After challenging Iowa race, George Jr. comes home 19th Tim George Jr. entered the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway confident of a solid run after a recent test session on the 7/8-mile track but the speed of the short track under race ...
After challenging Iowa race, George Jr. comes home 19th
Tim George Jr. entered the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway confident of a solid run after a recent test session on the 7/8-mile track but the speed of the short track under race conditions offered up a challenge to George Jr. and the No. 2 Ruby Tuesday/Chrome Hearts/Metromint team.
On Friday, George Jr.'s No. 2 Toyota suffered damage in a practice crash, forcing the Eddie Sharp Racing crew scrambling to get the backup car ready for the start of the 175-mile race.
George Jr. however, stepped up to the challenge with minimal practice, and drove the unfamiliar racecar to a solid 19th place finish on Saturday night. He had a conservative run, but he did what he needed to do in order to not lose to many points.
"The Iowa race was interesting, to say the least. That was a little fast place. I hadn't raced on a track under a mile that was so quick, and unfortunately didn't get the amount of practice we needed to be real racy. I had an early incident in practice, where I got up too high in the dirty stuff and couldn't recover the car before tagging the wall," George Jr. explained.
"The backup car actually felt pretty stable. I just wish we had more time to work on it. That was the first time I've ever been in a backup car. The guys really hustled to get the other car together, and my team owner Eddie Sharp was on the roof spotting for me. Everyone did a great job."
In addition to on-track activity at Iowa Speedway, George Jr. welcomed a new associate sponsor, Metromint on board for the ride.
More importantly, 28-year-old George Jr. had a very special guest cheering him on at Iowa. George Jr. partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which allowed a young race fan to enjoy a fun-filled weekend at the racetrack.
"The highlight of my weekend was having our Make-A-Wish guest with me, hanging out with him and having Make-A-Wish decals on the car. We put him right to work signing autographs and handing out t-shirts," George Jr. proclaimed of his young friend.
"We even played a simulator game they had set up, and he was pretty good. His parents were very nice, but they better watch out because I think they have created a little racer!"
Next week George Jr. and the entire No. 2 Eddie Sharp Racing team will head to the Kentucky Speedway for the Click It or Ticket Buckle-Up Kentucky 150. Last week, George Jr. tested the 1.5-mile track, building assurance for the rookie that he'll better his top-20 scored at Iowa.