RCR to Field Truck Series Entry for Tim George, Jr. at PIR WELCOME, N.C. (November 11, 2009) -- Richard Childress Racing will field the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado for up-and-coming driver Tim George Jr. in the November 13 NASCAR Camping World...
RCR to Field Truck Series Entry for Tim George, Jr. at PIR
WELCOME, N.C. (November 11, 2009) -- Richard Childress Racing will field the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado for up-and-coming driver Tim George Jr. in the November 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Veteran crew chief Billy Wilburn will oversee the No. 22 Truck Series program.
George, 28, recently completed his first full season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, finishing 11th in the 2009 point standings driving for Eddie Sharp Racing. The New York
City native began 2009 with a second-place finish in the GT class of the Rolex Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car endurance race in January. His team finished fourth in the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex GT Series with seven podiums (including third in the Rolex 24 at Daytona) and one victory (New Jersey Motorsports Park). George also earned the 2008 Rolex Series MESCO "Building for the Future" Rookie of the Year and Bob Akin Award.
"Tim got a relatively late start in his racing career but he's already proven his ability in a number of different types of race cars," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "RCR is always looking for good new talent to develop so fielding a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry for Tim at Phoenix International Raceway gives us the chance to take that first step."
George earned five top-10 finishes in just eight starts in the 2007 Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series. He began his racing career in the Skip Barber R/T 2000 Formula Dodge Regional Race Series where, as a rookie, he finished third in the 2005 Southern Series point standings and captured second place the next season in the Eastern Series point standings. George has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Miami, College of Arts & Sciences, where he also has double minors in economics and history.
"I'm very excited to drive the No. 22 RCR Chevrolet at Phoenix this weekend. My first time in a truck was last week when the team tested at Little Rock. I thought we had a great test and I hope that translates over to the race on Friday. The guys working on this Silverado were all very helpful, and I learned a lot from my crew chief Billy Wilburn. My goal this weekend is to gain experience and get the feel of where I should be in 2010. Richard has been very supportive, and I'm extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to partner with one of the most historic teams in our sport."
RCR won the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in 1995 with driver Mike Skinner and earned 20 victories from 1995 through 1999 with Skinner and Jay Sauter.