STRONG START FOR AMBROSE IN MEMPHIS Australian Marcos Ambrose continued his recent good form in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series by posting the ninth fastest time aboard his Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford F-150 during final practice for...
STRONG START FOR AMBROSE IN MEMPHIS
Australian Marcos Ambrose continued his recent good form in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series by posting the ninth fastest time aboard his Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford F-150 during final practice for the O'Reilly 200 in Memphis, Tennessee today.
The two-time Australian V8 Supercar Champion set his best time, which was 0.172 seconds behind the fastest lap set by Mike Bliss, on the penultimate lap of the session around the three-quarter mile oval. Ambrose was the fastest Ford driver in the 36-truck field.
Over the past eight weeks Ambrose has experienced eight straight race weekends, all of which have been invaluable for learning his craft aboard the Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford F-150. This weekend in Memphis is no different with the 29-year-old learning a new circuit, but as his practice time shows he should again be competitive.
Ambrose was the second fastest rookie driver during final practice and continues his good run of form from recent weeks which has included the fastest qualifying time last weekend in Kentucky and third place finish at Kansas the week prior.
Qualifying will be contested tomorrow at 5:00pm local time (8:00am AEST) with the 150-lap race beginning at 8:15pm local time (11:15am AEST).
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--
MARCOS AMBROSE - #20 TEAM AUSTRALIA/AUSSIE VINEYARDS FORD F-150
"Once again the guys at Wood Brothers/JTG Racing have done a good job to prepare the truck for this weekend, the Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford was competitive from the time we rolled it out of the hauler," said Ambrose.
"Qualifying will be important tomorrow with this place only being three-quarters of a mile around, but the most important two factors to a good result will be keeping out of trouble and having a good pit strategy.
"While another top ten result would be good, my aim once again will be to qualify well tomorrow and then get to the end of the race so I can gain as much experience as possible."
CRAIG GORE -- TEAM AUSTRALIA
"Today was another terrific start for Marcos on circuit layout which is totally new to him. He has again proven his ability to adapt quickly to a new environment and it will be interesting to see how he goes tomorrow in qualifying when he has the track to himself," said Gore.
"Team Australia's fan feedback over the last couple of weeks has been enormous and Marcos is certainly cresting plenty of interest on both sides of the Pacific.
"There is set to be a big crowd at Memphis although I doubt the rumours about Elvis being in the crowd are true, if he was I'm sure he'd be keen to enjoy a glass of Aussie Vineyards product."
TIPS 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 lap-by-lap written commentary of the races on truckseries.com by going to the trackside area of the site. There are also pre and post race audio interviews.