Marcos Ambrose, Auto Club Speedway Preview

FONTANA, Calif. (October 5, 2010) – It’s a busy week for Marcos Ambrose as he travels all over the country in the next few days before racing the No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry for JTG Daugherty Racing at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.

“I’m only going to be home for a few hours this week,” Ambrose said. “The month of October is extremely busy for me and it kicks off this week with a trip to San Diego and then Atlanta before our race in Fontana.”

On Monday, the Australian driver made an appearance for Blundstone (footwear) in San Diego before flying back to Charlotte for another sponsor obligation. On Wednesday, he travels south to Atlanta to attend the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show with his sponsors. The NACS serves the convenience and petroleum retailing industry by providing industry knowledge, connections and advocacy to ensure the competitive viability of its members’ businesses.
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“I’m looking forward to appearing (2 to 4 p.m. Eastern) at the NASC Show on behalf of JTG Daugherty Racing’s sponsors,” said Ambrose. “The NACS develops events that helps promote interaction between suppliers and retailers and it helps increase industry awareness among so many other things. It’s all about learning new ideas and strategies that help build your brand. I’m glad to participate.”

On Thursday night, Ambrose is appearing at the Stater Bros. Racefest at Auto Club Speedway from 6 to 8 p.m. Pacific along with several other NASCAR personalities on hand to meet fans and sign autographs.

“It’s nice to be able to interact with the fans in Fontana on Thursday night,” Ambrose said. “Auto Club Speedway draws a good crowd for the Racefest and there’s always a few Aussies that come around. That’s always fun.”

It’s back to business as usual on Friday with first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying. Ambrose admits he has not had the best of luck at Auto Club Speedway, but it is not going to slow him down. In four Cup starts at the two-mile D-shaped track, he has finished 32nd, 22nd, 23rd and 35th respectively.

“We’ve had speed there, but we’ve also had things happen to us that has kept us out of the top 10,” Ambrose said. “We hope that changes this weekend. We’ve had three weeks in a row where we haven’t had the finishes we are definitely capable of having. We’re looking to change that this weekend.”

When Ambrose has not been busy with work, he’s found time to play a few rounds of golf, keep a watch on the Atlanta Braves, oversee the construction of a new boat for gold prospecting and secure a building for his office and staff.

“You are extremely busy in this business, but I try to keep a good balance,” Ambrose said. “Every now and then I play a round of golf because I enjoy the sport and I have a few Aussie friends that are on the PGA Tour. I also have an Aussie friend (Peter Moylan) that plays for the Atlanta Braves and I keep a watch on them – – congratulations to those guys on claiming the Wild Card.

“I’ve also been busy with a lot of side projects,” Ambrose continued. “I have a new building in the Concord area that will be used for offices and some other projects that are in the works. And, the latest creation is a boat for gold prospecting. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Live coverage of the event at Auto Club Speedway airs on Sunday, October 10th at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN and MRN Radio. Sirius XM Satellite will also air the event.

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