George Jr. 15th in Kansas; Pulling Double Duty with Grand-Am Run at VIR Tim George Jr. nabbed yet another top-15 finish in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition on Thursday at Kansas Speedway, overcoming early troubles to impressively notch the ...
George Jr. 15th in Kansas; Pulling Double Duty with Grand-Am Run at VIR
Tim George Jr. nabbed yet another top-15 finish in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition on Thursday at Kansas Speedway, overcoming early troubles to impressively notch the finish.
George Jr., driving the Eddie Sharp Racing No. 2 Ruby Tuesday Toyota, started from the 10th position after rain jockeyed the schedule and forced qualifying to be canceled. Once the race got underway however, early contact from a competitor forced the New York racer to pitroad for four fresh Hoosier tires and to the back of the pack for the restart.
George Jr. was up for the challenge and skillfully maneuvered his way through the field despite numerous caution flags, en route to his 13th top-20 showing to date of his rookie season in a stockcar.
"We missed a little on the setup of the car. During our practice session it was hot then cold, with tons of wind. I'd never felt wind like that in the car before. The car was loose on entry, then got tight. But the wind was making this worse. So as the track tightened up it helped the entry a little, and it showed in the lap times. Towards the end we were able to run competitive times close to the leaders," George Jr. said.
"We had an unfortunate issue with Ken [Butler III]. He drove under me like I wasn't there. I think that ended his day, but we were able to pit for tires and restart from the end of the pack. Coming from last to finish 15th was pretty good. I think that was our best 1.5-mile track race of the season. Once I got restarts down, there was no reason we couldn't have run strong in the top 10. We had a great pit stop as well, and picked off four cars there. The No. 2 Ruby Tuesday crew did a great job, and I'm looking forward to taking this momentum into the final race of the season at Rockingham."
George Jr.'s run at Kansas however wasn't the end of his racing weekend. The 28-year-old had a 3:30 AM wake-up call on Friday in order to catch a 5:30 AM flight to Virginia where he'll be racing in the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge finale on Sunday at Virginia International Speedway.
In 2007, George Jr. was part of the Automatic Racing championship winning team and compiled five top-10 finishes while competing as a regular on the circuit.
This weekend, George Jr. will showcase his racing diversity by switching over from a full bodied 3,400-pound stockcar to a lighter sports car on a technical road course. He'll run a Mustang, a sister car to championship leader Ken Wilden. George Jr.'s co-driver will be Conrad Grunewald, who is set to drive the first factory backed Camero in Formula Drift in 2010.
"I have run with Rehagan Racing in the Grand-Am KONI Challenge before, and I'm looking forward to being back at VIR. The car became available to me last minute, as Dean Martin needs a cushion and potential backup car for his teammate Wilden, who's currently leading the championship.
"Conrad and I have also raced together at VIR, and have had a strong run there. I finished second there last year in the Grand-Am Rolex race, and am going back looking for another podium finish," George Jr. said.
Additionally, George Jr. will be competing against Jack Roush, Jr., son of famed Sprint Cup Series multi-car team owner Jack Roush.
George Jr.'s schedule from Kansas to Virginia leaves no rest for the weary, having rolled over straight from the ARCA race on Thursday to KONI competition Friday at VIR with the track using the day as a promoter's test day. Qualifying is set for Saturday and racing Sunday.
Following his hectic start to October, George Jr. will return to Charlotte, N.C. where he'll partake in an appearance for his ARCA RE/MAX Series sponsor Ruby Tuesday before heading to Rockingham for the series finale on Sunday.