Marcos Ambrose Reflects on his NASCAR and V8 Supercars Careers

Published 08/03/2020, 6:30 AM EDT


The former V8 Supercars driver, Marcos Ambrose, recently reflected on his motorsports career. The 43-year-old revealed that Stone Brothers Racing founders, Ross and Jimmy, were the architects behind his NASCAR career.

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While racing for the Stone Brothers, he piloted the BA Pirtek Falcon to the 2003 and 2004 V8 Supercars Championships. During his V8 Supercars tenure, Marcos Ambrose notched up 25 wins and 45 podiums in 78 races.

A year later, he finished third in the Championship before he sought greener pastures in the United States. Suffice to say, he built a successful nine-year career in all three tiers in the NASCAR series.

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Speaking to Speedcafe, Ambrose said, “There is no doubt that I owe everything to Ross and Jimmy Stone and that era with the BA Falcon. They really saved my career when I returned from Europe, and then the success came with the BA.

“I could not have gone to the US and forged my time in NASCAR if not for the success we had in that period.”

What else did Marcos Ambrose say?

According to the Australian, the Ford BA Pirtek Falcon’s success was down to the Stone Brothers’ hard work. He revealed that Jimmy’s modus operandi was to build the car first before drawing it.

Any brand new idea or innovation was always acted upon, and that was how they operated.

He even admitted that back in 2003, they were under a lot of pressure to grab that first Championship. The bad news was that he crashed and gave the mechanics a massive headache.

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However, all those overnight repairs worked wonders and Marcos Ambrose put everything behind him and clinched the title.

He concluded, “The Ford versus Holden battle was probably at its height at that stage and the Ford fans had been belted for a long time and they wanted to celebrate.

“That championship was a great reward for everyone involved at SBR, Ford, and the fans and I was happy I could play my role in repaying them.”

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SOURCE- Speedcafe.com

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