Sydney 500 countdown: #7 Ambrose returns as wild card

23 Nov 2016
Two-time champ steers NewGen Supercar in race conditions for the first time ahead of his heralded return to the series
2 mins by James Pavey

It was arguably the biggest news story of 2014 – polarizing two-time Supercars champion Marcos Ambrose would return to the grid from NASCAR and help forge a path for DJR Team Penske as the major motorsport organisation broke into the Australian sport the following year.

Rather than have his first run at the Clipsal 500, the team elected to run Ambrose as a wild card at Sydney Olympic Park in 2014, which created much hype and excitement from fans who wanted to see how the Ford hero would fare in the new era.

it started to click for me and the car started to come to me as well,” Ambrose told v8supercars.com.au at the time.

“We’ve got a brand-new car here too – we’ve been working through some issues with it and it’s been a good experience, but a tough one.”

He was pleased to have been exposed to the wet weather, another thing to add to the book.


“Now I’ve experienced it again after nine years – but we’ve got a long way to go. I’ve got a long way to go and I just hope the team’s patient with me and we can build this thing into a winning combination.”

Ambrose finished 20th, 21st and 16th in the three races across the weekend.

Looking back, the chance to see Ambrose in a NewGen car was even more significant for fans, given he stepped down after just two 2015 events, the Clipsal 500 and non-championship Australian Grand Prix.

He steered as a co-driver with Scott Pye throughout the enduros but elected not to return to race this year. He was spotted at home round Tasmania visiting DJR Team Penske earlier this year, but kept a low profile.

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