Originally written on Indy Racing Revolution  |  Last updated 2/12/13

MOTEGI, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 18: Ryan Briscoe, driver of the #6 Team Penske Dallara Honda waits to qualify for the IndyCar Series Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 Mile on September 18, 2009 at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Japan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Despite seven victories and 27 podium finishes across a five-year span with his former squad at Team Penske, Ryan Briscoe remains rideless for the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship. With Dragon Racing's second seat going to Colombia's Sebastian Saavedra -- an up-and-comer with just 19 IndyCar starts to his credit -- Briscoe's chances of staying on the circuit full-time would appear to be dwindling even further. There's still some hope for the Australian, but it may be the last hope he's got. Honda-powered Dale Coyne Racing has yet to announce its driver roster for the No. 18 and 19 machines. Everyone expects DCR regular and 2012 race winner Justin Wilson in one of them, so that leaves one spot left there. Wilson and Briscoe would make a mean duo, and if Honda backed them up with solid powerplants, DCR would be capable of punching above its weight once again. Still, it's a bit of a surprise to see a driver of Briscoe's caliber still scrapping for a drive at this point in the off-season. Actually, no. It's not. Just look at the last two drivers that have been hired full-time in IndyCar. E.J. Viso (now with Andretti Autosport) and Saavedra have proven that they can race in IndyCar, but it's also true that they both have extensive sponsorship to help them out. No shame in that, obviously. But do either one of them have the same resume that Briscoe carries? The answer is no. Once again, it all appears to come down to money. It's a gas, isn't it?
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