Milwaukee: Marcos Ambrose preview

AMBROSE, STP/KINGSFORD GET HELPING HAND FOR MILWAUKEE WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- If everything goes as planned, Marcos Ambrose and the STP/Kingsford race team this Saturday night at The Milwaukee Mile will get a lot of frequent flier miles and a...

AMBROSE, STP/KINGSFORD GET HELPING HAND FOR MILWAUKEE

WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- If everything goes as planned, Marcos Ambrose and the STP/Kingsford race team this Saturday night at The Milwaukee Mile will get a lot of frequent flier miles and a helping hand from longtime racer/driving coach Robert Pressley for Saturday night's Camping World RV Rental 250.

Ambrose hopes to make his Sprint Cup Series debut on Sunday at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. To make the cross-country odyssey possible, JTG Racing will employ Pressley, a jet and a lot of patience for the unique doubleheader.

"I'm looking forward to both races," Ambrose said. "It's a big week. It's one of the biggest weeks of my career, logistically and the pressure and the expectation and everything. As professionals you've got to deal with all of that. I think it will be ok. I'm looking forward to it. I'm just looking forward to it. I'm anxious about it, but at the same time, I'm really keen to get it going."

Ambrose is scheduled to practice and qualify the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing on the road course at Sonoma. If he makes the field, he will practice early Saturday before flying across the country in time for the 8:30 p.m. ET start at Milwaukee.

Pressley has 244 career starts in the Nationwide Series -- 71 of them for JTG Racing. He has worked as a driving coach for the team since 2005 and will be on standby if Ambrose has any travel delays.

"We've got all the planes and helicopters and stuff that we need to try and get it done," Ambrose said. "The first thing is to get the No. 21 car in the race in Sonoma, and then we really activate that plan. If we don't, then I'll just make my way to Milwaukee in time to practice and qualify the car and just do the weekend as per normal. We intend to try and do both. We're going to try to, depending on how that works."

While Ambrose is excited about making his Sprint Cup debut, he's equally committed to the No. 59 STP/Kingsford race team. He finished sixth last week at Kentucky to move to 13th in the standings. His goal remains a Top-10 finish in the rankings.

"We've turned the corner with our STP/Kingsford car," Ambrose said. "Cary (Cogswell, crew chief) has done a tremendous job getting us back on track.

I know we'll have a good car in Sonoma and a good car in Milwaukee. My job is easy -- just getting across the country and back.

-credit: jtg

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Robert Pressley , Marcos Ambrose