Tony Marks Racing Announces New ARCA Racing Series Team for 2011 Season Canadian Maryeve Dufault to Pilot the Entry Toledo, OH (Dec. 7, 2010) --Tony Marks Racing (TMR) announced today the intent to run a full season in the ARCA Racing Series ...
Tony Marks Racing Announces New ARCA Racing Series Team for 2011 Season
Canadian Maryeve Dufault to Pilot the Entry
Toledo, OH (Dec. 7, 2010) --Tony Marks Racing (TMR) announced today the intent to run a full season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with Canadian driver Maryeve Dufault piloting the No. 50 TMR entry. At the helm of the team will be owner Tony Marks, while day to day operations will be overseen by veteran crew chief Larry Moore, who will manage the car preparations out of the teams shop in Toledo, Ohio.
Team Owner Tony Marks has been involved in a variety of racing endeavors over the past 25 years and after a late season ARCA Series test at Rockingham Speedway he was keen to expand his racing operation. "Last season tested at Rockingham Speedway and saw very promising results," said Marks. "Through our relationship with Dodge and our interest in expanding our racing program, we were presented with an opportunity and pursued conversations with Maryeve to join our team and put together a full season entry for 2011. Maryeve had displayed great ability in her outing at Montreal and we look forward to putting her in the position to be successful in 2011 with the Tony Marks Racing team."
Canadian native and Los Angeles resident Maryeve Dufault has an extensive racing background in a variety of series such as NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Late Model, Rotax International Karting Series, Formula Jim Russell, Skip Barber Series, Formula BMW USA and the Star Mazda Championship. In addition to her racing pursuits, Dufault has also used her racing skills as a stuntwoman and precision driver for a variety of companies. Dufault's racing career took off last season after showing promise driving the No. 10 Dodge Avenger in the Trois-Rivieres and Montreal rounds of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Dufault was sponsored by the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram Quebec Dealers Association for the 2010 Canadian events and despite a tough outing in the Montreal race where she finished her day with heavy contact and was unable to complete the race, her driving skill impressed a Dodge racing representative who then facilitated an introduction to Tony Marks Racing.
"2010 was a great season for me as I got the opportunity to drive for the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Quebec Dealers Association in the Trois-Rivieres and Montreal NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races," said Dufault. "Although I was disappointed in the end result of the Montreal race, it opened the door to a huge opportunity for me with Dodge and Tony Marks Racing for 2011. After last season, I do have some experience in the stock cars but I know that I have a lot to learn and I am looking forward to testing and getting prepared for the 2011 season. Tony has put together a very professional group of people and I think we will progress quickly during our tests and be prepared to start the 2011 season very competitively."
The team will begin their 2011 preparations in earnest with a three day closed test scheduled for December 11-13, 2010 at the 1/2 mile oval at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. During the three day test, the team plans to run Maryeve Dufault in the ARCA entry as well as test driver Jared Marks, son of team owner Tony Marks, in both an ARCA and late model car. The team will continue their testing program at the ARCA Series test at the Daytona International Speedway January 11-13, 2011 in preparation for the season opening ARCA event on February 12.
The team is slated to run the full 19 race season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with Dufault. Additional team plans for 2011 include entries for additional drivers in select ARCA Racing Series events. TMR will also enter Jared Marks in a full schedule of late model racing in CRA and ASA and is exploring the possibility of limited Nationwide Series schedule. Sponsorship and car livery for the Tony Marks Racing ARCA entry will be unveiled prior the season opening event that will be held at Daytona International Speedway on February 12, 2011.