Pocono II: Marcos Ambrose preview

NASCAR star Marcos Ambrose returns to the track this weekend at Pocono Raceway, putting behind a big week where it was announced that the Australian will be splitting with JTG Daugherty Racing at the end of the season. "It'll be good to get back...

NASCAR star Marcos Ambrose returns to the track this weekend at Pocono Raceway, putting behind a big week where it was announced that the Australian will be splitting with JTG Daugherty Racing at the end of the season.

"It'll be good to get back on the track and behind the wheel again," Marcos Ambrose said.

"I'm really looking forward to finishing off the year strongly with JTG Daugherty Racing; I'm still as hungry and focused as ever to get some wins on the board for the team.

"There are no deals done for next year, what's true is that at the end of the season I'll be a free agent.

"At this stage I'm not sure what the future is going to bring, but I am very thankful for the journey so far with JTG Daugherty Racing, we're all friends here, and I think that will continue long after the end of this season.

"I'm in no rush to make my next move; I'm just going to let things settle in the next week or so.

"It's been a big decision, but I feel it was the right one and the time was right to announce it.

"We've got a lot to look forward to, after Pocono we return to Watkins Glen, Michigan, Bristol and Montreal, they are all tracks that I enjoy competing on."

Meanwhile this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 will see Ambrose looking for redemption.

During the NASCAR Sprint Cup's last visit to the unique tri-oval in June, Ambrose was an innocent victim of a massive last lap pile up, which eliminated his Toyota Camry from a strong finishing position.

Ambrose however has a good record at Pocono; after finishing in sixth position in his first race at the 2.5 mile long circuit in 2009, he then led his first ever career laps during the corresponding race last year.

"Pocono is an amazing place; it's unlike any other oval we visit," Ambrose said.

"There's long straights followed by tight corners, it takes a very different approach to a typically high banked superspeedway, but I definitely like the challenge.

"The finish of the June race pretty much sums up our season, we were simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"We worked hard on the car throughout that race, so we know we have a good baseline to start from this weekend.

"I can't wait to get out there and just concentrate on racing."

-source: marcos ambrose PR

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Marcos Ambrose
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing