Justin Marks

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Justin Marks
TSM350 - Justin Marks - 2015 - Stierch.jpg
Born (1981-03-25) March 25, 1981 (age 37)
St. Louis, Missouri
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
5 races run over 4 years
Car no., team No. 51 (Rick Ware Racing)
No. 15 (Premium Motorsports)
2017 position 67th
Best finish 46th (2013)
First race 2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma)
Last race 2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
33 races run over 9 years
Car no., team No. 42 (Chip Ganassi Racing)
2017 position 42nd
Best finish 23rd (2016)
First race 2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)
Last race 2018 Rock N Roll Tequila 170 (Mid-Ohio)
First win 2016 Mid-Ohio Challenge (Mid-Ohio)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 5 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
38 races run over 6 years
Truck no., team No. 54 (DGR-Crosley)
2016 position 102nd
Best finish 23rd (2008, 2011)
First race 2007 Easy Care Vehicle Service Contracts 200 (Atlanta)
Last race 2018 Stratosphere 200 (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 4 2
Statistics current as of August 11, 2018.

Justin Marks (born March 25, 1981) is an American professional race car driver. He currently competes in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, driving the No. 93 for Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian in the GT Daytona class. He also competes part-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 51 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Rick Ware Racing in partnership with Premium Motorsports, and the No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Premium Motorsports, and part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Early years[edit]

Marks was born in St. Louis, Missouri. As a boy he went with his grandfather (who lived in Iowa), to see local Midwest racers such as Dick Trickle, Ken Schrader, and the Wallace brothers battle on dirt tracks.[1] His family moved to Menlo Park, California when Marks was eight.[2] Marks attended race school while in high school and in 1998 competed in his first race, in the street stock division at Altamont Raceway Park in Tracy, California. At the same time as his racing career was beginning, he was attending California State University with the intention of obtaining a degree in sports marketing. Marks withdrew from college 14 credits shy of completing his degree to focus on racing.[3]

Racing career[edit]

Sports car racing[edit]

At 18, Marks entered the SCCA Regional Racing Series, and later the Speed World Challenge Series. With success in the SCCA, Marks moved to the Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class in 2004 where he met good friend Joey Hand. Switching between the GT class and the World Challenge, Marks raced up four wins, eight podiums, and thirteen top tens between the two series. In 2005 Marks again raced in the Rolex Sports Car Series where he won 3 races with teammate Joey Hand. At the same time, Marks teamed with Bill Auberlen in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for Turner Motorsport, finishing 3rd in points with 5 poles and 5 wins in 9 starts.

NASCAR[edit]

Marks during qualifying for the 2010 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

In 2006, Marks left road racing to pursue a career in NASCAR. In 2006, Marks raced for RAB Racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, driving their No. 65. Although he did not pick up any wins in his two years there, Marks turned many heads with his driving ability. In 2007 he was picked up by Germain Racing of the Craftsman Truck Series to drive their No. 03 truck. Marks again impressed many with an eighth-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This cemented his future as the driver of the No. 9 Crocs/Construct Corps Toyota for 2008, running for Rookie of the Year.

In 2008, Marks raced in the Truck Series, the Nationwide Series, and the ARCA RE/MAX Series for a number of teams. He won the pole position for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway as well as the ARCA RE/MAX Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Marks returned to the Camping World Truck Series for 2011, driving for Turn One Racing in the No. 66 Chevrolet.

In 2013, Marks made his Sprint Cup Series debut at Sonoma Raceway in the 2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350, driving the No. 7 of Tommy Baldwin Racing, substituting for Dave Blaney. Marks had little experience in the Generation 6 cars, having run the cars only once in a road course test at Virginia International Raceway.[4]

Marks racing at Road America in 2014

The following year, Marks was signed by Turner Scott Motorsports to run the No. 31 in the Nationwide Series at Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.[5]

In 2015, HScott Motorsports owner Harry Scott Jr. took control of TSM's K&N Pro Series East team, and partnered with Marks to field four cars under the banner HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks for Scott Heckert, William Byron, J. J. Haley, Dalton Sargeant,[6] and Rico Abreu.[7]

On February 10, Marks announced he would return to the Cup Series in 2015, driving the No. 29 for RAB Racing in the Daytona 500, while also running the No. 29 in the Xfinity Series and the No. 35 with Win-Tron Racing in the other Daytona races.[8] However, Marks failed to qualify for the 500, and crashed out of both the Xfinity and Truck races, finishing last in the latter. In June, he joined Front Row Motorsports for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.[9]

In the summer of 2015, Marks ran the road course races at Road America and Mid-Ohio in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, owned by Harry Scott, Jr..

Marks' 2016 Xfinity car

In 2016, Marks expanded his Chip Ganassi Racing schedule in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 42 in several races starting at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.[10] At the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Marks led a race-high 43 laps in a race plagued by rain to claim his first NASCAR victory; he dedicated the win to former Ganassi driver Bryan Clauson, who had died earlier in the week in an accident.[11]

In 2017, Marks returned to the Xfinity Series driving the No. 42 for Chip Ganassi Racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course finishing 9th and at Road America finishing 4th. On October 15, Marks joined Tommy Baldwin Racing's No. 7 for his return to the Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway. It was his first non road course start in the Monster Energy series. However he finished last after getting into an incident.[12]

In 2018, Marks ran the season opening Daytona 500 in the No. 51 for Rick Ware Racing with support from Premium Motorsports.[13] He brought the car home 12th, which was by far his best oval track finish in the Cup series. He later partnered with Premium Motorsports to drive the No. 15 at Sonoma and the Charlotte Roval.[14]

Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series return[edit]

Marks returned to the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series for the 2009 season driving the TRG No. 67 No Fear/Construct Corps Porsche with teammate Andy Lally. The team began the season with an impressive victory in the GT class at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

On December 17, 2009, Lakeville, Minnesota's Win-Tron Racing announced that Marks would drive their No. 32 Toyota in the 2010 ARCA Racing Series season.

Entrepreneurial career[edit]

Marks' father is a partner in the private equity firm Riverwood Capital, board member of GoPro and a minority owner in the Golden State Warriors. He also served as an interim CEO of Tesla Motors.[15]

Marks and Michael McDowell operate a karting facility called the GoPro Motorplex, located 30 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina. The facility opened in October 2012, and was inspired by another karting track located in Parma, Italy.[4]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts
2013 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON
30
KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 46th 14
2015 RAB Racing 29 Toyota DAY
DNQ
ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH 65th 01
Front Row Motorsports 34 Ford SON
30
DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM
2017 Premium Motorsports 7 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT TAL
40
KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 67th 01
2018 Rick Ware Racing 51 Chevy DAY
12
ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH -* 01*
Premium Motorsports 15 Chevy SON
28
CHI DAY KEN NHA POC
GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH DOV CLT TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2015 RAB Racing Toyota DNQ
2018 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 29 12

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NXSC Pts
2008 Braun Racing 10 Toyota DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO MXC TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV
33
GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN 129th 64
Germain Racing 03 Toyota CLT
DNQ
MEM TEX PHO HOM
2009 Braun Racing 10 Toyota DAY CAL LVS BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN
32
MCH BRI CGV
30
ATL RCH
31
DOV KAN CAL CLT MEM
24
TEX PHO HOM
32
78th 368
2010 Curb Racing 43 Ford DAY CAL LVS BRI NSH PHO TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT NSH KEN ROA NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV
43
ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT GTY TEX PHO HOM 146th 34
2011 27 DAY PHO
40
LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA DAY KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 136th 0
2014 Turner Scott Motorsports 31 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA
24
KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH
6
BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 45th 58
2015 RAB Racing 29 Toyota DAY
34
ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH CHI DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN 45th 76
HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi 42 Chevy MOH
15
BRI ROA
7
DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 45th 76
2016 Chip Ganassi Racing DAY ATL LVS
34
PHO
15
CAL TEX BRI RCH
13
TAL
11
DOV
40
CLT POC MCH
22
IOW
18
DAY
37
KEN
12
NHA
18
IND IOW
19
GLN MOH
1*
BRI ROA
32
DAR RCH
22
CHI KEN
15
DOV
31
CLT KAN TEX PHO
15
HOM 23rd 347
2017 DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI TAL RCH CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH
9
BRI ROA
4
DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 42nd 75
2018 DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH
22
BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM -* -*

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2007 Germain Racing 03 Toyota DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTW NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL
22
TEX
23
PHO
25
HOM
8
50th 421
2008 9 DAY
8
CAL
33
ATL
14
MAR
20
KAN
11
CLT
32
MFD
18
DOV
16
TEX
14
MCH
13
MLW
25
MEM
24
KEN
31
IRP
30
NSH
20
BRI
22
GTW
27
NHA LVS
29
TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 23rd 1781
2011 Turn One Racing 66 Chevy DAY
24
PHO
18
DAR
24
MAR
21
NSH
25
DOV
10
CLT
9
KAN
20
TEX
17
KEN
35
IOW
28
NSH
21
IRP POC MCH BRI 23rd 292
ThorSport Racing 98 Chevy ATL
28
CHI NHA KEN LVS TAL MAR TEX HOM
2015 Win-Tron Racing 35 Toyota DAY
32
ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 107th 01
2016 Braun Motorsports 32 Toyota DAY ATL
22
MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD POC BRI MCH MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 102nd 01
2018 DGR-Crosley 54 Toyota DAY ATL LVS
11
MAR DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM -* 01*

Autozone Southwest Series[edit]

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Make Engine Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Pts
2016 Change Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Lamborghini 5.2 V10 GTD DAY
18
SEB LAG DET WGL MOS LRP ROA VIR COA PET 65th 1
2017 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 BMW 4.4 Turbo V8 GTD DAY
8
SEB
20
LBH COA DET WGL
3
MOS LRP ROA VIR LAG PET
15
33rd 80
2018 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 Acura 3.5 Turbo V6 GTD DAY
11
SEB
7
MOH
5
DET WGL MOS LRP ROA VIR LAG PET 6th* 70*

*Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sportscar365.com/imsa/iwsc/continental-tire-imsa-spotlight-justin-marks/
  2. ^ Sheets, Jocelyn (July 29, 2016) Passion Pushes Marks as Driver, Owner Newton Daily News. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  3. ^ McFadin, Daniel (August 28, 2015) Justin Marks is more than a part-time driver NBCSports.com. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Gluck, Jeff (2013-06-20). "NASCAR drivers flock to kart track, racer's Disneyland". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  5. ^ "JUSTIN MARKS TO COMPETE IN TWO NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES ROAD COURSE RACES". Turner Scott Motorsports. 2014-06-09. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (December 11, 2014). "Ganassi and Harry Scott to field 1 Xfinity entry". USA Today. Charlotte, North Carolina: USA Today. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ Bruce, Kenny (January 20, 2015). "RICO ABREU HOPES TO FOLLOW PATH OF NASCAR STANDOUTS". NASCAR. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Justin Marks in for Daytona "triple" with RAB, Win-Tron". NBC Sports. February 10, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Justin Marks to drive No. 34 car for Front Row Motorsports at Sonoma". NBC Sports. June 18, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Marks Joins Ganassi for XFINITY Races". Star-News. February 25, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  11. ^ Wilhelm, Chase (August 13, 2016). "Justin Marks slips and slides to first XFINITY victory at Mid-Ohio". Foxsports.com. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Marks Racing at Talladega for TBR". Motor Racing Network. October 12, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Rick Ware Racing Forms Alliance with Premium Motorsports for 'The Great American Race'". premiummotorsports.net. Retrieved 2018-05-18. 
  14. ^ "Justin Marks to Drive Sonoma Raceway and Charlotte Roval for Premium Motorsports' New Road Course Program". premiummotorsports.net. Retrieved 2018-05-18. 
  15. ^ Haden, Jeff (October 28, 2016). "If You Think You Have Nothing in Common With Nascar Drivers, You Don't Know Justin Marks". Inc. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 

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