Ambrose takes positives from Phoenix

Ambrose finished 16th at Phoenix

Ambrose finished 16th at Phoenix

Marcos Ambrose has described his first race on a one-mile oval with Richard Petty Motorsports as a “good learning experience.”

The Australian finished 16th in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, greeting the chequered flag just one lap behind race-winner Jeff Gordon.

Ambrose was relieved with the result, after being caught up in an early wreck in last weekend’s Daytona 500.

“We got a finish,” he said of today’s race, where he ran as high as fourth early.

“We got in a hole after Daytona and we just had to finish today.

“It was a good first day and a good learning experience with (crew chief) Todd Parrott.

“I know I’ve got great stuff and I know I can really do well, we just had to get a start somewhere and today was a pretty good start.

“Our communication was really good.  We stayed calm and I felt fresh in the car – we’ve got a good vibe going.

Ambrose dropped off the lead lap during the race, and was denied the chance to un-lap himself due an ill-timed final caution.

“We had one bad run and it was a long one where we went a lap down,” he said.

“It happened towards the end of the race and we just couldn’t get it back.”

Ambrose sits 27th in the points standings after two races.

Comments are closed.