Number 9 Ford
Richard Petty Motorsports
Stanley / DeWalt
September 1, 1976
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Regan Smith ran a full season and claimed the Rookie of the Year title in 2008.
1999 - British Formula Ford Champion
2003 - V8 Supercar Series Champion
2004 - V8 Supercar Series Champion
2008 - First Sprint Cup Series Start (Sonoma)
2008 - First Nationwide Series Win (Watkins Glen)
2011 - Joined Richard Petty Motorsports
2011 - First Sprint Cup Series Win (Watkins Glen)
2012 - First Career Sprint Cup Pole (Michigan)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Marcos Ambrose started his racing career at the age of ten in the Australian karting circuit. He was successful in the karts winning many races and state titles before claiming the Australian Karting Championship while still a teenager.
From there he got the opportunity to take his racing career international. He won the British Formula Ford championship in 1999 and then moved on to the V8 Supercar series where he was named rookie of the year in 2001 and then won the V8 Supercar championship in 2003 and again in 2004.
Marcos Ambrose then made the decision to come to the United States to break into NASCAR.
He landed a full-time Camping World Truck Series ride with truck owner Tad Geschickter in 2006. Although he missed the first three races of the year he still managed a pole and two top five finishes on his way to a twenty-first place points effort.
That was good enough for owner Tad Geschickter to move Ambrose up to the Nationwide Series the next season. Ambrose ran the full Nationwide Series schedule in 2007 and 2008. The highlight of these years was Marcos Ambrose's first career NASCAR victory which came on the road course in Watkins Glen in 2008.
Ambrose left the Nationwide Series after 2008 when he was offered a full-time Sprint Cup Series ride by JTG-Daugherty Racing. Ambrose posted six top five finishes for JTG-Daugherty Racing before being offered the chance to drive for Richard Petty Motorsports starting with the 2011 season.
Moving up to a little bit stronger equipment suited Ambrose just fine and he scored his first career Sprint Cup series win that summer in Watkins Glen. He then won again in Watkins Glen the following year.
Marcos Ambrose hasn't set the NASCAR world on fire but I also don't believe that he has ever had top-tier equipment. He gets the most out of what his car has to give and more often than not brings it back to the garage at the end of the day in one piece.
Marcos Ambrose is a road race ace that made the transition into a solid full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup competitor.