Turn One Racing announced today that Justin Marks will drive the No. 66 Chevrolet Silverado full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, starting with the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 18th. The team has also signed a new major primary sponsor for Marks’ Silverado; however details will be announced leading up to the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the “World Center of Speed”.
“It’s a great thing for me personally to have the opportunity to come back into the Truck Series after spending a few years racing in other divisions,” Marks explained. “I’ve always had a lot of respect for Stacy Compton and his team, both when it was Wyler Racing and now as Turn One Racing. What’s great about being able to experience NASCAR like I did in 2008, and come back after a couple years out of it, is the perspective I’ve gained from reflecting on that time and learning what kind of program I need to come back to in order to be successful. Stacy has been refreshingly honest with me and given me the blueprint for success in 2011. I’m thrilled for what’s ahead and am already working hard on being the best I can be and making this year count.”
Marks, 29, is coming off of an impressive season in the ARCA Racing Series where he finished sixth in the 2010 driver point standings after scoring one win, seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 20 starts. Marks also took the pole at New Jersey Motorsports Park and led 132 laps in the series overall.
“We are very happy to have Justin join our driver lineup this season,” said Team Owner, Stacy Compton. “He is coming off a very successful year in the ARCA Racing Series where he proved his talents as a driver. Adding Justin to our driver lineup will help build our program and put us in a position to win races and championships in the future.”
Marks made his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series in 2007 and ran a partial schedule in 2008, where he claimed the pole at Texas Motor Speedway. In total, Marks has made 22 starts in the series. Over the last three years, Marks has also competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where he has made seven starts.
Former race winning crew chief and NASCAR veteran Doug Wolcott will lead the team in 2011. Wolcott was most recently a crew chief at Randy Moss Motorsports where he called the shots for drivers Tayler Malsam and David Starr, among others. Prior to joining RMM, Wolcott was a crew chief at Bill Davis Racing, where he guided driver Scott Speed to a win at Dover in May of 2008 and helped that truck to 11th place in the owners' standings with four different rookie drivers.
“Doug is a guy that has been around this sport a long time and he’s worked with and won with young guys,” said Marks. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and an unmatched work ethic. We already have a good working relationship that’s growing by the day so I think by the time Daytona rolls around; we’ll be firing on all cylinders. This is the first time in my career that I’ve been able to bring a crew chief into a program and work with him to build the effort around us and our goals so I’m pretty excited.”
Wolcott, who has more than 30 years of experience in the sport, grew up driving asphalt modifieds in the northeast and cut his teeth racing at Wall Stadium in New Jersey.
Marks will begin his full-time Truck Series effort when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tackles the high banks of Daytona International Speedway in a 100-lap, 250-mile battle on Friday, February 18, 2011.
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