Briscoe out, Tagliani in at Team Australia UPDATE #13 Our previous update to this rumor stated that Ryan Briscoe turned down the offer from Team Australia. Now reports are coming in that Alex Tagliani has concluded a deal with Team Australia. This French website supports those reports. It now appears that Team Australia's two drivers will be Will Power and Alex Tagliani.
03/10/06 Latest word is that Ryan Briscoe turned down the offer that was made to him from Team Australia, though we hear they are still negotiating. If they cannot come to terms that may open the door for Tagliani to stay with the team.
03/09/06 Ryan Briscoe has already signed to drive for the Holden Racing Team in the endurance races in the Australian V8 Supercar Series. The dates of the races do not clash with Champ Car so Briscoe could yet appear in America if a deal is done with Team Australia as we heard.
03/08/06 We rumored this months ago but as the clock ticks away toward the season opener we are hearing more news on who will drive for whom. Hearing that Team Australia will indeed be all Australian in 2006 - look for Ryan Briscoe and Will Power to be teammates. Look for Alex Tagliani, who did a good job for the team last year to possibly return to his former team.
02/06/06 Ryan Briscoe's agent has talked with Walker about a third car and Team Australia is very interested but doesn't have funding as yet.
"Would we like to run Briscoe? Absolutely, bring it on," continued Walker. "I've talked with his manager and the only thing stopping us from running three cars is money.
"Right now I'm not planning on it but never say never and we've still got a couple months before the season starts." ChampCar.ws
01/13/06 Another AutoRacing1.com source has told us they too hear that Briscoe may go to Team Australia.
01/09/06 The rumor mill says that Team Australia may have scooped up Ryan Briscoe, not only because he is fast, but because he is Australian. In fact Briscoe and Mark Webber are rated as the two most talented Australians in racing right now. This rumor makes too much sense. Team Australia could run a 3-car team of Will Power, Briscoe and Alex Tagliani - a very formidable lineup we might add.
01/04/06 AutoRacing1.com as learned that Briscoe has not signed a deal with PKV Racing and is not likely to. He is still looking. We also hear da Matta won't be back with the team.
01/03/06 Reports are now that Australian Kevin Kalkhoven has indeed signed Australian Ryan Briscoe for his PKV Racing team in 2006. This will be another big boost to the Surfers Paradise, Australia race, already the biggest on the circuit.
12/29/05 According to this Sydney, Australia newspaper article, Briscoe is close to signing with PKV Racing. However, the article offers no further evidence or quotes to back up that claim. Sydney driver Ryan Briscoe is poised to sign with Champ Car team PKV Racing in a bid to keep his US open-wheeler career alive.
Briscoe was dumped from his seat with Chip Ganassi in the rival IndyCar series in favor of England's reigning Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon. But the Australian has impressed in a hectic round of testing - which also included a return to Formula One - this month.
He is now fully recovered from his nightmare accident at Chicagoland on September 11 when his Indy race car hit a safety wall, split in half and burst into flames.
Briscoe was one of two Ryans taking part in a shoot-out for PKV at the Sebring track - alongside Ryan Dalziel - with both drivers setting their sights on a full-time race drive with the team in 2006.
Under the watchful eye of team owner and 1996 Champion Jimmy Vasser, Briscoe set the second fastest time of the day around the 1.65-mile South Florida layout. He was just 0.4 seconds from returning CART star Bruno Junqueira, who set the pace. 12/08/05 Despite his renewed link with F1 to fill-in for the sick Olivier Panis with the Toyota F1 team, Ryan Briscoe says his heart remains on securing his future across the Atlantic. He is due to test for PKV Racing soon and could be set for a switch to Champ Cars followed mixed fortunes in the Indy Racing League this season before his massive crash at Chicago.
"I might test for Toyota again, but I am still planning to race in the States," he told autosport.com. "I got back into the rhythm of things pretty quickly again today, but I am looking at racing next year." Autosport.com11/27/05 Briscoe was not re-signed by Ganassi Racing because Toyota was paying his salary and Toyota is gone after this year from the IRL, and, therefore, Briscoe as well. Dan Wheldon will take Briscoe's place - see rumor that is now 'fact.' Briscoe as well as Darren Manning, who both drove for Ganassi last year, are hoping to find a ride in Champ Car.
11/21/05 AutoRacing1.com has learned that Ryan Briscoe had a seat fitting with the PKV Racing Champ Car team last week. Look for the team to test him at Sebring in December along with Katherine Legge and others. This info tells us that w/o Toyota backing, Briscoe is out at Ganassi (not that he would ever want to step in an IRL again after what he has been through) and Wheldon may indeed be taking his place.
11/07/05 One of Dan Wheldon’s possible IRL destinations is thought to be Target/Chip Ganassi Racing which, by signing Wheldon, would surely get Honda engines in the bargain, given that Honda would be keen to retain the services of its defending champion. It would also give Ganassi -- whose switch to Toyota power burned his bridges with Honda after winning four consecutive Champ Car titles -- access to Honda engines in the wake of Toyota’s decision to withdraw from the IRL.
Should all of that happen, it might leave Ryan Briscoe looking for employment, what with Scott Dixon certain to remain with Target/Ganassi regardless of Wheldon’s ultimate destination. Indeed, contacts with at least one Champ Car team have already been made by those associated with Briscoe. SPEEDTV.com