Ambrose on the Pole for the NAPA AUTO PARTS 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve MontrÃ©al (August 28, 2010) - Marcos Ambrose posts a new track record (100.458 seconds) at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to snag his fourth career NASCAR Nationwide Series...
Ambrose on the Pole for the NAPA AUTO PARTS 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Montréal (August 28, 2010) - Marcos Ambrose posts a new track record (100.458 seconds) at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to snag his fourth career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole in preparation for the NAPA AUTO PARTS 200 on Sunday. Ambrose bested Canadian native Jacques Villeneuve (100.619 seconds) with his No. 47 GLAD OdorSheild with Febreze/Giant Tiger Toyota for the top starting spot.
"I think I just made the entire Canadian population mad because it would have been a great story for Jacques Villeneuve to be on pole," Ambrose said. "I've watched him for years and he's a hero of mine.
"On the last lap, I had my tongue hanging out," Ambrose continued. "I didn't want to know where I was stacking up, I just wanted lap times. I didn't know he was matching me lap for lap. It's great to be able to start on the pole because this place has been really tough on us. I'm pretty proud of my guys. My NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew gave up their off weekend to come up here and help me win this race. We're hoping to do that tomorrow, but it's not going to be easy. There's a lot of talent in the field."
The Australian driver is aiming for his fourth career victory on Sunday in his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start this season. This will be Ambrose's fourth attempt at Montreal.
"We've put a lot of effort into this weekend's race," Ambrose said. "History means nothing when we're faced with the future. We have to really focus on this weekend's race. We feel like we've brought our best piece that we can and hopefully the luck is on our side this year and we can forget about the misfortune of the last three. It's not been any one thing, it's been a combination of bad luck and problems out of our control primarily that cost us the wins. They've all come down to a really close finish and unfortunately we haven't managed to seal it."
Ambrose has finished seventh, third and second respectively and looks to seal the deal tomorrow.
"The race hasn't unfolded the way we thought it was going to the last three years," Ambrose said. "Our approach to the weekend doesn't change. I think our ability to make good choices during the race is going to be the biggest thing for us. It's been a rough place for me to get to victory lane. It's hard to win a NASCAR race. As I've said before, you've got a lot of fantastic drivers here this year in particular. You've got Jacques (Villeneuve) and (Patrick) Carpentier plus you bring in (Brad) Keselowski and Joey (Logano) and Carl Edwards -- it's a tough field. It takes a lot to win these events."
-source: jtg racing