MARCOS AMBROSE SET TO MAKE NASCAR ROAD COURSE DEBUT IN MEXICO CITY THIS WEEKEND Marcos Ambrose will return to his roots when the 30-year-old makes his NASCAR road course debut in the Telcel Motorola Mexico 200 at the Autodromo Hermanos...
MARCOS AMBROSE SET TO MAKE NASCAR ROAD COURSE DEBUT IN MEXICO CITY THIS WEEKEND
Marcos Ambrose will return to his roots when the 30-year-old makes his NASCAR road course debut in the Telcel Motorola Mexico 200 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico this weekend.
It will be Ambrose's 25th NASCAR start and arguably his most anticipated, as the Team Australia ace aims to rekindle some of the skills that propelled him to the top of Australian motorsport earlier this decade.
Ambrose had a stellar five-year career in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series, amassing some of the most impressive statistics the sport has ever seen in Australia in a relatively short space of time.
After two championships, 15 round wins, earning one of the most outstanding qualifying records in the sport and leading Ford from a five-season championship drought back to the top of the sport in Australia, Ambrose decided to leave his home country for the world of NASCAR, moving his life and that of wife Sonja and infant daughter Tabitha with him.
Now after a breakthrough debut season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and a two starts in the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series in the Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion, Ambrose will finally make his road course debut in NASCAR.
Road course circuit racing was Ambrose's lifeblood until his move to NASCAR in 2005, right from his Australian Karting Championship win in 1995, to his runner-up in the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 1997, his win in the 1999 European Formula Ford Championship and even his victory in the Honda Young Guns race in 2000 at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast, which then moved the Tasmanian-born driver into V8 Supercars, the pinnacle of motorsport in Australia.
The last time Ambrose raced on a road course was the final round of the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit in Victoria, Australia in November 2005. Ambrose dominated the weekend, taking victory in his last V8 Supercar race.
Ambrose has been keen to make oval racing his priority ever since his arrival to NASCAR in 2005, concentrating solely on the oval-only NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series last season. But now a full-time Busch Series driver for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, Ambrose is pumped about returning to a road course as he aims to maintain his position in the top 10 of the Busch Series standings as well as his lead in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings.
Marcos Ambrose -- Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion
"We go to the Mexico City road course with a little bit of a wait and see approach," said Ambrose.
"We had a really good test last month at the Virginia International Raceway road course, but now we have to go to Mexico and see how our car works down there.
"It's our first road course race in NASCAR so there are still going to be plenty of things for me to learn, but I can go in with some added confidence and really give it my best shot.
"It's a different style of track to what I have been driving on over here and it will be great to get back to road course racing. It's still important to finish, but I'm really looking forward to the race and getting out there amongst it.
"I'm really enjoying driving on the ovals but this weekend will be a little bit of something different for me, where I can get back to what I had done for so many years."