Northbrook, IL. Resident Wins Pro Class in Jacksonville "Darin Marcus outraces the best at SKUSA ProMoto Tour" JACKSONVILLE, FL (March. 23, 2004) -16 year-old karting standout Darin Marcus competed in his first pro race of 2004 this past ...
Northbrook, IL. Resident Wins Pro Class in Jacksonville
"Darin Marcus outraces the best at SKUSA ProMoto Tour"
JACKSONVILLE, FL (March. 23, 2004) -16 year-old karting standout Darin Marcus competed in his first pro race of 2004 this past weekend at the SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) ProMoto Tour located at the 103rd Street Motorsports Complex in Jacksonville, FL. Darin used his CRS powered First Kart to take two podium results including a victory in the opening round of the East SKUSA ProMoto Tour.
After traveling to various race venues throughout 2003, Marcus made a name for himself in his rookie campaign. Turning heads at several races towards the end of last season had many critics believing that he would be a threat for the championship in any series he chose to compete in. When the lead seat on the First Kart North American race team was vacated by Stars of Tomorrow champion Bobby Wilson, team manager Tony Ventresca turned to Marcus who graciously accepted the challenge of filling some pretty big shoes.
Marcus hit the track for Friday's test session where he faired extremely well. Though not on the top of the time sheets, team engineer Terry Ventresca and tuner Trevor Daley thrashed late into Friday evening ensuring Darin's machine was ready for Saturday's sessions.
"We had a little trouble in qualifying," explained Marcus after being sent to the back of the grid. "At the weigh scale we came up a pound short and now have to start from the tail of the field." Marcus used the pre-final to gain several positions, advancing from 18th to sixth with several bold moves at the end of Jacksonville's 1000 foot straightaway. From the sixth position, Marcus used his knowledge, skills and abilities to move towards the front of the field. Taking the lead four laps from the end put Marcus in terrific position to take his first career SuperPro victory.
"I held off Tyler (Givogue)," stated an excited Marcus. "He put the pressure on me a lot at the end of the straight on the final lap and we banged a little. I managed to hold him off and take the win. This is the best day of my short racing career and I look forward to a repeat in tomorrow's race." At the podium presentation Darin was congratulated by team manager Ventresca via cell phone as a delay in his travel schedule forced him to miss the first day of competition.
For Marcus and his First Kart North American race team, Sunday started out much better. Qualifying in the 4th position would see the talented 16-year-old use his speed to stay with the leaders rather than coming from the rear of the field in the early afternoon heat race. Marcus quickly jumped to P3 with a blazing start that saw him launch off the starting grid with a vengeance. He was able to keep pace with the lead group but not advance any further before the checkered flag flew.
The feature event provided the same result for young Marcus as he was unable to get the jump needed to get to the front. The leaders opened a two second gap on Marcus before beginning to battle, ultimately slowing their lap times. Darin put his head down and tried to take advantage of the opportunity, closing the gap dramatically before running out of time, finishing on the podium in 3rd place.
Marcus was very excited on the podium stating that this was a great way to start off the 2004 season. Looking forward to the next event that will be held at Trane Motor Speedway in Norway, IL, Marcus will let the victory set in as he prepares to enter the next event as the SuperPro point leader on the ProMoto Tour.
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 father can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org