Ryan Briscoe
Ryan  Briscoe
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Ryan Briscoe
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Sep 24, 1981
5 Australia
Sydney, Australia
Farmington, Conn.

Ryan Briscoe has traveled from the go-kart tracks of Australia to some of the world's most famous racing circuits, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Briscoe was one of the most successful go-kart racers in Australian when he moved to Italy at age 15 to become a factory kart driver, a move that would lead him to formula cars and eventually linking him with Toyota and its Formula One team. He debuted in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2005.

Briscoe enjoys gadgets, going to the beach and other watersports. He and his wife, Nicole, welcomed their first child in December 2013.


2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 8 0 0 1 4 10 6
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 18 0 0 1 10 5 18
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 7 0 0 0 0 0 5
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 1 2 5 8 77 12
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 0 0 4 10 45 15
2010 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 1 3 8 12 308 15
2009 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 3 4 13 13 739 16
2008 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 2 3 5 11 202 12
2007 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 1 1 0 1
2006 Verizon IndyCar Series 4 0 0 1 2 0 2
2006 Champ Car 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
2005 Verizon IndyCar Series 14 0 1 0 3 59 6
Total 137 7 13 39 74 1445 110

* Under INDYCAR sanction

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Logo

Team co-owner Sam Schmidt made 27 career starts in the IndyCar Series as a driver, earning one victory and pole position, both achievements in his hometown of Las Vegas in September 1999 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway while driving for Treadway Racing.

In January 2000, Schmidt became a quadriplegic due to injuries suffered in a testing crash at Orlando, Fla. Schmidt puts his master's degree in international finance from Pepperdine University to work managing the marketing efforts for the IndyCar team he formed in 2001 and the strategic direction of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.

In late 2012, Schmidt and Ric Peterson, founder and COO of Oculus Transport Ltd., announced the formation of a partnership as owners of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

First Start
March 6, 2006
First Win
June 1, 2008
First Pole
August 27, 2005

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2014
    • Finished 11th in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams.
    • Recorded one top-five finish and 10 top 10s, with a best of fourth at Pocono.
  • 2013
    • Competed in seven races for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (Indianapolis 500) and Panther Racing.
    • Had best finish of 12th at Indianapolis after starting 23rd.
  • 2012
    • Finished sixth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Won at Sonoma and added four other top-five results.
    • Earned poles at Long Beach and Indianapolis.
  • 2011
    • Finished sixth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Had front-row starts at Barber and Mid-Ohio.
    • Recorded four podium finishes and 10 top 10s, with a best of second at Long Beach after starting 12th.
    • Was running at the finish in 15 of the 17 races.
  • 2010
    • Finished fifth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Earned three pole starts overall for third consecutive season with at least one.
    • Won at Texas from pole for sixth career victory and added seven other top-five finishes.
    • Led 10 races for 308 laps, with high of 102 at Texas, and was running at finish in 15 of the 17 races.
  • 2009
    • Finished third in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Recorded three victories, including the opener at St. Petersburg, and four pole starts.
    • Started from the front row in nine races.
    • Finished runner-up eight times, including record-tying three consecutive races.
    • Was running at the finish in 16 of the 17 races.
  • 2008
    • Finished fifth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Won twice during championship season, and won the non-points race in Surfers Paradise, Australia.
    • Won three PEAK Motor Oil Pole Awards, including his first on an oval at Chicagoland.
    • Participated in every Firestone Fast Six session on street/road courses.
  • 2007
    • Started seventh and finished fifth in Indianapolis 500 for Luczo Dragon Racing.
  • 2006
    • Finished 21st in IndyCar Series standings driving a limited schedule with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
    • Made four starts, finishing career-best third at Watkins Glen International in debut with team. Also recorded a ninth-place finish at Nashville.
    • Made two starts in Champ Car for RuSPORT.
  • 2005
    • Captured first career pole at Infineon Raceway (now Sonoma Raceway).
    • Finished 19th in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing with a best finish of eighth (Nashville).

Ryan's Road To Indy

  • 2007
    • Finished second in American Le Mans Series' LMP2 Class for Penske Racing. Teamed with Sascha Maassen to score two overall wins (Utah and Lime Rock) and one overall pole (Belle Isle). Also scored class win at St. Petersburg.
  • 2006
    • Competed for Team Australia in A1GP championship with best finish of third (China and Holland).
    • Placed second and third in Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series events at Watkins Glen for Suntrust Racing.
  • 2004
    • Served as test driver for Panasonic Toyota Racing in Formula 1. Served as third driver for Friday practice sessions at Hungaroring, Spa-Francochamps, Monza, Shanghai and Interlagos (Brazil).
  • 2003
    • Won Formula 3 Euroseries Championship for Prema Powerteam with eight victories (Hockenheim 1, 2 and 4, Adria 2, Pau 1, A-1 Ring 1 and 2 and Zandvoort 2).
    • Served as official Toyota Racing Development test driver, with occasional Formula 1 tests for Panasonic Toyota Racing.
  • 2002
    • Competed in Formula 3000 International Championship for Nordic Racing with best finish of 12th (Interlagos, Barcelona and Silverstone).
    • Competed in German Formula 3 Championship for Prema Powerteam with three podium finishes in six starts.
    • Served as Toyota Drivers Academy driver and test driver for Panasonic Toyota Racing.
  • 2001
    • Won Italian Formula Renault 2000 Championship for Prema Powerteam with five wins and six pole positions.
    • Finished fourth in Formula Renault Eurocup for Prema Powerteam with two wins despite missing four races.
    • Signed as Toyota Drivers Academy driver and earned Formula 1 test with Panasonic Toyota Racing.
  • 2000
    • Competed in Italian Formula Renault 2000 Winter Series with one win and three pole positions.
  • Early Career
    • Competed in kart racing in Australia and Italy, winning the Italian Formula A, Australian state championship, three Australian championships and one Oceania championship.
    • Named C.A.M.S. Junior Karter of the Year twice.