The Indianapolis 500 hasn't exactly been kind to Ryan Briscoe in recent years, but he's on the pole for this year's race, poised to bring another Borg Warner trophy to Team Penske.This will be the seventh Indy 500 start for Briscoe, an Australian who has been on the circuit since 2005.
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The month of May has been kind to Briscoe so far."It's amazing how big a deal it is. I've been knocked off the pole before," Briscoe said. "Starting second or third, people are like, 'Hey, good job.' On the pole, everyone's all about it. It's really awesome."Pole position at Indy is old hat for some drivers, but Briscoe hopes to learn from some of the best."The thing is, from Helio (Castroneves), who has had four to Rick (Mears) who has had six, those two guys have been teaching me," Briscoe said.With Team Penske's 15 Indy 500 victories behind him, Briscoe is eager to fill some big shoes."I'm still learning every day, still young," Briscoe said. "I feel like I've still got a lot to learn and achieve here in this sport, and getting my first pole at Indy, that's a big milestone. Hopefully, we have many more milestones to come."The Indianapolis 500 is certainly the biggest race on the IndyCar circuit, and it's a big deal to all Penske drivers."This race is the big daddy, not just to us but to Roger (Penske)," Briscoe said. "This is what keeps him coming to the races. It's all about the Indy 500." Briscoe admitted the pressure is high, but he's thriving on it."I want to win championships, and I want to win Indy 500s, so that's my goal," Briscoe said. "I'm in the dream spot. No one puts more pressure on myself than I do."
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