Marcos Ambrose is one of my sporting idols. He wasn’t always my favorite driver when he was still racing V8 supercars in Australia before moving to the US to race Nascar many years ago.
What I admire about him is the risk he took to reach the top series for “tin top” car racing in the World. More impressively only four non-Americans have ever won a race in Sprint Cup the top-tier of Nascar. Marcos to his credit has won twice at Watkins Glen a circuit track. In fact few would dispute that he is one of the Worlds’ best circuit drivers in the world in this style of racing. If he could just win on an oval track his legendary status would be complete. I would not be surprised if this is the year that will happen.
Marcos winning at Watkins Glen
This was an enormous risk for him to take. He had just been champion of V8 supercars two years running and was at the top of his game in Australia. It would have been so easy to just stay here and win championship after championship but like most people driven to be the best he could be he uprooted the family and went in search of his dream. To be a Nascar racer.
It is not easy to get a drive there let alone in the top series. After making his way through the truck series and then Nationwide series he eventually got that elusive Sprint Cup ride and he has never looked back. Racing now for Nascar Legend Richard Petty he fires the Ford Fusion around tracks at sometimes impossible speeds of over 200mph.
What an inspirational story. Taking the risk to leave what some would consider major success to go for an even better prize. 99.9% of us would never do this. This would be way out of our comfort zone. Most of settle for our average lives never achieving anything in particular. To ready to knock those who trial but fail. The Aussie “tall poppy syndrome”.
Can you imagine the times of doubt that surely crossed Marcos’s mind when things inevitably went wrong, much in common with those who do great things. Imagine though the joy when he had that first victory in Sprint Cup 2011. That true joy inside when you know that you did it, not the false accolades fame sometimes bring. Below is a video of the last laps of his 2012 victory. Judged as one of the best ever finishes in Nascar history.