Deal gives Am­brose a head start

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Carsguide - STEPHEN OTTLEY

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.

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‘‘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.

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