ELBOWS UP FOR AMBROSE IN INDIANAPOLIS Marcos Ambrose is prepared for a rough encounter on the flat short track that is O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana this weekend. Ambrose raced at the traditional venue last season in...
ELBOWS UP FOR AMBROSE IN INDIANAPOLIS
Marcos Ambrose is prepared for a rough encounter on the flat short track that is O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana this weekend.
Ambrose raced at the traditional venue last season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and therefore knows of ORP's reputation for tight, rough and tough racing. Ambrose was heading towards a top 15 result last season before eventually finishing 22nd after damage slowed his charge.
The Australian driver will be out to collect a solid result in the Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion as he continues to strive to move up the order and challenge for his fourth NASCAR Busch Series top 10 finish.
Ambrose currently sits 10th in the NASCAR Busch Series standings and second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year points behind fellow Ford driver David Ragan.
This weekend's race will be conducted over the course of one day, making set-up a challenge as practice is staged in the midday sun while the race will be run in the cool of the evening.
Marcos Ambrose -- Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion
"ORP is one of the short, flat speedways that a lot of these guys over here grew up racing on," said Ambrose.
"And if there is one thing that characterises these sort of tracks, it's damage. Sometimes you can't help what goes on in front of you, but if you can help it you need to stay out of trouble.
"Having said that, when you race as such a tight track with 42 other cars, you need to keep your elbows up and do a bit of rubbing to get through it all and make some passing moves.
"It certainly gets your attention. ORP is one of the tracks where you expect to get a scratch on your fender, but if you can help it, a scratch is all you want.
"One of the big challenges it ORP is car set-up. Being a one-day race meeting, you do all your practice running and car set-up during the day, but then you race at night when the track is completely different.
"That caught me out a little last year when we ran the truck here, so it's things like this that you pick up with experience so we will definitely have that in the back of our mind this weekend."