Ryan Briscoe, driver of the #2 IZOD Team Penske Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars into turn one during the IZOD IndyCar Series 96th running of the Indianpolis 500 mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27, 2012.
Ryan Briscoe, driver of the #2 IZOD Team Penske Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars into turn one during the IZOD IndyCar Series 96th running of the Indianpolis 500 mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27, 2012. Jonathan Ferrey / Getty Images

Briscoe in the hot seat

WINNING pole in the Indianapolis 500 may prove to be the easiest part of the equation for Sydneysider Ryan Briscoe.

The 30-year-old has taken pole 10 times previously in his eight-year IndyCar career, winning twice, the last time at Firestone in 2010.

To win at Indianapolis this morning (Australian time), he will have to hold off the likes of Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves and fellow Aussie Will Power.



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