Trackhouse in Nashville as the best NASCAR team

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Just a year ago a flailing Justin Marx sat on the podium at the Nashville Superspeedway. Two days earlier, he claimed he was shocked to learn that he was once again disqualified from the sale of two NASCAR charters.

Sat alongside Trackhouse Racing partner Pitbull, who has always been the artist Delivering his next tour “I don’t know about you but I feel happy”. The Grammy winner was satisfied: Nashville was buzzing with life around the long-awaited comeback of NASCAR and people were partying across town — proof that Pitbull was in the midst of a post-pandemic renaissance.

Those things charter with the NASCAR team? Don’t worry for pitbull. It allows Marks to handle the work, while Pitbull helps lift energy around the new hip team.

Well, Marx found it out. After one year, wow, Does Track House feel good?

The sophomore team returns to its hot fake house From Daniel Suarez’s first professional victory. Only the fifth Cup Series winner born outside of the US, Mexican Trackhouse sent into the only weekend in NASCAR’s 38-race schedule with Suarez and Ross Chastain already qualifying for the playoffs.

Look, when Marks lost those charters last June – Spire Motorsports sold them to someone else – I’m tired of playing the game He stopped buying his life. I buy The overall operations of NASCAR Chip Ganassi last July And he did not obtain one charter, but two charters, and an institution with two decades of experience.

Track House went overnight From startup to bona fide competitor.

The team’s debut focused on two underdog drivers who made their way to the top NASCAR series, then spent years searching for a team they believed could win races.

At the end of the 2020 season, Marx chose Suarez, who was with him His third different team in three years.

“I knew in 2020 that I hit rock bottom. In my opinion, it couldn’t get any worse,” Suarez said of his first season with the underfunded Gaunt Brothers Racing team. I’m on it now, it made me tougher. I knew it couldn’t get any worse. Then, Track House came to the table.”

Marks saw potential and built a Trackhouse around Suarez and Travis Mack, the crew chief who noted last week that he was It launched during a NASCAR out week four years ago. Now he was vacationing as a first time winner.

Much has changed for one team in one calendar year, and Suarez is expected to announce a contract extension before Sunday’s race.

Marks still hopes to have a NASCAR team in his hometown of Nashville; It was his initial plan To have the Trackhouse operate from a downtown tourist area By 2023. Purchase of Ganassi’s turnkey system changed the plan.

“That was the strategy when we were just shopping for a charter, then charter shopping became the acquisition of Chip Ganassi Racing, which changed from building a company in Nashville to uprooting a company and moving it to Nashville, which is no longer viable,” Marks said.

Location doesn’t matter much to what Marks and Pitbull are trying to build. Trackhouse races Sunday with Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge once again sponsoring Chevrolet’s 99th Suarez in a strong partnership between the iconic Nashville establishment and a rising sports and entertainment entity.

In the meantime, Jockey’s will appear on Chastain’s car for the first time out of six races as Trackhouse continues to add marketing partners to its portfolio and look for creative opportunities to showcase its team. Trackhouse will host an hour of live stops on Thursday in front of Tootsie’s.

“Trackhouse is more than just a racing team,” Marks explained. “It’s a brand that we’re trying to inspire, trying to revitalize at the intersection between entertainment and motorsport. It’s still in the business development strategy and a physical presence in Nashville. It’s a matter of figuring out what that looks like as we scale our goals as a racing team.”

Nashville is very important to us. I think we have some momentum in getting something special out there.”