Watkins Glen Win Earns Ambrose a Spot in the Sprint All-Star Race
No. 9 DEWALT Ford Team Have Speed at Charlotte, Expect to Contend for Million-Dollar Prize
CONCORD, N.C. (May 14, 2013) – Marcos Ambrose earned a spot in this weekend’s Sprint All-Star Race with his dramatic win at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International last season. The road course ace wheeled passed Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski in the final turns to capture his second consecutive win at the New York road course.
Ambrose will head into this weekend with one thing on his mind – winning. In his eight starts at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, the Australian native has collected one top-five and two top-10 finishes, all with the No. 9 team. He posted his best start of second last spring and best finish of fifth in the fall of 2011. Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer has also been successful at the 1.5-mile track. In his six starts as a crew chief, he tallied two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
The No. 9 DEWALT Ford team competed in last year’s All-Star Race, raced in the top-10 for the majority of the night and posted a seventh-place finish.
Richard Petty will team up with Ambrose to host Make-A-Wish child Jacob from Sumner, Ga. Jacob wished to watch a race and meet Petty and his race team. Jacob will meet both Petty and Ambrose this weekend and be a VIP guest of the No. 9 DEWALT Ford team.
Comments from Stanley Ford Fusion Driver Marcos Ambrose:
“I’m really excited for the All-Star Race. We have shown a lot of speed on the mile-and-a-half tracks this year, and I’m thrilled to have a race where we just go for the win. There is a heightened excitement around this race, and I’m proud to be a part of it. We had a lot of fun in last year’s event and raced up there with the best of them. We plan on being up front again this weekend and contend for the million dollar prize.”
Comments from Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on the All-Star Race:
“We are bringing the car we tested at Charlotte in January. We haven’t raced this car yet, but we were fast at the test. We’ve showed speed all season at the mile-and-a-half tracks and should come off the truck fast again this weekend. This weekend is a great opportunity for us to really shine. We’re all anxious to see what happens.”
The No. 9 team prepared chassis No. 804 for the All-Star Race. The team tested this chassis at Charlotte Motor Speedway in January where they posted the fourth fastest speed of the day.
About Richard Petty Motorsports
A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneurs Andrew Murstein and Douglas Bergeron, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aric Almirola pilots the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion with primary partners Smithfield Foods, U.S. Air Force and STP and Marcos Ambrose drives the No. 9 machine with primary partners Stanley and DEWALT. In addition, Michael Annett wheels the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team is headquartered in Concord, N.C.
Sprint All-Star Race
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN/SiriusXM 90
Friday, May 17, 6 p.m. ET