By Joe MenzerNASCAR.com
|Ambrose does Australia proud with his win|
For a driver and company whose intertwined futures were so uncertain just one year ago, it was indeed a day to call for champagne all the way around.
Marcos Ambrose (Autostock)
Ambrose won his first Sprint Cup race in the 105th start of a career that began when he made the trek to NASCAR's top touring series in 2008 after short stops in the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. His overall NASCAR experience began in 2006 when he left the comfort of his native Australia, where he was a V8 Supercar champion.
So it's not like Ambrose had never stepped out of his comfort zone when he took the leap of faith to sign with Richard Petty Motorsports in August of last year. Ambrose had to get out of the final year of his contract with JTG/Daugherty Racing to do it -- and two months later he wondered if he had made a serious mistake as speculation swirled that RPM as he had envisioned it might be going out of business.
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