BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 20, 2009) -- Marcos Ambrose's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series experience consists of 15 starts with two races at road courses and the bulk on speedways. Ambrose, who is a strong road-course racer, is out to prove that he is ...
BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 20, 2009) -- Marcos Ambrose's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series experience consists of 15 starts with two races at road courses and the bulk on speedways.
Ambrose, who is a strong road-course racer, is out to prove that he is multifaceted and can excel on any type of track on the circuit. So far, Ambrose is off to a good start earning top-20 finishes at a superspeedway (Daytona International Speedway) and an intermediate track (Las Vegas Motor Speedway). This weekend, he tackles his first short track on the schedule at Bristol Motor Speedway with his No. 47 Little Debbie0x00ae Toyota team.
"I really want to earn my keep and be referred to as Marcos Ambrose, a NASCAR driver, not just a great road-course racer," Ambrose said. "I think I'm on track and making progress. Being successful at a historic short track like Bristol will keep me moving in the right direction."
This will be Ambrose's first short-track experience in a Cup entry.
"I'm still growing in this Series and thankfully I receive help from Frankie (crew chief Frank Kerr) and I have Michael (Waltrip) and David (Reutimann) I can talk to if needed," Ambrose said. "David qualified second there last year and had a good run. Michael has 45 starts and knows how to get around the place. I just want to be able to match those guys and get the experience I need to be successful at this level."
The Australian driver has an idea of what Bristol has in store. In addition to running a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race there in 2006, Ambrose has raced four Nationwide Series races with TG-Daugherty Racing at the .533-mile track. Now, he's prepared for his first turns in his Cup car.
"My first race there was in theTruckSeries and it was quite an experience," Ambrose said. "They are not kidding when they say it's like a bullring. It is a high-banked oval that can be so deceiving. On Sunday, we've just got to be alert and stay out of harm's way. You carry so much speed into the corners and things happen in a hurry. You have to be on your toes and so does your spotter."
Before race activities, Ambrose will sign autographs for fans on Friday, March 20th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bristol Motor Speedway in hospitality village outside turn four for Food City Family Race Night. Admission is free to the public.