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Justin Marks

 

Justin Marks

For the baseball player, see Justin Marks (baseball).
Justin Marks
Born (1981-03-25) March 25, 1981 (age 33)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Statistics current as of June 23, 2013.

Justin Marks (born on March 25, 1981 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American race car driver. He currently drives the No. 7 Chevrolet SS part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Early years

Despite being raised in northern California, Marks was born in St. Louis. With his grandfather he watched local Midwest racers such as Dick Trickle, Ken Schrader, and the Wallace brothers battle on Midwest dirt. At 14, his father bought tickets to see the 1995 Indianapolis 500, a race which Jacques Villeneuve won. It was during this race that Marks decided to pursue a life in motorsports. Marks competed in his first race in 1998 in the street stock division at Altamont Raceway Park in Tracy, California.

Sports car racing

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

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 #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 #03 truck. Marks again impressed many with an eighth place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This cemented his future as the driver of the #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 #66 Chevrolet.

In 2013, Marks will make 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.[1]

Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series return

Marks returned to the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series for the 2009 season driving the TRG #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 RE/MAX Series

On December 17, 2009, Lakeville, Minnesota's Win-Tron Racing announced that Marks would drive their number 32 Toyota in the 2010 ARCA RE/MAX Series.

Personal life

Marks and Michael McDowell currently own 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.[1]

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

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

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Nationwide Series

Camping World Truck Series

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

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