Tim George Jr. to Make NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut at Road America
Thursday, June 17, 2010 WELCOME, N.C. (June 10, 2010) – Richard Childress Racing Development driver (and Skip Barber Race Series alumni) Tim George Jr. will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut driving RCR’s No. 21 Chevrolet Impala in the June 19 Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
The New York City native races fulltime in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards driving the No. 31 RCR Development Chevrolet Monte Carlo. He is currently ninth in the point standings, with one top-five and three top-10 finishes, after seven of 20 races on the 2010 schedule.
George has extensive road racing experience in the Grand-Am Rolex GT Series, Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series and the Skip Barber R/T Formula Dodge Regional Race Series. In 2008, George was named the Grand-Am Rolex GT Series Rookie of the Year.
The Grand-Am Rolex GT Series teams he drove for in 2008 and 2009 finished third and second, respectively, in those two years’ Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to debut in the Nationwide Series with RCR at Road America,” said George. “I have not been to the historic circuit in several years, but I’m hoping that my win and two other top-three finishes there in the Skip Barber Racing Series will help with getting up to speed quickly so that we can work on the setup right away.
“The initial test day will be all about acclimating myself at the track in a much heavier and higher horsepower car than I’ve driven there previously. I will be working with a new crew chief, and we have some catching up to do as far as learning each other’s style. All in all, I’m looking forward to the challenge and to be racing in one of the top three series in NASCAR, with a great shot at doing well.”
In his second full season of racing in the ARCA Racing Series, George has made steady progress. His best finish this year came at Talladega Superspeedway, where he led 12 laps and finished third.
“Tim has made solid progress this year in the ARCA Racing Series, so getting his first Nationwide Series start on a road course he’s familiar with makes a lot of sense,” said , president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “His road racing background, and his success at Road America, should give the team a strong base to work from. The No. 21 RCR Chevy is obviously a much different animal that the open-wheel cars he’s raced there before but his knowledge of the race track will be what makes the difference.” The Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards at Road America will be televised live on Saturday, June 19 at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on ESPN2.
About Richard Childress Racing Richard Childress Racing (www.rcrracing.com) 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. Its 2010 Sprint Cup Series lineup includes Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet), Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet) and Clint Bowyer (No. 33 Cheerios / Hamburger Helper Chevrolet).
Bowyer and Scott Riggs drive the No. 21 Zaxby’s Chevrolet in the 2010 Nationwide Series, Austin Dillon drives the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet in the 2010 Camping World Truck Series and Tim George Jr. drives the No 31 RCR Development Chevrolet in the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards. Ty Dillon, Ryan Gifford and Stephen Leicht are RCR developmental drivers in both asphalt and dirt track racing.
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