UPDATE: – Justin Marks will run the #51 Chevrolet fielded by Rick Ware Racing (RWR) in alliance with Premium Motorsports in the 2018 Daytona 500 on February 18. The Chevrolet entry will be powered by ECR engines and carrying the colors of first-time Daytona 500 primary sponsor Harry’s Shaving Products and long-time Marks’ supporter Katerra.
The #51 owned by Rick Ware will have a guaranteed starting position in the Great American Race as RWR will be running the full 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
"Racing in the Daytona 500 is a dream come true. The team has taken a dramatic step forward for 2018 and I think we’re going to have some real good equipment for this year’s 500. Going down there in the race, without the drama of having to qualify, is going to relieve a lot of pressure and we can focus on our race car’s handling and race ability so were fully prepared for the event. Additionally, it’s awesome to welcome a new company, Harry’s, to NASCAR. The car looks great, they’re excited, and it’s going to be fun to introduce NASCAR fans to a new way of shaving." – Justin Marks
— Premium Motorsports —
Original post: 1-28-2018
In recent years, Justin Marks has been more of a part-time racer as he’s focused on his businesses, like GoPro Motorplex. However, the 2018 season is shaping up to be his busiest season in a number of years. Marks will drive full-time for Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian in the No. 93 Acura alongside Lawson Aschenbach. Outside of that, Marks has indicated that he hopes to compete in up to six NASCAR races in 2018.
The first of those of NASCAR races will be the Daytona 500 in a couple of weeks. ESPN.com’s Bob Pockrass has reported that the team that Marks will drive for has a charter, but that team’s identity has not announced as of yet.
Regardless of Marks’ team affiliation, 2018 will be his first career start in the Daytona 500 if his announcement comes to pass. In 2015, Marks attempted the 500 with RAB Racing with Brack Maggard. He failed to qualify in the No. 29 Toyota with American Born Moonshine sponsorship.
That will not be all of his NASCAR action in 2018.
"I’ll most likely do [the XFINITY Series] road races again for Chip [Ganassi] that I do every year," Marks told Frontstretch. "There’s a new road course at Charlotte as well. I’m talking to teams about doing the Cup race at Sonoma and the Cup race [on Charlotte’s Roval]."
"I’ve got a good, healthy NASCAR schedule for this year," Marks continued. "It could be as few as three [races], or as high as five or six. I’m very excited about that."
— Justin Marks —