Richard Petty Motorsports driver Marcos Ambrose has extra motivation to perform well in tomorrow’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway.
Ambrose’s main sponsors, Stanley and DeWalt Tools, have pledged to donate $1 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Ace Hardware Foundation should he come through with his first Sprint Cup oval victory at the “Monster Mile.” A runner-up finish would see the sponsors donate $500,000, and a third-place effort would bring a $250,000 donation.
Known primarily for his work on road courses, Ambrose has one Top-5 and three Top-10 results over nine career Cup starts at Dover. But the Australian pilot, who will carry the names of young children being treated for various illnesses on his No. 9 Ford Fusion tomorrow, is looking to do everything he can to deliver a special win.
“I’ve got two young kids at home so seeing kids at the hospital this weekend, I’m reminded of how lucky we are as a family,” Ambrose said on Friday according to SpeedwayMedia.com. “I will use this as an inspiration because these kids getting treated at the hospitals all have such a positive outlook, in spite of going through these tough times.
“They are an inspiration. To have a chance to win a million dollars for these kids is inspiring.”
This past Thursday, Ambrose and his team visited the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia leading up to the Sprint Cup weekend at Dover – bringing along their No. 9 machine and doing pit stop demonstrations for young patients at the hospital.