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Briscoe not worried about track time

Ryan Briscoe believes that his lack of recent track time in an IndyCar will not be an issue when the 2008 season starts

The Australian will replace three-time champion Sam Hornish Jr at Penske Racing next year, but in the past two seasons he has only competed in five IndyCar Series races.

Testing is heavily restricted in the series, but Briscoe is confident that he will be well prepared when the season starts in March.

"There's not a lot of testing between now and the start of the season, but we're going to do as much as we can," he said.

"We'll try to be competitive from the first race, and I'm feeling really good with the whole situation.

"I'm sure the equipment is going to be very strong, and I'm going to be out there trying to do my part."

The 26-year-old believes that he gained a lot from his one-off appearance in 2007, where he got a lot of track time in preparation for the Indianapolis 500 during May.

"I've been very lucky to have been able to participate in the Indy 500 this year, and that's an enormous amount of track time," he added.

"We had all month there before the race, and I think that's a big step for me looking at my lack of track time in IndyCars the last couple of years, so that was a big help."

Briscoe has already tested twice since the season finished, and he is hoping that he will be a consistent frontrunner in his first year with Penske.

"Hopefully you can see us running at the front, that's my goal," he said. "I want to be consistent, be focused every weekend.

"I just want to have a very solid season, and hopefully we can actually get some wins."

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