Eddie Sharp Racing signs Tim George Jr for 2009

Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Rookie of the Year to Drive for ESR in 2009 Denver, N.C. (December 10, 2008) -- Tim George, Jr. has made a rapid and very successful climb into the world of racing. In 2009, the Grand-Am Rolex Series Rookie of...

Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Rookie of the Year to Drive for ESR in 2009

Denver, N.C. (December 10, 2008) -- Tim George, Jr. has made a rapid and very successful climb into the world of racing. In 2009, the Grand-Am Rolex Series Rookie of the Year will move into the world of stock car competition with Eddie Sharp Racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

"I was very fortunate with success this past year and learned a lot in Rolex," said George. "I am looking forward to carrying that momentum into my stock car career with Eddie Sharp Racing. ESR has proven success on track and I am excited to be a part of such a strong team in the No. 2 Toyota."

Born and raised in New York City, George has lived an "extreme" lifestyle, from snowboarding to driving a racecar. He plays golf and chess, has travelled the world, has cooked in the top kitchens, and traded stocks on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. There is very little that the competitive University of Miami alumnus hasn't done or wouldn't try. While attending University of Miami, George continued to gain experience in the world of racing, driving in the Skip Barber Regional Race Series and karting. Following graduation, George moved to the Grand-Am Koni Challenge and then quickly up to the Grand-Am Rolex Series. In between late model races in 2008, George netted seven podium finishes, finished 4th in the Rolex GT Championship, was named the MESCO "Building for the Future" Rookie of the Year and received the Bob Akin Award in the GT class.

In 2009 George will make the full-time move to the ARCA RE/MAX Series. George made his ARCA debut in 2008 at Nashville Superspeedway, in the Toyota ARCA 150. After qualifying an impressive 19th and running solidly in the top-20, George was introduced to the outside wall by a fellow drive, ending his day early. George returned to the oval track at Talladega Superspeedway in October. Running in the top-5 with ten laps to go, and drafting like a veteran instead of the rookie that he is, George was the victim of another car's tire failure. Despite the damage, George returned to the track and claimed a 20th-place finish.

George, who currently resides in San Francisco, is making the move to Charlotte to be near his new team. As the 2009 SunTrust Rookie of the Year candidate gets settled in, the chemistry is being assessed as to which of the stellar ESR crew chiefs will partner up with this young man for a very successful year. Stay tuned for more on Tim George, Jr. -- a name that will most certainly be well known in stock car racing.

-credit: esr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Skip Barber , Bob Akin