Marcos Ambrose signs with Penske for Australian V8 Supercars

JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #9 Stanley Ford, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #9 Stanley Ford, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
JOLIET, IL – SEPTEMBER 13: Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #9 Stanley Ford, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Only days after announcing that he will be leaving NASCAR at the end of this season, Marcos Ambrose will return to the sport he once dominated in, the V8 Australian V8 Supercars Championship. Team Penske announced Sunday that it would form a partnership with one of the most successful motorsport teams in Australia, Dick Johnson Racing, with Ambrose behind the wheel of the No. 17 Ford for DJR Team Penske.

“Team Penske is excited to partner with Dick Johnson Racing to compete in the V8 Supercars Championship starting next season,” said Roger Penske. “We believe in building our businesses through racing and our success on the track. With our new business ventures in Australia, it makes sense to showcase our brands through the V8 Supercars Championship and the opportunity to work with DJR and Marcos Ambrose convinced us to go forward.”

Ambrose, a native of Launceston, Tasmania, is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the V8 Supercars Championship. In the 65 rounds in which he competed from 2001 to 2005, he won 28 individual races. MORE>>>

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