NASCAR rising star Chase Briscoe is set to make his IMSA debut next year, as part of a multi-faceted campaign that will include outings in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
The 22-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race winner will step up to Xfinity Series competition next year with Roush Fenway Racing, alongside gaining experience in road racing both in Continental Tire Challenge and Trans-Am.
Briscoe, a member of the Ford Performance Driver Development Program, will run selected races in a Mustang GT4, with a to-be-announced team.
Both KohR Motorsports and VOLT Racing campaigned Mustangs in the series this year.
“I’m excited for next year just because I’m going to be doing multiple things,” Briscoe said. “I’m not committed to just one series, which is good because I probably haven’t run 50 pavement races in my entire life.
“I feel like I’m at a point where I learn a ton every single race, so to get a chance to run some IMSA and Trans-Am races, in addition to my XFINITY schedule, is going to be a huge deal.”
As part of his road racing development, Briscoe will work with veteran sports car drivers Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell, who teamed up to win the 2016 Continental Tire Challenge GS title in the Ford Shelby GT350R-C.
He will also assist the company as a test driver within the Ford product development program.
“Our plan is to bring him along on our road car development projects and have him test drive the products, push them to the limit and that’s where he’s really going to learn about what makes a car work,” said Ford Performance Global Director Dave Pericak.
“All of these skills have to be learned, so we’re going to develop him, hone his skills, and then he will no doubt be a championship-level driver.”