Chat with Ryan Briscoe
Briscoe returns to Texas as the defending race winner.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe stops by as he prepares for Saturday's Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway. Briscoe is the defending champion at Texas, but this year's race features a new format, where instead of running one 550k race, there will be two full-field 275k races, with two winners being declared and half points awarded in both races.
Before his debut in the IndyCar Series in 2005, Briscoe was one of the most successful go-kart racers in Australia. He moved to Italy at age 15 to become a factory kart driver, a move that would lead him to formula cars and eventually linking him with Toyota and its Formula One team.
Send your questions now and join Briscoe Thursday at 3 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:59 PM)
Ryan Briscoe will be here shortly to take your questions!
Buzzmaster (3:01 PM)
Cory (Omaha, Nebraska)
Hey Ryan, what is the most stressful part of racing at Texas, and how do you think the two race format will workout?
Ryan Briscoe (3:02 PM)
The most streesful part of racing at Texas is when we're running in the middle of the pack. The cars run so close together. It makes for very close side by side and end to end racing. But it has some bumps and the cars move around too.
I'll be at the Texas race(s) this weekend and I'm really looking forward to it. Do you like the idea of 2 shorter races or would you prefer the traditional race format? And have you ever driven the 2 race format before?
Ryan Briscoe (3:03 PM)
I've never done the two shorter race format. I'm kind of excited about the diversity of it. Listening to Rick Mears talk about it, he used to do this format and liked it. I think it will be very exciting for the fans as well.
Shelley G. (West Des Moines, iowa)
The Iowa Corn Indy 250 in two weeks is a night race this year, how does your race day routine change from a day race to a night race?
Ryan Briscoe (3:04 PM)
We get to sleep in a little bit more. That's the main difference. It's a long day. You have to be careful to conserve energy for a longer period of time to be in good shape for the race.
after the incident and the struggles at indy, how nervous are you guys at penskee racing that it wasnt just indy but will follow you to the rest of the oval race tracks?
Ryan Briscoe (3:04 PM)
I'd say a little bit. We're certainly going to find out soon how our performance stacks up in Texas. I think a lot of what happened in Indy was circumstantial. I think we'll be strong here.
zak (parma ohio)
do you think penske really has an advantage over other teams
Ryan Briscoe (3:05 PM)
We do have a great product, but there's nothing available to us that's not available to anyone else. Roger is an amazing leader. There is not one person on the team that doesn't come to the race with the one and only goal to win.
Nicole (The Best Place on Earth)
How hot is it in Texas?
Ryan Briscoe (3:06 PM)
It's not a surprise that it's hot here. It's also very windy, which is common here. I'm happy that we're racing at night. The temperature will drop a little bit. You always have a bottle of water in your hand.
Ryan,It was great meeting you again in Chicago and looking forward to meeting you again at Milwaukee. My question being, after the disappointing showing by team Penske at Indy, how do you and the rest of the team plan on bouncing back and be able to hold off not only the Ganassi guys, but other teams such as KV and Newmann Haas?
Ryan Briscoe (3:07 PM)
There are a lot of fast cars in the IndyCar Series. It's as competitive as I've seen it. We're working hard to build off of our win last year here in Texas and not let our performance at Indy hold us down.
Hey Ryan! i have a question about the format for the races(s) saturday night. if some one would wreck out of the race what will happened? do they get in a backup car? and what if its late in the race? will they just not race in the 2nd one? thanks
Ryan Briscoe (3:08 PM)
I believe that is an option with the back up car. I think two-car teams can have a back up car with an engine in it. There will be options, even if you crash.
How nervous are you about the blind draw for the second race this Saturday?
Ryan Briscoe (3:09 PM)
I am actually a bit nervous about it. We have 30 cars, that's a huge field. The second race could very easily go caution free. If that happens and you start at the back, it lessens your chances to win. If we get a couple of cautions, it will even things out. Some of us might just be unlucky with that draw and lessen our chances.
Ryan Briscoe (3:10 PM)
At the same time, it also gives some others a greater chance of winning, starting at the front where they might not normally be starting.
Brandon (Limerick, PA)
How will the new engine and chassis change competition in 2012?
Ryan Briscoe (3:11 PM)
We've thought about it. I hope it's reasonably even. I think it's really going to separate some teams. I really can't wait to drive a turbo charged engine. I think it's exciting for IndyCar and picking up some manufacturor competition.
Can you talk about the tire strategy and the set-up for the car, knowing that there are two separate races, presumably later race is cooler track, etc?
Ryan Briscoe (3:12 PM)
Things like that do go into our thinking. With the distance of the race, it might come down to fuel conservation too. I think the tire situation, we should be OK, but we need to be ready for the track changing throughout the event. I think we just need to be ready to react and possibly make setup changes between the two races if the car's not handling right in the first one.
Stacie (Port Charlotte FL)
If there was any place in the world that you would want to race, where would it be and who would you want to rqace against?
Ryan Briscoe (3:13 PM)
I would love to go back to the Gold Coast in Australia. IndyCar used to race there. I'm biased because I'm Australian. I'd love to go race in my home country.
What is your favorite kind of food to eat?
Ryan Briscoe (3:14 PM)
My favorite food is probably sushi, but I don't eat that on race day. On race day, it's more inline with Italian. Time permitting, I'll have some pasta, maybe some chicken. I try to get a good amount of carbs into me on race day.
Michael tyson front royal va [via mobile]
Hey ryan would you someday like to move over to nascar one day. Thanks
Ryan Briscoe (3:15 PM)
It's definitely something on my mind right now. But I'm a racer. Honestly, I'll race anything that's put in front of me. It depends on opportunities that I have. As long as I have IndyCar, I won't be looking for anything else.
Sam (Troutman, NC)
Do you miss racing in the ALMS?
Ryan Briscoe (3:15 PM)
I really loved racing there. Yeah, I missing racing in some of those races.
Ryan Briscoe (3:16 PM)
Thanks a lot for the great questions. I appreciate the support.