Larson Marks Racing began when entrepreneur and race car driver Justin Marks and NASCAR driver Kyle Larson discovered they both had a passion for the sport of winged sprint car racing. Combining their business sense with their desire to be involved with the greatest show on dirt, the duo formed Larson Marks Racing in 2013. With championship winning driver Shane Stewart behind the wheel and Larson’s former sprint car crew chief, Steve Suchy, calling the shots, the team looks to build strength during a partial, 50-race 2014 season before vying for the World of Outlaws STP Championship in 2015.
|Born:||July 31, 1992|
|Current Residence:||Mooresville, N.C.|
|Interests:||Go-karts, Racing video games, Fishing|
Kyle Larson has raced in a myriad of cars since beginning his career in 1999 at the age of seven. From Outlaw Sprint Karts, winged and non-winged sprint cars, trucks, and now stock cars, Kyle has built an extensive and impressive racing resume, with more than 200 victories.
Kyle broke into the national spotlight in 2011 during his first year of racing on the national open-wheel circuit, where he amassed 22 feature wins in the World of Outlaws, American Sprint Car Series and all three USAC National Divisions combined. Highlights included sweeping both the Belleville (Kan.) Midget Nationals and the prestigious 4-Crown Nationals: winning in Silver Crown, sprint cars and midgets at Eldora Speedway in Ohio.
In 2012, the two-time SPEED Performer of the Year nominee, made his first stock car start in the Pete Orr Memorial 100 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, winning in his first race behind the wheel of a car with fenders. He also ran his first full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East capturing two wins, one pole, seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes en route to the series championship and Rookie of the Year honors. He finished the season in Kyle Larson-fashion, by switching back to midget racing and winning the famed Turkey Night Grand Prix on Thanksgiving night at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.
In 2013, Kyle made his series debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS), completing his rookie season with 17 top-10 and nine top-five finishes. He finished the season eighth in the series point standings while also capturing Rookie of the Year honors. Additionally, in just two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events in 2013, he won at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway in April and finished second in the series’ inaugural dirt race at Eldora Speedway.
Kyle will take the wheel of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, driving for Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The season will be Kyle’s first full year racing in Cup competition, after making his series debut in the 2013 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Kyle, a Japanese-American, is the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) graduate to compete full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
A multi-time World of Outlaws sprint car winner, Kyle will also take on a new role in the world of motorsports in 2014: car owner. Kyle partnered with entrepreneur and former NASCAR driver Justin Marks to form Larson Marks Racing, a 410 cubic inch winged sprint car team driven by Shane Stewart. Larson Marks Racing will compete in 50 races in 2014 before moving to full-time World of Outlaws competition in 2015.
|Born:||March 25, 1981|
|Birthplace:||St. Louis, Mo.|
|Current Residence:||Mooresville, N.C.|
|Social Media:||@jmarksde on Twitter|
|Companies:||DryLake Entertainment (drylakeentertainment.com)|
|GoPro Motorplex (gopromotorplex.com)|
|KartSport North America (kartsportna.com)|
|Interests:||Fitness, triathlons, politics, American history and motorsports history|
Justin Marks is the founder and owner of DryLake Entertainment, a developer, and operator of motorsports businesses and owner of Larson Marks Racing. A racer himself, Justin’s keen knowledge of auto racing has led him to build relationships in the sport and own a race team that will win races and deliver results for its partners.
Justin was born into an entreprenuerial household and has harbored the same spirit since a young age. Justin’s interest in business, mixed with his passion for racing, created a desire in him to form a career that combined both. From 1999-2004 Justin successfully balanced an education in Sports Marketing at the California State University while competing full-time for BMW of North America, LLC as one of a handful of factory-supported BMW drivers in the world.
Following graduation, Justin’s pursuits grew bigger on and off the track. He competed in numerous series including the Rolex Grand American Series, The American Le Mans Series, The ARCA Racing Series, and all 3 national touring divisions of NASCAR: The Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, and Sprint Cup Series. In 2009, Justin drove on the winning team of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in the GT division.
Off the track, Justin’s company DryLake Entertainment opened KartSport North America, a leading importer and distributor of kart racing products to North America from Australia, China, Italy and the Czech Republic. In addition to a wide-ranging dealer network in Mexico, the United States, and Canada, KartSport North America’s racing team achieved wins and championships, including the 2010 eKartingNews Team of the Year, 2011 National Constructors Champions and 2013 SuperKarts USA SuperNationals Champions.
In 2009, DryLake Entertainment began the development of a world-class kart racing facility in Mooresville, N.C. Six months into operation, DryLake successfully negotiated a three-year naming rights agreement with GoPro, makers of the world’s most versatile cameras, to rename the facility as the GoPro Motorplex.
Justin also has partnered in several successful new venture investments that include real estate, human capital outsourcing, and a new distilled spirit label that launched in Nashville, Tennessee in October 2013.
Justin has successfully attracted a number of companies to auto racing and implemented partnership programs for several corporations Intel, Infineon, CROCS, Carmax, Construct Corps, and GoPro. In 2014, this will include the newly-formed Larson Marks Racing, a 410 cubic inch winged sprint car team owned by Justin and NASCAR driver Kyle Larson and driven by multi-series’ race winner Shane Stewart.
|Born:||May 24, 1976|
|Current Residence:||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Social Media:||@ShaneStewart_2 on Twitter|
|Larson Marks Racing on Facebook|
|Interests:||Golf, Outdoors, Indianapolis Colts Football|
Shane Stewart has amassed more than 100 winged sprint car wins, in both 410 and 360 cubic inch engines, throughout the course of his 20 year racing career. Across the United States, Canada and Australia, Shane has become a threat to win on any given night. In 2014, that threat continues with Shane behind the wheel of the No. 2 Larson Marks Racing sprint car. Owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson and entrepreneur and former NASCAR driver Justin Marks, Larson Marks Racing will run a limited 50-race schedule in 2014 while preparing for a full World of Outlaws STP season in 2015.
Shane was introduced to the world of motorsports at a young age when his father, Mike, was racing super modifieds at dirt tracks in Tulsa, Okla. Being in the pit area and watching his father in victory lane fueled Shane’s need to compete. When he was six-years-old, his father surprised him with his first quarter midget. A year later, Shane was again in victory lane, this time celebrating his own wins.
At the age of 12, Shane made the jump from quarter midgets to micro midgets. He quickly found success and within four years it was again time to move on. To something bigger, better, faster and more challenging. Winged sprint cars.
A family friend, Andy Hillenburg, was making a name for himself in the world of sprint car racing and took an interest in the now 16-year-old Shane. He coached Shane, not only on the driving skills of sprint car racing, but also on the mechanics. Mike Stewart built a team for his son and the family-owned No. 9s traveled the south, racing local venues and National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) events. Hillenburg was a World of Outlaws regular by the mid 1990s, and when the World of Outlaws rolled into an Oklahoma or Texas-area track, he was now racing side-by-side with his protégé.
By 2000, Shane had turned enough heads that he was hired by veteran car owner Junior Holbrook, a ride that Shane calls his “first paying sprint car job”. He competed with the World of Outlaws Gumout Series, winning 10 races over three years. In 2004, he joined forces with Scott Chilcutt and Kevin Rudeen, which led to his first full-time season with the World of Outlaws in 2006.
In 2007, Shane met Paul Silva, a talented team owner and crew chief from California. The duo left the idea of “points racing” and started a “true outlaw schedule,” picking and choosing the races they would compete in. In August, they took center stage when they won their first of five 360 Knoxville Nationals titles. Apart from one season of returning to World of Outlaws competition, Shane and Paul continued to chart their own path and pick up countless wins along the way, as well as two American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) championships.
In 2013, while driving for several sprint car teams across the country, Shane earned 13 wins, including his fifth 360 Knoville Nationals. In 65 starts, he tallied an impressive 41 top-10 finishes.
Shane also spends his American “off-season” each year competing for Monte Motorsports in Australia. Shane has earned 20 wins on Australian soil, including the prestigious Classic at Sungold Stadium in 2010. Shane also led Monte Motorsports to the 2013 World Series Car Owner Championship.