Ambrose Eldora/Pocono preview

Marcos Ambrose to Race in the Prelude to the Dream before Pocono ROSSBURG, Ohio (June 3, 2009) -- Before traveling to Long Pond (Penn.) for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 500, Marcos Ambrose takes to the half-mile, high-banked, Eldora ...

Marcos Ambrose to Race in the Prelude to the Dream before Pocono

ROSSBURG, Ohio (June 3, 2009) -- Before traveling to Long Pond (Penn.) for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 500, Marcos Ambrose takes to the half-mile, high-banked, Eldora Speedway dirt oval tonight.

The Australian driver was recently invited to the Prelude to the Dream all-star dirt Late Model race lineup that features 25 renowned drivers. Some drivers include Tony Stewart, David Reutimann, Ryan Newman, Ron Capps, Kasey, Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and more.

Tonight Ambrose battles for bragging rights live on HBO Pay-Per-View for a good cause as he races a 2,300 pound dirt Late Model stock car for the first time during the fifth annual event.

"It's awesome to receive an invitation from Tony (Stewart) and the Prelude to the Dream is for a great cause," said Ambrose, who is referring to proceeds from the telecast going to four military-themed charities: Wounded Warrior Project, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Operation Homefront, Fisher House. "I'm jumping into the deep end because I don't have dirt experience like most of these drivers do. There's a little pressure and I'm a bit nervous, but I'm going to do my best and finish well. I'm thankful that Tony asked me because it's an incredible event he puts on annually. I know I'm going to have a lot of fun racing with those guys."

On Friday, Ambrose is back to business as usual to practice and qualify his No. 47 Little Debbie® Toyota. He's never raced at the 2.5-mile tri-oval nicknamed The Tricky Triangle, but he was able to test there last year.

"I was able to shake down a car there," Ambrose said. "It's just a different track like no other on the circuit. When you are going fast down the straight-aways, you've got to be precise on exit speeds. It's a hard track and I don't know what to expect."

This week has also been a busy week for Ambrose. On Tuesday, Ambrose and David Reutimann tested at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in preparation for the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Infineon Raceway.

"Marcos is the best road course racer I have ever worked with and he was really fast at VIR," Kerr said. "We have a great package for the Little Debbie® Toyota at Sonoma. We got in everything we wanted to try and Marcos was also able to work with David (Reutimann). We had a two-seater up there and Marcos gave David a few tips on hand positioning and shifting. David picked up a lot of time on his laps while we were there. It was a beneficial test for both Marcos and David. We all learned a lot from each other."

The Prelude to the Dream tonight, live, commercial-free broadcast will begin at 7 PM ET/ 4 P PT, with an immediate replay and subsequent replays throughout the week and the following weekend. HBO Pay-Per-View's racing telecast has a suggested retail price of $24.95 and is available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes. For more information, visit www.hbo.com/events/prelude/.

Live coverage of The Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on TNT, MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

-credit: Michael Waltrip Racing

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Series Charity , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , Stock car
Drivers Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Marcos Ambrose , David Reutimann , Clint Bowyer
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing