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NORTHBROOK, IL. (Oct. 30, 2003) - Local Northbrook resident Darin Marcus will be heading to California in late October (Oct 30 to Nov 2) to participate in the CART Stars of Tomorrow season finale being held on the temporary street circuit at the...

NORTHBROOK, IL. (Oct. 30, 2003) - Local Northbrook resident Darin Marcus will be heading to California in late October (Oct 30 to Nov 2) to participate in the CART Stars of Tomorrow season finale being held on the temporary street circuit at the California Motor Speedway during the final race of the Champ Car World Series. Darin will be competing in the ultra competitive ICC shifter division that utilizes a specifically engineered racing chassis with a highly tuned six speed 125cc racing engine. Darin and his racing equipment are capable of 0-100 mph in less than 5 seconds, with lateral and braking forces of up to 3G's. With the potential top speed in excess of 100 mph, even Champ Car, NASCAR and Formula One drivers use shifter karts for conditioning purposes and to hone their racing skills to the highest level possible.

After traveling to various race venues throughout his life and being invited on a private tour of the team garages for the Newman Haas Race Team at the time when Michael Andretti participated in the Champ Car World Series, Darin then obtained his own kart and started competing at the age of 13. He is no stranger to the enjoyment and subsequent pressure in the sport of karting as he has progressed through the karting ranks very quickly while impressing several people along the way. Though Darin started racing in 2000, it did not take him long to become a real threat in whatever type of kart he drove or class he was competing in. Darin quickly became comfortable with his racing machine and, in no time, was a proven front runner in the World Karting Association 2 cycle divisions. Accumulating an impressive array of awards ranging from several podium finishes, many race wins, the respected "hard charger" award as well as the prestigious "Rookie of the Year" title, Darin quickly captured the respect of his fellow competitors and industry members and is now known as a threat in any series that he participates in.

Always a peril at any track, Marcus made the leap (2003) up to the shifter division and went straight to the headline pro class which has seen him achieve great success. Racing with one of the top rated karting teams in the country, First Kart North America from Guelph ON., Darin has become a leader in all aspects of the sport. From the coaching of junior drivers to his lightning quick qualifying laps and consistent race finishes, Marcus has shown team owners in open wheel car racing that he is the real deal.

2003 was a big year for the aspiring Illinois resident as Marcus made the step up to the pro division of kart racing, by competing in the CART Stars of Tomorrow and Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) professional programs. Darin utilized a First Kart 2 Mila race chassis to chalk up several strong finishes in his rookie shifter year. Wins at local club races as well as podium finishes in the professional North American tours has landed the young Marcus with seven podiums and 14 top ten results that include four trips to victory lane. A great accomplishment by any racer, yet Darin was able to do it all in his rookie season competing against some of the toughest fields in karting history. With several returning champions and nearly a full field at every event, Darin was able to impress and overcome the pressures of a young excited racer.

Throughout the '03 season, Darin has worked extremely hard at several aspects of the sport. Competing at these levels requires the highest level of fitness, strength and endurance. By joining a gym and being active, this 16-year-old has stepped up his fitness program in a big way. He can usually be found after school in the schools workout room. Also, by using the knowledge of factory drivers, Marcus has learned to understand the necessity of data acquisition and communication with the chassis and engine tuners to make his racing package the best possible. Though racing has been a major part in Darin's teenage years, he has been able to multi-task several other aspects of his life that will help him in the future. By consistently maintaining honor roll grades at Glenbrook North High School and focusing on a racing career that forces him to travel across North America on several occasions, Darin is in line to be America's next motorsports star.

Darin is actively seeking sponsorship money to move up the motorsports ladder and advance his career. The team currently enjoys sponsorship support from Nike and Mobil One, but ideally, Darin would like to add the name of a local Chicago based company. A possible step to any of the junior formula series will show spectators that Darin Marcus is a true champion in the motorsports community. Appropriately, Darin's dad can be reached at racingdad@sbcglobal.net.

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Series Kart
Drivers Michael Andretti , Darin Marcus