Briscoe set to skip IndyCar qualifying

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LONG POND, PA. (AP) - Ryan Briscoe is set to skip IndyCar Series qualifying Saturday to race in an American Le Mans Series race at Lime Rock.

Briscoe will not make a qualifying attempt for Sunday’s IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway. He did participate in Thursday’s test at Pocono.

Briscoe will make his fourth IndyCar start in the No. 4 Chevrolet.

After Thursday’s test, he left for Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., and will drive in Saturday’s Northeast Grand Prix.

“Last week, we spent our time working on our race prep and we worked hard on trying to find something that will get us through the field during the race on Sunday,” Briscoe said. “Pocono’s a big track and it’s a long 400-mile race, so we feel plenty confident, even having to start in the back. I know the National Guard crew will work hard, and with all the track time we’ll have on Thursday, we can get to the front.”

He’s used to pulling double-duty. The 31-year-old Briscoe captured a P2 class victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring before returning to IndyCars with Ganassi Racing for the Indianapolis 500 in May.

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