Ex-NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose to decide V8 Supercars future at season’s end

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When Marcos Ambrose left NASCAR at the end of last season to return to his native Australia, he was excited to be going back to V8 Supercars racing.

Now, not even a full season into the return to his homeland and former race series, Ambrose isn’t sure if he’ll continue in Supercars after the Enduro Cup season finale in October, according to a report by V8Supercars.com.au.

“I am not going to make any call on anything because it is not fair on anyone,” he said. “I have to get a chance to get back in the car and support Scott (teammate Scott Pye) and the team in the endurance role and have a shot to try and win those races.

“We will look at everything once we get through the endurance races and make a timely decision for everybody.

“It’s not just me making the choice either, it’s whether the team wants to put me back in the car as well, so there is a lot going on there and we will just work through the issues as they come.”

Ambrose won two V8 Supercars championships prior to coming across the Pacific Ocean to spend nearly a decade in NASCAR racing.

He returned to his native land amid great anticipation, only to step aside as lead driver of DJR Team Penske after just one round of this season’s championship series.

Ambrose, 38, is expected to return for the three endurance series on the V8 Supercars circuit at Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast.

After that, he’ll make a determination where he and his career will go from there.

Among Ambrose’s options, to stay in V8 Supercars all the way to potentially retiring. It’s unlikely he’ll return to NASCAR, as he has not said anything publicly about such a possibility.

“I didn’t want to be that guy everyone is looking at because he is running 25th,” Ambrose explained about his decision to step out of his car earlier this season.

“They don’t understand that you have no practice time in the car, you don’t have any tires to practice on even when you get there.

“I just didn’t want to be that guy, I didn’t want to let the team down that way.

“So when I came down and saw the landscape and what I was facing, for me it became untenable to keep going the way I was.”

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