MILLVILLE, New Jersey (May 21, 2011) – - Tony Marks Racing (TMR) pilot Maryeve Dufault in the No. 12 VR-12 / Dodge Motorsports Dodge Charger made huge strides Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) giving her rookie team confidence heading into tomorrow’s ModSpace 150.
Dufault, the Sorel, Quebec Canada native originally hails from experience that includes road racing so, for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Rookie of the Year contender to be a sleeper in her first tango with the track’s 12-turn, 2.3-mile Thunderbolt Raceway isn’t a surprise.
Despite limited practice Saturday after some mechanical setbacks, the female sensation rose to the attention inMenards Pole by Ansell qualifying where she maneuvered the 21st quickest lap, the fastest of the three female competitors entered for the fifth race of the season.
“It’s a shame that we didn’t get as much practice as we wanted to, but we had to make sure the car was right,” offered Dufault. “As always, the Tony Marks Racing team delivered and fixed the car and we were able to make some laps at the end of the final practice heading into qualifying. The car felt good in qualifying and I think we have a lot more left, we just needed some more laps.”
If laps is what Maryeve Dufault wants than laps is what she shall receive as the former NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pilot will look to complete all 67 laps or 150 miles in the lone road racing event of the season as opportunity to boost the entire team’s confidence but also propel the freshman driver in the championship standings.
“I have a good feeling about tomorrow,” added Dufault. “The No. 12 VR-12 / Dodge Motorsports Dodge Charger is fast. New Jersey is a very diverse track; it has some fast parts, some extremely slow parts and even some elevation which makes it very technical. I have some notes from today that I’m going to study and hope it will pay off with a good result tomorrow.”
Tony Marks, owner of TMR’s No. 12 VR-12 / Dodge Motorsports Dodge Charger offered his thoughts on today’s action NJMP. “I heard a lot of people really enjoy coming to New Jersey Motorsports Park and I see now why. Maryeve and the TMR did a good job overcoming the setback we had in practice to deliver a solid qualifying run. We know we can go to the front tomorrow, we just have to use some patience and a little luck to make it happen.”
The ModSpace 150 (67 laps / 150 miles) is the fifth of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The fourth ever ARCA event held at New Jersey Motorsports Park is a two-day show. The field will take the green flag on Sunday May 22 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The race will not be televised but event coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the weekend will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online atarcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com.
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About Tony Marks Racing (TMR):
Tony Marks Racing was founded in 2009 through the passion for racing of team owner and former driver Tony Marks. Marks is the successful owner of TMT, Inc., a logistics, warehousing and packaging company with over 400 employees whose customers are mainly comprised of Fortune 100 companies.
Marks began his racing career in 1985 getting behind the wheel of everything from
drag racers, Dirt Late Models, SCCA Formula Fords, USAC F2000 Open Wheel and ARCA cars. Tony personally raced until 2005 amassing numerous wins, championships and track records along the way until he then changed his focus from driver to owner and began building racing programs for his children Jared (16 years old) and Rachel (13 years old). Under the auspices of TMR, Jared began his racing career in 2002 in quarter midgets and now competes in late model, CRA, ASA and ARCA Series events while Rachel continues her development program racing quarter midgets and Bandoleros.
TMR has been at the forefront of charitable giving through its’ “Driving Against Hunger” and “Million Meal Challenge” race programs which have raised over $200,000 for Forgotten Harvest in 2010 at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events at Michigan International Speedway.
For the NASCAR events TMR along with TMT, Inc. partnered with Forgotten Harvest for the “Million Meal Challenge For Our Kids” which helps to bridge the hunger gap while schools are out of session and feeds 20,000 children per day in the Detroit metro area. Forgotten Harvest was significantly displayed on the entry of Chase Austin during both the Truck and Nationwide events at Michigan International Speedway along with logos of “Million Meal Challenge” sponsors Walgreen’s, United Race Group, Holyfield’s Choice Alka-Power Water and Vitamin Spice. Evander Holyfield was also instrumental in the challenge, acting as Grand Marshall for the August race and announcing his “Fight Against Hunger” on behalf of Forgotten Harvest.
As the first race team to “Drive Against Hunger” through their partnership with Forgotten Harvest, TMR plans to continue their alliance with Forgotten Harvest and once again “Drive Against Hunger” during the 2011 season.
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