Michigan: Marcos Ambrose preview

AMBROSE LOOKS TO KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM IN MICHIGAN-- Marcos Ambrose is looking to keep the momentum going as he enters the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan this weekend. Ambrose has shown some fine form at...

AMBROSE LOOKS TO KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM IN MICHIGAN--

Marcos Ambrose is looking to keep the momentum going as he enters the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan this weekend.

Ambrose has shown some fine form at the fast and wide 2.0-mile oval in the past, qualifying second there in the 2006 Camping World Truck Series and finish 12th at Michigan at Nationwide level last season.

In his first Sprint Cup at Michigan last year, Ambrose suffered engine failure in the opening stages of the race.

Coming off a strong sixth place finish at Pocono last week, Ambrose is keen to keep his #47 JTG Daugherty Racing team's strong form going from week-to-week as the crew grows in confidence and continues to post consistent points scores.

Ambrose, who is currently 18th in the series standings in his first full season at Sprint Cup level, will make his second appearance in the #47 RaceSavers.com livery this weekend, the paint scheme he debuted two weeks ago in Dover.

NEW 'STABLEMATE' FOR AMBROSE AT INFINEON --

Following the LifeLock 400 this weekend, Ambrose heads to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California for the first road course race of the 2009 season.

It was at Infineon last year that Ambrose made his Sprint Cup debut, qualifying fifth and running as high as second before transmission failure ended his day early.

Ambrose and #00 driver David Reutimann will be joined by a new 'stable-mate' in the Michael Waltrip Racing team at Infineon, with Canadian Patrick Carpentier replacing Michael Waltrip in the #55 NAPA entry at the 1.99-mile road course.

For more information on the ex-Champ Car race winner's guest appearance,

WHAT MARCOS HAS TO SAY:

On the track --

"Michigan is a fast, two-mile race track and it's another great place," said Ambrose.

"The groove is very wide. It opens up to be three, four, five lanes wide.

"It's a great race track to race on, although it does spread out a bit on the long run.

"We've done some good work on our high speed and intermediate track program so hopefully we should be able to run better at Michigan than we did at the Coca Cola 600 a few weeks back."

On the race --

"To run in the top 10 in Pocono was a good day for us," said Ambrose.

"It really gives us a shot in the arm heading into Michigan. So far this year, it has been a great experience for me. Cup racing is like no other racing. I'm thankful for the opportunity.

"It was awesome to see David (Reutimann) and his guys win the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"David's a laid back guy, but behind the wheel, he is aggressive. He comes off the corner better than anybody. Each week the #00 is a target for me. I can see him, but haven't been able to get there. David's fast anywhere he goes.

"I was able to run a few laps at Michigan in a Cup car before my engine expired last year.

"So, I'm not sure what to expect. I know the place is really fast and you can run just about anywhere. We're hoping to keep our momentum alive there this weekend."

AND A WORD FROM DAVID REUTIMANN -- #00 AARON'S DREAM MACHINE DRIVER--

"Marcos goes to places like Bristol and Pocono where he's never been before and finishes in the top 10 - that's impressive," said Reutimann.

"He drives hard all the time. He's also been instrumental in helping me with my road racing. It's beneficial to work with him and his team because it's an easy fit for us.

"We always want to know what the other team is doing. We're really getting our legs underneath us."

THE CAR:

#47 RaceSavers.com Toyota Camry

Marcos Ambrose will drive the #47 RaceSavers.com Toyota Camry in the LifeLock 400.

-credit: ma/bam

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Patrick Carpentier , Marcos Ambrose , David Reutimann
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing