Veteran driver set for pair of road events in No. 42 Chevrolet Justin Marks is giving up his Lamborghini to return to the wheel of a stock car, heading to the road courses of Mid-Ohio and Road America later this year to compete for HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi in the two NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Marks, 34, will be behind the wheel of the team’s No. 42 Chevrolet, the same entry that’s been split between Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson and rookie Brennan Poole this season and is headed up by crew chief Mike Shiplett. While he has at least one official start in all three NASCAR national series, Marks' background is endurance sports cars, "so the road courses were always something that was circled on my calendar," he told NASCAR.com. "I've always felt like they were my best chances at winning." Marks ran the same two events last year for the team when it was branded Turner Scott Motorsports, finishing sixth at Mid-Ohio in the No. 31 Chevrolet and running in the top five late at Road America before running out of fuel. After co-owners Harry Scott and Steve Turner severed their ties at the end of the year, Scott and Sprint Cup Series team owner Chip Ganassi teamed up to continue fielding the XFINITY Series operation. "I tried to put my name in the hat as early as possible … for those road courses," Marks said. "I knew Kyle was going to be doing fewer races this year … and that Brennan was going to be coming on with his program. The gaps in the schedule just worked out perfectly." The Mid-Ohio race is scheduled for Aug. 15, when Larson, who has made four XFINITY Series starts this year, will be at Michigan International Speedway for the Sprint Cup race. The Road America race falls on an off-weekend for the Sprint Cup series. "Last year was the first time I'd been in a stock car on a road course in a little while," said Marks. "It was really the first time racing at that level since I quit racing full-time in NASCAR. So there was a little bit of an unknown going into those races. But we were a top-five car at Road America and I think we were the fastest car once it started raining. "At Mid-Ohio, we were just a solid car, fastest in final practice and in the top five or six all race long. So when I look at how we did, knowing I'm familiar with the team, going back to the exact same tracks and knowing my expectations, now having the added asset of Chip Ganassi Racing , all of their engineering and knowledge and expertise behind it will just make the cars that much better. "I think for both of those races, legitimately, we're going there to win. And I really think we can do it, if I do a good job and we make smart decisions, have a good strategy and nothing crazy happens like running out of fuel or get off (pit) sequence for some reason." As for the Lamborghini, it isn't his grocery getter -- Marks is competing full-time in the Blancpain Super Trofeo Series this season, a 12-race series for Lamborghini GT3 entries that is part of the Tudor United SportsCar program. Stops on the schedule include Laguna Seca (completed), Watkins Glen , Virginia International Raceway, Circuit of the Americas, Road Atlanta and Sebring. He and Scott co-own a five-car K&N Pro Series East organization that fields entries for William Byron, Scott Heckert, Dalton Sargeant, Rico Abreu and J.J. Haley. Ownership of the GoPro Motorsports karting complex in Mooresville, North Carolina, and an import/distribution company that supplies high-performance karting equipment also keep Marks on the go. "The K&N team was something that I sort of started talking to Harry about … if there was ever an opportunity for me to (be involved) that I was interested in it," he said. "Because it's a great series and I love trying to help the young guys, these young up-and-comers, and being involved in their careers." In his only NASCAR efforts thus far this season, Marks attempted to qualify for all three season-opening races at Daytona International Speedway with sponsorship from American Born Moonshine. He made the starting fields for the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series races, but was one of six that failed to earn a starting berth in the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
NASCAR weekend set for August 7-9 in 2015 RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Watkins Glen International will be conducting a repaving project after playing host to two NASCAR national series between August 7-9, including an XFINITY Series race and a Sprint Cup Series race . It marks the first time the venue has been repaved since 1998. The repave will begin with "The Boot" in July and continue after the NASCAR weekend. Work on the track should be completed in advance of the 2016 season. "This is a significant project for Watkins Glen International , our competitors, fans and track rental customers," Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said in a track release. "The repave is a tremendous undertaking and next summer is the right time to begin this historic project and prepare The Glen for the future." Further details and project specifics will be announced at a later date. The Cheez-It 355 at The Glen produced a dramatic finish in 2014, with AJ Allmendinger scoring his first career Sprint Cup win and punching his ticket into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
At home or on the go, keep tabs on Cup and Nationwide races this weekend RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today This weekend brings the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series to Watkins Glen International . The Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at the Glen is on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN. The Nationwide Series ZIPPO 200 at the Glen is on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 2:15 p.m. ET with coverage on ABC. For more information on track times, press conferences and GarageCam, you can check out this weekend's schedule . For TV times see this week's TV schedule . We know you may not have the time to watch the race action without any interruptions, so if you're on the go, here's how to keep up at Watkins Glen . NASCAR.com's live Sprint Cup Series leaderboard and Nationwide Series leaderboard update in real-time and offer constant text updates of lead changes, cautions, strategies, strong runs and everything in between. On the go? Download the NASCAR Mobile app to follow the leaderboards live from your device. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series RaceBuddy is back on NASCAR.com and NASCAR Mobile . Get 10 live high-definition feeds, including views of pit road and battle cams. Lap-by-Lap will keep you caught up even if you can take a peek here and there. Check in now and then to read back through all the laps you've missed, or keep an eye on the feed for real-time race updates. We'll also send race updates via Twitter through the official @NASCAR and @NASCARStats handles. Haven't tried RaceView yet? If you sign up, you'll get virtualized video of cars on the track from various angles and hear what your favorite team is saying over the radio. Use it as a second screen or as your only screen. Just want to scan the radios? You can have that too with RaceView Audio . On a mobile device? Get RaceView Mobile here . If you want to be more involved in the on-track action, you can manage your fantasy team on NASCAR.com and follow your team's performance in NASCAR Fantasy Live . Mobile users can also download NASCAR Connect , a game from OneUp Sports that allows users to play other fans with race predictions, for some off-track competition while drivers battle it out on the track. Live Press Pass streams will keep the NASCAR action rolling even after the winner goes in and out of Victory Lane. Catch interviews with the top finishers immediately following the checkered flag for the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series, and stay tuned to NASCAR.com throughout the week for the latest news. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
See where each driver will pit during the Cheez-It 355 RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pit stall assignments are out for Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International . Coors Light Pole Qualifying winner Jeff Gordon chose the first stall off pit road. No. 9 Marcos Ambrose qualifed second for the race and chose the 37th pit stall with space behind it. Jimmie Johnson chose pit stall 38 with space in front of him. Johnson will be lining up third for Sunday's race. The Cheez-It 355 at the Glen will begin tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET with TV coverage on ESPN. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
From wrecks to fights to fantastic finishes, Watkins Glen has seen it all
Jimmie Johnson stands on his car with triumphant hands in the air after losing his brakes and hitting the wall head on at over 90 mph at Watkins Glen International in 2000.
Matthew Dillner gets a little help from Zoltar on who to pick for your Watkins Glen International Fantasy International .
Be sure to catch all the action as the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series travel to Watkins Glen International .
Michael McDowell, Ryan Newman and Alex Bowman comment on the red-flag crash at Watkins Glen International .
A wreck on Lap 56 brings out a red flag at Watkins Glen International . Newman, McDowell and Patrick are among some of the drivers involved.