Chastain turned an prompt Cup Collection cult hero when he deliberately drove his car flat-out into the Martinsville wall at the final turns, to ‘video game’ his way to the switch spot that he required to problem for the title at Phoenix this Sunday.
His wall-riding exploit has since gone viral on social media, in addition to being performed on information exhibits world wide.
Marks, who based Trackhouse forward of the 2021 season together with Grammy Award-winning rapper Pitbull, says Chastain’s transfer epitomised the spirit of his group, and believes it should drive them to higher heights.
“Ross is simply sort of constructed totally different,” mentioned Marks. “I’ve seen that ever since I met him 10 or 11 years in the past.
“I feel any individual with that sort of psychology, that form of do-whatever-it-takes and he is obtained a lot need – he simply desires it so badly – goes to be an amazing asset for Trackhouse for a lot of, a few years to return.
“The optics of the dedication that he made is an instance of what I have been preaching to this firm all yr lengthy – let’s assume out of the field, let’s do issues totally different, let’s totally commit and totally ship in no matter it’s that we do at this firm.
“I feel we empower him. We assist him. We carry him up. We are saying he is obtained 152 folks right here which have your again, and we’re working onerous for you, and when he goes out and does stuff like that, it is simply proof that he’ll do something for us.”
Ross Chastain, TrackHouse Racing, Moose Fraternity Chevrolet Camaro launches his automobile into the wall to hurry round Flip four to go Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, FedEx Freight Direct Toyota Camry
Picture by: Lesley Ann Miller / Motorsport Images
Since Sunday’s occasions, Marks obtained messages from across the globe as motorsport notables – together with F1 stars Fernando Alonso and Pierre Gasly – reacting to Chastain’s banzai transfer.
“As race automobile drivers, we’re all the time searching for these alternatives,” added Marks. “We’re all the time searching for these loopholes or these particular issues. All of us grew up doing this transfer in video video games, however no one ever thought one thing like this was attainable in the true world.
“So once you see it occur, with each race automobile driver on the earth, it is similar to ‘oh my God’ any individual really tried to do it and really made it work.
“I do not assume that you would be able to take a look at that and simply not assume it is simply one of the vital insane cool issues that you’ve got ever seen.”
Marks says the way forward for the #1 Chevrolet Camaro that Chastain drove at Martinsville on Sunday is but to be determined. NASCAR’s Corridor of Fame has already known as to ask about its availability as an exhibit, nevertheless it at present sits within the foyer at Trackhouse’s race store in North Carolina.
“Proper now, now we have it sitting proper in entrance of the foyer,” mentioned Marks. “We have had a gradual stream of followers coming by all day, yesterday and right this moment, all taking pictures.
“I feel it’s such an essential second within the historical past of our sport that it could be nice to discover a approach for lots of people to take pleasure in it for so long as attainable. So, if we set that factor within the Corridor of Fame for some time, then that is what we’ll do.”