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Marcus Ambrose will take a step back from racing with DJR Team Penske, beginning with next week’s Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint.

Ambrose, who only returned to V8 Supercars at the start of 2015, after 10 years in America racing NASCSR, will relinquish driving duties to experienced driver Scott Pye.

The Australian finished outside the top 10 in all three races on his return at the Clipsal 500, and has relinquished his drive to be better prepared for when he returns to action.

“I appreciate the effort that Marcus and DJR Team Penske have provided over the first two events of the season,” said Roger Penske.

“Following the Australian Grand Prix, Marcus came to the team, requesting to be replaced from his upcoming driving responsibilities, while he continues the transition back into V8 Supercars competition.

“Entering the season, Marcus understood that the competition in this series is at a very high level and now realises that more time is required for this transition. This was a difficult decision for Marcus but I appreciate him thinking about the greater good of the team.”

In 143 V8 Supercar starts Ambrose has won 28 races and two V8 Supercar Titles (2003-2004) and believes he can still add to his tally of race wins.

“I want to thank DJR Team Penske for the opportunity and support through the process of transitioning back into V8 Supercars. I would like to make it clear that I am fully committed to this team.

“This decision to step aside from the lead driver role at DJR Team Penske is completely my decision. Although this decision may disappoint fans of whom I apologise to, I will continue be a great teammate and will be at the track to support the team in Tasmania.”

Despite Ambrose stepping back from full time racing, he will still be an integral part of the DJR Penske team, attending races and will drive along side Pye at the endurance round of the series.