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Marcus Ambrose

There’s nothing like making a big impact in your first V8 Supercar race and that’s just what new Ford sensation Marcos Ambrose did at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix. He claimed pole position in the dying minutes of qualifying - upsetting pole king...

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Marcus Ambrose's Biography

There’s nothing like making a big impact in your first V8 Supercar race and that’s just what new Ford sensation Marcos Ambrose did at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix. He claimed pole position in the dying minutes of qualifying - upsetting pole king Mark Skaife - set a fastest lap, biffed Steven Johnson off the road and copped a $2,500 fine from stewards. It wasn’t a dream start but one that served notice that the 24 year-old Tasmanian ‘Devil’ Racer is quick, not overawed, and ready to stick his car on the line to win.
Leaving Australia to chase the elusive F1 dream in England in 1996, he learnt quickly and won regularly. He out-qualified Jenson Button in the 1998 British Formula Ford Festival and did the same to Kimi Raikonnen in ‘99 (they’re both in F1 now) and was the 1999 European Formula Ford Champion.
Despite his success, Marcos Ambrose needed further financial backing to continue chasing his F1 dream and this wasn’t forthcoming so it was time to come home and show Australia what he had learnt. The Stone Brothers and Ford certainly thought so, signing him to drive for them in the V8 Supercar series from 2001. He finished 8th in the championship and won Rookie of the Year in his first season.
Marcos Ambrose went on to win the 2003 V8 Supercar Championship. It may have been a dream come true for the native Tasmanian, but it was his outstanding driving ability, backed by the power of his Stone Brothers Racing Pirtek BA Falcon that weaved that dream. In only his third year in a V8 Supercar, Ambrose took all before him, winning an incredible 6 out of the 13 Championship rounds, to regain the title for Ford for the first time since 1997. It was a case of ‘Ambrose first, daylight second’ in the final points table, with the Gold Coast-based driver finishing 102 points clear of closest competitor.
When Ambrose finally lifted the trophy, it sealed a dream 12 months for the Tasmanian and for Ford, which celebrated its best ever debut with a Falcon in any Australian Touring Car season. 24 hours later, Ambrose capped off his victory by taking out the inaugural ‘Barry Sheene Medal’ for ‘outstanding leadership, sportsmanship and fan appeal’.
In 2006, Marcus Ambrose moved to the US and entered the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He finished the season 21st overall and 3rd in the Rookie of the Year standings, despite having missed the first three races of the year. In 2007, he moved up into the NASCAR Busch/Nationwide Series. He finished the season ranked 8th in the points standings, highest of any driver not competing in the Nextel Cup and finished second in the Rookie of the Year standings. In 2008, after two successful years on the US circuit, Ambrose is looking to further his US career by driving the full Nationwide Series schedule as well as 16 races in the Sprint Cup competition.