Marcos Ambrose confirmed to race with Daytona 24 champions

  • Friday 11th January, 2013 8:59am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
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Marcos Ambrose speaking with AJ Allmendinger

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose has the opportunity to race for outright victory at the Rolex 24 At Daytona with the confirmation that he will be part of Michael Shank Racing at this year’s race.

Ambrose has been added to the squad after impressing during pre-event testing, the ‘Roar Before the 24′. The Tasmanian was called into the squad of the defending champions after lead driver Ozz Negri was injured in a mountain bike accident.

This means the Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley Daytona prototype will have five drivers entered with AJ Allmendinger, Justin Wilson and John Pew also part of the squad.

“We couldn’t have been happier with how quickly Marcos gelled with everyone on this team,” said Mike Shank.

“Obviously he’s very fast in the car, but he was also great out of it. That’s hugely important for a race like this–you need to have everyone pulling in the same direction. He fits that perfectly.

“We are incredibly lucky to have someone like him interested in racing for us. Ozz is coming back quickly, but we wanted to go ahead and commit to having Marcos with us now.”

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Ambrose’s Ford NASCAR is rolled out for testing

Ambrose has every reason to feel confident for the race with the team setting fastest times in five of the eight practice sessions at the pre-event test.

“I’m here for Ozz, and for Michael Shank Racing, just trying to get through a difficult time with Ozz’s injury,” said Ambrose.

“I’m only here to help. I feel privileged to be with this team, it’s a championship team. It’s a lot of fun to be in this car, it’s beautiful and the speed really flies out of this car! I feel really comfortable behind the wheel and I just want to help anyway I can.”

The Rolex 24 At Daytona with will be run over the Australia Day weekend of 26-27 January.

Ambrose has also put a line in the sand of his 2013 NASCAR aspirations by setting the second fastest time in the opening practice session of Sprintcar pre-season testing at Daytona.

He was only beaten by Toyota new recruit Matt Kenseth by 0.005 of a second during the first run of the sixth generation of Sprint Cup Series cars.

Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski was 31st fastest out of 34 cars to turn laps in the morning session, nearly 3 mph off Kenseth’s pace.

NASCAR Preseason Thunder — Practice 1 results

Pos

Car

Driver Team

Time

MPH

Fastest Lap

Laps

1

20

Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

46.691

192.757

12

15

2

9

Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford

-0.005

192.736

14

14

3

10

Danica Patrick Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet

-0.037

192.583

9

9

4

31

Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

-0.014

192.526

14

19

5

27

Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

-0.016

192.460

23

23

6

18

Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

-0.027

192.349

15

15

7

15

Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

-0.050

192.143

13

20

8

24

Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

-0.091

191.771

11

17

9

42

Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

-0.013

191.718

16

16

10

33

Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

-0.017

191.648

7

20

11

29

Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

-0.012

191.599

15

18

12

51

Regan Smith Phoenix Racing Chevrolet

-0.034

191.461

15

15

13

16

Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford

-0.019

191.383

20

23

14

39

Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet

-0.020

191.302

5

5

15

21

Trevor Bayne Wood Bros Racing Ford

-0.003

191.290

18

18

16

56

Martin Truex Michael Waltrip Racing Chevrolet

-0.006

191.266

12

20

17

1

Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

-0.003

191.253

19

19

18

48

Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

-0.016

191.188

12

13

19

5

Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

-0.025

191.087

11

20

20

14

Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet

-0.013

191.034

12

12

21

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

-0.027

190.925

15

19

22

55

Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

-0.082

190.593

19

19

23

22

Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford

-0.008

190.561

23

23

24

99

Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford

-0.002

190.553

13

16

25

78

Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet

-0.013

190.500

16

16

26

11

Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

-0.012

190.452

9

10

27

43

Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford

-0.077

190.142

22

23

28

13

Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford

-0.029

190.026

30

31

29

38

Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford

-0.004

190.010

5

11

30

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford

-0.039

189.853

19

19

31

2

Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford

-0.046

189.669

18

23

32

36

Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet

-0.063

189.418

18

18

33

47

Bobby Labonte JTG Racing Toyota

-0.564

187.196

14

14

34

95

Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford

-0.053

186.990

7

7

 

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