FORT WORTH, Texas (April 10, 2012) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose participated in Stanley and Do it Best Corp’s “Hammering for Habitat” project Wednesday that is constructing a new home for a less fortunate Fort Worth family.
Ambrose, driver of the No. 9 Stanley Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, took part in the framing phase of the construction of a new home for the Barnes family on Virgil Street in Fort Worth. The Barnes family, which consists of a single mother and four children under the age of eight, currently is living in a two-bedroom apartment that has severe mold problems and flooding issues.
“I’m honored to participate in Stanley, Do it Best Corp and Habitat for Humanity’s third annual ‘Hammering for Habitat’ program in Fort Worth,” Ambrose said. “I’m fortunate to have a sponsor that has so many great initiatives and this is just one, out of several, I’m lucky enough to participate in this year. I helped to build a house with the Barnes family, who deserve a better living situation than what they currently have. My family and I are fortunate to live in a happy, healthy home and I’m glad I can be a part of making that dream a reality with Mrs. Barnes and her four children this week.”
In addition to spending the majority of Wednesday working on the Barnes’ future home, Ambrose will treat them as his VIP guests for the Samsung Mobile 500 race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. He is optimistic that he will give the Barnes family plenty to cheer about after finishing sixth – his personal best at Texas – in last year’s Samsung Mobile 500. He also finished 11th in November’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, which was his second-best effort at the speedway in seven career starts.
“I love going to Texas,” Ambrose said. “That 1.5-mile superspeedway has been good to me in the past and I’m hoping she’ll be kind to me again on Saturday night. Last year we had two good finishes and that really gives me confidence going into this year’s 500-mile event. (Crew chief) Todd Parrott and the crew have done a great job building on our intermediate program the past year and I can’t wait to get out on the track to see what my Stanley Ford can do this weekend.”
Ambrose and the rest of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series contingent will be on track beginning Thursday with a two-hour practice session that starts at 4:30 p.m. CT. The Dallas Morning News is offering a coupon for FREE admission to Nationwide and Sprint Cup practice on Thursday. The coupon will be located in Thursday’s Sports section. Pick up your copy on the way to the track!
SportsDay Qualifying Day Powered by The Dallas Morning News for the Sprint Cup Series will be held at 5:40 p.m. Friday and the weekend culminates with Saturday evening’s Samsung Mobile 500, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for all three days of on-track activity, which also includes Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.