Ambrose gets another Nascar call-up
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