PF Racing is thrilled to be back in action at Road America this Saturday for the third round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. This weekend, Ford Performance Development driver Chase Briscoe will be joining the Missouri outfit, replacing Chad McCumbee for this event.
"I am very excited to get back in IMSA racing," said Chase Briscoe, who will be joining regular driver James Pesek in the #40 PF Racing Ford Mustang. "This will be a learning weekend as we will be back at Road America in two weeks for a NASCAR Xfinity race."
The Stewart-Haas driver uses this Michelin Pilot Challenge opportunity to clock in seat time in preparation for the NASCAR race. Thanks to five wins this season, Briscoe is second in the Xfinity Championship, four points behind his main competitor, fellow Ford driver Austin Cindric.
"It is nice to get back on a road course," explained Briscoe. "Road America is a beautiful track in a great part of the country. It is one of the best laid out road courses because there is a little bit of everything; 90-degree corners with a kink, a carrousel and long straightaways, heavy brake zones, and elevation. And the facility looks like a national park, which is great. I look forward to being on track, and I am looking at trying to win the race."
"I am happy to be sharing the wheel with Chase," revealed James Pesek. "He is an excellent driver, and I can’t wait to learn from him. Road America is a special track; it has an old-school feel and is very fun and challenging to drive. I have been practicing on the simulator to make sure I am on top of my game."
PF Racing had a successful season thus far, with an 11th place finish at Daytona, placing the #40 PF Racing Ford Mustang as the best finishing Ford in the field. Sebring’s last event proved to be a little bit harder, with little practice time and challenging weather conditions, which prevented the team from a Top-10 finish.
The two-hour Road America 120 is scheduled to go green Saturday at 4:45 p.m. ET and can be streamed live, flag-to-flag on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. NBCSN will televise the race on Saturday, August 15 at midnight ET.
About Chase Briscoe:
As part of the Ford Performance Driver Development Program, Briscoe has emerged as a weekly threat to win. Last year marked the first time he ran an entire season with the same team and that familiarity paid off. He won for the first time in the series on an oval when he took the checkered flag at Iowa Speedway and made the playoffs. Even though he was eliminated in the Round of 8, he finished fifth in the final standings.
Some of the improvement in 2019 can be traced to the development schedule he drove in 2018 when he split time between NASCAR and IMSA. He competed in 17-of-33 events NXS events, driving 12 races with Roush Fenway Racing and the other five with Stewart-Haas.
Briscoe made history by becoming the first driver to win on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, capturing the Drive for the Cure 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race in September. That wasn’t his only highlight victory, however, as he also won the annual Eldora Dirt Derby in his only Gander RV & Outdoors NASCAR Truck Series start.
He arrived on the NASCAR scene in 2017 as he drove for then-owner Brad Keselowski in what was then known as the Camping World Truck Series. Briscoe won the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, earned four poles and was named the series rookie of the year.
Briscoe qualified for the Playoffs before being eliminated in the Round of 8 and finished sixth in the final point standings after posting 10 top-5 and 14 top-10 finishes in 23 starts.
- Briscoe won the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2019.
- Won the 2016 ARCA championship with Cunningham Motorsports, posting six wins in 20 starts.
- Started racing quarter-midgets at the age of seven before graduating to sprint cars at 13.
DID YOU KNOW?
In addition to winning the Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in 2017, Briscoe was also named Most Popular Driver.