BUSCH: Marcos Ambrose Preseason Thunder preview

AMBROSE TO BEGIN 2007 NASCAR PROGRAM WITH DAYTONA TESTING THIS FRIDAY Team Australia's Marcos Ambrose will begin his 2007 NASCAR program when the Australian embarks on the first open Busch Series test for the season at Daytona International ...

AMBROSE TO BEGIN 2007 NASCAR PROGRAM WITH DAYTONA TESTING THIS FRIDAY

Team Australia's Marcos Ambrose will begin his 2007 NASCAR program when the Australian embarks on the first open Busch Series test for the season at Daytona International Speedway this Friday.

Ambrose will put his new ride, the Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion, through its paces around the 2.5-mile superspeedway over three days of testing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with other Busch Series teams. Daytona is currently hosting pre-season testing for all three of NASCAR's championship divisions.

After a refreshing break in Australia over the Christmas and New Year's period, during which Ambrose announced a minimum two race schedule in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup in a Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards-branded Wood Brothers/JTG Racing Ford Fusion, the Tasmanian star is keener than ever to get back into a race car and begin his second season in NASCAR competition.

It will be Ambrose's first time on the Daytona superspeedway, the venue that will also be the stage of his NASCAR Busch Series debut on February 17. Ambrose has previous superspeedway experience, racing at Talladega Superspeedway in last year's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in October. Ambrose has competed on the Daytona road course in the past, racing in the 2005 Daytona 24 Hour.

The test will give Ambrose the opportunity to gel with his new crew chief Greg Connor and the crew on the Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Wood Brothers/JTG Racing entry.

The three test days at Daytona on January 19-21 will be followed by the second official pre-season Busch Series test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 5-6.

Marcos Ambrose -- Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion

"The Daytona test will be a good way to get back into things for the new season," said Ambrose.

"We are going to the first test to really dial ourselves in -- there will not be much pressure to do lap times.

"The test will be the first chance for me to work with my new crew and for everyone to learn to communicate with each other. We'll be working at getting systems in place for the new season and making sure we gel as a team.

"The car should be good from the start, so the main thing will be for our crew to learn to work together. They're a great bunch of guys and I've been looking forward to driving the Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion for a while now, so it's going to be a good few days at Daytona.

"The Wood Brothers/JTG Racing operation has had a little bit of a reshuffle for the new season and the atmosphere in the workshop is really great. Everything is on schedule and we can't wait for the season to get underway.

"I'll have Greg Connor as my crew chief so we'll be working at getting our communication right at Daytona and then really set ourselves for a big test in Las Vegas in early February."

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