Am­brose gets an­other Nascar call-up

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

TWO-time V8 Su­per­car cham­pion Mar­cos Am­brose is now guar­an­teed of re­turn­ing to Ford for his third year in the top level of Amer­i­can Nascar rac­ing.

His 2011 sea­son was threat­ened when his new team, Richard Petty Mo­tor­sports, ran into fi­nan­cial trou­ble af­ter de­fault­ing on its $90 mil­lion loan early this year.

How­ever, his ride has been guar­an­teed by the sale of Richard Petty Mo­tor­sports as­sets to an in­vest­ment group with seven-time NASCAR cham­pion Richard Petty as chair­man.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously it’s a great re­lief to have my fu­ture se­cured. I can’t wait for the year to kick off in earnest at Day­tona in Fe­bru­ary,’’ says Am­brose, who can­celled his usual re­turn to Aus­tralia for Christ­mas to help his new team sort out its fi­nan­cial woes.

‘‘We have a point to prove in 2011. It’s my third year in the top Nascar’s elite level, and our aim is to win races and make the end-of-year Chase.’’

Am­brose won the 2003 and 2004 V8 Su­per­car cham­pi­onship driv­ing a Gold Coast-based Stone Broth­ers Rac­ing Ford.

He has fin­ished his fifth year of NASCAR rac­ing in 26th place in the Sprint Cup driv­ing a Toy­ota Camry. He will line up next year in a Ford Fu­sion along­side 2004 Champ Car World Se­ries Rookie of the Year A.J. All­mendinger. AUS­TRALIAN Superbikes will share the stage with V8 Su­per­cars at three events next year and will also re­turn to Western Aus­tralia.

The cal­en­dar for the eight-round cham­pi­onship fea­tures rounds at V8 Su­per­car events at Perth’s Barba­gallo Race­way, Queens­land Race­way at Ip­swich and Tas­ma­nia’s Sym­mons Plains. Superbikes were fea­tured at only two V8 rounds this year. Ip­swich will again host two rounds of the ti­tles and the open­ing round will again be part of the World Su­per­bike round at Phillip Is­land. Aus­tralian Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship Feb 25-27, Phillip Is­land, Vic Mar 4-6, Sym­mons Plains Tas Apr 14-17, Hid­den Val­ley NT May 6-8, Barba­gallo Race­way, WA Jun 3-5, Qld Race­way, Ip­swich Aug 19-21, Qld Race­way, Ip­swich Nov 11-13, Sym­mons Plains, Tas Nov 18-20, Phillip Is­land, Vic

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