AMBROSE TO SERVE TIME FOR A GREAT CAUSE BEFORE RACING AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY Following fan appreciation day today at Raceworld U.S.A. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET, Marcos Ambrose is being sentenced and locked up in a jail cell at Brickhouse in ...
AMBROSE TO SERVE TIME FOR A GREAT CAUSE BEFORE RACING AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Following fan appreciation day today at Raceworld U.S.A. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET, Marcos Ambrose is being sentenced and locked up in a jail cell at Brickhouse in Davidson (N.C.) during the second annual Official Jail & Bail charity event to benefit the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund.
The event will feature NASCAR celebrities being "locked up" and having to raise their bail in an effort to raise money for the scholarship fund that helps encourage women to seek a career in the automotive industry. Donations can be made in Ambrose's name by visiting www.jtgdaughertyracing.com or foundation.nascar.com. The event will also feature a headline performance by country music star Rodney Atkins.
"I have to ring up to people to get bailed out, but I don't know if I have enough friends to make bail," Ambrose said. "I hope I get out. It's just really great that the NASCAR community comes together to give their time, effort and money to charities like this. Brienne was a friend to all of us and we miss her dearly and we hope the scholarship can help people."
Ambrose will have a full day of activities as he greets fans in Cornelius, N.C. prior to being shackled and sent to the slammer in good fun for the fundraiser. Ambrose along with Michael Waltrip, David Reutimann, Trevor Bayne and Ryan Truex will sign autographs beginning at 11 a.m. ET for two hours in Cornelius (N.C.) at the Raceworld U.S.A during fan appreciation day. There have been 200 fans randomly selected from signing up onlinehwww.michaelwaltrip.com) for an exclusive autograph session with the drivers.
"It's free admission to the fans and they are giving away prizes and food so it should be a fun event," Ambrose said. "Michael did a fan appreciation day in May and so many people showed up. We're expecting a bigger turnout on Wednesday."
On Thursday, it's back to business as usual as the Australian driver practices and qualifies the No. 47 Clorox Toyota Camry for the NASCAR Banking 500 that takes place on Saturday at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Ambrose finished 26th at the 1.5-mile tri oval in May. He also has two top-15 finishes in four Nationwide Series starts at the venue.
"We've come a long way with our setups since the last time we raced at Lowe's Motor Speedway and we are optimistic we are going to do better than last time," Ambrose said. "It's just a great event and you get to sleep in your own bed. We're looking forward to running well.We are disappointed with our finish last weekend at Auto Club Speedway. We had a top-10 car and we got caught up in a wreck there at the end that ruined our day."
Even though Ambrose was not happy with his result in Fontana (Calif.) last weekend, he's still pleased with the season overall.
"It's been a great year for us and I'm excited about our future," Ambrose said. "We've just got to qualify better because I'm not qualifying well right now and we are starting the races on Sunday the hard way. If we can qualify in the top-10, we'll be fine. Our races have been going well and we are moving to the front each week. We've been having a good handling race car and the pit crew is getting better and so have our choices. We gave away a top-10 at California, but we hope to rebound at Lowe's Motor Speedway. We're focused on getting some momentum for 2010."