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Helping the team of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia win last weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona apparently has iced another race for Ryan Briscoe.
Autosport is reporting that Briscoe has been tapped to compete again with Corvette Racing in the Le Mans World Endurance Championship in June, though official confirmation isn’t expected until Feb. 5 when the entry list will be released.
Briscoe himself is remaining quiet about the decision, saying only that “hoped to go back” to compete in Le Mans.
Briscoe has already been tapped to race with Magnussen and Garcia at the Sebring 12 Hours in March.
The 33-year-old Australian teamed with those two drivers last week to lead the Rolex 24 for more than 360 GTLM laps, and the trio took the lead for good with 90 minutes left when the then-class leader experienced trouble in the pits. Their No. 3 Corvette then responded with a perfect stop for tires and fuel, increasing their lead with Garcia behind the wheel.
Briscoe joined the factory Corvette team last season for three races in the Tudor United Sportscar Championship Enduros and doesn’t have an IndyCar drive for 2015 after Chip Ganassi Racing released him.
Richard Westbrook has raced for the Corvette team at Le Mans since 2011, but having Briscoe take over his slot there is believed to be a way for Westbrook to focus on his USC Prototype program.
The other Corvette team at Le Mans is expected to be Jordan Taylor, Oliver Gavin, and Tommy Milner, according to the Autosport report.
Briscoe told Racer at Daytona that the Corvette team is a “great team to be with” and he is “absolutely” excited about the possibility of racing with them at Le Mans.
“It’s the factory GM Corvette racing team and you don’t get much bigger than that,” he said.
“I’ve got great teammates with Jan, Tonio, Olly, and Tommy. We’ll see what happens.”
Briscoe’s first Le Mans entry came with LMP2 squad Level 5 Motorsports during 2013, when he was also without a full-time IndyCar seat.
Autosport says Briscoe will also likely be a “floating” third driver for the USC finale at Road Atlanta in October, just like he was in 2014.
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