BUSCH: Indy ORP: Marcos Ambrose race report

EARLY MOVES FORWARD HALTED BY DRIVELINE ISSUE FOR AMBROSE Team Australia driver Marcos Ambrose had his charge towards the front halted by a driveline issue during the Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis today. After qualifying...

EARLY MOVES FORWARD HALTED BY DRIVELINE ISSUE FOR AMBROSE

Team Australia driver Marcos Ambrose had his charge towards the front halted by a driveline issue during the Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis today.

After qualifying in 24th position Ambrose was on the charge during the early laps aboard the Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion to be inside the top 15 within the opening few laps around the historic 0.69 mile (1.1km) oval.

The dual V8 Supercar Champion was maintaining 14th position before disaster struck just prior to quarter race distance of the 200-lap journey when Ambrose's car was slowed due to an issue in the driveline.

Under the second caution period of the race, caused when Ambrose's fellow Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender David Ragan gyrated his machine, Ambrose brought his the Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion onto pit lane.

Ambrose's Wood Brothers team immediately went to work to discover and rectify the problem. After his crew replaced a broken rear end gear he returned the circuit on lap 75, albeit 26 laps down on the leaders.

Continuing on to gain valuable championship points Ambrose showed some good pace as he used the final half of the race to further his knowledge on the short-track oval. He was classified 32nd at the finish.

Jason Leffler made a pass for the lead with two laps remaining before holding on for the victory, the second of his career. Finishing second was Greg Biffle who was followed by David Reutimann.

Carl Edwards continues to lead the championship on 3394 points ahead of Reutimann on 2542 and Leffler on 2447. Ambrose remains inside the top ten and second in the chase for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year award.

Ambrose's focus now turns towards next weekend's road course race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada.

Marcos Ambrose -- Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion "It was a case of what could have been out there today," said Ambrose.

"We were running good, probably the best we've run in short track for a while and broke a rear end gear.

"Just prior to the second caution there were all sorts of noises coming from the drive train or gearbox which sounded like popcorn in the microwave.

"Breaking the rear end gear is something that shouldn't happen and it hardly ever happens, too. I'm not blaming anyone. I guess it's just one of those deals. It's a tough part and it didn't do justice for us.

"The guys done good job to get me back out there to make sure we stayed inside the top ten in the points standings.

"I was able to put in some good times towards the end of the race, equivalent to that of the leaders, and didn't lose another lap from when I returned to the track which was an encouraging sign.

"It's now time to turn my focus on the road course race in Canada next week."

-credit: team australia

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler , Greg Biffle , Gilles Villeneuve , Marcos Ambrose , David Reutimann , Carl Edwards , David Ragan