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May 17
2015

Second Top-10 Run in Sprint Showdown for Mears

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CASEY MEARS EARNS TOP-10 FINISH IN SPRINT SHOWDOWN AT CHARLOTTE

 

CONCORD, N.C. (May 15, 2015) - Every season during the month of May, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series descends on Charlotte Motor Speedway for two weeks of racing action, with the Sprint All-Star Race kicking off the festivities. For those teams not locked into the non-points-paying event, including Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet team, the Sprint Showdown provides one last chance to make the big show.

 

After advancing to the second and final round of group qualifying, Mears rolled off from the ninth starting position. During the opening caution-free 20-lap segment, the Bakersfield, Calif. native reported to Crew Chief Bootie Barker the splitter was hitting the ground very hard on entry. 

 

 

When the halfway break yellow flag was shown on lap 20, Barker brought Mears to pit road for four tires, fuel, packer and air pressure adjustments.

 

Mears restarted from the 11th position as the final segment got underway. A caution occurred on lap 22 for a single car spin through the grass, with the GEICO Military Chevrolet in 14th-place. Once the race returned to green flag conditions, Mears quickly gained four positions to return to the top-10 and he would ultimately score a top-10 finish when the checkered flag brought the fun-filled event to a halt.

 

"We have some work to do before coming back next week for the 600," said Mears after the race. "The GEICO Military Chevrolet was hitting the splitter pretty hard in the beginning and then once we got that fixed, it wouldn't turn well and the bumps upset the handling. We just missed what we needed tonight, so we will sort out it out over the next few days and come back ready to go next week."

 

Next up for Mears and the Germain Racing team is the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET. FOX will carry the live telecast, while the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, channel 90 will bring the live radio broadcast.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com

 

- PMI -

May 11
2015

Squidward Tentacles Chevy SS - Kansas Speedway

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Mears Raced Squidward Tentacles Chevrolet SS to Top-20 Finish in SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, KS (05/09/2015) – Water, though from the sky, not the sea, was quite the headline leading into Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “SpongeBob SquarePants 400” at Kansas Speedway. The threat for storms had remained consistent throughout the week. Despite this, the Midwest fans came out to see 43 of NASCAR’s finest drivers competing to take home the SpongeBob trophy. The race started a few minutes ahead of schedule under dry but cloudy skies and finished in the wee hours of Sunday morning following a two hour red flag period for a noisy rain storm that rolled through the area.

Germain Racing driver Casey Mears’ No. 13 Chevrolet SS sported a special paint scheme for the event. The No. 13 Chevy was adorned with the likeness of one of SpongeBob’s co-stars from the animated Nickelodeon series. Squidward Tentacles, SpongeBob’s neighbor, was the title star of the No. 13 Chevy SS. The SpongeBob SquarePants show is a huge hit in the Mears household, and, the Squidward Tentacles race car was quite popular with the driver through much of Saturday night’s 267-lap race.

From the 24th starting position, Mears found that the Squidward Tentacles Chevy SS was very competitive. Early in the race, he asked crew chief Bootie Barker for some slight chassis and air pressure adjustments. From then, Mears enthusiastically told Barker the Squidward Tentacles Chevy SS was “not bad!”

Mid-way through the 400-mile race there was a set of tires that produced a radically different handling characteristic for Mears to muscle through, but, it proved to only be a temporary departure from Mears being very confident in the Squidward Tentacles Chevy’s abilities. As the laps drew to a close and Saturday night’s race trailed over into Sunday morning, it seemed certain that the Germain Racing crew and driver had put the No. 13 Chevy in position to contend seriously for a top-15 finish.

Mears headed off into the last long green flag stretch of the race knowing he’d need to visit pit road for a quick splash of fuel sometime before the final ten laps of the race. On lap 257, Mears was on pit road for that very same expected stop when the caution waved for an accident in turn two. The timing of the caution flag left Mears one lap down to the leaders.

As the field circled under the yellow flag, Barker called Mears back to the attention of the Germain Racing crew who fit the Squidward Tentacles with fresh Goodyear tires and a splash more fuel for what would be the final restart of the race a lap 262. Mears was then able to pass all his fellow lapped race cars and secure a 19th-place finish when the checkered flag waved.

“Our Squidward Tentacles Chevy SS was really good tonight. I feel like we were good enough that we could’ve finished 15th, easily. We had one tire set that just made the car really lose rear grip, but, I felt like we were really able to race tonight. The Germain Racing crew did a great job all night. I’m looking forward to our next two race weekends at home at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” said Mears, who moved up one spot in the Sprint Cup Series points standings to 20th.

Next weekend is a non-points race event for Germain Racing. Mears will pilot the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS in the Sprint Showdown, Friday, May 15th, vying for a transfer spot into the main event, the Sprint All Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Follow all the Sprint Showdown and All Star action on FoxSports1, or tune into your local PRN affiliate.

Sprint Showdown Weekend Schedule:

Friday, May 15th

Noon-1:40 p.m. ET: Sprint Showdown final practice 4:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Showdown Qualifying
7:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Showdown (20 laps/20 laps

Saturday, May 16:

 7:10 p.m.: Sprint All-Star Race Qualifying (three laps with pit stop and a four tire change 9 p.m.: Sprint All-Star Race (25 laps/25 laps/25 laps/25 laps/10 laps)

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com. You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

Germain Racing is online at www.GermainRacing.com or on Twitter @GermainRacing or Facebook.com/GermainRacing.

 

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May 04
2015

Talladega Spring Race Recap - GEICO Chevy SS

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LAST LAP CRASH SPOILS TOP-10 DAY FOR MEARS AT TALLADEGA 

Talladega, AL (May 3, 2015) - When GEICO's marquis NASCAR event got underway in Alabama over the weekend, Casey Mears and Germain Racing eagerly anticipated the opportunity to return to a track where they've experienced considerable success over the years. Mears is a restrictor plate specialist of sorts and always welcomes the opportunity to visit the superspeedways.

 

On Friday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took to Talladega Superspeedway for GEICO 500 practice, where Mears sped to the top of the speed charts and ended up ninth fastest in the final session. Qualifying saw him pedal the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS around the 2.66-mile high-banked oval in just 49.245-seconds, at a speed of 194.456-miles per hour, landing him 11th on Sunday's starting grid. 

 

It was a chamber of commerce kind of day when Mears took to the starting grid for Sunday's GEICO 500. A full house was on-hand to watch 43 drivers do battle in close quarters. Rolling off from the 11th position, Mears immediately moved the No. 13 GEICO Chevy into the top-10 on the opening lap. He was riding solidly in the top-15 before deciding to drop back to 28th after finding the cars around him acting squirrely. His intuition paid off because just a few laps later, on lap 47, Trevor Bayne spun and caused a 15-car crash that ultimately resulted in the waving of the red flag. Had Mears remained in the lead pack, he would have surely been collected. 

 

Aside from elevated engine temperatures, Mears' day went smoothly and he moved the GEICO Chevy to the front of the field at-will throughout the 188-lap event. As the race entered the final laps, Mears was running in the 11th position while the field remained, uncharacteristically, in single-file formation. With just two laps remaining, he moved into ninth and took the white flag looking to track down the top-5. As the field made it's way around the track for the final time, cars broke out of line and Mears received a strong push from Clint Bowyer that sent him hard into the rear of Carl Edwards' No. 19 Toyota, but both cars quickly recovered. Shortly after, Bowyer was to the inside of the GEICO Chevy and made a sudden move up high that sent Mears hard into the outside wall and resulted in a three car crash that ended a top-10 run for Germain Racing. Mears managed to somehow deliver the GEICO machine to the finish line to collect a lead lap, 28th place finish.  

 

"The GEICO Chevy was strong today, but the engine kept running hot, so I had to drop out of line and run on my own at times to try to get the temperatures down," Mears said. "We had something for them there at the end, but unfortunately got caught up on the final lap. It was almost as if Clint thought he was clear and made the move high. My nose was at about his door and there was no room, so neither one of us could escape it once contact was made. It wasn't the finish we wanted, but we were strong all day and we've also been fortunate to finish most of the restrictor-plate races well over the years, so it's hard to get too upset when this happens. We've been lucky to come home clean from these things most of the time." He continued, "It was a lot of fun to take part in GEICO's big weekend. I don't know any other sponsor that supports NASCAR as well as GEICO does and it makes me proud to be associated with a company that genuinely cares about the health of the sport. They do a good job of activating around the races and the team and this weekend was just another example of how well they do at reaching our fans. I can't thank them enough for all that they do for us."

 

Mears and Germain Racing will next travel to the Sunflower State where they will boast special livery from the new SpongeBob SquarePants movie. 

                                                      

Casey Mears and the No. 13 Squidward Tentacles SS will hit the track at Kansas Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, May 8th, at noon (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET)

 

The SpongeBob SquarePants NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, May 9th, and it will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 7:30 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. 

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance. 

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com

 

Apr 27
2015

Richmond Spring Race - GEICO Chevy SS

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EARLY DAMAGE RESULTS IN LONG DAY FOR MEARS IN RICHMOND 

Richmond, VA (April 26, 2015) - When they arrived in Virginia, Germain Racing and Casey Mears were coming off of a tough race in Bristol where a fuel pump issue ended their day, and a top-20 run, with just 18 laps remaining in the race. They looked to Richmond for redemption, but would once again find themselves facing issues that were beyond their control. Mears would end up as collateral damage early in the event.

 

Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS were 17th in the weekend's opening practice session and would go on to qualify 25th Friday evening. While the ¾-mile oval racetrack was scheduled to be filled with 400-laps of racing action, Mother Nature had other plans when she blanketed the Richmond area with heavy rain, forcing the postponement of Saturday night's race to Sunday at 1:00 P M (ET). When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field arrived on the starting grid on Sunday afternoon, the skies were clear, the track was dry and the grandstands were filled with race fans.

 

Mears rolled off 25th after the green flag set the field underway. He quickly moved forward and was busy collecting positions when, on lap five, Danica Patrick made a left-hand turn into his GEICO Chevy, resulting in heavy contact and significant damage to his right front fender. Despite the damage, Mears managed to hustle into the top-20, but the car immediately tightened up after the incident, leaving him to battle an ill-handling racecar for the balance of the afternoon. The pit crew took advantage of each pit stop to make adjustments to the No. 13 machine, but to no avail. When the checkered flag closed out a long day of racing, Mears was credited with a 30th place finish.

 

"We had a really fast car and picked up spots pretty quick, but the damage hurt us and the car tightened up a lot," Mears said. "The guys on this GEICO team worked hard to make changes, but we just couldn't get it right, back to where it was. We're going to take the car back to the shop and go through it and figure out exactly what was wrong with it. It definitely drove like something was broke." He continued, "Right now, we're focused on Talladega next weekend and the GEICO 500. Aside from being our primary sponsor, GEICO does a nice job of supporting our sport as a whole and I'm proud to be able to drive their car and represent such a great company. We're looking forward to an exciting weekend of hanging out with the Gecko."

 

The Germain Racing team will now pack up Mears and his GEICO Chevrolet and head to Talladega, AL, for the Gecko's main event, the GEICO 500.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Talladega Superspeedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, May 1st, at 2:00 PM (ET), while final practice will follow at 4:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will take place on Saturday, May 2nd at 1:00 PM (ET).

 

The GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 3rd, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com

 

- PMI -

Apr 20
2015

Bristol Spring Race Recap - GEICO Chevy SS

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MEARS' STRONG BRISTOL RUN THWARTED BY LATE-RACE FUEL ISSUE 

Bristol, TN (April 19, 2015) - The "Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer" was as up and down as the banking that makes Bristol Motor Speedway famous. The 500-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM (ET) Sunday afternoon on FOX. Despite the 100% chance of rain in the forecast, the green flag waved only about 90 minutes late. That said, the race that officially lasted 3 hours and 37 minutes took nearly 8 hours of starts, stops and waits to be completed.

 

During that time, Casey Mears drove the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet on a tear toward the front of the field, then spent many, many laps chasing it down again before getting cut off shy of a top-20 finish.

 

Mears took the green flag in 27th position, raced up to the 22nd spot and then had a short caution period and about a three-hour break to ponder how he could move further up through the field. He told crew chief Bootie Barker the car was "not too bad" and that he'd only made a slight track bar adjustment during that short green-flag run.

 

After another red flag due to rain, FoxSports 1 picked up the racing action at 6:30 p.m. ET as the cars were rolling back onto the track. Just 45 minutes later, 128 laps were in the books and Mears was solidly in the top 20 and was pressing forward. On lap 146, with Mears in 18th place, spotter Ron Lewis told him the GEICO Chevy was the fastest car on the race track. As he issued those words, Mears was challenging for position 16 on the track. It looked as though he had easily marched into the spot when he suddenly retreated to 19th place and told the crew over the radio he felt certain he had a tire going down. Mears visited pit road under the green flag for right-side tires and a full load of fuel.

 

The ill-timed issue proved to be a loose wheel. While it was good that Mears pitted to get it replaced, he was left two-laps down and the leaders were afforded a chance to pit under caution only about a dozen laps after the GEICO Chevy returned to the track in 33rd position. From there, Mears and the Germain Racing pit crew clawed back into the top-20 before a fuel issue sent the GEICO Chevy to the garage. Mears was credited with a 36th-place finish; he is 19thin the Sprint Cup Series point standings.

 

"We had a huge improvement from qualifying to race trim. The GEICO Chevy was very fast at times tonight and it's obviously frustrating to go through what we did. We lost two laps early because of a loose wheel and never were able to get both of them back before we started losing fuel pressure at the end. We won't know until later what exactly happened, but, we didn't have enough pressure to even maintain pit road speed, so our night was done too early," said Mears. "The GEICO Chevy was definitely fast here and we'll try to carry that on into Richmond."

 

Mears and the Germain Racing team will be back racing in six short days as they head to Richmond, VA, to continue the short-track action under the lights at Richmond International Raceway.

 

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Richmond for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 24th, at 11:00 AM (ET) and final practice at 1:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 5:45 PM (ET).

 

The Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, April 25th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 7:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com

 

- PMI -

Apr 13
2015

Texas-Big Battle Yields Tough Night in LoneStar State

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DESPITE TOUGH NIGHT IN TEXAS, MEARS REMAINS TOP-15 IN POINT STANDINGS 

Fort Worth, TX (April 11, 2015) - As the seventh race weekend of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season got underway Friday in Texas, Casey Mears and Germain Racing were focused on taming a track that has proved problematic for them in the past. While they fared well in practice and qualifying, Saturday night's Duck Commander 500 told a different tale after a loose condition and a bad set of tires provided insurmountable setbacks.


Friday in practice, Mears raised the eyebrows of everyone in the Sprint Cup Series garage when the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS sat fourth and fifth on the scoring tower in the weekend's two sessions. During qualifying, he advanced to the second round and ended up 20th on Saturday night's starting grid.

 

 

 


Perfect weather conditions set the stage for Saturday night's 500-mile event that would try the patience of all 43 drivers in the field. Mears and his GEICO Chevrolet began their journey from the 20th position, but by lap 17 were closely eyeing the top-15 after arriving in 17th place. A loose condition set in and Mears quickly found himself at odds with his racecar. The Germain Racing pit crew worked efficiently on pit road all night and picked up positions during stops, while also making necessary adjustments to the GEICO Chevy.

 

As the race approached halfway, Mears radioed to the crew that the car was driving better, allowing him to arc it into the turns without getting loose, but a few laps later he found himself once again losing grip. After a bad set of tires during a long green flag run set the team back, crew chief Bootie Barker attempted to use strategy to regain lost ground and as the race entered the final 20 laps, Mears was back in the hunt, just a single lap down and in the free pass position. Surprisingly, a caution flag was never displayed, which thwarted Mears' attempt to rejoin the lead lap and charge into the top-20 as the race wound down. He remained focused and crossed the finish line in the 27th position and was able to maintain his status in the top-15 in the point standings.

 

"We've had a pretty good start to the season and in this sport you're going to have your tough days; this was ours," Mears said after exiting his racecar. "The handling of the car got away from us and we worked hard all night to make proper adjustments, but the set of tires during the long green flag run really hurt us and made it tough to catch up. I was encouraged by how fast we were in practice and I think it shows that we're improving on these types of tracks. Bristol is a fun place to race, so we're excited to get our GEICO chevy there and make something happen."

 

Mears and his Germain Racing team will now head to Bristol, TN, to do some beating and banging on the 'World's Fastest Half-Mile'.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Bristol Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 17th, at 12:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:45 PM (ET).

 

The Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 19th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com

 

- PMI -


Apr 07
2015

Texas Associate Sponsor - Barcadia and Pints & Quarts is Local to Dallas/Fort Worth

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Mears, Germain Racing Promoting Local Favorite Barcadia 
and Soon to Be Opened Pint & Quarts in Dallas/Fort Worth

 

Mooresville, NC (April 6, 2015) - Germain Racing is proud to announce the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will feature local Texas branding heading into this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “Duck Commander 500” at Texas Motor Speedway. Barcadia, a pub known for great food and vintage arcade games, joins Germain Racing at Texas and through the end of the season. Pints & Quarts, opening in May, will also be featured on the GEICO Chevy at Texas this April and November.

 

Thursday night, leading into the Duck Commander 500, members of Germain Racing’s crew may be spotted playing skee ball, air hockey or Pac-Man at Barcadia Fort Worth. Regardless of whether any crew members end up being Pac-Man champs, Germain Racing is proud to promote local businesses Barcadia and Pints & Quarts in their own home markets – Dallas and Fort Worth.

 

Barcadia enjoys interaction with fans via Facebook and Instagram for each location. Pints & Quarts will be interactive in just a few short weeks!

 

On the Web and Social Media…

Barcadia

                BarcadiaBars.com

Facebook.com/Barcadia.Ftworth

Instagram.com/BarcadiaFTW

Pints & Quarts

                PsandQsDallas.com

                Facebook.com/PsandQsDallas

                Instagram.com/PintsandQuartsDallas

                Twitter @PsandQsDallas

 

Watch the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS @TXMotorSpdwy

Practice:   Friday 4/10 11:30 AM ET FoxSports1

Final Practice:  Friday 4/10 2PM ET FoxSports1

Qualifying:  Friday 4/10 6:30 PM ET FoxSports1

Race Day:  Saturday 4/11 “Duck Commander 500”

6 PM NASCAR RaceDay, FOX Sports1

7 PM NASCAR RaceDay - Texas FOX

7:30 PM Duck Commander 500 FOX

11:30 PM NASCAR Victory Lane FOX Sports2

Germain Racing features commentary and interaction with fans via Twitter @GermainRacing, Facebook.com/GermainRacing, or check in atGermainRacing.com for news and information on the team.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com.  You can also follow GEICO Racing for photos and updates from the race track on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

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Mar 30
2015

Martinsville Run Continues Big Season Start for Germain Racing

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MEARS GOES FROM THE BACK TO THE FRONT IN THRILLING TOP-15 MARTINSVILLE RUN 

Martinsville, VA (March 29, 2015) - Casey Mears arrived at Martinsville Speedway looking to continue his run of solid finishes in the young 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. A favorite track of the GEICO driver, the Germain Racing team has always experienced success at the paperclip-shaped half-mile oval.

 

Mother Nature caused a little ruckus in the way of rain on Friday, which resulted in the delay of Sprint Cup Series practice. Once the cars hit the track, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS looked good as the weekend got underway. They ended up 13th on the speed chart when the opening practice concluded, leaving them excited for the impending qualifying session that would take place later that evening. Mears was fast in qualifying before a broken transmission would relegate him to the rear of Sunday's starting field.

 

 

Starting from the rear at Martinsville Speedway can be a harrowing task, but Mears was able to keep the No. 13 GEICO Chevy clean as the STP 500 got started. He soon found himself as high as the 13th position, having hustled his way safely through nearly the entire field. Things seemed to go well until the caution flag on lap 228 involved Mears and his GEICO Chevy. He was seen spinning on television after cars checked up in front of him, resulting in contact from behind. He sustained only minor damage and continued on.

 

Crew chief Bootie Barker was masterful in his management of the sets of tires allotted by NASCAR, putting Mears in position to have fresh Goodyear's at the end of the race. The Germain Racing pit crew was also strong on pit road all day, which assisted in Mears' ascent through the field. As the race wound down, the GEICO Chevy was riding solidly in the top-15. When the checkered flag closed out 500 laps of racing, Mears had traveled all the way from the rear of the field to cross the finish line in the 15th position and hand Germain Racing their third top-15 finish in the season's first six races. Mears' unheralded journey through the field is a feat not often accomplished successfully, given the dangers of racing on a flat half-mile racetrack.

 

"We're glad we were able to make it through the field and survive the incidents that we got a piece of and get out of here with a top-15 finish," Mears said after the race. "The GEICO Chevy was strong on the shorter runs today, but we struggled a little bit on longer runs. Bootie (Barker, crew chief) did a nice job of managing the tires, while the pit crew was quick today, which really went a long way in helping us gain track position. We're looking forward to a weekend off to get refreshed and then get back after it in Texas. A lot of our guys were on the road for three straight weeks during our west coast swing, so it will be good for everyone to step back and catch their breath. I can't thank these guys enough for all of their hard work."

 

The GEICO Racing team will enjoy a much-deserved week off before returning to action in Texas.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 10th, at 11:30 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at6:45 PM (ET).

 

The Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, April 11th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 7:30 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com

 

- PMI -

Mar 23
2015

Fontana Challenges Strengthen Team and Driver's Resolve

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UNDAUNTED MEARS 23RD AT FONTANA AFTER LATE-RACE CONTACT 

The Bakersfield native departs California 12th in the point standings

 

Fontana, CA (March 22, 2015) - The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is off to an exciting start for Casey Mears and Germain Racing. Aside from creating significant buzz, the GEICO team has turned in strong finishes and sat 12th in the point standings as they looked for another solid performance in Fontana, CA, this weekend.

 

Friday got off to a slow start when Mears was 30th in the weekend's opening practice session before later qualifying 37th. Saturday, however, told a different tale. The Germain Racing team entered practice seemingly unshaken and, after making subtle adjustments to the setup of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS, Mears shot to the top of the speed charts and ended up 10th fastest in the morning session and fourth in the final practice. With marked improvement behind them, the GEICO team departed the track on Saturday confident that the changes that were made would manifest themselves in the way of speed once the race went green on Sunday.

 

 

Starting 37th on Sunday, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet had their work cut out for them. When the green flag got the 400-mile event underway, he made gradual progress and found himself at odds with a racecar that seemed to have multiple personalities at times. In an event that featured seven caution flags, the Germain Racing pit crew used each of them to help improve the handling of the GEICO Chevy. As the race moved into the final laps, Mears was running solidly in the 19th position and appeared to be making up ground to the leaders. When the yellow flag waved with just two laps remaining in the advertised distance, crew chief Bootie Barker ordered the GEICO Chevy to pit road for right-side tires and fuel.

 

The outcome would be decided by two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish, the first of which proved troublesome for Mears. He was in the 15th position and charging before the No. 17 car of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. made heavy contact with him, causing damage to the right-side of the No. 13 GEICO Chevy, leaving a bent fender and a tire rub. The caution flag flew for debris, allowing the Bakersfield, CA, native to bring his machine to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew. They made quick repairs and provided him with four fresh tires and a can of fuel before returning him to the racing surface. The GEICO Chevy remained on the lead lap, but would be forced to start from the 30th position when the race returned to green for the final time. Upon taking the green flag, a skillful Mears promptly collected seven positions and rallied back to record a 23rd place, lead lap finish when the checkered flag halted the field just a lap later. His resilience accounts for the team's fifth top-25 finish of the 2015 season and helped to maintain his 12th place position in the point standings. Mears sits just six points removed from the top-10.

 

"We had a weird day because the car changed a few times and it made it hard to drive, but the guys on our Germain Racing pit crew did a nice job of trying to get it right," Mears said. "When we got down to the end, we were on the lead lap and in a position to get a good finish and gain ground in the points. Unfortunately, the 17 got into us and I'm not real sure what happened there, but it was disappointing to say the least. We had to pit while everyone else stayed out and that put us way behind on that last restart. Thankfully, I was able to pass some cars and salvage a 23rd place finish. I'm really proud of our pit crew and glad they were able to get the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet fixed up and keep me on the lead lap. We're sitting in a good position in the points and we're still 12th and only six points out of 10th. I'm excited to get to Martinsville and have a strong run, which would help us get into the top-10. It's a track where we've had success and we're always confident when we show up there."

 

Mears and his Germain Racing counterparts will now play closer to home when they visit Martinsville, VA, next week for race number six of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Martinsville Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 27th, at 12:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:45 PM (ET).

 

The STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 29th, and it will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com

 

- PMI -

Mar 12
2015

Strong Speeds at Vegas for Mears, GEICO Chevy SS

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MEARS DEPARTS VEGAS WITH TOP-25 FINISH AND TOP-10 POINTS POSITION 

Las Vegas, NV (March 8, 2015) - The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is off to a hot start for Casey Mears and Germain Racing. After a strong finish at the high-speed mile and a half track in Atlanta, the GEICO team looked to Las Vegas as an opportunity to provide affirmation of the improvement of their intermediate program. They aimed to conquer Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a facility that has left them frustrated in seasons past.

 

A year ago in Las Vegas, Mears and the GEICO team were 26th in the opening practice session and qualified 30th. This weekend saw the tables turn when Mears was 19th in the first practice and qualified 17th on Friday. He went on to pilot the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to the top of  the charts in final practice on Saturday, where he finished up third fastest, turning heads in the NASCAR garage.

 

Bright sunshine and packed grandstands saw the green flag get the Kobalt 400 underway on Sunday afternoon. Mears and his GEICO Chevy quickly jumped to 13th in the opening laps and remained there until the competition caution slowed the field on lap 25. He reported that the car had been loosening up and that he was "loose on and loose past center". Crew chief Bootie Barker ordered up a two-tire stop with fuel and an air pressure adjustment.

 

Taking only two tires allowed Mears a five-position bump in track position when he restarted 8th on lap 30. Unfortunately, just a few laps later, Mears reported that his GEICO car had a vibration, which would only worsen over time. By lap 45, he reported that the tires were causing a heavy vibration and that they may be way out of balance. At the same time, the GEICO Chevy continued to get loose, leaving him with no side-bite in the rear and causing him to surrender valuable real estate that sent him as far back as the 35th position. 

 

Long green flag runs were of no assistance to Germain Racing and the crew used each pit stop to make adjustments to the No. 13 GEICO Chevy. With 100 laps remaining in the race, the car began to respond to the changes and Mears promptly began turning in top-five and top-ten lap times. Despite being two laps down, he began passing cars that were running in the top-15. He would rebound from the 35th position and collect ten spots en route to a 25th place finish when the checkered flag signaled closing time at the 1.5-mile speedway. Following today's Kobalt 400, Mears and team owner, Bob Germain, sit ninth in the drivers and owners points respectively.

 

"Today was heartbreaking because the GEICO Chevy was good all weekend and we could have had a top-10 finish," Mears said. "The tire vibration really set us back and the car got really loose and it took a couple of adjustments to get it where we needed it to be. This is not a good place to get behind because it's so hard to pass here and make up positions. The good news is that we found speed and were passing top-15 cars, but at that point it was too late. Fortunately, we were able to maintain a good points position, so we'll go to Phoenix, which is a track where we've experienced success in the past, and look to have a good run."

 

The Germain Racing team will continue their west coast swing and pay a visit to Phoenix, AZ, next weekend.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 13th, at 3:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 7:50 PM (ET).

 

The CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 15th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:30 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com

 

- PMI -