Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ambrose Building on Last Week’s Performance at Michigan International Speedway

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 9, 2009) – Early this week, Marcos Ambrose was all smiles when Matt Yocum interviewed him and David Reutimann for a TNT feature that will air leading up to the Toyota/SaveMart 350 next weekend at Infineon Raceway. His high-spirited demeanor is attributed to his sixth-place finish at Pocono Raceway, a track he had never raced before.

“To run in the top 10 was a good day for us,” said Ambrose about his fourth career top-10 in 25 starts. “It really gives us a shot in the arm heading into Michigan. So far this year, it has been a great experience for me. Cup racing is like no other racing. I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

Reutimann, who was paired with Ambrose for the interview, admitted he’s impressed with what Ambrose and the No. 47 Toyota JTG-Daugherty team has accomplished in such a short amount of time.

“Marcos goes to places like Bristol and Pocono where he’s never been before and finishes in the top 10. That’s impressive,” Reutimann said. “He drives hard all the time. He’s also been instrumental in helping me with my road racing. It’s beneficial to work with him and his team because it’s an easy fit for us. We always want to know what the other team is doing. We’re really getting our legs underneath us.”

The 32-year-old is equally impressed with Reutimann and the No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry team.

“It was awesome to see David and his guys win the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway,” Ambrose said. “David’s a laid back guy, but behind the wheel, he is aggressive. He comes off the corner better than anybody. Each week the No. 00 is a target for me. I can see him, but haven't been able to get there. David’s fast anywhere he goes.”

This season Ambrose has been as fast scoring a fourth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway, a tenth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and more recently, his sixth-place finish at Pocono Raceway.

In 14 starts, he has nine top-20 finishes heading into Michigan International Speedway (MIS). He has one previous Cup start at MIS, completing only 17 of 200 laps before his engine expired. He also has two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts and one Camping World Truck Series start at the two-mile D-shaped oval.

“I was able to run a few laps at Michigan in a Cup car before my engine expired,” Ambrose said. “So, I’m not sure what to expect. I know the place is really fast and you can run just about anywhere. We’re hoping to keep our momentum alive there this weekend.”

Live coverage of the LifeLock 400 on Sunday starts at 12:30 p.m. on TNT. MRN and Sirius XM Satellite Radio will also carry the event.

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