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Season Review/Preview: Ryan Briscoe

Ryan Briscoe entered the 2009 IndyCar Series season looking to improve on his fifth place standing in 2008. He had won three races, including the Surfers Paradise event that made him the first Australian to ever win the race, but was still clearly the No. 2 driver in the Penske Racing stable, behind teammate Helio Castroneves. When Castroneves encountered legal troubles before the season, however, Briscoe was thrust into the lead role, representing Penske’s best hope for the championship. Will Power, Castroneves’ replacement and Briscoe’s countryman, was still learning oval racing, and it was unknown how long Castroneves was going to be unavailable. Immediately Briscoe jumped at the opportunity, winning the season-opening race at St....

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