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AMBROSE LOOKS TO SHINE WITH ARMOR ALL AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY FONTANA, Calif. (February 16, 2010) - - Switching gears from roses at Daytona Beach (Fla.) to cleaning and protectant products at Fontana (Calif.), Marcos Ambrose will carry Armor ...

AMBROSE LOOKS TO SHINE WITH ARMOR ALL AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY

FONTANA, Calif. (February 16, 2010) - - Switching gears from roses at Daytona Beach (Fla.) to cleaning and protectant products at Fontana (Calif.), Marcos Ambrose will carry Armor All0x00ae on his No. 47 Toyota Camry this weekend at Auto Club Speedway for the Auto Club 500.

"Last week I was handing out roses for Kroger and this weekend we have Armor All on the car," Ambrose said. "Armor All takes great pride in keeping a car looking good inside and out and so do we at JTG Daugherty Racing. The last time I had Armor All as a primary sponsor on one of my race cars was for the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. We dominated and came so close to a victory. We want to do them proud on Sunday. We're hoping to rebound from what happened to us last weekend."

Missing an opportunity to contend for a victory in the Daytona 500 was tough for Ambrose. He was sidelined after experiencing problems under the hood while his teammates David Reutimann and Martin Truex Jr. finished fifth and sixth respectively. Ambrose swallowed the bitter pill and settled for a 41st-place finish.

"You take your lumps as they come and I'd say that racing is 90 percent frustration and 10 percent jubilation," Ambrose said. "We just went through the bad part of the 90 percent. We were out of the race about lap 80. We had a great Speedweeks though and the race was going as planned. We were just riding around waiting for the right time to go to the front. It's just really unfortunate because it sets you back. It's like giving a race away before the season even starts."

Ambrose and his JTG Daugherty Racing team are not allowing a minor setback to dictate their second full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season together.

"We're still focused on getting the season off to a solid start and really you can't control when bad luck strikes," Ambrose said. "Sure, it knocks us around a bit, but there are some positives to take from the two weeks we had in Daytona. I'm a bit stubborn though. We're here to win races. We've got to get to the finish line. We'll head into California with the same focus and concentration to get our season going."

The last time out at Auto Club Speedway, the Australian driver finished 23rd in October.

"Ask me how I feel about racing at Auto Club Speedway after Sunday," Ambrose said. "I don't want to jinx ourselves. I will say that we've really matured since the last time there. It is a testament to all the guys.

There's no reason why we can't win races as a group and be a contender every week."

-source: jtg racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Marcos Ambrose , David Reutimann , Martin Truex Jr.
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing