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This Week in Ford Racing: Marcos Ambrose

Marcos Ambrose
Marcos Ambrose
 
April 1, 2008 - Marcos Ambrose, driver of the No. 59 Kingsford Ford Fusion, calls Texas the turn-around race for him in the NASCAR Nationwide Series after struggling in the first few races this year. He talks about using his off week to re-build his relationship with crew chief Gary Cogswell, who worked with Ambrose during the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.

MARCOS AMBROSE – No. 59 Kingsford Ford Fusion – WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THE OFF WEEK? “I spent time with the family. I waved goodbye to my father-in-law who has been with us for a while. I primarily spent most of the off week with my family.”

DOES THE WEEK BREAK MAKE THESE NEXT SIX RACES SEEM LIKE AN ACT TWO TO THE SEASON? “Yeah, I guess so. One week off doesn’t make a summer, so I guess it’s a chance for us to get caught up here this week. In another six weeks there is another off weekend, with the All-Star Charlotte weekend, which is pretty much a race at home that we all go to watch anyways. If we’re not racing it, we’re going to go and watch it. Our season is in full swing right now. I feel like the first few races, with the rain and everything like that, it was hard to get any kind of rhythm. I think now we’re going to get in the next half of the season and get into it.”

ON RACING AT TEXAS. “Texas is a fast track and the banking is really good. I feel like I’m ready for it. It’s one of the faster tracks you go to. It’s a great racy track where the second groove comes in pretty well. I think it’s going to be excellent. I’m looking forward to it.”

IN THE PAST, YOU’VE MENTIONED THAT YOU PREFER THE MILE-AND-A-HALF TRACKS. “Yeah, that’s right but we’ve got a new crew chief now, so that changes everything. We’ve just really got to get to a race track and get working together. That’s what this weekend is all about for us – it’s to get back to basics and get to know each other again. I’ve worked with Gary Cogswell in the truck series and I’m looking forward to working together again. I think once we get to know each other again, as far as race communication goes, I think we’ll have a good future. But this weekend, for us, it’s getting to know each other again.”

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THIS WEEKEND? “We want to finish all the laps and try to get a good top-10 run, if we can. I feel like if we get all our ducks in a row, we can run in the top 10. I’m looking forward to turning our year around in Texas.”

YOU POSTED SOLID TIMES IN THE RICHMOND TEST. DOES ANY OF THAT TRANSLATE TO TEXAS? “Probably not, but I think it was more of a chance for Gary and me to get to know each other a little bit. Each driver is unique in what they’re looking for in a car. And each series is unique too, so it’s going to take Gary a little time to get his head around the Nationwide series and the way they set the cars up. And it’s going to take me a little bit of time to convey to him, but I think we started well at the test there and at Richmond, although a lot of the good cars had already left. We have to be careful that we don’t get carried away with our testing. I feel like we have plenty to improve on. I feel like Gary is going to be a good fit for us.”

YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU HAVEN’T FOUND YOUR RHYTHM THIS SEASON, BUT EACH WEEK YOU HAVE IMPROVED IN THE POINTS STANDINGS. “We had a rocky start to the season. We’ve got to work on solid finishes and results. We need to start getting top-10 runs and feeling like we deserve to be out there. I’m excited about turning our season around. I think this weekend will be the first step in that direction.”


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