National Guard Panther Racing Team Happy with Pace During Two Practice Sessions During the Day

SONOMA, Calif. (August 23, 2013) – National Guard Panther Racing driver Ryan Briscoe posted the ninth-fastest lap time Friday during practice for this weekend’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Briscoe is returning to the cockpit of the team’s No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet for the first time since a street race in Toronto last month. The former Team Penske driver is the defending race winner at Sonoma Raceway and has collected five-straight Top Five finishes at the challenging 11-turn, 2.385-mile permanent road course.

“I’m really excited to be back here and have to thank everybody at National Guard Panther Racing for bringing me back for one more run this year,” Briscoe said. “Certainly this has been a track I’ve done well at the last couple years and I’d like to go out this season on a high. We’ve been able to get plenty of miles around the track and we’ve been able to try a lot of different things on the car. But it’s tricky here; the wind seems to be a bigger factor here than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. My wrist is probably 90 percent, so I don’t think it’s slowing me down at all. We know it’s going to be a tough weekend, but I really went to do well for the team and the National Guard.”

Briscoe turned a total of 24 laps during the day’s two practice sessions with a top lap time of 1:19.0182 seconds, for a full lap average speed of 108.659 mph. Scott Dixon paced the field with the top time on the day, and was followed on the speed chart by Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves.

Race Broadcast Info:
The GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network on August 25th at 4:00 pm (ET), with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network, XM/Sirius Channel 211. Practice, qualifying and race coverage is also available on the IndyCar Mobile app from Verizon. - -