RCR shuts down part-time Truck Series team
January 16, 2013, David Caraviello, NASCAR.com
Lack of sponsorship shuts down No. 2 team
Richard Childress Racing will not field the part-time entry of driver Tim George Jr. in the Camping World Truck Series in 2013, the team has confirmed.
The No. 2 truck was slated to compete in 13 races this season with George behind the wheel. According to the driver’s representative, a sponsorship package to back the vehicle could not be put together in time for this season.
George suffered a fractured ankle while skiing in Colorado over the holidays and is currently in a cast scheduled to be removed at the end of the month. The driver’s representative said George would undergo rehabilitation and be able to race in the season-opener at Daytona if a ride were available, adding that the skiing accident and the closure of the No. 2 team were unrelated.
RCR was working to reassign employees on the shut-down No. 2 team to other positions within the organization or at a start-up program outside the company. RCR is slated to field two full-time Truck Series entries in 2013, for drivers Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan.
George, 32, competed in 12 events last season in the Truck Series, all but one of them for RCR. The New York City native recorded a best finish of eighth at Talladega, and won a pole at Kansas.