AMBROSE QUALIFIES FOR ATLANTA CUP START AFTER RAIN-OUT Marcos Ambrose will make his first start for Michael Waltrip Racing and his eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after rain forced the cancellation of qualifying for the Pep Boys Auto 500...
AMBROSE QUALIFIES FOR ATLANTA CUP START AFTER RAIN-OUT
Marcos Ambrose will make his first start for Michael Waltrip Racing and his eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after rain forced the cancellation of qualifying for the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia today.
Ambrose will start 38th in the 43-car field aboard the #47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry, with the field set as per the NASCAR rulebook due to rain. The top 35 cars in owner's points will start in the first 35 positions, followed by the #77 entry (as a result of winning a race in 2007) and the #21 entry (which carries a past champion's provisional).
Ambrose's #47 entry, which sits 36th in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner's points standings with only four races remaining this season, will start next in 38th in the starting line-up.
Earlier in the day Ambrose was 25th fastest in opening Sprint Cup practice in a session cut short by rain.
It was also confirmed today that Ambrose will aim to qualify the #47 Little Debbie machine of Michael Waltrip Racing for the remaining three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races of the season at Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Frank Kerr, who has been named Ambrose's crew chief for the #47 JTG Daugherty Racing entry in 2009, will serve as crew chief for the remaining MWR races this season.
Meanwhile, Ambrose's back-up driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, was 13th and 45th fastest in the two practice sessions held at Memphis Motorsports Park today.
Ambrose will fly to Memphis, Tennessee tomorrow to race the #59 Kingsford Tailgate Ford Fusion of JTG Daugherty Racing in the Kroger 250 tomorrow.
"It's good to be locked into my first Cup start for Michael Waltrip Racing," said Ambrose.
"The rain here hasn't given anyone much track time but we are in the race and that was our goal for today.
"Now we have to get a good, consistent run going in the race on Sunday and get as many points as we can.
"Bringing the car home in one piece and in a solid position is very important given the points situation we are in.
"I'm thankful MWR is giving Frankie (#47 crew chief Frank Kerr) and me the opportunity to work together these last four races in the equipment we will be running next year.
"Driving Toyotas and working with MWR's engineering staff these last four weeks will really get us ahead of schedule for 2009. Our goal is to learn as much as we can about these cars so we can represent JTG Daugherty and our sponsors better next year.
"The Nationwide race in the Kingsford car tomorrow should be a lot of fun. The Memphis track is great and we have a good program going there, always on the improve.
"We were a top five car there last year and the aim is to do that all over again."