Australian driver Marcos Ambrose has been honoured with the prestigious Sir Jack Brabham Award by the governing body of motorsport in Australia.
Ambrose was presented with the award by Confederation of Australian Motor Sport), the president Andrew Papadopoulos while at the Sydney Telstra 500 in Sydney over the weekend, attending the final event of the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series.
The Sir Jack Brabham Award is presented by CAMS in recognition of the remarkable achievements of Sir Jack Brabham OBE, the outstanding Australian engineer and driver who rose to the pinnacle of world motorsport. It recognises outstanding achievement and success by an Australian motorsport competitor at the international level, and the recipient must demonstrate outstanding talent, determination and a significant level of success in international competition.
“The award is unexpected and I feel privileged to be given the nod for it,” Ambrose said, “Sir Jack is obviously a hero of mine, as all the Brabhams are to be honest. It's a real racing dynasty. So I take that honour with pride.
“Jack and the whole Brabham family are pioneers in Australian racing and it's a privilege to be given the honour of this award and I hold it in high regard and I am very thankful that I've been given the nod for it.”
Ambrose moved to the US in 2006, leaving behind an successful five-year career in V8 Supercars that yielded two championships to pursue a career in NASCAR. In 2009 Ambrose achieved his goal of becoming a full-time driver at the top level of the sport, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and finished the 36-race season as the highest ranked first-year driver with 18th in the series points standings.
This season, Ambrose scored four top five, seven top ten and 19 top 20 finishes from 36 points races and also qualified in the top ten on six occasions. He scored a best result of second on the Watkins Glen road course and a stand-out third place finish on the tough Bristol Motor Speedway half-mile oval. In two road course Nationwide Series appearances, Ambrose scored victory for the second-straight year at Watkins Glen and was second in Montreal.