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Chase Briscoe to run Xfinity races, IMSA sports car races in 2018

Posted On Saturday, 20 January 2018 21:11 Written by
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Chase Briscoe, a member of the Ford Performance Driver Development Program, will have a busy 2018.
He’s coming off a 2017 where he won one race and sat on four poles in the Truck series. He was also Truck Series Rookie of the Year. In 2018 he’ll vary things up, racing both on ovals and road courses.

On the XFINITY side of things, Briscoe will compete in 12 races for Roush Fenway in the No. 60 car, along with opportunities for other teams. The road course portion will see Briscoe compete in a Mustang in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series, as well as select Mustang events in the Trans-Am TA2 class.

“If you want a championship driver you have to train the young driver and that’s what our program is all about.  It’s about developing him and developing his skills,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance.  “Chase is taking a step up to the NASCAR XFINITY Series, but we’re also going to pair him up with the best in the business and he’s going to understand what it means to go out and road race.”

As part of his road racing development, Briscoe will work with veteran sports car drivers Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell, who teamed up to win the 2016 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series championship in the Ford Shelby GT350R-C.

“I’m excited for next year just because I’m going to be doing multiple things.  I’m not committed to just one series, which is good because I probably haven’t run 50 pavement races in my entire life,” said Briscoe.  “I feel like I’m at a point where I learn a ton every single race, so to get a chance to run some IMSA and Trans-Am races, in addition to my XFINITY schedule, is going to be a huge deal.”

In addition to competing in those two series, Briscoe will assist Ford as a test driver within the Ford product development program.

“Our plan is to bring him along on our road car development projects and have him test drive the products, push them to the limit and that’s where he’s really going to learn about what makes a car work,” said Pericak.  “All of these skills have to be learned, so we’re going to develop him, hone his skills, and then he will no doubt be a championship-level driver.”

Matt M. Myftiu

Matt Myftiu has been a journalist for two decades with a focus on technology, NASCAR and autos.

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