Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sixty Minutes To Focus On Ambrose's NASCAR Career

AUSTRALIAN motorsport ace Marcos Ambrose will feature on Sixty Minutes on the Nine Network at 7.30pm this Sunday.

A Sixty Minutes crew, headed by reporter Peter Overton, was treated to a “fly on the wall” experience with Ambrose at a NASCAR event in the US.

The crew began their experience at Ambrose’s home in Charlotte, North Carolina where they spent some time with his wife Sonja and two young daughters.

Ambrose then treated them to an afternoon of gold panning at the site of North America’s first gold discovery at Reed Mine just outside of Charlotte – panning is one of Ambrose’s sources of relaxation in his otherwise hectic life.

The crew also watched on as Ambrose took care of some corporate commitments through a photo shoot with Bush’s Baked Beans and then took a tour of the Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) facility at Mooresville, NC.

Ambrose currently races an MWR-prepared car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for JTG Daugherty Racing.

“Sixty Minutes is such an iconic program in Australia and I have been a fan for many years so to have Peter Overton here with his crew was a little surreal,” said Ambrose.

“NASCAR worked with us to give them the best experience possible so they could really see what this great sport is all about.

“For a small population base, Australia has grown into one of the world’s leading markets for NASCAR and I am sure that the Sixty Minutes piece will only open the sport up to an even bigger audience.

“I think we converted Peter (Overton) and the crew while they were here and hopefully the airing of the story will help convert plenty more.”

Overton, who is regarded as one of Australia’s most experienced journalists, came away from his first NASCAR race impressed with the whole show.

“Marcos is a very impressive bloke, right up there with Greg Norman in regards to Australian sports people I have had the pleasure of interviewing,” said Overton.

“In a short space of time he is not only cutting it, but performing in one of the toughest arenas in world sport. All of us have really taken an interest in Marcos since our four days with him and we are enjoying watching his increasing success.

“NASCAR? Well, only in America is all I can say. It is huge.”

Ambrose currently sits an impressive 18th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings in his first full season of competition at the highest level.

His season continues this weekend in Michigan, before the first road race of the year at Sonoma in California on June 21.

For those fans outside of Australia, the Sixty Minutes website hosts a collection of online segments each week, so keep an eye on and for links to video coverage.

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