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Jared Marks Hopes For Hopping Performance At Toledo Speedway

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Jared Marks, VR-12/Easter Bunny 100

Jared Marks Hopes For Hopping Performance At Toledo Speedway

Chris Knight
Knight Motorsports Management/Tony Marks Racing
April 1, 2011

TOLEDO, Ohio (April 21, 2011) - - It’s only fitting with the VR-12 / Easter Bunny 100 presented by Jegs.com set for this Saturday night at Toledo Speedway that rising star Jared Marks is looking for a hopping performance when the JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour takes the green flag in their season opener at the historic half-mile oval.

After strapping in his No. 5 VR-12 / Dodge Motorsports / Victory Water Dodge Charger early in the season at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, the youngster has shifted his attention towards school. Now, with his sophomore season dwindling down, Marks can slowly begin to trade his school books in for steering wheels.

The Tony Marks Racing (TMR) development driver is not only looking for a satisfying performance in an event that is supported by his sponsor, VR-12, but the 16-year old is looking to find his niche at a track that he can consider his hometown place.

“It’s an important weekend for us,” said Marks, who will return to Toledo Speedway on May 15 to compete in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race. “I think our No. 5 VR-12 / Dodge Motorsports / Victory Water Dodge Charger will be fast. No doubt that the race will go by quick, so I don’t have a lot of time to waste. But, to have a shot to win, you have to be around in the end. So, hopefully we’ll keep our fenders clean and make our mark when it counts.”

He continued, “I appreciate VR-12 stepping up their commitments in racing and sponsoring the race Saturday night. It’s an honor to carry their colors and I hope we can thank them a little more with a strong finish.”

The avid late model competitor also explained how he will utilize this weekend’s race as a test session as well.

“The more laps I can gain at Toledo, it will only help me with the ARCA car next month,” he explained. “Our goal and focus is to go out there this weekend and win, but it’s also our intentions to learn some stuff that could aid us on the ARCA side in a couple of weeks. Toledo is a tough track; it’s no cookie-cutter for sure. The more laps the merrier as far as I’m concerned.”

Tony Marks, owner of Tony Marks Racing (TMR) offered his thoughts on having his son represent VR-12 in their first nationally sponsor Late Model event. “VR-12 has become an instrumental part of Tony Marks Racing. Their dedication and support to TMR has been amassed our expectations and stepping up to the plate and sponsoring an event only shows their commitment to growing their name in the racing family. I have no doubt that with the equipment and personnel that we’ve surrounded Jared with for this weekend, we should have a good reason to hopefully celebrate.”

In addition to a Late Model program, TMR also fields a full-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards entry for Canadian Maryeve Dufault in the No. 12 VR-12 / Dodge Motorsports / Victory Water Dodge Charger. Dufault recently scored a superb 12th place finish in the ARS most recent event at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

See the buzz that VR-12 is creating by clicking over to their website at VR-12.com.

For additional information on TMT, Inc. please visit; tmtcompanies.net.

To learn more about Jared Marks and Tony Marks Racing, please click over to Tmr-racing.com

Quench yourself with Victory Water, see how at Victoryh20.com.

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.

For additional information on TMT, Inc. please visit; tmtcompanies.net.

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TEAM COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT:
NAME: Chris Knight / Knight Motorsports Management
PHONE: 239.834.9797
EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

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