Marks to Make Cup Debut at Sonoma
May 28, 2013 | 11:00 A.M. EST
Marks, a former factory BMW driver, has extensive road course racing experiencing, having participated in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. (Photo: Getty Images)
Marks has previous NASCAR stock car experience, competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as well as the ARCA Racing Series, earning a total of one win, five poles, 12 top fives and 30 top-10 finishes across the three series.
Marks, a former factory BMW driver, has extensive road course racing experiencing, having participated in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Marks scored eight wins, including the coveted Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2009. Marks also earned a total of 15 podium finishes and five poles while maintaining an average start of 7.1 and an average finish of 8.1 throughout his Grand-Am career. In his one full season of competition, in 2004, Marks finished the season ranked third in the final point standings.
Marks, a native of Northern California, is looking forward to making his Cup Series debut at the NASCAR track closest to his hometown, Los Altos.
“It’s really the culmination of a dream to be able to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” explained Marks. “It’s fitting that it’s going to happen at Sonoma Raceway, where I kind of grew up racing and cut my teeth. I know Tommy and all the guys at TBR are going to bring a well-prepared GoPro Chevrolet to the track, so it’s just going to be a matter of getting to know the Gen-6 car and getting reacquainted with the racetrack. My goal for the weekend is to run a clean, competitive race and keep that 7 car up in the points.”
“We’re really excited to have Justin in our car,” said Tommy Baldwin, owner of Tommy Baldwin Racing. “He is a really great young man and with all his road course experience, I think he can definitely be successful in his Cup Series debut at Sonoma.”