Penske Racing will have the same three-driver lineup for 2012, but one of the teams will still look a little different.
Today the team announced that the previously named number six car of Ryan Briscoe, will now go with the famous Penske number two. They didn’t stop there though, also naming Jonathan Diuguid as the new race engineer for Briscoe’s car.
Diuguid is not new to the team, as he has been there since 2005 when he was a member of the Penske Porsche sports car team. He had many engineering roles there, before moving on to Briscoe’s team two years ago where he has been the data acquisition engineer.
The team decided to switch numbers this year because of the history and tradition with the number two. Still, they have won multiple Indianapolis 500 races with the previously used number six, but many open-wheel history buffs will welcome the change this season.
The famous number two open wheel car has competed in 142 races over the years. Briscoe will become just the sixth driver to get behind the wheel of the two car. A sponsor announcement has not been made for the team, but that should come in the next few weeks.
Penske has been involved with INDYCAR since 1968 with Mark Donohue. Their first entry in Indianapolis came the following season, in 1969. Just three years later in 1972, they won their first of many 500s with Donohue. They have won the Greatest Spectacle in Racing a record 15 times, claiming pole position 15 times as well.
The other major announcement coming out of the INDYCAR Series today was the signing of driver Mike Conway by AJ Foyt Racing. Conway will take over the famous number 14 car, giving the team some much-needed strength on the road/street courses next season.
Conway won his first race this past season at Long Beach. Six times last season he qualified in the top ten on the road/street courses. He also had four top ten finishes in those events.
This move will guarantee at least one change at Andretti Autosport, with only two drivers (Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay) confirmed for 2012 as of right now. This could open up the door for last year’s top rookie James Hinchcliffe to secure a spot in the Go Daddy car.