Chicagoland: Marcos Ambrose race report

ROUGH RIDE FOR AMBROSE IN CHICAGOLAND Australian Marcos Ambrose endured a frustrating evening in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, finishing the latest race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season in 28th position. With a car that was ...

ROUGH RIDE FOR AMBROSE IN CHICAGOLAND

Australian Marcos Ambrose endured a frustrating evening in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, finishing the latest race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season in 28th position.

With a car that was difficult to drive, Ambrose fell two-laps behind his Michael Waltrip Racing team mate, and eventual race winner David Reutimann at the chequered flag.

"It was one of those nights where nothing really worked," Ambrose said.

"On every pit stop we tried something different with the set-up of the car, we were chasing the handling, but it just wasn't working for us.

"It's a shame, we've been making some good headway on these intermediate ovals, but we've got to go back to the workshop and have a think about our strategy.

"Indianapolis is next weekend with the Brickyard 400, it's a wide open race, the sort of event that anyone can win.

"From Indy, we're back to Pocono and Watkins Glen, there's still a lot to look forward to this year."

After starting in 23rd position, Ambrose's Clorox Toyota Camry drifted back through the pack until the first pitstop during the opening yellow flag caution period on lap 38, when David Stremme's Ford hit the wall.

A loose wheel nut however required the car to return to the pit lane to be re-tensioned, dropping Ambrose to 33rd for the lap 43 restart.

Following on from a green flag pit stop on lap 89, race leader Jamie McMurray lapped Ambrose on lap 109 of 267.

Unfortunately for Ambrose, the next caution flag for debris came slightly too late, with Ryan Newman being awarded the 'Lucky Dog' free-pass back onto the lead lap by being one position ahead of Ambrose on the race track.

After a good pit stop, Ambrose re-emerged onto the circuit in 25th position, but he missed the next free-pass after a tardy restart dropped him down the order to 31st.

That caution flag was caused by multiple series champion Jimmie Johnson, who spun on the back part of the circuit.

With 99 laps to go, Ambrose was in 31st position, when Bill Elliot hit the wall and was t-boned by Robby Gordon.

After a green flag pit stop, Ambrose fell another lap behind the leader, making it to the finish in 28th position, the same position he holds in the championship chase.

Reutimann cruised to his second career victory ahead of Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon.

Race highlights will be shown on Fox Sports 2 on Monday evening, with further replays on One HD hosted by Marcos Ambrose from Tuesday night.

Next weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a hallmark event, the Brickyard 400.

-source: marcos ambrose PR

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Michael Waltrip , Robby Gordon , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Marcos Ambrose , Carl Edwards , David Stremme
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing