TOLEDO, Ohio (October 11, 2011) - - Still thriving on his impressive fourth place finish in his most recent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards contest at Salem (Ind.) Speedway last month, Jared Marks, development driver for Tony Marks Racing (TMR) enters Sunday’s season finale at Toledo Speedway looking to prove that his recent performance wasn’t a fluke.
While many refuse to question that his performance wasn’t solely based on luck, Marks intends to show that his freshman ARCA Racing Series team is now a force to be reckon with and that effort was just the first of many more to come.
“Salem was a great confidence booster for everyone associated with Tony Marks Racing,” said 17-year old Jared Marks. “I’m anxious to get back to Toledo Speedway this weekend to put our No. 8 Terry Henricks Chrysler / Dodge / Jeep / Ram Dodge Charger on the track and in position for another strong finish.”
Marks, the son of car owner and former racecar driver Tony Marks is set to make his seventh career ARCA start on Sunday afternoon and other than being shoved into an incident not of his doing at Lucas Oil Raceway Park at Indianapolis in July, his presence on the circuit hasn’t been anything less than impressive.
With five top-15 finishes including a fourth at Salem, a 13th in his ARCA debut at Toledo Speedway, a 12th at the high banks of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, a 11th at the .875-mile paved oval of Iowa Speedway and a 12th at the tricky Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway, the Napoleon, Ohio native overall considers 2011 a success.
“We’ve learned a lot this year,” said Marks, who now resides in Mooresville, North Carolina. “I had a lot to learn from the move up from Late Models to ARCA and because of the faith and confidence from my team and teammate Maryeve (Dufault); we’ve been able to make some noise of our own. We’re hoping to continue that pace on Sunday.”
In order to give the team an opportunity at ending their inaugural season on a high note, the team recently participated in a private test session alongside Dufault, where the duo mounted quick lap times and positive feedback about the handling of their race cars.
“I feel more confident going into this race than I did at any other,” Marks sounded. “It is my home town-track and this was the place of my ARCA debut. Although, I might be a rookie, I have high expectations for this weekend. I would like to better our last finish (fourth) and aim for a top-three run. It is highly important for us to end on a positive note going into the off-season and hopefully, I’ll be racing full-time in the series next year. Regardless, it has been a great season and I have to thank Terry Henricks Chrysler / Dodge / Jeep / Ram, the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), Dodge and everyone else who supports TMR for standing behind us.”
For the elder Marks, a successful Ohio entrepreneur, he is looking forward to seeing both of his drivers back in action on Sunday afternoon.
“I think both of our TMR entries should run competitively this weekend,” the former road-racer explained. “I was at the track for the test and I could not believe the difference a couple of months make in both of the driver’s abilities to finesse their way around a tough track like Toledo Speedway. We’re going to have plenty of support in the grandstands on Sunday, so I’m hoping that with a little luck and patience, both of our cars will finish in the top-10 and we’ll close the year out itching for 2012 to get here.”
Mark’s teammate and Sorel, Quebec native Maryeve Dufault will make her 14th career ARCA Racing Series start in the No. 12 Mad Croc Energy / Dodge Motorsports / Tony Marks Racing Dodge Charger. For the season finale, Ryan Chism, part of the 2010 ARCA Racing Series championship team will serve as crew chief of the No. 8 automobile this weekend.
The Toledo ARCA 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 100 miles) is the 19th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 70th ARCA race at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 15 with a forty five minute practice session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. A final forty five minute “happy hour” session has been etched in from 1:40 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. A one hour on-track autograph session has been etched in from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on race day (Sunday). The contest will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. The event will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,331st race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.
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