AMBROSE LOOKING FOR DAY IN THE SUN IN KINGSFORD FORD FONTANA, Calif. -- Saturday night's Camping World 300 will be under the lights at the Auto Club Speedway of California. But that won't keep Marcos Ambrose and the No. 59 Kingsford with Hickory...
AMBROSE LOOKING FOR DAY IN THE SUN IN KINGSFORD FORD
FONTANA, Calif. -- Saturday night's Camping World 300 will be under the lights at the Auto Club Speedway of California. But that won't keep Marcos Ambrose and the No. 59 Kingsford with Hickory Ford from enjoying their day in the sun.
The team is eager to continue its push to finish the NASCAR Nationwide Series season as a Top 10 team. Equally important, JTG Daugherty Racing is eager to find quick redemption for the mechanical glitches of a week ago.
"I've said all along it's important to keep an even keel in this sport," Ambrose said. "You can't allow yourself to get too high after a win; you can't let yourself get too low when something goes wrong. No matter what happens, you start over a week later. Every week is a new race with new challenges. We had our problems at Bristol, but we put that behind us on Monday. From that point on, all we've concentrated on is California."
Ambrose is 10th in the Nationwide Series standings. The two-mile, D-shaped layout in Southern California plays into the team's strengths.
"Our mile-and-a-half program is probably our strongest suit," said crew chief Gary Cogswell. "The best thing to do when you have a problem is get right back at it. That's the beauty of this sport. You have to prove yourself every week. It's a challenge that drives all of us."
Although Saturday night's race will start at dusk, temperatures still are expected to be in the 90s. While some will try to minimize the effects of the hot weather, Ambrose won't change his routine. He will run a couple miles in the morning before qualifying the Kingsford car.
"Heat doesn't bother me," Ambrose said. "It's simply another obstacle. I run to stay in shape so I can be at my physical peak inside the car. When the car's right, it's just another day in the sun. You don't feel any discomfort. Besides, as a group we've developed a really good package for the hot, slippery tracks. The hotter the better."