Our Tassie Devil driver Marcos Ambrose, currently racing on circles in NASCAR, has been fined $25,000 for punching fellow driver Casey Mears after a massive stock-car style crash in Richmond, Virginia.
Not only was Mears suffering from a black eye, he was also hit with a 15k fine after pushing and riling-up the Aussie, enticing Ambrose to crack Mears in the face.
Mears said in an interview though that’s its all good with Ambrose, but that he’ll never forget being punched in the face.
Ambrose still managed to finish the race in 18th, alongside Mears in 19th place.
Both drivers have been put on probation until May 28, with neither drivers suffering suspension for the post-race incident.
Ambrose, a former V8 Supercar champion, is known for his fiery attitude at the racetrack after having a similar altercation with New Zealand driver Greg Murphy at the Bathurst 1000 in 2005.
In 2012 Ambrose was asked if he had any regrets in his career and said, “anything I regret? Yeah. There was this guy in Australia – and I regret I didn’t punch him.”
Greg Murphy was also fiery and when he saw the footage of his old rival smashing a guy in the face in America, Murphs didn’t think he had it in him.
“Maybe he saw a picture of my head on Casey Mears’ shoulders. Who knows?”
The Talladega event (Talladega nights? Yep, we all though it) is this weekend; let’s see if Ambrose and Mears can shake and bake it out.
Check out Ambrose getting a hook-in on Mears: