Broken Wrist Sidelines Ryan Briscoe
TORONTO – National Guard Panther Racing driver Ryan Briscoe sustained a fracture to the distal radius bone in his right wrist in an incident during Saturday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race at Toronto and will miss Sunday’s race as a result.
Briscoe’s injury will require surgery, but he is expected to have a quick recovery and could be available as early as the next IndyCar Series event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Briscoe was running 12th during Saturday’s event when Justin Wilson and Charlie Kimball made contact, sending Wilson’s No. 19 car into the path of Briscoe’s National Guard car. With nowhere to go Briscoe made contact with Wilson’s car, and injured his wrist while holding onto the steering wheel during the contact.
“All of us at Panther Racing hate to see this happen to Ryan, but we’ve spoken with (IndyCar orthopedic consultant) Dr. Terry Trammel and the quick recovery time for this type of injury is very encouraging,” Panther Managing Partner John Barnes said. “We all wish Ryan a very speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in the National Guard car very soon.”
Panther will announce its intention to either utilize a replacement driver in tomorrow’s race at Toronto or to withdraw from participation on Sunday morning.