Tim George Jr. Exceeds Expectations in 2010 ARCA Racing Series Season Review Mooresville, N.C., (October 26, 2010)-Tim George Jr. had lofty goals for the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards season, and he accomplished ...
Tim George Jr. Exceeds Expectations in 2010 ARCA Racing Series Season Review
Mooresville, N.C., (October 26, 2010)-Tim George Jr. had lofty goals for the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards season, and he accomplished improvement in a competitive field of drivers.
He finished ninth in the final point standings during his inaugural season with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) that kept him in reach of championship contention for most of the season. As a development driver for RCR, the plan was to gain experience and build momentum for the future. The season-long body of work clearly satisfied those expectations.
"We were able to accomplish so much this year and it really pushed me to expect more for the future. It's time to step it up," George said.
George competed in a full-schedule for the ARCA Racing Series behind the wheel of his No. 31 RCR Development Chevrolet Impala. A top-10 finish early in the year led to a career-first podium ARCA Racing Series finish at Talladega Superspeedway and another top-5 finish along the way of the 20-race schedule.
The breakthrough came on April 23 when George finished third at Talladega Superspeedway. That spark set a fire for George who would go on to finish fourth-place at Mansfield Motorsports Park in July at the rough and tumble short track. Fanning the flames was the New York City's native rise to the top, as he qualified on the outside of row one New Jersey Motorsports Park.
As the season reached the mid-point at Mansfield Motorsports Park, Mansfield was yet another track that George had very little experience on in his second-career appearance at the track. The development driver looked like a veteran, starting from the fifth position and staying in the top-10 for the entire 200-lap race. As George took the last green flag in fifth-place on Lap 194 for the restart and passed Dakoda Armstrong on in the final corner on the last lap before finishing in fourth-place. George earned the respect of his fellow drivers including nine-time ARCA Racing Series Champion Frank Kimmel who said of George's performance at the half-mile track "he put together a great race."
After wrapping up two top-five and five top-10 finishes during his first ten races, the first half of the season concluded with a starting average of 12.5 and a finishing average of 11.8 while leading 37 laps.
His 13th race of the season came at New Jersey Motorsports Park, and it meant a lot to the 29-year-old driver. He grew up only miles from the track with a lot of great racing memories. The 2008 Grand Am Rolex GT Series Rookie of the Year created a lot of buzz with the hometown crowd when he put the No. 31 red and black machine on the outside of row one to begin the Garden State ARCA 150. George held his second position for the first 28 laps. However the great run ended as George was involved in an incident as he wheeled the No. 31 RCR Development Chevrolet, battling the No. 51 of Casey Roderick on lap 58 of the 67-lap event when Roderick's car made contact with him resulting in an 11th-place finish.
In the home stretch, George finished 15th at Kansas Speedway and 34th at the season-ending Rockingham Speedway race. After qualifying 24th at Rockingham Speedway, George marched up through the field. Great driving and outstanding work on pit road got the No. 31 all the way up to 14th-place. George was taken out of contention after bit of bad luck on lap 145 as he spun in oil from another competitor and left the race with an upsetting 34th-place finish.
Even though portions of the second half of the season were frustrating, George turned a lot of heads - and in turn made a name for himself in the ARCA Racing Series. George was able to add 10 points in two races to the Chevrolet point fund, who is the Manufacturer Champion for the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards season.
"I am really glad to be driving a Chevrolet and have an engine by ECR (Earnhardt-Childress Racing)," George said. "The people at RCR and ECR are what make those engines so good. Chevrolet is a long standing icon in racing and in this country, and I am proud to be an American driver running the best manufacturer in the business."
Expectations are now set for George. The element of surprise is gone. Gained, however, is knowledge - and lots of it. With a year of success under his belt, George can take notes from this past season's grind and formulate them into a foundation of information. Knowledge is power, and RCR has plenty of mind power to augment its horsepower.