RACECAR DRIVER TIM GEORGE JR. SIGNS WITH RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING FOR 2010 ARCA RACING SERIES
Catching the attention of motorsport fans and veterans alike, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) recently announced it has signed Tim George Jr. as a developmental driver to compete full-time in the 2010 ARCA Racing Series, presented by RE/MAX.
As the season is scheduled to start on February 6, 2010 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL., RCR will field the No. 31 Chevrolet Impala for Tim throughout the twenty-race ARCA Series season, competing on seventeen different tracks, concluding on October 9, 2010 at Rockingham Speedway in Rockingham, NC. A crew chief for the team will be named at a later date.
“The goal of RCR’s driver development program is to enhance and strengthen the skills needed to compete at NASCAR's top levels,” explains Mike Dillon, Vice President of Competition for Richard Childress Racing who also oversees the Driver Development Program. “A second season in the ARCA Series will allow Tim to further develop his driving skills in a stock car since he only has one year of experience. We'll put together a strong crew chief and team that will allow Tim the opportunity to develop his talents to the fullest.”
In the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series, his rookie season, Tim finished 11th in the competition’s point standings, with a best finish of 5th at New Jersey after starting second-to-last. Tim made his RCR debut on November 13, 2009 at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, where he qualified 26th and finished 29th after getting caught up in an accident on lap 132.
“I am honored by the opportunity to work with, and learn from, Richard Childress, Mike Dillon and the rest of the RCR team. I am ready to absorb as much as possible in 2010 from the wealth of knowledge that the organization holds,” says Tim. “My No. 1 goal is to enhance my ability at setting up these cars. Another season in the ARCA Series, in which I have competed on most of the tracks, will allow me to better focus on such. At the moment, we are in the process of finding the right crew chief that will help me learn the most. I'm looking forward to testing with my new team at Daytona later this month.”
About Richard Childress Racing:
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2009, Richard Childress Racing has earned more than 180 victories and 12 NASCAR championships, including six in the Sprint Cup Series with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. RCR was the first organization to win championships in the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. RCR's tenure in the ARCA Series dates back to the early 1990s with driver Charlie Glotzbach who won at Talladega Superspeedway in 1990, 1991 and 1992 in an RCR-prepared car. Glotzbach also won in an RCR car at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990. RCR has also fielded ARCA cars for Clint Bowyer (finished second at Nashville Superspeedway in 2003) and Childress’s grandson Austin Dillon in 2009. In addition to finishing 15th at Kentucky Speedway, Dillon earned a pair of runner-up finishes in the RCR car at Michigan International Speedway and Iowa Speedway. RCR also fielded a car for second-generation driver Kyle Grissom at Rockingham Speedway in 2009.
About Tim George Jr.:
As a young boy growing up in New York City, Tim George Jr.’s first love was his father’s 1964 Corvette Sting Ray. At 28, Tim has transformed his childhood passion into a career in the world of professional auto racing, with the ultimate goal of becoming a NASCAR Spring Cup Series driver. Working through an intense, action-packed 2009 racing schedule, Tim has proven himself a force to be reckoned with on the racetrack— competing in the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series, in addition to select Gran-Am Rolex events, NASCAR Truck and Nationwide events, and in the NASCAR Whelen Series. Graduating from the University of Miami with a B.A. in English and a Double Minor in History and Economics, Tim was drawn to motorsports in 2004, when his passion for cooking led him to cater events for the Ferrari Challenge Series in hopes of someday owning his own restaurant— there, Tim fell in love all over again with the sound, smell and excitement of racing. By 2007, Tim was competing regularly in the Grand-American Koni Challenge Series where he earned a podium experience in his first season of professional motorsports. Tim quickly moved up to compete in one of the highest forms of sports car racing in the world, the Grand-Am Rolex Series with The Racer’s Group. He earned the title of 2008 MESCO “Building for the Future” Rolex Rookie of the Year, and finished an impressive fourth place in the Rolex GT Championship.
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