Ambrose To Drive For MWR

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Michael Waltrip Racing announced today that Marcos Ambrose is scheduled to drive for the racing organization in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with Little Debbie as primary sponsor.

The No. 00 MWR Toyota team will switch to the No. 47 number for the final four events. At this time, the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 47 driver is to be determined for Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“It’s really nice to have a head start on the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and integrate Marcos with our team,” Waltrip said. “We are pleased that NASCAR worked with us to switch our number so that Marcos and his sponsors have continuity. I, of all people, know the importance of car numbers to sponsors. We are very appreciative that everything worked out. This is a great opportunity for Marcos and it gives him a glimpse of what next season may look like for him. We are really happy about that.”

Ambrose made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Infineon Raceway and in only seven starts his career-best finish is third-place at Watkins Glen International in the No. 21 Little Debbie entry fielded by Wood Brothers. Now, the Australian driver prepares to race the No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry at the 1.54-mile quad-oval where he has two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start.

“It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to come to Michael Waltrip Racing,” Ambrose said. “There is a lot of synergy here and I am looking forward to qualifying the No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota. Racing with the organization gives me the chance to have an early start on getting to know my team, Michael Waltrip and how the company operates.

“I feel good about making the race at Atlanta,” Ambrose continued. “I qualified at Dover and Kansas in my two most recent attempts. Fortunately, I have made some laps at Atlanta in a NASCAR Nationwide Series car and a Craftsman Truck. Next weekend, we need to qualify, log some laps and gain experience. In preparation, we’re going to Kentucky to test to ensure that I am comfortable in the car.”

Proven results in both the NCTS and NNS paved the way for Ambrose. To date, Ambrose has one victory, one pole award, four top-five, 11 top-10 and 42 top-20 finishes in 66 NNS career starts. He scored his first NNS career victory in August at Watkins Glen International with JTG-Daugherty Racing.

In his first season of NNS competition, he scored one top-five, six top-10 and 19 top-20 finishes en route to finishing eighth in the driver points standings during his rookie year. Ambrose is on the path for another top-10 points standings finish as he currently occupies 10th-place with four races remaining on the 2008 NNS schedule.

Before joining the NNS ranks, Ambrose recorded two top-five and four top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series after making his NASCAR debut at Martinsville in April 2006.

In his 10th truck start, he earned his first career pole in the No. 20 entry for team owner Tad Geschickter. His best finish was a pair of third-place finishes at Kansas Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway in 22 starts during the 2006 season.

With success in both Series, Ambrose takes the next step to compete full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series during the 2009 season behind the wheel of the No. 47 Toyota Camry sponsored by Kingsford Charcoal, Clorox Laundry and Household Products, and Little Debbie’s Snack Cakes.

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