MARCOS AMBROSE -20-Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd, Top Rookie) DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE BATTLING FOR THIRD ON THE LAST LAP? "I knew we were in the top 10. It was a cluster out there, to be honest with you. I'm learning...
MARCOS AMBROSE -20-Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford F-150 (Finished 3rd, Top Rookie)
DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE BATTLING FOR THIRD ON THE LAST LAP?
"I knew we were in the top 10. It was a cluster out there, to be honest with you. I'm learning every time I go out and I've just got some great people around me. The Wood Brothers/JTG Racing team and Gary Cogswell, my crew chief, and all of my guys gave me good pit stops all day. Coming here this year, I've never raced on an oval, ever. I've never driven a stock car ever, so thanks to Ford for allowing me to come out here and have a crack at it. There's been so much to learn and I couldn't have been here today without great support from Ford, Wood Brothers/JTG Racing and all of the guys involved. Todd Bodine and Brendan Gaughan have been great to me, too, and I've been able to go up to them and ask them questions. I raced against them today, too, and it's kind of hard to race against people that you respect and admire. I'm just thrilled to be here. Thrilled to be in NASCAR and thrilled to run good. I'm just a lucky boy."
"It's very hard to adapt. I've never driven on ovals, I've never driven stock cars. I've come from a road-race background, so it's been a very difficult transition and wasn't one we expected to be easy. We're still in the learning process of all that. The move from Australia, I was kind of a big fish in a pretty small pond and now I'm small fish in a huge ocean over here. I've really got to find my mark. I'm a pioneer, I guess, on any international level to come across here and try to make NASCAR stick. I'm definitely one of the few Australians that have driven in NASCAR, so that will probably be the best result ever. We're breaking new ground and I'm here to hopefully find my own little spot in NASCAR. I just want to compete and be part of the whole show. I don't want to steal a ride off another young fellow from America."