Nascar – Marcos Ambrose Previews Watkins Glen

August 10, 2011

Nascar

AMBROSE ON WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

“I really enjoy going to Watkins Glen, it’s a track I’ve always run well at. I’ve won the last three NASCAR Nationwide Series races there and now it’s time for me to get my first Cup Series win at The Glen. My Stanley team has worked really hard all season and we are all hungry for that first win. We need to get our momentum back and I think this weekend is going to turn our luck around. I’m feeling confident about the race and I think good things are to come.”

YOU HAVE FINISHES OF 3RD-2ND-3RD AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL. ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WEEKEND?

“There are no guarantees of success, so we just have to go there and apply ourselves. We’ve got what I think is a really good car. We’ve tested for the track and we feel good about it. There’s not much we can do aside from turning up and putting our best foot forward. It’s been good to me in the past. I know what I need to feel to run fast there. I’m optimistic and confident.”

HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE INFINEON AND WATKINS GLEN?

“I’d say Sonoma is like a rock n roll concert and Watkins Glen is like the opera. You’ve got to be really flowing and smooth at Watkins Glen and carry a lot of momentum and a lot of speed. Sonoma is just about pounding curves and abusing the car to get around the place, so I think Watkins Glen suits my style. I’ve got a good feel for the place, but the speed really sorts out the field. Anyone can bust off a lap, but can you do it for 10 laps in a row? That’s what really spreads the field out there is the ability to look out for your tires, yet carry the momentum.”

YOU’VE COMPETED ON A NUMBER OF ROAD COURSES AROUND THE WORLD. WHERE DOES WATKINS GLEN RANK?

“It’s a famous road course, no doubt. I’d love to run the full track just because it’s got more character and more corners and it’s the old F1 track, but the course we run is a lot of fun. It rates up there as far as exhilaration for sure. I’ve done a lot of road racing around the world and I always look forward to going to Watkins Glen.”
THE RACES ARE DWINDLING TOWARD THE CHASE CUTOFF, SO THIS WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE A GOOD PLACE TO WIN AND GET IN CONTENTION.

“Yeah, we need a win and we need to run well. We’ve got ourselves a good chance coming up and we’ve got to make the most of it.”

CREW CHIEF TODD PARROTT‘S KEYS TO GETTING AROUND WATKINS GLEN-

“We have one key already figured out and that’s our driver, Marcos Ambrose. He’s very good at Watkins Glen and has had great finishes every time he’s raced there. The other keys we’ll need to get around at The Glen are: we’ll need to get the Stanley Ford to turn well and have good forward bite off of the corners. The biggest challenges there will be getting up the hill and through all the esses and still carry a lot of speed through the long straightaway. Fuel mileage is also going to be really important. Hopefully we can get everything we need to get done in two pit stops like we have in the past.”

Chassis History: The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 761 for the 220.5-mile event at Watkins Glen International. This Stanley Ford Fusion has been run previously this season at Infineon Raceway.

Ambrose has three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Watkins Glen International. His best finish (2nd) at the 2.45-mile track came in 2009. Ambrose sits in the 23rd position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings heading into this weekend’s race and has never finished lower than third place in three career attempts at the track. Ambrose has completed 100 percent of laps attempted (270) at Watkins Glen and has an average finishing position of 2.7. Stanley will return as the primary partner of the No. 9 Ford Fusion this weekend.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings (After race 21 of 36)

1. Carl Edwards (Ford)- 720 points

2. Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet)- 711

3. Kyle Busch (Toyota)- 709

4. Kurt Busch (Dodge)- 706

5. Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet)- 700

6. Matt Kenseth (Ford)- 694

7. Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet)- 668

8. Ryan Newman (Chevrolet)- 658

9. Tony Stewart (Chevrolet)- 642

10. Dale Earnhardt Jnr (Chevrolet)- 641

23. Marcos Ambrose (Ford)- 529

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