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Justin Marks gave us a sneak peak about what lies ahead regarding his 2018 plans in NASCAR.
In recent years, Marks has been racing more on a part-time basis mainly at road courses.
That’s because he has dedicated to spend time on his business commitments, such as the GoPro Motorplex.
2018 will be one of his busiest seasons in his auto racing career in a number of years.
What do we know about his 2018 sports car plans so far?
- Justin Marks has already committed to a full-season’s effort in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
- This is where he will be behind the wheel in the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 for Michael Shank Racing.
- The group he will be competing during the full year at IMSA is in the GT Daytona class.
- His team-mate will be Lawson Aschenbach for the whole season while Mario Farnbacher and Côme Ledogar came onboard for just the Rolex 24.
- He finished 31st overall and 11th in the GT Daytona class at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona yesterday.
What do we know about his 2018 NASCAR plans?
- He will return to Chip Ganassi Racing in the No.42 Chevrolet Camaro for the NASCAR XFINITY Series during the road course races. We will elaborate on his potential road course schedule later in this article.
- Marks is aiming to compete up to six NASCAR events in 2018.
- One of the races he planned to start his NASCAR year is the Daytona 500.
- Having seen a source from ESPN’s Bob Pockrass, Marks is scheduled to compete in the 60th Annual Daytona 500 with a team that already has a charter.
- Marks has not specified what team he will race at this stage but there will be an announcement in the next coming days.
- If he was to compete in the Daytona 500 this year, this will be first career start in the America’s Greatest Race after having first attempted the 500 back in 2015 where he failed to qualify in the No. 29 Toyota Camry for RAB Racing.
- Apart from the Daytona 500, The reason why Marks could compete as many as six races in the 2018 NASCAR calendar because there are four XFINITY road course races on show for this year such as Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio, Road America and the Charlotte roval course.
- In addition, he’s also in talks with several Cup teams for an additional two races at Sonoma and the Charlotte Roval course.
In my viewpoint, Justin Marks could compete not just the Daytona 500 but also two additional Cup Series road course races on the pipeline at Sonoma and Charlotte.
For the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Marks could potentially race again for CGR at races in Mid Ohio, Road America and Charlotte.
This could be how Marks’s 2018 NASCAR roster would look like.
This is not an official announcement from him just yet but the races that Marks could compete this year as I said above was only my opinion.
Other than that, I’m looking forward to see how he will go this season because he has a excellent expertise in road courses so that will be interesting to see how this will pan out.
Also, competing in the Daytona 500 is an huge honor for any driver.
It doesn’t matter where you came from whether it’s a short track or road course background, you just want to experience the reality of what is it like to drive at the race you always dream of.
I think Justin Marks deserves an opportunity to race at the 60th Annual Daytona 500 in 20 days time.
I’d say go for it and give your best shot!