Tim George, Jr. and Pete Argetsinger Join Automatic Racing ORLANDO, Fla.--Automatic Racing has announced that young hot shoe Tim George, Jr. and racing veteran Pete Argetsinger will be joining the team for the 2007 Grand-Am KONI Challenge ...
Tim George, Jr. and Pete Argetsinger Join Automatic Racing
ORLANDO, Fla.--Automatic Racing has announced that young hot shoe Tim George, Jr. and racing veteran Pete Argetsinger will be joining the team for the 2007 Grand-Am KONI Challenge season. They will be driving the No. 91 Automatic Racing BMW M3, beginning during this weekend's Test Days at Daytona International Raceway.
At 26 years old, George is at the forefront of a promising career in roadracing. He got his start in the Skip Barber Southern Series, earning three podium finishes in his debut season.
Last year, George focused on the Eastern region of the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Series, earning an impressive five wins. He also finished second and third three times each, for a total of 11 trips to the podium.
Working with both Argetsinger and Automatic Racing is the combination George was looking for in launching his KONI Challenge career. "Pete and I have good chemistry off the track, and I'm looking forward to being teammates with him," he said. "I'm also anxious to get to work with Automatic and to get more familiar with the M3. I want to learn a lot this year and I think I can accomplish that with Automatic. The communication within in the team just seems right, and that's so important to running a successful race."
Argetsinger is no stranger to racing, or to the KONI Challenge series. He set a series track record at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2003, and in 2000 he took a win at Watkins Glen in Motorola Cup, the precursor to KONI Challenge.
Before building an impressive racing resume in the United States, Argetsinger made a name for himself in Europe and Great Britain. He took a British Formula Ford Championship, raced Formula Three, and was Chief Instructor at the Brands Hatch Racing School, among other endeavors.
Even before joining the team, Argetsinger had ties to Automatic Racing. He has coached team owner Jep Thornton, and he selected Automatic driver David Russell as one of his instructors at Brands Hatch. Argetsinger has a long history with BMW, also, and is currently the head coach for Formula BMW USA.
"I am very happy to welcome Tim and Pete to Automatic," said Thornton. "Tim proved himself to be a very accomplished driver in the testing we conducted and we're looking forward to having him at the track. Pete is a very close friend of Automatic Racing. The team is especially excited to have him join us this year. His talent and contribution will be of much value to the entire team during the '07 season."
George and Argetsinger have worked together many times over the past couple of years, but this season marks the first time that they have been co-drivers. "Tim is really bright and willing to work hard," commented Argetsinger. "KONI Challenge is not an easy series- the competition is tough and it's a steep learning curve, but he's up to the task."
George, Argetsinger and the rest of the Automatic Racing team will be preparing for the season opener during Test Days this weekend, which last from Thursday through Saturday. Once again, the Grand Sport class team will have four BMW M3s in competition.