Ambrose believes Pocono test will lead to success

Fast speeds at Indianapolis has team optimistic

CONCORD, N.C. (July 30, 2013) - After spending a day testing at the 2.5-mile, triangular-shaped Pocono (Penn.) Raceway last week, Marcos Ambrose and his No. 9 Stanley team feel they have a winning game plan heading into Sunday's 400.

Evidence of the successful test came at Indianapolis this past weekend when the No. 9 Ford was one of the fastest cars during practice and then qualified 10th. A piece of trash on the grill left Ambrose outside the top-10 at the end of the day.

Ambrose is looking to improve on his 17th-place finish in June.

Comments from Stanley Ford Fusion Driver Marcos Ambrose:

Marcos Ambrose, Ford
Marcos Ambrose, Ford

Photo by: Action Sports Photography

"I feel that we had a really good test here last week, and I think that will improve our chances this weekend. We tested early last week and then went to Indianapolis and showed a lot of speed in practice and qualifying. I think we learned a lot and will now take that information into Pocono this weekend.

"We still have the opportunity to get into 'The Chase,' and we have some opportunities to make that happen this month with some good tracks. We looked at testing at Pocono to give us a good chance to get a win. Watkins Glen is coming up, and then we also have run well at Michigan too. We are not counting ourselves out, and we're just going to keep working hard."

Comments from Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on Pocono:

"The test helped, and then we learned a lot during the race at Indy too. I think we are all feeling good about what we're bringing to Pocono this weekend. We have a few good races for Marcos coming up, and I think we have some good opportunities. The test helped, and now we're ready to go capitalize on that."

Chassis History:

The No. 9 team prepared chassis 842 for Sunday's race, which the team raced at Pocono earlier this season.

Richard Petty Motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Marcos Ambrose
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports
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Tags 400, ambrose, indianapolis, pocono, richard petty motorsports