NASHVILLE CONCRETE MARKS RETURN TO FAST TRACKS FOR AMBROSE AND TEAM AUSTRALIA Marcos Ambrose and Team Australia are excited about returning to a faster style speedway at this weekend's Toyota Tundra 200 in Tennessee at the all-concrete...
NASHVILLE CONCRETE MARKS RETURN TO FAST TRACKS FOR AMBROSE AND TEAM AUSTRALIA
Marcos Ambrose and Team Australia are excited about returning to a faster style speedway at this weekend's Toyota Tundra 200 in Tennessee at the all-concrete Nashville Superspeedway for Round 16 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
After two rounds learning the tight and tough nature of short track racing in Memphis and Indianapolis, Ambrose will venture back to a faster and longer speedway this weekend for his 13th NASCAR event.
It is on 1.5-mile ovals that Ambrose has shone so far this season. The Australian drove the Aussie Vineyards/Aussie Experience F-150 to third place at Kansas, and then qualified in pole position the next week in Kentucky, bringing he and the Team Australia truck to the attention of the NASCAR fraternity.
While Ambrose is still in the learning stages of his NASCAR journey, eyes will be on the #20 Team Australia truck this weekend as the two-time V8 Supercar champion races on a speedway similar to those that brought the green and gold F-150 to prominence in July.
Nashville Superspeedway is 1.333 miles in length and is one of only three all-concrete speedways on the NASCAR schedule. Ambrose is looking forward to the fast and challenging layout, which is made of 5734 cubic metres (7500 cubic yards) of concrete.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Marcos Ambrose -- #20 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards/Aussie Experience Ford F-150
"It's good to get back to a faster style of race track, but I'm enjoying all the tracks that I am racing on and learning this season," said Ambrose.
"You've got to learn and push on all kinds of tracks in this racing and that's a big part of why I love it. There is always something new coming up and something different to adjust to each and every week.
"It's clear our biggest learning curve is on the short tracks. There's a lot of aggressive driving on these smaller tracks and it's something that's new to me. I've been caught up in a lot of other people's messes on the short tracks.
"Not only do you have to learn how to drive on these tracks, part of the learning process is learning who you can race with and who you need to avoid."
Craig Gore -- Team Australia
"I'm sure Marcos will feel more comfortable this week on a bigger track, although he certainly made some inroads at Indianapolis last week before getting caught up in someone else's accident," said Gore.
"Every one of the these circuits is a learning experience for Marcos in his first year, but even so he seems to be going from strength to strength in the Team Australia truck.
"I'm sure some of those country folk in Nashville like their beef and drop of wine and they will know all about Team Australia and Aussie Vineyards after this weekend."