Ambrose: 'It's Time to Deliver'
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin Twitter and Instagram | MRN.com on October 29, 2013 | 8:40 P.M. EST
"It's time to deliver for me and it's time to deliver for the company. We are excited about our plans for 2014." (Photo: Getty Images)
CONCORD, N.C. - Marcos Ambrose is set for next year, and with the addition of a new sponsor he'll be looking to bounce back from a tough 2013 season.
With only three more opportunities to try and at least win one race for the past three seasons, Ambrose finds himself looking forward to next year where he will have Twisted Tea join Stanley and DEWALT as primary sponsors of the No. 9 Ford at Richard Petty Motorsports.
"It's time to deliver for me and it's time to deliver for the company," Ambrose said during the Twisted Tea car unveiling. "We are excited about our plans for 2014. We've got everything we had in 2013 and then some. I think we've got more assets and more resources to go at it.
"We are excited about Twisted Tea coming on board as a brand new sponsor in NASCAR. It suits Richard Petty Motorsports really well, it suits me really well. I'm an off-beat guy and it's a bit of an off-beat brand. I think our fans will really enjoy what we are going to do with our activation in 2014 and more importantly what we do on the racetrack."
Ambrose is also looking forward to some rules changes for next season that he thinks will suit RPM's two-car operation.
"I think the rules package for 2014 is going to help teams like us - teams that have a limited engineering resource because we can actually make changes at the track without having to worry about getting through the templates and getting through inspection, which has been a real problem for us," Ambrose said. "If you are not right before you get there it was very hard to make the cars better in 2013 because there's so much engineering (that) went into getting the cars low without having trouble getting the cars through the sticks, through inspection."
Ambrose will be entering his fourth year with RPM. Since coming to the United States from Australia in 2006, he's scored three poles, 39 top 10s and 15 top fives, including two wins at Watkins Glen International. But this season he's yet to score a top five.
"I'm absolutely focused on making the most of my opportunity in 2014," Ambrose said. "I'm having a great time, but 2013 has been tough no doubt about it. It's hard to keep your head up and I sacrifice more than most to be here in America. I'm a long way from my family and from home. Every year that you are away you need good reasons to be here and winning is a really good reason and that’s what I'm all about in 2014. I want to win and I want to make the Chase and will go from there."
Twisted Tea, which will be an associate sponsor next season, will be the primary on the No. 9 car in the fall at Dover International Speedway - one of Ambrose's best oval tracks a mile or more in length based on top 10s (3).
"We had some options, but we know that Dover is a very challenging track so we’re excited from that standpoint," said Jon London from Twisted Tea Brewing Company. "Doing it in September as well gives us a chance to really generate some build-up and excitement for the race. We are actually going to be putting together a sweepstakes that will running over the course of the spring and summer where four of our drinkers will have the chance to be honorary pit crew members for that race."
Ambrose worked his way up the ladder in NASCAR, racing in the Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series before ultimately reaching his goal of competing in Sprint Cup in 2008 with Wood Brothers Racing and JTG-Daugherty Racing.
"I came to America to be in the biggest form of racing in world," Ambrose said. "I just wanted to experience it and I didn’t have any preconceived notions that I was going to make it work. I came here from the bottom. I fully expected to start from scratch and I did. I just built my way up. I'm a better driver today than when I arrived. I'm thrilled to be a part of the sport of NASCAR.
"To have come to America on a wing and a prayer and make it stick I'm really proud of what I've done and I've got a lot more to give and I'm looking forward to doing that in 2014 and the future. I'm not saying 2014 is it, but we're certainly focused on 2014 on being that breakout year."