Indy ORP: JTG Racing, Ambrose race report

AMBROSE'S WHIRLWIND DAY ENDS WITH 12TH-PLACE FINISH CLERMONT, Ind. -- Saturday night's 12th-place finish in the Kroger 200 proved to be an impressive curtain call for Marcos Ambrose and the Kingsford Match Light Ford. Earlier in the day, the...

AMBROSE'S WHIRLWIND DAY ENDS WITH 12TH-PLACE FINISH

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Saturday night's 12th-place finish in the Kroger 200 proved to be an impressive curtain call for Marcos Ambrose and the Kingsford Match Light Ford.

Earlier in the day, the Tasmanian qualified a Ford Fusion into the Sprint Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He finished off the whirlwind day by starting 37th at the O'Reilly Raceway Park and improving a race-best 25 positions in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event.

"What a day," Ambrose said. "It's certainly a day I'll never forget. I didn't know how we could have outdone what happened over at the Brickyard, especially since we had to qualify our way into the field, and we did it. We were a little behind at the start of the Nationwide race, but everyone on this JTG Racing team kept working to make it better. Last Saturday will be a day our entire organization will never forget."

While Ambrose was at Indianapolis, longtime JTG driver/mentor Robert Pressley practiced the Kingsford Ford at ORP. The team concentrated on a setup that would work best at night, even if it came at the expense of traction during the first 75 laps before the sun set. "The car came alive in the last 100 laps," said crew chief Gary Cogswell. "It was a lot of fun to watch Marcos work his way through all that traffic. Improving 25 spots on a short track is something you don't see very often. It's a shame we didn't have another 50 laps. It could have gotten interesting."

The finish helped Ambrose maintain his 12th-place position in the Nationwide standings. However, he drew to a mere 80 points from the Top 10.

"I'm really pleased with our finish," Ambrose said. "We got ourselves in a good position. I can't complain. I didn't practice the car at all, but thanks to Robert and everyone else at JTG Racing, we had a really good piece and I had a fun night." Ambrose, who finished 22nd on Sunday, will move to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal next Saturday for the second road course of the Nationwide season.

"This is a really good stretch of races for our Kingsford car," Ambrose said. "If last Saturday is any indication, we're in a good position to make a run down the stretch -- and have a lot of fun in the process."

-credit: JTG Racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Marcos Ambrose