Rivals in Cup, Edwards and Ambrose will team up in Grand-Am. (LAT photo)
NASCAR's ongoing efforts to cross-pollinate between its stock car and sports car racing divisions have borne more fruit with the announcement that Sprint Cup racers Carl Edwards and Marcos Ambrose will team up to co-drive in the Grand-Am Rolex Series' Montreal 200 on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The event precedes the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Montreal the following day.
Edwards and Ambrose will make their Daytona Prototype debuts in Doran Racing's No. 77 Ford Dallara in the two-hour race on the 2.709-mile circuit. Aflac will be the primary sponsor, with Subway as a secondary sponsor for Edwards, and iRacing.com and Aussie Wines are secondary sponsors for Ambrose.
“This is going to be great, running in the Rolex Series in Montreal with Marcos Ambrose,” Edwards said. “We tested at Virginia International Raceway and everyone on the team is really cool and I know it's going to be a lot of fun. Now we are battling over who's going to do the most driving.”
Edwards has two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and has posted one top-10 finish. Ambrose also has two Nationwide starts at Montreal, with one top-five and two top-10 finishes. It's a track that Edwards said he has always been fond of.
“I love racing at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve,” Edwards said. “The Montreal fans are great and to have two opportunities to race there next weekend is just awesome. I'm really looking forward to next weekend.”