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Team Penske: Briscoe 'at the top of our list' to replace Hornish -- if he departs

If Sam Hornish Jr. leaves his Penske IndyCar ride for NASCAR in 2008, who'll fill the three-time champ's shoes? Penske boss Tim Cindric says Ryan Briscoe is "at the top of our list," writes Bruce Martin.

Updated: September 3, 2007, 12:20 AM ET
By Bruce Martin | Special to ESPN.com

DETROIT -- When Ryan Briscoe was a rookie in the IndyCar Series in 2005, he crashed so many cars for Target/Chip Ganassi Racing that some called him the "IRL's Crash Test Dummy."

If Briscoe becomes the driver to replace three-time IndyCar champion Sam Hornish Jr. in the No. 6 for Team Penske in 2008, that nickname should be changed to "The Comeback Kid."

"They would be big shoes to fill, that's for sure," Briscoe said at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. "I'm sure ...

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