SUPERCARS legend Marcos Ambrose has joined Garry Rogers Motorsport in a new role of competition director for the Melbourne-based squad.
Ambrose will be involved across a broad range of areas at GRM including driver coaching, racecar preparation, engineering and team operations.
The team currently competes in the TCR Australia Series, the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship and the Trans Am Series, running multiple cars in each category.
Ambrose’s deal has grown out of his involvement as the at-track crew chief for friend Owen Kelly’s GRM-prepared Ford Mustang in the Trans Am Series.
The Launceston, Tasmania-based Ambrose has thrown himself back into motorsport in recent times having taken a sabbatical following his aborted 2015 V8 Supercars comeback.
In addition to helping Kelly and the karting exploits of his own two daughters, Ambrose has also returned to the Supercars paddock in 2021 as a television pundit at selected events.
“My relationship with Garry Rogers goes back to the early days of my racing career,” Ambrose explained.
“Not many people probably know it, but Garry and his long-time sponsor Valvoline supported me in Formula Ford.
“Recently I have enjoyed getting involved with my good friend Owen Kelly and helping him return to motorsport in the Trans Am Series where GRM has been preparing Owen’s car between races.
“From that Garry and I chatted about helping the team where I could, both in terms of racing and the future growth of the GRM business.
“Garry and Barry (Rogers, son) run one of the most established race teams in the country and from what I have seen to date they have a very skillful and energetic workforce.
“I have always been passionate about winning and I also enjoy the engineering side of motorsport.
“Working with the team at GRM gives me a great opportunity to experience both.”
Ambrose’s V8 Supercars career included back-to-back Adelaide 500 victories in 2004 and ’05.
Those triumphs are captured in our new book ‘Sensational Adelaide: An Illustrated History of the Adelaide 500’, which is now available in the V8 Sleuth Bookshop.
Rogers says the addition of Ambrose is a major boost for GRM.
“Having Marcos as a part of GRM is not only fantastic for us as a team, but for the sport and the categories we are competing in,” said Rogers.
“We all know Marcos is one of the most respected racing drivers Australia has ever produced.
“You also don’t win two V8 Supercar championships and race for ‘The King’ Richard Petty in NASCAR without developing a sharp perspective on how to go motor racing.
“That’s not just driving the racecar, it’s working with commercial partners, it’s the mechanical side, it’s organising a team… right down to how you pack the transporter.
“We have a brilliant and experienced team, but we never stop learning and the input of Marcos will no doubt help to bring out the best in all of us.”