Marcos Ambrose by the Numbers: 2011 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen Victor

Marcos Ambrose, who surprised a number of NASCAR fans by winning the 2011 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen competition, has had a very good professional racing career. To commemorate the Australian’s victory at the Watkins Glen, I have created the following list of the top five numbers often associated with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver.

Statistics are current as of August 15, 2011.

September 1, 1976: The Australian race car driver was born in Launceston, Tasmania on September 1, 1976. Marcos Ambrose is the son of Ross Ambrose, who is another well-known Australian professional driver, and Marcos studied at Scotch Oakburn College. On an interesting note, the Richard Petty Motorsports driver started racing karts when he was only 10-years-old.

2003-2004: Besides having a very good NASCAR career, the 34-year-old professional race car driver is also well-known for having tremendous success at the V8 Supercar Series. In fact, Marcos Ambrose won the prestigious championship series in 2003 and 2004.

2: Known for having a likeable and respectable personality, being a leader, and for being a fan favorite, Marcos Ambrose is one of the most spirited professional drivers in the history of auto racing. In fact, Ambrose was the first winner of the Barry Sheene Medal in 2003 and he subsequently won the medal in 2004. On an interesting note, the last winner of the admirable medal was James Courtney.

August 15, 2011: Although Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski seemed destined to finish as the top two drivers at the 2011 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen competition, Marcos Ambrose won the prestigious Watkins Glen race. The two-time winner of the V8Supercar Championship Series managed to lead the race for 21 out of 92 laps. In my opinion, the Australian professional driver may finish as one of the top five drivers at next year’s Watkins Glen race, as he has already established himself as one of the most successful drivers at the Glen.

1: Although Marcos Ambrose is one of the greatest current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, the 34-year-old has only won one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Ambrose started his Sprint Cup Series race at the 2008 Toyota/Save Mart 350 and has been able to finish as one of the top 10 drivers in 13 races; however, the 2011 Watkins Glen race was his first ever Sprint Cup Series victory. Nevertheless, Marcos Ambrose is a talented professional driver and NASCAR fans should not be surprised if he wins another Sprint Cup Series race this season.

Sources:

“Marcos Ambrose wins at Watkins Glen,” Yahoo! Sports.

“Marcos Ambrose,” Yahoo! Sports.


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