Briscoe may be odd man out at Penske
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Penske Racing is still working on its 2013 driver lineup and that may include changes for IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe.
Penske president Tom Cindric said the team is looking for sponsors for its IndyCar program, which fields three full-time cars. Penske picked up the 2013 contract options on points leader Will Power and Helio Castroneves, but is in limbo right now regarding Briscoe.
"We've told Ryan Briscoe it would be OK for him to go look and try to understand what's out there because our deal will come together late," Cindric said. "And we'll look to see who is available at that time. We haven't told him yes and we haven't told him no, we want him to land on his feet whether it's with us or someone else."
Briscoe won two weeks ago at Sonoma and finished second on Sunday at Baltimore. He's currently ranked sixth in the standings.
Penske formally introduced Joey Logano on Wednesday as the driver for its No. 22, a ride that Sam Hornish Jr. took over in July when AJ Allmendinger failed a random drug test. Although Hornish will finish the season in the car, he'll have to turn the keys over to Logano at the end of the year.
Hornish, a former Indianapolis 500 winner and three-time IndyCar champion, is still in Penske's NASCAR plans.
"We've continued to work on putting a Cup program together for Sam, we just haven't been able to close that process yet," Cindric said. "I foresee Sam driving for us a full season Nationwide next year and hopefully some Cup races, as well."
Cindric said he thinks it is too late in the year to put together a full-time Sprint Cup Series program for Hornish in 2013, and the goal now is to find sponsorship for some races.
Sports Photo Galleriesview all
- 17205Oklahoma tornadoes: The 'Big Dog,' the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy
- 9411Finding Addyson – One family's struggle in the Moore tornado
- 9383Oklahoma tornadoes: Woman meets the military officer who shared the clothes off his back
- 6982Oklahoma tornadoes: Plaza Towers Elementary School teacher shoved students into bathroom as wall collapsed
- 6824Oklahoma tornadoes: Thunder reverses the role, takes a turn at cheering on the community
- 6420Story behind the photo: Family members describe desperate search for one another after EF5 twister
- 6294Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill to join Blake Shelton at "Healing in the Heartland" Oklahoma tornado benefit