Marcus Ambrose

Born in Tasmania, Marcos Ambrose is only the eighth driver from Australia to race in America’s big time motor sport division, NASCAR. Marcos also has the distinction of being only the fourth racer born outside of the United States to win in the highest league, the Sprint Cup Series. When he took the chequered flag at Watkins Glen on August 15, 2011, it was his second overall victory in NASCAR. The first was in 2008 in the Nationwide Series, likewise at Watkins Glen, which was also the first win for an Australian racer in any NASCAR division.
Competing successfully in NASCAR as a full-time driver, however, is just one impressive section on his international motor sport resume. With four Tasmanian Junior karting championships under his belt and four years of senior karting experience, Marcos left for England in 1996 to pursue Formula One.
After several years he returned to Australia and started competing in the V8 Supercar series in 2001 and made rookie of the year. Here, he earned his famed road racing credentials, winning two consecutive championships in 2003 and 2004 with 27 race victories.
What then would make Ambrose leave his country once again to pursue yet another type of racing? The NASCAR bug bit him in 2003 when he went to a race in Bristol. Two years later he announced he was leaving Australia for the United States, and in 2006 he followed through. He started in the Camping World trucks, followed by two full seasons in the Nationwide Series before moving to Cup full time in
Even with his busy schedule Marcos finds time to give back. He started Marcos Ambrose Motorsport in 2001 to help up-and-coming Australian late model stock car drivers fulfil their racing dreams.
All of his world-wide achievements haven’t gone unnoticed in his homeland where he was voted Australian driver of the year in 2006. Among many other accolades, he also achieved the distinguished Sir Jack Brabham Award in 2009