BUSCH: Montreal: Marcos Ambrose Friday notes

AMBROSE AGAIN THIRD FASTEST CONTINUING STRONG BUILD UP IN MONTREAL Marcos Ambrose continues to be a pacesetter in practice for the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneueve in Montreal, Canada today. Ambrose was third fastest in...

AMBROSE AGAIN THIRD FASTEST CONTINUING STRONG BUILD UP IN MONTREAL

Marcos Ambrose continues to be a pacesetter in practice for the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneueve in Montreal, Canada today.

Ambrose was third fastest in final practice for the landmark event at the demanding road course, the first NASCAR Busch Series points event held in Canada.

Earlier today Ambrose was fifth fastest in the third practice session for the weekend, following on from third and sixth fastest in the opening two practice sessions held yesterday.

The Australian is confident that he has fine tuned a strong race package out of the Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion and will be looking to qualifying towards the front and make a good start tomorrow, when qualifying and the 74-lap race is held.

Former Champ Car driver and Canadian Patrick Carpentier was fastest in final practice for the NAPA Auto Parts 200 ahead of Michael Valiante and Ambrose.

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

QUESTION: HOW WAS YOUR AFTERNOON PRACTICE SESSION?

MA: "We've been competitive all weekend long and in every session that we've been in. We've been right up-front there. We're excited about our race package.

"Some guys are driving way over their heads and are missing the chicanes, so it's hard to know who ran the top times and who didn't. Hopefully, we'll start somewhere near the front and I can put a decent qualifying lap together.

"I'm looking forward to a good day tomorrow. It means a lot to Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, Kingsford Charcoal and all our sponsors to have a good run. We've been waiting a while to turn out a good round and I think this weekend it's a step in the right direction."

Q: WHAT HAS CHANGED SINCE YESTERDAY AND THIS MORNING? HAS THE RAIN OR INCREASE IN TEMPERATURE AFFECTED ANYTHING?

MA: "Times are a lot faster. Yesterday I was clocking at (one minute) 43 seconds and today I'm doing 42 seconds, so we're gaining a few seconds and that's because the track is coming to us. The track is improving, the cars are handling better and we're pushing it harder.

"We've got our race motors and stuff in. We've got a lot of stuff working in our favour now, but that's it; that's all we have got. We're going to roll-up tomorrow and see how things work and see who misses the chicane and who doesn't. Hopefully, we'll start near the front."

Q: HAS NASCAR MENTIONED ANY PENALTIES FOR DRIVING THROUGH THE CHICANE?

MA: "They've said that they were going to watch it this afternoon and have some kind of control over the situation, which they will.

"We'll talk about that in the driver's meeting, I'm sure it's something like, 'don't gain a position or advantage by going through it.'

"Brake management is key here and if you're running out of brakes, or if you try and stop too late, you're not going to slow down, that's what is going to happen here. It's going to happen a few times in the race and I'm sure NASCAR will have it handled."

-credit: team australia

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Michael Valiante , Marcos Ambrose