Nascar – Marcos Ambrose Montreal & Michigan Previews‏

August 17, 2011

Nascar

MARCOS AMBROSE

No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion

Ambrose on Michigan: 

“I love Michigan. I think it’s a great race track. We just came off of our first Cup Series win and we’ve got great momentum heading into this weekend. We did well there earlier in the year and I feel like we’ve got a chance to run in the top 10 and contend for another win. We’ve got to have a good setup in the Stanley Ford and I’ve got to be aggressive. The track gets really wide and the speed is going to fall off in the corners. I have to use the race track and I can’t be scared to run up on the fence or down on the apron. We’ve got to have car speed and then manage the aerodynamics so that we don’t get stuck out of the draft. I’ve just got to be smart about how I race this weekend so we have a chance at getting the Stanley Ford and RPM in Victory Lane two weekends in a row.”

Ambrose on the Wild Card Spot in the Chase: “The win is what you need, no doubt. We’ve got to try and win two now. I don’t even really know the point system well enough to talk about the wild card. I just know that I have to go win races and finish well in the top 10 from here to the end and that’s what I’m going to try and do. Everybody is just going at it with this new point system. You know the top 10s reward you well for points and top 20s don’t get it done, so I think it’s a combination of all those things. It’s going to get to be a frenzy here before the end, I’m sure.

Crew Chief Todd Parrott‘s Thoughts on Last Week’s Win: 

“If you’re patient and you keep working hard, sooner or later you’ll be able to celebrate the good things that happen because of it. Marcos has kept his head down and worked hard, just like our whole team has, and it’s just a pleasure to work with a guy like that. We get along great and I think each week the communication gets better and I’m just really looking forward to the end of the season. Hopefully, we can go out and win a couple of races. We’ve been good on the ovals. We’ve had some great runs this year and chances to win at a couple of race tracks, but I think getting this win and getting all the load off of his shoulders is going to help him, I think, mentally, and it’ll help us as a team knowing that we can win, that we can go out here with the Kyle Buschs, and the Juan Pablo Montoyas and the Jimmie Johnsons and all the great drivers that are out here in this sport and we can win in our Stanley Ford.”

Chassis History: The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 784 for the 400-mile Pure Michigan 400 at the Brooklyn, Mich. track. This is a brand new Ford Fusion specially prepared for this event.

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Notes: Ambrose has six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway. His best finishes at the two-mile track came in 2010. He finished both of the events that season in 15th place. Ambrose has completed 1014 of 1200 laps attempted at Michigan and has an average finishing position of 27. Ambrose picked up one position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings after earning his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win last weekend at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and now sits in 22nd place.

Ambrose will be pulling double duty this weekend as he competes in the Cup Series event in Michigan as well as the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada on Saturday afternoon. Since Ambrose and Cup Series Crew Chief, Todd Parrott, will be busy racing in Michigan, fellow Tasmanian Owen Kelly will jump in the driver’s seat of the No. 9 Stanley Ford in Montreal on Friday for practice and qualifying and Chad Norris will act as crew chief for the weekend. Kelly is a former V8 Supercar driver who made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut last year at Road America in Wisconsin, and Norris is a former NASCAR Nationwide Series crew chief with one win, nine Top-five and 21 Top-10 finishes. Ambrose’s Cup Series pit crew will also act as his pit crew for the Nationwide Series race.

Race Information

Date: Aug. 21, 2011

Track: Michigan International Speedway (Brooklyn, Mich.)

Laps: 200 Laps/400 Miles

USA TV Information: 1 p.m. ET on ESPN

USA Radio Information: 1 p.m. ET on MRN and Sirius Radio

Qualifying: Friday, Aug. 19 at 3:40 p.m. ET on SPEED

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All times in Australian Eastern Standard Time, check local guides for details

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