Marcos Ambrose · Thursday October 7, 2010
We’ve been to Bristol, Richmond, Atlanta, Loudon, Dover and Kansas since the last diary. That’s a lot of races! I’ll just go through them in general. Richmond was the standout for us. We had a great night, qualified well and raced well all night and got a good top-5. We felt great about it. We had a good car at Atlanta. We’ve had good cars pretty much everywhere. We’ve had some bad luck and a few mechanical problems that have kind of knocked us down a bit and taken some of our momentum away, but in general it’s been a good month.
The Montreal Nationwide weekend did not go at all the way we hoped. We broke there as well. We had a great weekend, I can’t complain. We had a good car at Watkins Glen and we turned it around because it was our best car road racing wise, so we kind of stretched the limit there on the car. We had a tie rod fail, which is just one of those things. It’s a car that we rushed to get ready for the Montreal race because it was our best piece and it was just unfortunate the way it went down. We led a lot of laps and we had a great race car. Canada is a great place to race at that time of the year in Montreal. It’s just a great city. We didn’t quite seal the deal, but that’s a story in itself. We’ve been there four times and lost four races. It’s not a great story to talk about but it’s definitely one I’ll remember for a long time.
We’ll see if we can try it again next year. I’ll be driving for a different team and they obviously have different objectives and priorities so we’ll see how it goes. If the opportunity presents itself I’ll definitely go back there and have another shot at it. Any road race in NASCAR I feel I can win, so the more of them I do the better my chances get.
We’ve got a lot to look forward to and a lot of good racing to finish up this year in Cup too. I’m really enjoying myself right now. It’s been a trying time for me because I’m balancing two race teams here. I’m trying to grow into my new deal with RPM and I’m trying to finish off my time with JTG the right way. I’m working both ends and it makes for a busy time, but it’s also very exciting. I’m doing everything I can to be the very best driver and team support I can for JTG to finish things off the way we started, and at the same time I’m trying to be the very best newbie I can for RPM.
It’s also time to start gearing up for next year. Right now I’m thinking about who I need to be and what I need to do to get ready for 2011, and starting to put a lot of things in place behind the scenes to help me go to the next level next year.
I’m not going to get a chance to go home to Australia after the season ends this year. A couple of factors really come into play. I’ve got a new team and there’s definitely a lot of things to do there. I want to make sure I’m there for them when they need me, so I think it’s appropriate that I stay in the U.S. for that reason alone. Second factor is my kids. They’re starting school now and it’s basically in the middle of the school year. I’m very conscious of trying to do the right thing for them. Racing is very important, but family is just as important, if not more. I think it’s the right thing to do to try to keep everybody stable and in the same place for a little while to give them the best chance to get started in school.
My oldest is now in Pre-K. She’s about seven or eight weeks in and she’s really enjoying it. But I think it’s just a good thing for them, and for Mom too, to just sit themselves down for a little bit and stay in the U.S. To try to be a Dad who’s hanging around and taking the kids to school and all the other good stuff.
Last time we’d just finished building the new boat and we were looking forward to testing it out. We have had it in the water. It bogged down a bit on us and we nearly lost it so we dragged it back out of the water. We’ve got a bit more work to do on it. There was a bit too much water and we couldn’t keep it all out of the boat. But we’re really excited about it. It’s going to be a great off-season too. I’m really going to try to use it a lot in the off season and look for some gold with it when I get a chance. We’re gearing up for it. We’ve got a bit of work to do on it yet. It’s really a work in progress, but it’s working really well. We’ve spent probably about $6000 between the motor and the rest of it, so we’re excited to really test its paces and get some gold with it.
That’s another bonus to staying here in the U.S. over the off season. The guy I go gold hunting with is a pool builder, so the winter time is the best time for him. It’s perfect timing for both of us. We’ll hit that water hard and hopefully get ourselves a bonanza.
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