Marcos Ambrose will campaign four different liveries on his Michael Waltrip Racing-built machinery in his first full-time season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2009.
Ambrose and JTG Daugherty Racing will alternate the livery of the #47 entry throughout the season, with Little Debbie, Kingsford, Clorox and Bush's Beans all part of the 2009 programme.
Ambrose will have around 14 cars at his disposal for the 36 races in this year's Sprint Cup Series, the top level of NASCAR. As part of the technical alliance that JTG Daugherty Racing has formed with Michael Waltrip Racing, Ambrose's cars will be built and maintained out of the 140,000 square foot MWR facility in Cornelius, North Carolina.
The MWR team was formed in 2007 and is co-owned by two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip and businessman Robert Kaufmann.
At the helm of MWR's engineering department are Adelaide-born technical director Nick Hughes and newly appointed director of competition Steve Hallam, who joined the team in the off-season from the McLaren F1 team.
Hughes moved to the United States to work for Penske Racing Shocks, before moving into the NASCAR industry with Evernham Motorsports, working on the #9 car of Kasey Kahne.
While working with that team, Hughes gave Ambrose a tour of the team garage at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2003. This was Ambrose's first taste of NASCAR action and the start of his switch from V8 Supercar racing to NASCAR.
Hughes and Ambrose will now be working together, the two countrymen excited about the prospects of the MWR operation and the #47 JTG Daugherty Racing entry ahead of this season.
“I've always had a huge amount of respect for Marcos, I've paid a lot of attention to his career over the years in Australia,” said Hughes.