Marcos Ambrose steps away from full time V8 Supercars, return to US rumored

Marcos Ambrose (Getty Images)
Marcos Ambrose (Getty Images)
Marcos Ambrose (Getty Images)

DJR Team Penske announced Tuesday that Marcos Ambrose has asked to be temporarily relieved as the driver of the No. 17 DJR Team Penske Ford in the Australian V8 Supercars series.  The team said driver Scott Pye would take over the driving duties for the No. 17 Ford Falcon FG X.

Roger Penske said that he appreciated the effort of Ambrose during the first two events on the season.  Ambrose scored finishes of 16th and 12th in the Australian Grand Prix. He crashed out of the final round during the rolling start on the final race this past Sunday.

“Following the Australian Grand Prix, Marcos came to the team, requesting to be replaced from his upcoming driving responsibilities, while he continues the transition back into V8 Supercars competition,” Penske said in an emailed statement.MORE>>>

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