Chicagoland: Tim George Jr race report

George Jr. finishes 21st at Chicagoland In preparation for the Ansell Cut Protection 150, Tim George Jr. returned to the Chicago area with great fondness and anticipation. The 28-year-old once called Chicago home and the racetrack itself, ...

George Jr. finishes 21st at Chicagoland

In preparation for the Ansell Cut Protection 150, Tim George Jr. returned to the Chicago area with great fondness and anticipation. The 28-year-old once called Chicago home and the racetrack itself, Chicagoland Speedway, was the first place where the road racer turned stockcar driver ran his first laps behind the wheel of a stockcar.

His return was bittersweet however, after rain knocked out the final practice session and eliminated any chance the No. 2 Ruby Tuesday Toyota team may have had to dial in George Jr.'s car.

"The Chicago race started off with some bad luck when we drew first out for qualifying. After the last test, we swapped my primary car with my back up car. The car pushed a bit off of turn 4 and that hurt my overall speed, but all in all not too bad of a run for being the guinea pig," George Jr. said.

Struggling with the handling of his machine and the uncertainty of the racetrack's 'green' condition after the early morning rain, George Jr. laid down a lap good enough for the 21st position.

However, more obstacles plagued the young driver throughout the 100-mile event, leaving him 21st at the finish.

"Around driverintroductionsI began to feel a little sick at my stomach and by lap 40 I was fullynauseous. We got back on the lead lap at one point, but I could not stomach thecornersvery well. I hate it for my guys,becausewe were coming off some good momentum from that dirt race. I am starting to understand side force a little better, and hopefully by our next mile and a half track we will have a better qualifying effort and race pace."

George Jr. will next race at Toledo Speedway this Friday, September 4. In George Jr.'s first appearance on the short track earlier this season, he qualified ninth and notched a17th place finish.

-credit: esr

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