By Nick Lewis
Trackhouse Entertainment Group has announced that they will be forming a full-time Cup series team and will hit the track when NASCAR returns to Daytona in February.
Trackhouse Entertainment Group was founded and owned by former NASCAR driver Justin Marks. Marks has starts in all three national series and has sports car racing experience as well.
Along with the formation of the team announcement, the Trackhouse Racing Team announced that Mexican born driver Daniel Suárez will be the full-time driver for the team and will drive the No. 99 Chevrolet. Sponsorship has not been announced yet for the team, but they are looking to be competitive right off the bat. Trackhouse Racing will be partnered with Richard Childress Racing and will have an embedded operational alliance so Trackhouse can utilize the different resources RCR has to offer including technology and engineering.
“The formation of a top-level NASCAR Cup Series team has been a dream of mine for a long time,” said Justin Marks, founder and owner of Trackhouse Entertainment Group in the team’s press release. “A lot of hard work has transpired to get us to this point and I don’t think we could’ve ended up with better partners in RCR and Chevrolet and with a more passionate and committed driver than Daniel Suárez.”
Daniel Suárez has had success in all three national series including winning the 2016 Xfinity series championship and was the first foreign born driver to do so. Suárez is still chasing his first Cup series win after being unable to capture it with Joe Gibbs Racing or Stewart-Hass Racing but Suárez Trackhouse Racing is a great opportunity to further his career. His one goal with Trackhouse is to win races.
“I see in Trackhouse a great opportunity for me with a very strong group of people that share the same vision, commitment and goals that I have,” Suárez said in the team’s press release. “Justin has been involved in the racing world for over 20 years and understands the ins and outs of the sport both as a driver and from the business side. I have learned a lot in the last few years and have been very fortunate to be a part of very good organizations. I have learned that this sport is about people, and I know we are going to work very hard to put together a talented team.”
Along with making sure their on-track performance is on pace, the Trackhouse Racing team is also focused on giving back to the community. The team wants to make an impact on the America’s minority youth by creating STEM education initiatives to expose minority youth to career paths in science, technology, engineering, and math.
“I believe deeply in the direction NASCAR’s executive group is taking the sport,” Marks said in the team’s press release. “There is a disruptive and courageous vision for the future taking place that is displayed by the incredible 2021 racing schedule and new ways of looking at a sustainable economic model culminating in the debut of the 2022 NextGen car that, in my opinion, will lay the groundwork for a dramatic value proposition for future owners, media partners, stakeholders and sponsors for decades to come.