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This Week in Ford NBS Racing: Marcos Ambrose

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« on: November 13, 2007, 03:48:21 pm »

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This Week in Ford NBS Racing: Marcos Ambrose
 
 
November 13, 2007 - Marcos Ambrose, driver of the No. 59 Kingsford Ford Fusion, will enter Ford Championship Weekend eighth in the Busch Series driver points. Ambrose talks about what he has learned throughout the season and the importance of finishing the season on a strong performance.

MARCOS AMBROSE No. 59 Kingsford Ford Fusion TALK ABOUT RACING AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY FOR THE FINAL RACE OF THE YEAR. Its a great race to finish the season. Its important to us as a team and to Ford to do really well there. We really want to finish the year on a high note. If were able to finish good there, that gives us confidence going into 2008. It will make us work really hard in the off-season. We really want to do well. Its a wonderful race track, its has great gradient banking. We hope to run well.

 
YOU CAME HERE TO RACE THE BANKED OVALS. I like all the race tracks, I really do. We ran Homestead once last year in the truck series, so I look forward to running there a second time. Its kind of a unique place to race because along the back straightaway, there are palm trees and a different color on the side of the wall there. It just feels like the last race of the year, kind of a party atmosphere. Its a great race track. Theyve done a lot to it over the years to make it better. I think now with the gradient banking and the track having time to cure off, its a pretty racy place. Its a lot of fun. It feels like the last race. Everyone is talking about what they are doing in the off-season. It just feels like youre going to school for the last day. Going into Miami, I kind of have that feeling.

IS THIS THE TYPE OF TRACK YOU PREFER? We worked on improving all of our programs this year. Were always looking to improve and I think our best results this year have been on the short tracks. Since weve learned so much this year, I think we can run good on any track now. We hope to use everything this year and apply it to a successful season next year.

HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR SEASON? If I were to grade my season, Id say a B or B minus. Weve done a lot of good things. Weve left a lot out there on occasions and weve had a year of progression. We could have done a little better from time to time and weve had bad luck along the way, too. All in all, its been balanced year and I think I feel more comfortable here in the Busch series. I feel like I belong in the sport, now more so than I did at the start of the season. Its been a real strong year for me personally, and our team. Were moving forward and were more competitive now than we were at the start of the season. Weve got some great things coming for 2008. Were going to have a really good shot at competing for the championship next year.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOUVE LEARNED THIS YEAR? I think the most important thing that I learned is to be patient. Its a long year. This year Ive fatigued a little bit towards the end of the season. Im just pacing myself. I want to be consistent week-in and week-out. Ive had to get my head around the length of the schedule. Ive learned the lows and highs. Its been a year of racing fulltime. Every race you feel like its a life or death situation out there to get it resolved, but the reality is that youve got be consistent and be balanced as a driver and as a person throughout the year to run well.
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