Friday, August 28, 2009

Ambrose Teams up with Edwards for Montreal 200 before NAPA AUTO PARTS 200

CORNELIUS, N.C. (August 27, 2009) - Marcos Ambrose continues to pinch himself every day as the Australian driver literally lives the dream. Last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, he found himself among good company with the likes of Mark Martin, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson campaigning for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. While he waits another week for another shot because the series is off, he still has plans that involves racing.

First he joins NASCAR star Carl Edwards to make his first Grand-Am Rolex Series start in Saturday's Montreal 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve behind the wheel of the No. 77 Dallara Daytona prototype of Doran Racing sponsored by Alfac,, Subway and Au wines. Ambrose and Edwards tested the car at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) a couple weeks ago to prepare for their debut.

Then Ambrose is in the hunt for his second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series victory during the NAPA AUTO PARTS 200 at Montreal where he finished third last year after leading 27 laps. Ambrose was the class of the field and had a huge lead while rain fell on the 14-turn 2.709 road course, but a speeding penalty derailed his efforts and the race was cut 26 laps short of its scheduled finish.

“On Saturday, I’m racing in the Grand-Am race with Carl Edwards and those cars are so fun to drive,” Ambrose said. “They have good downforce, good power, good aero balance and brakes. I’m looking forward to that. I’m not sure how our driver change will go.

“Then I’m really looking forward to the Nationwide race, but I can’t take the car I won with at Watkins Glen because I crashed it during the burnout,” Ambrose said. “If you go back and look at the footage, I hit the pit wall and tore the rear end out of it. We’ve got another car we are taking up there.”

Ambrose sported STP for his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race and win of the season at Watkins Glen International. This time he will proudly carry Armor All® on his No. 47 Toyota Camry as he looks to add to his two victories, five top-five and 13 top-10 Nationwide career finishes on Sunday.

“We’ve got some great sponsors and we are very lucky right now,” Ambrose said. “I just want to be here for the long haul and I love NASCAR and I’m privileged to be in the sport. I promised myself when I made it to NASCAR that I would be happy every day and just be happy that I am here."

Live coverage of the NAPA Auto Parts 200 on Sunday, August 30th begins at 2 p.m. Eastern at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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