Ryan Briscoe will return to the Indianapolis 500 this year in a car fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing.

The long-rumored pairing wasn't completed until last weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. It will be formally announced Friday, but Ganassi confirmed the hiring Thursday night to The Associated Press.

Briscoe will drive the No. 8 Honda with sponsorship from IT services and consulting company NTT Data.

Briscoe won the pole for the 500 last season with Penske Racing. He split with the team at the end of the season, and AJ Allmendinger will drive his old car in the 500 this year.

The Australian has seven career IndyCar victories and drove for Ganassi in 2005. Briscoe has seven career starts at Indy and last year tied his career-best finish of fifth.

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