Napa Auto Parts 200 In Montreal Sees Marcos Ambrose Win

Marcos Ambrose picks up a win as the series heads to France.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Australian race car driver Marcos Ambrose won the Napa Auto Parts 200 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal this past weekend – it was his first win on this track, which got the best of him for the last several years in a number of races.

“I’ve been trying to win here for so long and I felt pretty hard done by, but this year the race went my way. I didn’t lead as many laps, but I definitely lead the most important one, the last one,” said Ambrose to the Globe & Mail, whose Ford was put at the back of the 43-car field because he missed the morning driver briefing due to his Sprint Cup practice duties at the Michigan International Speedway.

In fact, Ambrose had vowed never to drive Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ever again – until a week before this year's race.

He beat out hometown favourite Alex Tagliani of Lachenaie, who came in second and was 1.112 seconds behind him, as well as third-placer Michael McDowell, Steve Wallace who came in fourth, and Cambridge, Ontario's J.R. Fitzpatrick, who finished in fifth place.

American race car driver Danica Patrick, who became the first woman ever to win an Indy car race in Japan in 2008, was in Montreal for the Napa race and competed, making it her first NASCAR road race. In the end she placed 24th.

The next race will take place in France on the weekend of September 16-18 at the Paul Ricard circuit.