IMSA Spotlight: Ryan Briscoe
Driver: No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT
It was a big points day for you and Richard at VIR. How difficult was the race for the No. 67 Ford?
“It was a tough race day, I think for everyone, with the conditions. Starting at the very back, we didn’t get the yellow we needed to pack up with everyone, so it was just a long day of perseverance and fighting.
“I thought everyone did a great job. Our pace was strong, our pit stops were really good. Richard did a great job at the beginning of the race and at the end, we came in fourth. I think that was a great result for us, regardless of how everyone else did.”
How do you think your chances will be at COTA?
“We’re testing at COTA this week. We’re trying to do everything we can to prepare ourselves for COTA. Obviously, with just two races left, COTA is super important and hopefully we’ll be good. The competition is strong. The Corvettes are really fast and hard to beat, so we’ll have to be on our game.”
It’s been a historic and memorable year so far for the program, in general. Do you have a particular moment for you personally that stands out?
“Obviously, getting our first win was a standout at Laguna Seca. It was the first win for the program and it was just a massive uplift for the entire team, right before heading over to Le Mans.
“Laguna was huge, obviously Le Mans was incredible, but on the 68 car at Le Mans, we had some issues at the race and didn’t run the pace we personally wanted to to compete for the win, but obviously being on the podium for Le Mans was very special as well.”
How much focus do you have on the championship at this point?
If you had a chance to try out any other type of racing, what would it be?
“I’d like to try some off-road stuff. Whether it be like global rally stuff, I think that looks really fun, but I’ve always been a huge fan of sprint car racing.
“Growing up as a kid, my heroes were sprint car drivers and I’ve never actually driven one.”