If there was one track that 'owes' Marcos Ambrose, it is the Sonoma Raceway. And if there is one favorite going into this weekend, it's also Marcos Ambrose. Behind the wheel of the No. 9 Stanley Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, many eyes will be focused on the black and yellow machine as Ambrose tries to capture his first win at the track.
Ambrose has five starts at the road course. Beside a transmission failure in his first start, the road course veteran has finished in the top-10 in all events, including a best finish of third (2009). A win has been elusive, however, making Ambrose and the No. 9 Stanley Ford team thirsty for Victory Lane in wine country.
Ambrose has the records to back up why he is a favorite again this weekend. He has the second-fastest average green flag speed of 89.807 mph, the third-best driver rating (106.8) and an average running position of 10.9.
Comments from Stanley Ford Fusion Driver Marcos Ambrose:
"Sonoma has been one track where I felt we have had victory just slip away from us. But, we've always been competitive there and fast too. We won the pole there last year and just didn't have enough for the race. We just came up a bit short. Our guys want to get that win this weekend, and we're all pretty hungry for it.
"This is one of the hardest road courses I have raced on. It's very technical and is pretty fast too. These cars are not made for this track, so you really need to wrestle them around a bit. I am not scared to do that but just need that little racing luck to get into victory lane. We've been so close that a win can't be too far away."
Comments from Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on Sonoma:
"We really look at Sonoma as a track to not only run up front but to win. There is pressure every week, but this week, we'll just have more eyes on us. We understand that, and I think Marcos does as well. It doesn't change our plan of preparing the best car possible for Sunday.