Fontana: Marcos Ambrose race report

ENGINE DRAMAS AGAIN HAUNT AMBROSE IN CALIFORNIA Marcos Ambrose has had mechanical problems halt his progress for the second consecutive week after failing to finish the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California today. Ambrose...

ENGINE DRAMAS AGAIN HAUNT AMBROSE IN CALIFORNIA

Marcos Ambrose has had mechanical problems halt his progress for the second consecutive week after failing to finish the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California today.

Ambrose started 26th in the 500-mile race aboard his #47 Armor All-backed car from JTG Daugherty Racing, but struggled early and eventually went down a lap.

As the car improved Ambrose was able to climb back towards the front and in the second half of the race it looks as thought the Australian was on-track for a top 20 finish.

But Ambrose began to report worrying temperatures from his water and engine temperature gauges and eventually, the overheating engine sent him to the garage area and out of the race.

Ambrose was classified in 35th position in today's race and now sits 39th in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, following an engine failure last week at the Daytona 500.

"There is not much you can say," said Ambrose.

"We really wanted to gets some good points on the board today but that wasn't to be.

"Our entire team is working extremely hard. We will have to have a look at things and ensure we are able to have a strong run at Las Vegas.

"I like the Las Vegas track so we will have to go there next week and put in our best performance.

"It's a long season but this is not the start you want. It's going to be very important for us to get a heap of points in Vegas."

Defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson won today's Auto Club 500 ahead of Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton.

Ambrose will look to get his season back on track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada next weekend.

-source: ma/bam

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Marcos Ambrose
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing