741)   #24
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deejay has a lot of promise if they can keep it on the circuit!
"I would have thought" that Penske would look for a more proven oval racer for his IRL seat to replace Hornish.
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Old 13 Sep 2007, 08:41 (Ref:2010851)   #25
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"I would have thought" that Penske would look for a more proven oval racer for his IRL seat to replace Hornish.
Yeah but who available out there is a proven IRL racer who isn't already quite comfy where they are. All the AGR and CG guys are out because they're otherwise engaged. Meira hasn't proven anything yet. I guess Sharp might work but I just can't see it.

After his excellent Indy performance - the whole month, not just the race - I can't see anyone other than RB being in the frame.
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Old 13 Sep 2007, 10:22 (Ref:2010939)   #26
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Yeah but who available out there is a proven IRL racer who isn't already quite comfy where they are. All the AGR and CG guys are out because they're otherwise engaged. Meira hasn't proven anything yet. I guess Sharp might work but I just can't see it.
Yea but what about some of the proven IPS racers
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Yea but what about some of the proven IPS racers
They're in a developmental series so I wouldn't classify any of them as "proven" - good racers certainly and I wouldn't take issue with the appointment of either Lloyd or Mutoh with a top line team, but "proven oval racers"?? - nope not in my view.
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I have it on pretty good authority that Briscoe is as good as signed - if he hasn't already.
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Old 28 Sep 2007, 11:34 (Ref:2025011)   #29
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Domestic thoughts on the loss of Hornish (and Franchitti in the article)

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/h...COL_S1.article

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Penske could replace Hornish with Ryan Briscoe, a Penske driver in the American Le Mans Series. He drove in the IRL for Ganassi in 2005, but finished 19th in the standings and was best known for a massive crash at Chicagoland in which he broke both clavicles. Also, replacing an American with an Australian may not be what the series needs.
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dont know about that, blowfly. He did well for his rookie season, and was competitive with his team mates. the chip car wasnt up to scratch that year. He crashed a bit but he has learnt from that.
"A bit"? He made Andrea de Cesaris look like a porcelain auctioneer. Manning pretty much outpaced him all year.

Then again, Toyota twice put Briscoe in formulae that were way too advanced for him at the appropriate stage in his career. When he stepped down both times he looked a lot better.
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