Tim George Jr. Teams Up with The Buoniconti Fund at the Rolex 24 DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 29, 2010) - 2006 University of Miami (UM) graduate and driver of the No. 71 TRG Porsche Tim George Jr. has partnered with The Buoniconti Fund to...
Tim George Jr. Teams Up with The Buoniconti Fund at the Rolex 24
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 29, 2010) - 2006 University of Miami (UM) graduate and driver of the No. 71 TRG Porsche Tim George Jr. has partnered with The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis to develop a program that utilizes his racing career to spread awareness in an effort to find a cure for paralysis. The UM colors and logo will adorn the No. 71 TRG Porsche this weekend during the Grand-Am Road Racing Series Rolex 24 at Daytona.
While completing his bachelor degree, Tim had his first experience with racing catering a hospitality event. That one event established the UM student's passion for racing. Following his graduation, George Jr. began his motorsports career, starting in the Koni Challenge series. He then moved to the Grand-Am Road Racing Series, where he won the 2008 Rookie of the Year award with TRG. In 2009, George Jr. completed his rookie season in the ARCA Racing Series and will compete in the No. 31 RCR Development Chevy this year in the ARCA Racing Series, presented by Menards and RE/MAX.
The UM grad enjoyed his time in undergrad so much that he knew he wanted to get involved supporting the university, as soon as he could. Running the Rolex 24 at Daytona for his third time, George Jr. saw an opportunity to bring awareness to The Buoniconti Fund. In 2008, George Jr. finished 3rd, and in 2009 he finished 2nd. Tim George Jr. is looking for a win-win in 2010 - one on the podium, and one to help the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.
"It is great to be back at Daytona in a Porsche with TRG, especially decorated in Hurricane colors. In 2010, I will mostly focus on my stock car career with Richard Childress Racing, but I do have a passion for Sports Car Racing, especially the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Kevin Buckler is a mastermind at this endurance race, and this is my opportunity to donate my winnings to The Buoniconti Fund," remarked Tim George Jr.
The Buoniconti Fund was founded in 1985 by NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti and Barth A. Green M.D. after Nick's son, Marc sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. The fund supports The Miami Project, which has become the world's most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center. While making breakthroughs in research, The Miami Project spends more than $59,000 each day to [DSCN0151.jpg] maintain their program, and The Buoniconti Fundworks to raise funds to sustain its daily expenses.
Within this program, The Buoniconti Fund and UM logos will have prime placement on George Jr.'s No. 71 TRG Porsche for the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 30-31. Normally displaying the TRG colors, the No. 71 car will be decked out in orange, green and white for this special race weekend.
In addition to placement on the car and exposure during the race, George Jr. will donate all of his earned prize monies and licensing royalties from the Rolex 24 at Daytona to The Buoniconti Fund, to kickoff a year-long goal of raising enough funds to cover one day of the charity's operating expense of $59,000.
Marc Buoniconti, Nick's son, talks about this new partnership, "The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis is excited to be a part of the Tim George Jr. Race Team. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds for spinal cord injury research and help get people out of their wheelchairs."
This program is not the first racing encounter for The Buoniconti Fund or its president, Marc. NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Rusty Wallace was a 2009 Great Sports Legend Honoree at their 25th annual dinner, and Marc took some laps with Grand-Am driver Wayne Taylor in a Daytona Prototype two-seater in October 2009.
George Jr. said, "We have had some ups and downs this weekend, but we also have a good shot at winning this race. There is a lot that goes into it, some of which is luck, and a lot of preparation. My guys have worked so hard, and I appreciate all the effort that goes into this race. I look forward to helping out Marc and the Buoniconti Fund as much as I can through my racing career. I encourage anyone who can help support to do so. You can reach out to the fund directly or contact me for partnership opportunities through my racing program."
-source: tim george jr. PR