Montreal: JTG Racing, Ambrose preview

AMBROSE GLAD TO BE ON THE ROAD AGAIN IN No. 59 STP FORD MONTREAL -- Marcos Ambrose will be making his 58th career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this Saturday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and yet he's still considered a road course...

AMBROSE GLAD TO BE ON THE ROAD AGAIN IN No. 59 STP FORD

MONTREAL -- Marcos Ambrose will be making his 58th career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this Saturday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and yet he's still considered a road course ringer. With a pair of Ford V8 Supercar Series championships in Australia, he may never shake that label.

Ambrose returns to 2.71-mile, 14-turn road course for the NAPA 200 as one of the favorites in the No. 59 STP Fuel and Oil Additives Ford for JTG Racing. While his career now is dedicated to all the tracks featured on the Nationwide and Cup series, he always will have a passion for making left and right turns.

"It's no secret I'm very comfortable on road courses," Ambrose said. "I really like the challenges of every racetrack, but racing on a road course comes natural to me. It's second nature. When we go to Montreal, we go with an aggressive attitude because it's a place where we know we can win." A year ago Ambrose led the race until he was knocked off course by another driver coming to the white flag lap. He also finished second earlier this year on the road course in Mexico City.

"Marcos not only brings a lot of talent for road courses, he brings a lot of insight on the car," said crew chief Gary Cogswell. "He knows what it takes to be comfortable in the car. Having back-to-back road courses comes at a great time for this race team. We've been making a move lately in the standings and we're in a good position these next two weeks to make a big impression."

The Nationwide Series travels to Watkins Glen International next week.

Ambrose heads to Canada having finished no worse than 20th in his last eight Nationwide starts. "Whether it's a road course, a speedway or a short track, this STP team believes it can contend for a win each week," Ambrose said. "Obviously when we're on a road course, however, we feel like we have a little extra advantage. I want to be known as a complete driver. That takes time. I guess I built a reputation as a road course specialist over several years in Australia, so I may never shake that label."

Saturday's race also is one of five for Ambrose and STP colors.

"There's so much history with STP in this sport," Ambrose said. "It's an incredible opportunity to be part of that legacy. Hopefully we can get STP back into Victory Lane. That would continue another long tradition."

-credit: JTG Racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Marcos Ambrose