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nascar10294
07-16-2008, 02:50 PM
By Terry Blount
ESPN.com

Nationwide Series racer Marcos Ambrose will become a full-time Sprint Cup driver next season, thanks to a new partnership former NBA player Brad Daugherty has with JTG Racing.


Daugherty, now a NASCAR analyst for ESPN, has become a part-owner of JTG Racing. The team will be renamed JTG Daugherty Racing. It will continue to field two Nationwide Series entries, but add a full-time Sprint Cup entry next year with Ambrose at the wheel.

"I have a tremendous passion for racing," Daugherty said Tuesday. "This gives me another avenue to be involved in the sport. It's a big stake to do this at he Cup level, and I hope it opens doors in the sport for other minorities and women."

Little Debbie snack cakes will sponsor the car, which will use No. 47.

Ambrose, 31 and an Australian form Launceston, Tasmania, races for JTG in the Nationwide Series. He ranked 13th in the standings with three top-10 finishes in the No. 59 Ford.

"I can't think of a better partner to be involved with this team than Brad," Ambrose said. "He's a real racer. I hope I can deliver the results for him. We have a lot of hard work to do to get ready for 2009, but time is on our side. I'm just really excited to get started."

Ambrose also raced in the Cup event last month on the road course and Sonoma, Calif., finishing 42nd after a transition failure in the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing.

Daugherty, 42, previously owned a Craftsman Truck Series team and a Nationwide team (then the Busch Series). Robert Pressley won a Busch event in Daugherty' car in 1989. The late Kenny Irwin Jr. won two CTS events for Daugherty's team in 1997.

Daugherty, who grew up in North Carolina and followed NASCAR, was an All-American center for the University of North Carolina in 1986. He played nine seasons for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA and was a five-time NBA All-Star.

http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=3490841


I like the move for Ambrose, but it is going to be tough for him next year.

Also, no word on the make of the car. Most likely will be ford but i heard rumors about JTG using Chevy next year, which i think would be better.

chaseismyhero
07-16-2008, 03:32 PM
I like the move for Ambrose, but it is going to be tough for him next year.

Also, no word on the make of the car. Most likely will be ford but i heard rumors about JTG using Chevy next year, which i think would be better.

i would have to agree that chevy is going to be better than ford. only roush, yates, and wood brothers run fords. its unfortunate, but it looks like ford is slowly fading. sure roush still wins races, but chevy and now toyota are dominant. they better prepare ambrose for missing some races. look what happened with MWR and red bull when they started teams.

MarkieMark48
07-16-2008, 05:17 PM
doesnt matter what manufacture they go with, they will be a go-or-go-home team every week

nascar10294
07-16-2008, 09:24 PM
doesnt matter what manufacture they go with, they will be a go-or-go-home team every week


Dario's average start in the Nationwide series this year is 14th (11 starts) and Marcos's is 18 and change (20 starts), so i think it will be even tougher for Marcos to do good. I predict he'll do a tad better then Dario, but will finish the season. Also, he'll start looking better at the end of the year.

MarkieMark48
07-16-2008, 11:37 PM
the basketball player that was never good will run out of money after the sponsor pulls out

Driven
07-17-2008, 01:38 AM
Ambrose is a good driver, though.

nascar10294
07-17-2008, 06:55 AM
He won't run out of money. The sponsor will stay with him for atlleast the whole year.