Deal gives Ambrose a head start
AUSTRALIAN Nascar star Marcos Ambrose is getting a head-start on next season. The former V8 Supercar champion will make his debut in a Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Ambrose and his team JTG Daugherty Racing have struck a deal to work in partnership with Waltrip Racing next year when they graduate to the top level Nascar Sprint Cup full time.
The reason for the early switch is to try to get Ambrose’s No. 47 entry into the crucial top 35 in owner’s points.
Nascar rules guarantee the top 35 cars in owner’s points a start in the first five races of next season. The remaining eight places in the 43-car field are set by qualifying so if Ambrose’s No. 47 entry remains outside the top 35 cut-off he will be in danger of missing races — including the blue ribbon Daytona 500.
Ambrose’s Little Debbiesponsored entry will take over the owner’s points from Waltrip’s current No. 00 entry, which is 36th in the standings, 75 points behind the place entry.
Waltrip and JTG Daugherty will enter the car at the remaining four races at Atlanta, Texas, Phoenix and Miami. At this stage Ambrose is only confirmed to drive for the team at Atlanta.
‘‘It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to come to Michael Waltrip Racing,’’ Ambrose says. ‘‘There is a lot of synergy here and I am looking forward to qualifying.
‘‘I feel good about making the race at Atlanta. I qualified at Dover and Kansas in my two most recent attempts. Fortunately, I have made some laps at Atlanta.’’
Waltrip Racing is still finalising its plans for next season in addition to running the car for Ambrose and JTG Daugherty.
Focused: Marcos Ambrose will race at Atlanta in Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry this weekend.