Richard Childress Racing driver Tim George Jr. will run 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2012 for the 14-time championship-winning organization, driving the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado with sponsorship from the Potomac Family Dining Group.
George, a New York, N.Y. native, is fresh off his best ARCA Racing Series run, finishing the 2011 season seventh in the final championship point standings on the strength of his first-career win at Pocono Raceway in June, eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. The 30-year-old driver made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in November 2009, one year after claiming victory at New Jersey Motorsports Park in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. He began his racing career in 2005, driving in the Skip Barber Racing School Southern Series and finished second in his class the following year on the heels of five victories.
"Tim has shown a great amount of improvement, running in the ARCA Racing Series these past few years that included his first career win," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "We're ready to further strengthen his skills and moving him to the Camping World Truck Series is the next logical step. Having Ty Dillon and Joey Coulter as his teammates will help support his learning curve and I'm excited to see how he'll perform."
"This is a great opportunity that Richard Childress and everyone at RCR have given me," stated George. "To be invited back to race in NASCAR with one of the best racing teams in history is a dream come true. Being teammates with Ty Dillon and Joey Coulter will be fun and I look forward to learning more about how to race these trucks. I'm eager to get back in the seat and build on my experience, kicking off the 2012 season strong."
Potomac Family Dining Group is the exclusive franchisee for the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants in the Washington, D.C. and surrounding area.
"Having an association with Tim this past year has proven to be an exciting experience for us," said PFDG President Jim Rieger. "Quite frankly, the positive feedback from both our guests and our employees, has exceeded our expectations. And, since so many of our guests are also NASCAR fans, this collaboration is a perfect fit."
Bruce Cook, who has nearly twenty-five years of motorsports experience, will serve as crew chief for RCR's No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado team. His most recent stint came at Kevin Harvick Inc. where he captured three wins during the 2010 Nationwide Series season with Kevin Harvick and seven in the Camping World Truck Series with six different drivers en route to the 2011 owner's championship title.
George's race schedule and further additions to RCR's competition department will be forthcoming.