That's because Briscoe will competing for Level 5 Motorsports in the American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix race at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.
"It's great that Panther is giving me the opportunity to race at Pocono even though I won't be here Saturday for practice and qualifying," said Briscoe. "Fortunately, I will be able to prepare the car for the race and it was a big bonus having the test day last week and then the open test on Thursday to get as much track time as possible.”
“I'm not concerned about missing qualifying and having to start in the back of the field," said Panther CEO John Barnes. "Pocono is a big place and we'll have 400 miles to help Ryan work his way to the front."
Pocono will be Briscoe's fourth start in the #4 National Guard Panther Racing car, which will sport a special red, white and blue livery in honor of the Fourth of July weekend that also highlights the 150th anniversary of the introduction of the Medal of Honor.
“This is obviously a big weekend for us with it being the Fourth of July and we've got some important guests that will be attending the race, so we're looking forward to getting to Pocono on Wednesday and getting to work,” said Barnes.
Pippa Mann returns for Pocono
Pippa Mann will return to the cockpit of the #18 Dale Coyne Racing car for this weekend's Pocono Indy 400, the driver announced on Twitter on Wednesday.
"Just confirmed- I drive the 18 this w/end!!," Mann posted on the social networking site. "HUGE thank you to Dale Coyne Racing and Dale himself for making this happen today!!!
"Been pretty nervous, antsy/edgy couple of days for me, cannot reiterate enough that this [would] not have happened without all Dale's efforts," she added.
Following the announcement, Mann will also take part in the eight-hour IndyCar open test at Pocono on Thursday with the other teams and drivers competing in this weekend's event.