Marcos Ambrose’s decision on his future is drawing closer

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With DJR Team Penske co-owner Roger Penske slated to be in Auckland, New Zealand for the Australian V8 Supercars’ ITM 500 race Nov. 6-8, it’s likely he and Marcos Ambrose will sit down and discuss what Ambrose wants – or doesn’t want – to do in 2016.

The year of discontent for the former two-time Supercar champ continued this past weekend at the Castrol Gold Coast 600.

After a Top 10 in Saturday’s preliminary action in their No. 17 Ford Falcon FG X, Ambrose and co-driver Scott Pye – hampered by a broken rib suffered in a crash at Bathurst earlier this month – finished Sunday’s main event a disappointing 21st out of 25 drivers in the overall event.

“Scott did a great job to get us into P6 for the start,” Ambrose said on DJR Team Penske’s Facebook page. “I held on OK, but lost touch a little with those top five runners.

“The day did not pan out of course as Scott ended up with a pit lane drive through, and that really ended our day. We were short on fuel and had to make the extra stop.”

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Marcos Ambrose (photo courtesy DJR Team Penske Facebook page)

While DJR Team Penske will be a two-car team next season, Ambrose’s role – if any – likely would be a part-time driver at best. That is, if he decides to do that.

Still, Ambrose, who returned to his native Australia at the end of 2014 after nearly a decade in NASCAR racing, is optimistic for his team next season.

“It has been great to see how far the team and the car has come since I stepped back,” Ambrose said, referring to his decision to step aside after the first race of the season earlier this year. “I think next year is looking good for DJR Team Penske.”

But as for what he’ll be doing next year, Ambrose remains tight-lipped. It’s possible that he’s waiting to talk to Penske before deciding what he’ll ultimately wind up doing.

“It’s the first time I’ve been a co-driver so it’s a little different, but I’ve certainly enjoyed my time and I felt good behind the wheel,” Ambrose told v8supercars.com.au.

As for 2016, he added, “I’ll just look at all and in time it will be all clear. I just want to make sure I’m enjoying it and make sure I can contribute the way I want to. It will all work out in due course.

“It’s just time – I’ll look at the landscape with the team and we’ll go from there.”

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Barber IndyCar iRacing results

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Scott McLaughlin led the final six laps Saturday and finished 0.4241 seconds ahead of teammate Will Power to win the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

Scott Speed finished third behind the Team Penske drivers. Alex Palou and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top five.

Click here for the full boxscore from Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing event at Barber Motorsports Park.

WINNER: Scott McLaughlin holds off teammate Will Power

WHAT DRIVERS SAID: Postrace reactions on social media

Other notable finishers:

Colton Herta (seventh), Robert Wickens (eighth), Jimmie Johnson (12th), Graham Rahal (14th), Alexander Rossi (22nd).

Sage Karam led a race-high 24 laps but retired from the 45-lap event because of a crash and finished 27th of 29 drivers.