Ambrose gets Cup test ahead of Cup debut
Marcos Ambrose has completed his first full test day in a NASCAR Nextel Cup ‘Car of Tomorrow’ ahead of competing at one of the most challenging venues in NASCAR in the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway this weekend.
Ambrose completed a day of testing at Virginia International Raceway today (May 29) in preparation for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 24, where Ambrose will attempt to qualify for his first NASCAR Nextel Cup event in an Aussie Vineyards-backed Ford Fusion.
It was Ambrose’s first full-on test of a Cup car, having conducted a shakedown of a Wood Brothers/JTG Racing Ford Fusion ‘COT’ on May 9 at Carolina Motorsports Park.
This weekend Ambrose will make his second start at Dover International Speedway, a tough, concrete-surfaced one-mile oval known as ‘The Monster Mile’. The Australian was 27th in his fifth race in last year’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Dover.
Ambrose currently sits 13th in the NASCAR Busch Series standings and will be looking for his fourth Raybestos Rookie of the Race Award this weekend as he seeks to improve on his third place in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings.
Marcos Ambrose – #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion
On Dover this weekend …
“Dover is a high speed, high banked concrete oval and one that I’m really looking forward to,” said Ambrose.
“Normally this style of race track isn’t my favorite but we’ve got a good combination going on at the moment. Everyone in the team is really working well together and we’ve got a very competitive package right now.
“Over the last part of the race on Saturday night I was setting times comparable to those inside the top ten. Hopefully we can translate that into a finish near the front this weekend.
“The Dover track is a big challenge and always puts on great racing for the fans. It’s going to be a tough race but one where I think we are capable of another strong result.”
On today’s Cup test …
“There were about 18 cars out here today at VIR so it was my first chance to run among other cars and get some solid time in a ‘Car of Tomorrow’ spec Cup car,” said Ambrose.
“Having the other cars here as well gave us a good reference point and gave us some idea of where we’re at with this car.
“We had a really good day and worked towards getting a good package. We still have some work to do but we achieved a few things that unlocked some speed and we’ve got the road course package moving in the right direction.
“There is still plenty of work for us to do and we will more than likely schedule another test for the road course program, but today was a really good day and we got a lot of work done.
“VIR is a great track and a real challenge. It’s a good place to come test these cars.
“You are very limited in terms of the tires you are able to use in testing, so you aren’t really running around on the best rubber.
“But overall it’s great that we had the opportunity to do a full day of testing and really get to work on getting things ready for the Nextel Cup event at Sonoma on June 24.”