Hot off his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Watkins Glen International Monday, Marcos Ambrose will do double duty this weekend in Michigan and Montreal. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver will drive an RPM Ford Mustang in Saturday’s 200-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with sponsorship from Stanley Tools.
Ambrose has flirted with Victory Lane in his previous Montreal outings, but has yet to win at the 2.709-mile track. Fellow Aussie Owen Kelly will practice and qualify the #9 Stanley Nationwide Ford Friday, while Ambrose attends to his Sprint Cup Series commitments in Michigan. Chad Norris will serve as crew chief. In addition to sponsoring Ambrose's Montreal entry, Stanley will donate $100,000 in Ambrose's name to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program.
Boris Said will drive the #30 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet in Montreal, joining Turner Motorsports teammate Jason Leffler under the Great Clips banner. In four career starts in Montreal, the Carlsbad, California native has captured a pair of Top-5 finishes, and will be seeking his second consecutive victory in the event. In his nine-year, part-time Nationwide career, Said has one win, six Top-5 and seven Top-10 finishes in 22 starts.
Scott Speed will wheel the #33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Nationwide Chevrolet at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with backing from Rheem. The California native has 13 career Nationwide starts with a pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2009 and eight Top-10 finishes.
And finally, Maryeve Dufault will become the first Canadian female to compete in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race, driving the Quebec Dodge Dealers Dodge Challenger for Randy MacDonald’s MacDonald Motorsports.