Ever since the beginning of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 1953, they have been hitting the road courses and leaving their mark. This weekend, the ARCA cars will hit the New Jersey Motorsports Park course for their first road course race of the season.
For Maryeve Dufault, this weekend will allow her to get back to her racing roots as the Sorel, Quebec Canada native has had past success on the road courses at the open-wheel level.
“I’m very excited about this weekend,” she said. “I enjoy road racing because of its unique characteristics and challenges they present. The Tony Marks Racing (TMR) has prepared me a great Dodge Charger and I think this is one of our best opportunities to get a strong finish.”
Though while having the past experience on the road courses, she also knows that she has to watch for the differences between open-wheel and full-body cars.
“Yes, I have done a lot of road course racing but I am staying very humble for this weekend,” she mentioned. “It’s not the same type of car and there is a huge difference between open wheel and stock cars. I’m hoping though that the transition will be smooth and we can strut our stuff right from the get go.”
Regardless, she is ready to tackle the road course, whether it be in dry weather or racing in the rain.
“It’s part of the game,” Dufault said. “If we do have to race in the rain, patience is the key. You have to hit your marks every single time and be extremely careful not to make a mistake. I think it will definitely make the race more intense but I feel that we’ll be ready for whatever conditions we’ll have to deal with.”
A solid run would mean a lot to Dufault after two poor finishes the past couple of weekends due to the close racing on the short tracks.
“This is such a great team,” Dufault said. “I don’t think you will find a more determined team in the garage other than Tony Marks Racing. The guys work hard to build me fast Dodge Chargers. We were so competitive at Toledo but didn’t get the finish we wanted or deserved. This weekend, I want to make it up to them and all our sponsors with a gratifying run.”
Car owner Tony Marks says with everything put together, he has good expectations for this weekend.
“This is Maryeve’s forte," he said. "We’re all expecting a great weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park. I know that she is very excited about not only racing at a road course but also having the opportunity to put our season back on track. We have just as good of a shot as anyone for victory on Sunday afternoon!”
The ModSpace 150 (67 laps / 150 miles) is the fifth of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The fourth ever ARCA event held at New Jersey Motorsports Park is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, May 21 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. A final “happy hour” session has been etched in from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.
The field will take the green flag on Sunday May 22 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The race will not be televised but event coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the weekend will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com.
For more on Maryeve Dufault, please log onto Maryeveracing.com
To learn more about Tony Marks Racing, please click over to Tmr-racing.com
All quotes used as per the article were obtained through the team's pre-race preview.