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Old 6 Sep 2007, 12:57 (Ref:2005104)   #1
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Briscoe lined up to replace Hornish

Ryan Briscoe is the lead candidate to replace Sam Hornish Jr in the IndyCar Series if the American switches to NASCAR, this week's Autosport reports.

Three-time IRL champion Hornish has been tipped to move to NASCAR next season after making a handful of Busch Series starts this year with Penske, while Briscoe currently races for the squad in the American Le Mans Series.

Briscoe made a one-off open-wheel appearance at the Indianapolis 500 in May, where he finished fifth with Penske equipment, driving for a team run by Roger Penske's son Jay.

Penske Racing president Tim Cindric said: "At the point where we make that decision if that seat is open, Ryan is certainly the lead candidate to do that."

Hornish will make his Nextel Cup debut at New Hampshire on September 16, but a permanent switch to the series has not yet been confirmed.

Briscoe said: "I'm waiting to see how things evolve from now and I really have no idea. They would be big shoes to fill."

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/62076
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Old 6 Sep 2007, 14:10 (Ref:2005163)   #2
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I really hope this comes through for Ryan - and its more than a one year deal

I dont know what hes done not to have a regualr gig somewhere - it is so bleeding fustrating!!!!
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Old 6 Sep 2007, 14:12 (Ref:2005167)   #3
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What do you mean, "not have a regular gig?" He's been in the ALMS all year.
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Old 6 Sep 2007, 18:02 (Ref:2005402)   #4
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What do you mean, "not have a regular gig?" He's been in the ALMS all year.
Not only has he had a "regular gig,' but he has been fast and successful in the Penske Porsche LMP2...I was hoping he would stay in ALMS, personally...
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Better reinforce them crash fences then.

I want him to stay in ALMS as he is very good there and has great potential. He has done Indycar before and was dreadful.
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Old 6 Sep 2007, 21:37 (Ref:2005635)   #6
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He was new to ovals. When he came back from his inured he was good. Don't forget that was the year Dixon was terrible and Manning wasn't too good.

He did well in the Indy 500 this year with the unofficial Penske crew.

I was a new fan of the ALMS this year. First year I really got into it as there has been fantastic racing and nice to see Briscoe win in the Penske Porscher and thrash the Audi-anti-Christ.
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I'd rather he stay on with Penske Porsche in the ALMS. He's developed a lot as a driver there this year (maturation that has been completely absent in his prior Stateside experience) and would only do more in the future. I'm sure he'd be better as an oval driver than in the past, but road courses are his real forte and it would be nice if he continued to focus on them.

As a sportscar person, comparing Briscoe to his teammates at Penske Porsche is interesting, because to me it suggests that these drivers who came up in 911s have also essentially reached the level of Penske open-wheel driver material, at least on road courses.
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Better reinforce them crash fences then.

I want him to stay in ALMS as he is very good there and has great potential. He has done Indycar before and was dreadful.
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.
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So this pretty much confirms Mr Hornish's departure? Another one goes

Briscoes performance at Indy showed his oval form so there is hope for a competitive 2008 ride.

Will be a loss for the IRL.
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I'll be happy so long as he's got a race winning package - be that in ALMS or IRL. Just so long as he isnt relegated into making a career out of V8 Supercars
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Better reinforce them crash fences then.

I want him to stay in ALMS as he is very good there and has great potential. He has done Indycar before and was dreadful.
well tha's a bit harsh considering that this year he just did Indy, and got a brilliant 4th.
I think he can be a good replacement for Hornish, certainly more motivated.
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Exactly I agree Climb.
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After his Indy 500 effort I'm quite surprised that this is considered news actually. If (and it's still a pretty big "if" I think) Hornish moves on then I can't imagine there would be many other contenders in the frame.
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A pretty big if, isnt Hornish confirmed as running a NEXTEL event in September ?

Your not running top series if your dabbling in the move.
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I want him to stay in ALMS as he is very good there and has great potential. He has done Indycar before and was dreadful.
I agree he was dreadful in IRL but I feel it may not have been all his fault. He has also had his moments of brilliance, qualifying at Bathurst having had very little time in a V8 Supercar would have been one of my most memorable moments of Ryan. Maybe he is better suited to tin tops.
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