Marcos Ambrose is looking to continue his strong form from last weekend and go the distance in the longest race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, with the Coca Cola 600 to be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday morning. The 600...
Marcos Ambrose is looking to continue his strong form from last weekend and go the distance in the longest race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, with the Coca Cola 600 to be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday morning.
The 600 mile (966km) long race is of similar distance to the Bathurst 1000, however Ambrose will be flying solo aboard his Kingsford Charcoal Toyota Camry for the duration of the event, and is expected to compete the 400 lap race over two-hours quicker than the classic Australian enduro.
Confidence in the JTG Daugherty Racing camp is high after Ambrose's result at Charlotte last weekend as a part of the All-Star Race weekend, with his team mates from the Michael Waltrip Racing stable also showing strong form at the venue.
"We were pretty racy in the Showdown, and it gives us confidence for this weekend," Ambrose said.
"We started 19th and drove through the field in the Showdown, and we had one of the fastest cars out there, but and we just ran out of laps.
"At least, we were able to use it as a test for this weekend.
"I was able to move around to see what the car could do up top, in the middle and on the bottom.
"We have a great reference point and I can't wait."
Last year's Coca Cola 600 was a rain shortened affair, won by Ambrose's team mate David Reutimann, while his other team mate Martin Truex Jnr won the Showdown last weekend, then came through for a flying second in the All-Star Race.
"It was great to see David win last year and also nice to see Martin win the Showdown and almost win the All-Star race," Ambrose said.
"We all work together at JTG Daugherty Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing.
"We've got some confidence rolling and we are pretty excited about it.
"I'm not sure what to expect for a 600-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, as this is all brand new to me because the race was shortened by rain last year.
"600 miles is a physical challenge as well as a mental one.
"You've got to get into a rhythm and have a car that's going to handle on long green flag runs because there's going to be a lot of them.
"Who knows how we will stack up, but we will be ready for it."
Prior to racing this weekend, Ambrose commences a thorough road course testing program, with a test scheduled at Virgina International Raceway (VIR), followed by a Goodyear tyre test on the 1st and 2nd of June at Watkins Glen International.
Watkins Glen proved to be a high point of Ambrose's 2009 season, where he won the Nationwide Series race, before registering his career-best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series result, with second place to Tony Stewart.
"That was a bittersweet day and I wish we had it to do all over again," Ambrose said.
"We just couldn't catch Tony, he had fresher tires.
"We're going back there to win the thing.
"The tests at VIR and Watkins Glen International are going to help us tremendously with our road course program.
"We were really good at the road courses last year, but there's always room for improvement and these tests are going to make us even better.
"We want to win one of these things and it doesn't matter if it's on an oval or at a road course like Sonoma (Infineon Raceway) in June."
-source: marcos ambrose PR