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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 4th 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au —19 Marcos ready for a red hot go with JAMES BRESNEHAN the toughest Nascar races of the American speedway season. Daytona is one of the few tracks I where the Nascars can race flat-out and side-by-side over 100 per cent of a lap. After finishing 17th in the Daytona 500 at the start of the year, Ambrose cannot wait to get back on the famous 2.5 mile superspeedway for the Coke Zero 400. ‘‘Really, Daytona can be a bit of a lottery,’’ Ambrose said. ‘‘We all enjoy Daytona, but we’re all apprehensive about racing here.’’ The Australian is 18th in points, so is well on track to achieve his goal of finishing inside the top 20 in his debut season as a full-time competi- tor in the Sprint Cup series. And with a new Michael Waltrip Racing-built car at his disposal this weekend he is keen for yet another solid result. Ambrose said a combination of summer heat and humidity and cool night air meant the cars would run faster, but with less grip on their 160-lap Daytona adventure. T will be pedal to the metal for Marcos Ambrose at Daytona this weekend when the Tas- manian competes in the one of ‘‘It could be an awesome night for us or it could be a short night, you just never know,’’ Ambrose said. ‘‘It’s a drafting race. ‘‘There is guaranteed to be a lot of crashes, you just want to try and make sure that you’re not in one of them.’’ The Daytona 400 will be a bigger challenge than the famous Daytona 500. ‘‘This is actually a tougher race,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s 100 miles shorter and it’s run at night in the high humidity weath- er that Florida gets during the summer. Cars movearound a lot and there is always a lot of bumping and cars crashing because cars can’t quite hang on around the corners. ‘‘You’ve really got your hands full so it’s a difficult race to finish.’’ Daytona International Speedway is widely considered a tougher venue than the infamous Talladega speed- way. Tony Stewart leads the champion- ship with 2524 points, ahead of Jeff Gordon (2455), Jimmie Johnson (2355) and Kurt Busch (2254), while Ambrose is on 1798. Treading softly in wait-and-see mode JAMIE WINCUP EVERYONEis trying to get ahead of me on the issue of what I’m doing next year. There are all sorts of rumours flying around and there were some comments from Marcos Ambrose suggesting I hold off going to the US in the current economic climate. But it’s all just guessing, because I still haven’t made a decision. I’d like to thank Marcos for his very kind comments about my driving, but I don’t even know what direction I’m heading in next year. I can promise everyone that I will make a call shortly as soon as I’ve sorted things out and I won’t keep people hanging on. I just don’t want to ramble on and speculate and end up misleading people. Let’s just say that I’m working as hard as I can tomakethings happen. There are several influencing fac- tors which will force me to make a decision. The frustrating soft-tyre rule may or may not be one of those. Soft tyres is another issue that I have raved on about enough. Every- one knows that I don’t like this rule. Congratulations to Michael Caru- so on his first win. I know how important that first one is. The soft-tyre rule has certainly mixed the grid up and made it virtually impossible for a driver to win both races. What it does do is put a big emphasis on the championship more than the race win. There is no way you can beat a guy on soft tyres, so you race more for the points. I had a good run on Saturday breaking my track hoodoo, but then our luck turned bad on the Sunday. That’s how fickle motorsport is. We had a few minor mechanical issues which cost us just a few tenths of second. Everyone thinks that I’m out there doing it easywhen I’m winning and it’s just a cruise. But we dropped our bundle by a couple of percent on Sunday and we were only good for 10th position. That’s how tough the competition is and it just emphasises how much we need to be on the ball. Next stop is the Townsville street circuit and it’s going to be massive. I’m really looking forward to it. But it’s still a month off and we’ll have quite a hectic schedule in the meantime trying to make the car go faster. The enduro races also aren’t far away so there is lot of homework to be done. Townsville will present its own challenges to our team as a brand new race track with no research or data. Itmaybe a total unknownlike the last race of the year at Homebush in Sydney, but I still think the best team will win. 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