Ryan Briscoe received his first on-track testing time at Homestead-Miami Speedway this week.

Briscoe, who joined Team Penske a few weeks ago, tested the #6 Honda-powered Dallara on Wednesday December 5 and in the morning session on Thursday December 6 before handing it over to his team-mate, Helio Castroneves.

"It's great to be out here working with the engineers and mechanics, and it's great to be in a Team Penske racing suit and officially on board," said Briscoe, who this past season competed for Penske Racing's American Le Mans Series team.

"I loved being out here at Homestead. It was a bit about me getting up to speed and feeling comfortable out there.

"We were doing a lot of setup changes for my benefit and the team's benefit until we get to know each other better and what I want from the car. So it's been a great first step toward having a better handle on everything."

Earlier in the week meanwhile, Briscoe was in London to accept the Bruce McLaren Trophy from the British Racing Drivers' Club. The award recognises the most meritorious performance by a Commonwealth driver during the year. Briscoe finished fifth in the 91st Indianapolis 500 and was rookie of the year in ALMS: "It was an honour and surprise," he added. "It was a real nice event."