BUSCH: Ambrose Preseason Thunder, day one notes

AMBROSE POSTS TOP TEN TIME AT OPENING DAY OF TESTING IN DAYTONA Team Australia's Marcos Ambrose has started his 2007 NASCAR campaign with a top ten time in the first day of preseason testing for the NASCAR Busch Series at Daytona ...

AMBROSE POSTS TOP TEN TIME AT OPENING DAY OF TESTING IN DAYTONA

Team Australia's Marcos Ambrose has started his 2007 NASCAR campaign with a top ten time in the first day of preseason testing for the NASCAR Busch Series at Daytona International Speedway in Florida today.

Ambrose drove the Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion to 10th fastest in the afternoon session. His best lap for the day, a 48.601 second lap time (185.181mph/298.019km/h), was the fastest by any Ford driver present at today's open test.

The Australian completed 57 laps in the 59A car and 13 in the 59B car across the morning and afternoon sessions for a total of 70 laps on his first day driving at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

Each Busch Series team was permitted to run two cars in today's testing, with each car timed separately, meaning in terms of teams and drivers, Ambrose and the Aussie Vineyards-backed Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion were 16th in the morning session and an impressive ninth in the afternoon session.

Ambrose and the #59 Kingsford Charcoal Wood Brothers/JTG Racing team were keen to use this first day of testing to gel as a crew and work closely with each other for this first day on-track for the new season.

The Kingsford Charcoal team came away pleased with the efforts of today and will use tomorrow to further the Daytona set-up of the car, with aerodynamic set-up a priority.

Ambrose and the team will test for a further two days at Daytona as part of NASCAR's Preseason Thunder testing schedule. Daytona is also the host for the first race in the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series on February 17.

Marcos Ambrose - #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion

"The whole crew gelled really well and we're all very happy with the day's work," said Ambrose.

"The draft definitely makes a huge difference so there is only so much you can read into the times.

"Some people did a lot of running in the draft and others did a lot of solo qualifying runs. The important thing is concentrating on your own thing with your team and today our team worked really well on what was effectively our first day of the year.

"Daytona is a pretty aggressive track and a bit more challenging than I expected. The cars really bounce over the bumps and you have to catch the car quite a lot out there.

"It caught me by surprise a little, because it's bumpier and narrower than I expected. Today was my first day around this place, so tomorrow we will come in knowing what to expect and can really get to work with some ideas on the car.

"Today was our first day of the year (on-track) so it was really about the team working well, running some laps in the draft and doing some qualifying runs and the day went really well.

"The #59 Kingsford Charcoal crew were spot on all day and they are a very good group to work with. We had a good solid first day and tomorrow we will get to work with some development on the aerodynamics of the car.

"My first day as a part of the Busch Series was a good feeling and it's definitely a step up. I'm with the big boys and the big teams now. It's very fast out there and it's definitely competitive. I'm really excited about working hard between now and the first race so that we have a good start to the season."

-credit: bam media

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