Chat with Marcos Ambrose
The 2009 season will be Ambrose's second in the Sprint Cup, and first as a full-time driver. He finished 45th in the points standings a year ago, while starting 12 races. Ambrose, an Australian native, ranked 10th in the Nationwide Series, winning one of his 35 starts, as well as grabbing 6 top 10 finishes, including three top fives.
Send in your questions now and join Ambrose at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday!
Marcos Ambrose (3:11 PM)
Welcome everybody. I look forward to answering all your questions!
What was it like driving the #21 Sprint Cup car?
Marcos Ambrose (3:12 PM)
It was awesome. It was a real thrill to drive for the Wood brothers.
Mark (Portland, ME)
Marcos, what is the hardest part about adjusting from the Nationwide to Sprint Cup series?
Marcos Ambrose (3:12 PM)
Marcos, What is your fav. race track?
Marcos Ambrose (3:13 PM)
I like Bristol.
What is it like to be driving a toyota this season, since you have drivin fords your entire career?
Marcos Ambrose (3:15 PM)
It's been a tough change. Ford has been really good to me throughout my career. But I had to make the move because it was the best move for me.
When did you find out you'd be in the Sprint Series full time this season?
Marcos Ambrose (3:16 PM)
We've been working on it for some time; we just need to get a sponsorship package together. We found out in the middle of last year. But it wasn't until we put pen to paper with MWR, that I felt it was real.
How do you adjust your driving strategy as you move into Sprint Cup full time?
Marcos Ambrose (3:18 PM)
Nothing changes, just have to lift up another level. You just need to be prepared to drive at 100%.
TJ (Austin, TX)
What are your goals for your first full season?
Marcos Ambrose (3:19 PM)
I want to cement myself at the top level and be competitive. I want to prove to everybody, even myself that I belong at the top level.
How are you a stock car driver from Australia? How big is NASCAR down there?
Marcos Ambrose (3:20 PM)
It's pretty big down there. We have a bunch of TV time. I think it's a growing sport in Australia.
How is your sponsorship going? How many races are you sponsored for?
Marcos Ambrose (3:21 PM)
We are locked in for the entire season but at the moment we have one or two races left to fill.
what do you think of how fast Toyota has moved into NASCAR? Seems like they're learning how things work pretty fast.
Marcos Ambrose (3:22 PM)
I think Toyota has paid their dues. They have been in the truck series for a while now. I think NASCAR is better off with Toyota being in the sport.
Do you think the economy problem has had an impact on NASCAR teams?
Marcos Ambrose (3:23 PM)
Sure, it's effecting everybody.
Do you still plan to run some Nationwide races this year?
Marcos Ambrose (3:24 PM)
Yes. I would like to do a few later on in the year.
Patti, Tamarac FL
I saw on Preseason Thunder that Michael Mcdowell was going to drive the #47 in the Daytona 500, What's up with that?
Marcos Ambrose (3:25 PM)
That's not true.
Do you think the short tracks in general are where you will finish well?
Marcos Ambrose (3:26 PM)
I want to finish well on all tracks.
Jeff (Rochester NY)
What is your favorite road course in the whole world?
Marcos Ambrose (3:28 PM)
Sta in Belgium, Germany and Thruxton race track in England.
Todd (Sanford NC)
Much respect Marcos. Congrats on the promotion. Have you talked to Micheal Waltrip alot about Daytona?
Marcos Ambrose (3:29 PM)
Some. It's great to have a great drafter to talk to and get help from. I plan to work with Michael down the line.
Marcos Ambrose (3:29 PM)
Thanks everybody. I look forward to seeing you at the track!
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