Daytona: Tim George Jr. race report

Tim George Jr. Makes His Debut as an RCR Development Driver MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 11, 2010) -Tim George Jr. made his debut as an RCR development driver in the ARCA series this past weekend at the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona...

Tim George Jr. Makes His Debut as an RCR Development Driver

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 11, 2010) -Tim George Jr. made his debut as an RCR development driver in the ARCA series this past weekend at the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway. This was George Jr.'s second start at the 2.5-mile tri-oval superspeedway and fourth ARCA Racing Series start at a superspeedway.

Throughout the weekend, NASCAR Sprint Cup Spotter and RCR Vice President of Competition Mike Dillon was on the spotter's stand, coaching and spotting for Tim George Jr. "I appreciated having Dillon on the spotter's stand. He really helped me find my line and get more comfortable on a superspeedway."[TGJ.jpg]

After qualifying on Friday, George Jr. set out to support his teammates Clint Bowyer and Austin and Ty Dillon at the dirt race taking place at Volusia Speedway Park. George Jr. remarked on the dirt races, "Dirt is a different world. I'd like to get in one of those cars sometime - it looks fun. With Austin getting the pole and winning at Volusia, I think I would have some good help if I were to get in one."

Race day at Daytona started off with an open garage, allowing George Jr. to meet and greet many of his fans - taking pictures and signing autographs for fans from all over the world. There was a growing presence of fans from England, and the drivers were happy to see crowded grandstands.

Throughout the race, Richard Childress joined his son-in-law Mike Dillon and helped coach George Jr. on the radio. George Jr. started the race in 34th position, but with experience in his ear, he quickly raced his way to 13th position. At the conclusion of the race, George Jr. was able to hold onto a 19th place finish, which gives this newly assembled RCR team excitement moving into the second event of the season. "We accomplished our goal of staying on the lead lap and getting more comfortable as a team," George Jr. said. "The race didn't go exactly as planned. We were caught up in an incident on lap seven, which left us with some damage that really hurt my ability to draft well. I have to thank Chevy for all that power, the RCR No. 29 'Cup pit crew for great stops, and the RCR No. 31 ARCA guys for all the hard work."

Although the racing was finished for the weekend, George Jr.'s busy schedule did not slow down. Tim George Jr. was off to Miami for an appearance at a pre-Super Bowl party Saturday evening. On Sunday, he sat at the 50-yard line and watched the New Orleans Saints defeat the Indianapolis Colts and win the Super Bowl. Monday, the No. 31 RCR Development Chevy was back on the track at Palm Beach International Speedway, as George Jr. and team took part in the ARCA open test, where he was third fastest overall.

The No. 31 will have a different look at the next ARCA series event held at Palm Beach International Speedway on February 27th. Tim George Jr. will be racing for the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. As he did in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, George Jr. will donate his share of the winnings from the race to the Buoniconti Fund. Having spent much of his racing career in the Rolex Grand Am series, George Jr. is hoping his road course racing experience will lead to his first ARCA victory and a sizable donation to the Buoniconti Fund.

-source: tim george jr. PR

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Series ARCA
Drivers Clint Bowyer , Tim George Jr. , Ty Dillon