George Jr. learning all he can in rookie season, hoping to improve second half Last season at this time, Tim George Jr. was leading the point standings in the MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year Award, while competing in the...
George Jr. learning all he can in rookie season, hoping to improve second half
Last season at this time, Tim George Jr. was leading the point standings in the MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year Award, while competing in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. At season's end, he went on to win the top honors after notching seven podium finishes.
It was then that George Jr. decided to switch his focus to stock car racing. After aligning with Eddie Sharp Racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, George Jr. readied for another successful season, despite the new series and style of racing.
With 12 of the season's 21 races complete, the determined New York racer has learned that stock car competition is a bit more challenging then he originally expected.
"Stock car racing is a lot tougher than it looks! A lot of my friends thought I would be bored coming from road racing. In fact, it has been just the opposite. I have found it to be very challenging, the racing is very tough, and the mental focus required to run well is very high," remarked George Jr.
"Keeping in shape is important for these cars- they are heavy, physical to drive, and hot inside. I have had some good runs, but so far the results and luck has not been there for us. I am learning more every time I am on the track, and look forward to getting my guys who work so hard some good finishes here in the second half of the season."
Piloting the No. 2 Ruby Tuesday Toyota for ESR, George Jr. has tallied a lone top 10 finish to date. He has showcased consistency by finishing within the top 15 on five occasions, and within the top 20 nine times. He also sits 10th in the driver point standings.
To date, George Jr.'s highest showing was at the season-opening Daytona International Speedway where he finished eighth. But don't expect him to accept that as the races click off of his rookie year effort.
"We have made several changes within the inside of the car to get me more comfortable. I am working with a great guy, Pat Wall, who knows a lot about this sport. In conjunction with my crew chief Jon Wolfe I think we are headed in the right direction to get some better finishes on paper. Though I have not yet raced on dirt, I am looking forward to the next few races. I just finished testing at New Jersey, and also look to back up my win last year in Rolex with a win this year in ARCA." George Jr. reflects.
The next scheduled race for George Jr. and the ESR Ruby Tuesday team is the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, on Sunday, August 23rd.