Marks Blistering Fast at New Jersey, Quickest in Final Practice Millville, NJ (August 14, 2010)- A trip to a road course is always welcome for Justin Marks, and this weekend's ARCA Racing Series event at New Jersey Motorsports Park is no...
Marks Blistering Fast at New Jersey, Quickest in Final Practice
Millville, NJ (August 14, 2010)- A trip to a road course is always welcome for Justin Marks, and this weekend's ARCA Racing Series event at New Jersey Motorsports Park is no different for the Rocklin, California native. Justin, a former SCCA and Rolex Sports Car Series driver, welcomes the challenges of right and left hand turns any chance he can get. Expecting a fast race car and coming into this weekend listed as one of the favorites, Marks and his Win-Tron Racing crew began Saturday's practice sessions with high hopes for the No. 32 Construct Corps Dodge- the exact same chassis that sat in victory lane at Palm Beach Speedway earlier in the season.
Early trouble in the first of two practice sessions at NJMP came as Marks headed through the twists of turns eight and nine, tangling up with another car through one of the tightest points on the track. The damage would force the Win-Tron crew to make extensive repairs to the left front fender of the Construct Corps machine, taking away precious practice time.
Marks was able to head back out onto the track during the last few minutes of the first session, making a lap of 84.171 seconds to be second fastest in the session. During the cool down lap before heading to the garage area, Justin commended his team for the fast racecar they brought to the track.
"This is a great race car guys, I know if we just make a few key adjustments I can run consistently fast laps all day long," Marks radioed to the crew.
The Win-Tron Racing team went to work immediately after the first practice session ended, setting up for some minor adjustments during the final practice session. After the first few laps on the track, it was apparent the No. 32 Construct Corps Dodge Charger was handling well for its pilot, as Justin remained second quickest until the last five minutes of the practice session.
With fresh new Hoosier rubber on the Construct Corps machine, Marks headed out for a two-lap mock qualifying run, setting down the sessions fastest time on the final lap under green. The 29-year-old road course expert cruised around the 2.5-mile track in a blistering 82.534 seconds, over seven tenths of a second quicker than second place Robb Brent (No. 36).
"(These practice sessions) didn't come without struggles; we got caught up with another car in the first practice so we lost 45 minutes of practice time fixing that. We didn't get a chance to really start tuning on the car until the second practice session so these guys did a really good job getting a bunch of changes done in a short amount of time.
"This race definitely comes at a perfect time for us because we were coming off of a disappointing finish last weekend (at Berlin Raceway) where we lost the points lead. It's an opportunity for us to get maximum points and take back some of those points we lost. This kind of racing comes totally natural to me, it's natural getting in this car, going out onto the track and being fast, it's not something I have to worry about," Marks commented following the final practice session of the day.