AMBROSE READY FOR MONSTER MILE Team Australia's Marcos Ambrose has never seen the Dover International Speedway. The track's nickname, however, is enough to make him smile. Known as "The Monster Mile," Dover's one-mile, high-banked concrete...
AMBROSE READY FOR MONSTER MILE
Team Australia's Marcos Ambrose has never seen the Dover International Speedway.
The track's nickname, however, is enough to make him smile.
Known as "The Monster Mile," Dover's one-mile, high-banked concrete oval can be tough on both man and machine.
"Doesn't do much for your confidence," said Ambrose.
"But we won't run away."
Having survived last week's crash-filled race at Mansfield, Ohio, Ambrose said his Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford F-150 is up for the challenge in the AAA Insurance 200, especially since he will benefit from three practice sessions on Thursday before qualifying and racing on Friday.
"I love the shows where you get two regular practices and one for the rookies," said Ambrose.
"When you're new to NASCAR like me, you need all the seat time you can get. The best way to learn is to log laps. Believe me, we will take advantage of every minute we're allowed on the track."
Ambrose, a two-time winner of the Australian V8 Supercar Series, says his goal this weekend is no different than any other race - Get his Wood Brothers/JTG Racing Ford F-150 up to speed and finish every lap.
"What determines our success is what we learn," said Ambrose, who is known as the 'Devil Racer' because of his Tasmanian heritage.
"If I improve as a driver and we all improve as a group, then it's a success.
"Our first goal is to finish every lap and keep the truck in one piece.
"After racing at Mansfield last week - another track I had heard horror stories about - we feel good about racing at Dover."
Dover can be tough on a driver. The forces inside the car press the driver against the seat. It's common for drivers to have sore necks and shoulders after the race.
"I learned a lesson last week at Mansfield about not getting enough fluids during the race," he said.
"That won't happen again. As far as the physical part of it, I've spent a lot of time on conditioning. A sore neck won't hurt as much if we run every lap and finish in the Top 15.
Ambrose will be making his fifth career start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and has earned $US31,583 in the first four.
Team Australia concept creator, Queensland businessman Craig Gore, says he is excited about Ambrose's progress while flying the Australian flag.
"This will be the third race for Marcos in Team Australia colours and we have been delighted with the interest and response we have had to this program," said Gore.
"Marcos is tackling one of the most competitive and toughest racing series in the world and he is doing it with a professionalism that has impressed everyone around him.
"The Dover race this weekend is just the next stop on a long journey for Marcos and Team Australia in NASCAR."
TIP FOR AUSTRALIAN FANS
There are several websites relating to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series where you can follow Ambrose's progress.
The best three we have discovered so far are the official NASCAR.com site, truckseries.com and woodbrothersracing.com
You can register for Track Pass on the NASCAR site which will give you access to radio broadcasts, in-car audio and video of most races for a fee, but you will need a US credit card (so ring a mate!)
You can get a free radio broadcast of the races on truckseries.com by going to the trackside area of the site.
2006 CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (After seven rounds)
Marcos Ambrose did not compete in the first three rounds of the championship.