AMBROSE QUALIFIES 30TH WITH SET-UP LOOKING TOWARDS TALLADEGA RACE Marcos Ambrose will start 30th in tomorrow's John Deere 250 after running with a high drag set-up in qualifying today at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Ambrose ran high...
AMBROSE QUALIFIES 30TH WITH SET-UP LOOKING TOWARDS TALLADEGA RACE
Marcos Ambrose will start 30th in tomorrow's John Deere 250 after running with a high drag set-up in qualifying today at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.
Ambrose ran high drag on his Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford F-150 in qualifying, realising trucks would be impounded after qualifying and that race set-up will be the key to a good result this weekend.
The Australian was fifth in final practice yesterday and is confident his mount is tuned to run well in the draft for tomorrow's 94-lap race.
Fellow Ford drivers Mark Martin and David Ragan will start from the front row for tomorrow's John Deere 250.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Marcos Ambrose -- Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford F-150
"We ran a lot of drag and it just didn't run well," said Ambrose.
"We ran a 49.5 second time yesterday in practice running in the draft and today in qualifying, when you run by yourself, we did a 54.2. That's how much difference it makes; you lose a lot when you are not in the draft.
"Clearly we ran more drag than others, but I guess a good thing is that I know it's not me, because I held it flat the whole way round!
"We have a safe truck for tomorrow that runs well in the draft. The trucks are impounded after qualifying so we wanted to go out there knowing we had a good truck for the race.
"The truck will be stuck to the track tomorrow. The last thing you want to be around here is loose. We have set it up to run in the draft and that's what we will need tomorrow in the race."
Craig Gore -- Team Australia
"Marcos may be further back than what he would like, but it is tomorrow that counts," said Gore.
"He has shown this year that he is a fast learner and a smart driver, so I am confident that he will fly the Team Australia colours around the front of the pack tomorrow.
"Talladega is a big, fast place and for his first race at a superspeedway, Marcos's first goal is obviously to gain experience and finish. But he is definitely capable of surprising some people tomorrow."