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Nov 23
2015

2015 Season Finale - Homestead Race Report

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MEARS ENDS UP AS COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN SEASON FINALE AT HOMESTEAD
 
Homestead, FL (November 22, 2015) - When the season finale rolled around in Homestead, FL, Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team were about to conclude their most successful year as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. Impending weather threatened for the second consecutive week, but Mears was able to get the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS on track for practice and qualifying.
 
Mears was 25th in the opening practice session and ended up a deceiving 27th in qualifying after a fellow competitor thwarted an otherwise strong qualifying run. Saturday saw Germain Racing show their real strength when Mears quickly hustled around the 1.5-mile oval and land 14th on the board in the final practice session of the 2015 season. Both team and driver eagerly anticipated Sunday's green flag.
 
Inclement weather set in on Sunday afternoon, which would find the Sprint Cup Series in its second rain delay in as many weeks. Unlike Phoenix, however, the rain cleared quickly and after track drying was complete, Mears buckled into his GEICO Chevy on the starting grid, where cars got rolling with only a minimal delay.
 
When the green flag turned the field loose for the final time this year, Mears rolled off from the 27thposition and almost instantly found himself going head-to-head with a loose condition. It is rare that such a problem would wreak havoc so early, so when Mears noticed that his trackbar was all the way up at 14, he knew something was awry. He noticed his display going in and out and that his trackbar was stuck and by lap seven, Mears had dropped to 31stand his display was gone completely. Fortunately, the first caution flag of the day waved on lap 13, allowing him the opportunity to bring his GEICO Chevy down pit road. The Germain Racing pit crew attempted to rectify the problem by making a manual trackbar adjustment, but it wouldn't budge and it was determined that the problem was the trackbar motor.
 
When the race returned to green on lap 18, Mears would be forced to start from the 41st position after the lengthy pit stop under yellow to work on the car. He had worked his way up to 35th by lap 21, when he informed crew chief Bootie Barker that the trackbar worked momentarily and he was able to get it down to 11 before it quit working again. The change helped and Mears immediately began charging forward, collecting 14 positions in 12 laps, moving into the 27th position by lap 30. "It feels like I'm on ice," Mears said, while passing cars and continuing his ascent up the scoring tower. He had worked his way up to 19th by lap 44, but two laps later, the tides would turn.
 
On lap 46, a handful of racecars began making contact, leaving spotter Ron Lewis to help Mears navigate the carnage and smoke present as sheet metal flew. His efforts were successful and Mears was able to clear the incident before a fellow competitor came out of nowhere to make contact with the rear of the No. 13 GEICO Chevy. The result was a hard hit for Mears and heavy damage to the racecar. He was able to drive away slowly, allowing him to pull into the garage where the Germain Racing team went to work repairing the significant damage in hopes of returning Mears to the race.
 
The GEICO team was expeditious in their efforts and, despite the severe damage to the No. 13 Chevy, Mears was able to rejoin the field on lap 150, where he was scored in the 43rd position. After collecting as many points as possible and moving up to 42nd place, Mears delivered his badly damaged racecar to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage on lap 210 of 267, closing out a tough evening of racing. While Mears' race ended prematurely, it did not spoil the fact that the Germain Racing team turned in a solid season that saw them record their best year since entering the Sprint Cup Series in 2009.
 
With GEICO and Mears both extended for at least the next three seasons, Germain Racing is excited about the prospects, as this week will find them back at the shop working on the 2016 cars.
 
"Tonight was tough because once I was able to get the trackbar down to 11, I was able to pass cars and make up ground," Mears said. "The GEICO Chevy was strong and it's a shame we got taken out like that. I'm so proud of the guys on this team; they always work hard and never quit. They could've easily packed up the car when I came to the garage, but they were committed to getting it back on the track. We have a great group of people and we're all excited about 2016. I just can't thank GEICO and our team owner Bob Germain enough for all of their support."
 
The next item circled on the Germain Racing calendar is their trip to Daytona in February. The Daytona 500 is on Sunday, February 21, 2016.
 
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 -

Nov 17
2015

Fall Phoenix Race Report - GEICO Military Chevy, Casey Mears

Posted by lori in ZAK Products , WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , Pints & Quarts , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Lincoln Welders , GM , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain , Barcadia , Armed Services YMCA

RAIN-SHORTENED PHOENIX LEAVES MEARS WITH 22ND PLACE FINISH
 
Avondale, AZ (November 15, 2015) - As the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season continues to wind down, Casey Mears and Germain Racing entered Phoenix looking for a solid run to hang their hat on. They had an exciting week, announcing a three-year contract extension with primary sponsor, GEICO, and their arrival at the racetrack was met with the expected buzz.
 
Skies were clear and temperatures were warm when Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS took to Phoenix International Raceway for practice and qualifying on Friday. Mears finished up a solid 24th in the weekend's opening practice session before moving into qualifying, where he would advance to the second round and score a 24th place starting position.
 
While navigating a fast one-mile racetrack in tight quarters is challenge enough, the Sprint Cup Series would first go head-to-head with Mother Nature on Sunday. While initially losing the battle again intermittent rain showers that would blanket the facility for most of the day, dry weather and the NASCAR's track dryers would ultimately prevail. Nearly seven-hours after the scheduled start time, Mears climbed into his No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy and got to work.
 
When the green flag cut the field loose for 312-laps of racing, the grandstands remained full of dedicated race fans that withstood the uncharacteristically poor Phoenix weather. Mears rolled off from the 24th position and found himself battling a loose condition on lap 13. It served as little consequence, however, as he would pedal the GEICO Military Chevy up to 12th place by lap 49.
 
Mears' evening was going well, but he would experience a minor setback on lap 192, when he made a scheduled green flag pit stop. The Germain Racing crew turned in a quick stop, but the yellow flag would wave as the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy was departing pit road, causing Mears to lose a lap. He took the wavearound, recovered the lap, and was scored in the 22nd position. Mears was seemingly unconcerned, as 120 laps remained in the race, allowing him plenty of time to reclaim lost ground. Unfortunately, the rain returned and the field found itself being ordered down pit road just 27 laps later, on lap 219, as the red flag was displayed. With rain continuing to fall on the Avondale, AZ, area, NASCAR called the race complete 93 laps shy of the scheduled distance and Mears would get the short end of the stick and be credited with a 22nd place finish.
 
"It was such a long day of sitting in the cold and rain and we're appreciative of all the fans that hung around to watch us race," Mears said. "We were proud to run the GEICO Military paint scheme again this weekend to celebrate Veterans Day and we were going to get a good finish, but the rain got the best of us, as it had most of the day. We'll take 22nd and look to finish strong at Homestead next week. We've had a really good year, so we are hoping to end the season on a solid note."
 
The season finale awaits Mears and the Germain Racing team in south Florida.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 20th, at noon (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:15 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 22nd, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 3 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 -
Nov 12
2015

GEICO Inks Multiyear Extension with Germain Racing and Casey Mears

Posted by lori in ZAK Products , WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , Pints & Quarts , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Lincoln Welders , GM , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bob Germain , Barcadia , Armed Services YMCA

GEICO INKS MULTIYEAR EXTENSION WITH GERMAIN RACING AND CASEY MEARS 
 
Mooresville, NC (November 12, 2015) - Longtime partner, GEICO, announces that they have extended their relationship with Germain Racing as the primary sponsor of the No. 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry through at least the end of the 2018 season. GEICO is wrapping up their 15thseason as a team sponsor and their eighth with Germain Racing. Along with the sponsorship extension comes a new primary paint scheme, as well as new GEICO Military livery that will appear at select races during the season.  
 
Additionally, Germain Racing and driver Casey Mears have agreed to a three-year extension that will continue Mears' status as the driver of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS through the 2018 racing season.
  
Since the inception of Germain Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program in 2009, GEICO has been alongside the organization every step of the way, from a part-time program to a full-time team that now consistently performs in the top-20, while also finding itself in contention for wins at both Daytona and Talladega. The sponsorship extension further solidifies and expands an already rock-solid relationship that has seen GEICO's famous gecko adorn the hoods of Germain Racing's NASCAR Xfinity Series entry in 2008 and Camping World Truck Series entry in 2011.
 
Aside from its team support, GEICO has become synonymouswith the sport of auto racing, establishing itself as an entitlement sponsor at Talladega Superspeedway with the GEICO 500, while also blanketing many racetracks across the country with the GEICO logo, including campgrounds where fans make their home during each race weekend. Their ever-present GEICO banner can also be spotted flying overhead at nearly every NASCAR event. GEICO's support of NASCAR and its fan base is unwavering and they look forward to their continued engagement of fans in America's greatest spectator sport.
 
"NASCAR is a natural fit for us and it has provided access to a brand-loyal fan base that now has a clear line of sight into GEICO's multiple product lines and the many ways that we can service their insurance needs," said GEICO vice president of marketing, Ted Ward. "We've enjoyed our partnership with Germain Racing and Casey Mears and the character of their organization is in line with our corporate values. We are excited about the extension and look forward to building upon our successful relationship in the sport of NASCAR."
 
Germain Racing is in its 12th year of NASCAR competition and boasts two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships. The opportunity to further expand its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program with GEICO has team owner Bob Germain excited about the future.
 
"I'm thrilled to be able to extend our partnership with GEICO thru 2018. We are proud to be associated with a company that supports our sport in so many ways and we feel fortunate to be able to represent them on the track," said team owner, Bob Germain. "We're thankful for GEICO's unwavering support and this extension allows us to keep building upon the foundation we've laid and continue to add people and resources in an effort to accelerate the growth and progress of our program. It also allows us to make long-term commitments to our great partners Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing and ECR, along with our driver, Casey Mears; all of which have played an integral role in the development of our Sprint Cup Series program." 
 
Mears, a race winner in his 13th year in the Sprint Cup Series, was equally enthusiastic about the news.
 
"This is great news for our Germain Racing team because everyone has worked so hard to build this GEICO program and people in the garage are taking notice of what we're accomplishing," Mears said. "GEICO is such a great partner and they not only support our team, but the sport in general, which makes me even prouder to have the opportunity to drive the GEICO Chevy. We appreciate their belief in us and have enjoyed our relationship with everyone at the corporate office, as well as the GEICO associates that we get to interface with each week at the racetrack."
 
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 -

Nov 09
2015

Mears Drives GEICO Military Chevrolet SS at Texas in November

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MEARS AND GEICO MILITARY TEAM ESCAPE TEXAS WITH 26TH PLACE FINISH
 
Fort Worth, TX (November 8, 2015) - Germain Racing and Casey Mears anxiously entered the Lone Star State looking to continue their significant improvement on intermediate racetracks. 2015 has seen the team make considerable progress at these facilities and Mears' effort in Friday's practice and qualifying sessions would serve as indication that they remain on the right path.
 
GEICO took this weekend to honor our nation's service members with their special GEICO Military paint scheme that featured camouflage accents on the No. 13 entry. The GEICO Military livery will also be featured at Phoenix International Raceway in celebration of Veteran's Day.
 
Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS were a deceiving 25th in the weekend's opening practice. If not for a series of bumps that wreaked havoc on his lap, the Bakersfield, CA, native would have been eyeing the top-15. Qualifying provided affirmation that Mears and Germain Racing were on-track with their set-up when he paced the 1.5-mile oval in a prompt 27.718-seconds at a speed of 194.819-miles per hour, landing the GEICO Military Chevy 17th on Sunday's starting grid. His result was a three-position improvement over his starting spot in April, where he rolled off of pit road from the 20th position.
 
Unfortunately, a wet racetrack would cause the cancellation of Saturday's practice sessions, leaving Mears and company without valuable practice time as race day approached.
 
Armed with associate sponsors Pints & Quarts and Barcadia on-board the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy, Mears started Sunday's race from the 17th position. When the green flag turned the field loose for 334-laps of racing, Mears experienced an early handling issue. The event's first caution flag of the day waved on lap 10, allowing the Germain Racing team to bring the GEICO Military Chevy to pit road and make adjustments. Before the race returned to green, crew chief Bootie Barker would order Mears to return to pit road so the crew could inspect the splitter, as well as check the tires, as the No. 13 Chevy drove through debris on the track. All was clear and Mears returned to the race in the 41st position after making two stops under yellow. While the loss of track position was a setback, the multiple stops would ensure that the GEICO Military machine was clear of any potential splitter or tire issues.

When the green flag restarted the race on lap 17, Mears began recovering lost real estate and was up to 28th by the time the day's third caution flag flew on lap 35, allowing the team to continue its work on the No. 13 entry. The GEICO Military crew did not disappoint and turned in an expedient 12.2-second pit stop before returning their driver to the racing surface to continue gathering positions. And, that he did, as he worked his way into the top-25, while also confirming over the team's radio frequency that the changes being made to the car were heading in the proper direction. Unfortunately, on lap 109, a loose wheel would force Mears to travel down pit road under green flag conditions, which would cost him 14 spots and leave him two laps down in the 39th position.
 
The team would work feverishly throughout the afternoon, gambling with strategy and pit stops to make up lost ground. Tires would prove challenging at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon and as the race entered the final laps, Mears would begin experiencing heavy vibrations on the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy, one of which sent him to pit road under green on lap 305 of 334. When the checkered flag ended a hard fought day for the GEICO Military team, Mears managed to hustle back to a 26th place finish, salvaging an otherwise challenging afternoon.
 
"It was a long day for our GEICO Military team, for sure," Mears said. "The guys worked hard all day and we had a couple of tough breaks that set us back, so it became challenging. We are looking forward to getting the GEICO Military Chevy to Phoenix, where we have historically performed well. Our focus is on finishing the season strong and putting up solid finishes in the final two races."
 
Germain Racing will now pack up Mears and his camouflaged No. 13 entry and head west to Phoenix, AZ, for race number 35 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 13th, at 2 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 15th, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 2:30 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 -
Nov 04
2015

Pints & Quarts, Barcadia Ride Along Again at Texas Motor Speedway, GEICO Chevrolet SS

Posted by lori in ZAK Products , WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , Pints & Quarts , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Lincoln Welders , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Barcadia

Texas Associate Sponsors Pints & Quarts and Barcadia Are On Board

As No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and Casey Mears Return to the Lone Star State

Mooresville, NC (November 4, 2015) -Germain Racing is set to return to Texas Motor Speedway with driver Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the Dallas/Fort Worth area this weekend. The GEICO Chevy will again feature local branding showcasing two of the area's hot spots. Pints & Quarts, Dallas, is a burger joint with “burgers, beers, shakes and such” that was recently listed by Zagat as one of Dallas’ top 10 hottest restaurants, while Barcadia is a fun pub known for great food and vintage arcade games.

Brooke Humphries, local restaurateur, is thrilled for NASCAR’s top series to return to Texas, “I could not be happier to see the Pints & Quarts and Barcadia logos on the GEICO Chevy this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. We had a great time with the Germain Racing team at Barcadia in April and we look forward to seeing them again at the track.”

Both Pints & Quarts, a perfect pit stop, and Barcadia, an amusing night out for gaming and great eats, enjoy interaction with fans via social media, including highlighting specials and their weekend “Reverse Happy Hour” on Instagram and Facebook.

On the Web and Social Media…

Barcadia

Instagram.com/BarcadiaFTW

Web:  BarcadiaBars.com

Facebook.com/Barcadia.Ftworth

Pints & Quarts

                Instagram.com/PintsandQuartsDallas

                Web:  PsandQsDallas.com

                Facebook.com/PsandQsDallas

                Twitter @PsandQsDallas

Watch the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS @TXMotorSpdwy

Practice:   Friday 11/6 12:30 PM ET NBCSN

Qualifying:  Friday 11/6 6:30 PM NBCSN

Final Practice:  Saturday 11/7 11 AM CNBC

Race Day:  Sunday 11/8

11:30 AM NASCAR RaceDay, FS1

1 PM NASCAR America Sunday, NBCSN

1:30 PM NASCAR Countdown to Green, NBC

2 PM AAA Texas 500 NBC

6 PM NSCS Post-Race, NBCSN

6:30 PM NASCAR Victory Lap NBCSN

Monday 11/9 1:30 AM NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1

 

Germain Racing features commentary and interaction with fans via Twitter @GermainRacing, Facebook.com/GermainRacing, or check in at GermainRacing.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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Nov 02
2015

Martinsville - Race Recap - October 2015

Posted by lori in ZAK Products , WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , Pints & Quarts , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Lincoln Welders , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain , Barcadia

 

STRONG 17TH PLACE FINISH FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM AT MARTINSVILLE
 
RIDGEWAY, Va. (November 1, 2015) - With four races remaining on the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, every lap carries importance to secure the best possible finish in the year-end point standings, while also building momentum to carry into the offseason. Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team entered Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway with confidence of their ability at the 0.5-mile paperclip-shaped track, having notched the sixth fastest speed in final practice. After running as high as 11th-place on numerous occasions during the race on Sunday afternoon, Mears would survive the beating-and-banging short track action to cross the finish line in the 17th position.
 
Mears and the No. 13 Germain Racing crew were prepared for action on Sunday afternoon, but instead were greeted with rain showers during final morning preparations. While many wondered if the teams would even get a shot at competing due to the looming forecast, the field was able to not only start on time, but to complete every lap of the scheduled 500-mile distance.
 
Despite rolling off from the 19th position, Mears quickly moved into 12th-place before the competition caution came on lap 50. The veteran driver radioed to his team that the GEICO Chevrolet was "loose on entry and tight in the center" of the corner, a handling condition that would plague the driver as he was a victim of being shuffled to the outside lane and fell to the 22nd position. A timely caution occurred on lap 170, as Mears skillfully maneuvered around a multi-car wreck in front of the No. 13 entry and was able to visit pit road for fresh tires, fuel and adjustments.
 
The Germain Racing team's solid performance throughout the race would garner much praise from the folks on the NBC Sports telecast team. They would continue to impress as the race wore on.
 
Mears recaptured the 11th position on lap 191, before once again being shuffled on the outside to 20th-place. Over the final 50 laps, the California-native charged to the front and was scored in the 12th position with seven laps remaining. As the race returned to green for the final time with just three laps to go, Mears was forced to restart on the outside, but pedaled hard and collected a 17th place finish when the checkered flag waved under the darkening skies. Mears' strong Martinsville run accounts for the GEICO team's 15th top-20 finish of the 2015 season.
 
"Our GEICO Chevrolet was better than where we finished today," said Mears. "It's both disappointing and frustrating, but I'm proud of how far we continue to grow as a team. To consistently run inside the top-15 and contend for a spot in the top-10 is huge as a single-car program. We were shuffled in the outside lane a couple times and battled back. If it hadn't been for that last restart, I think we could have made more progress."
 
Just three races remain in the 2015 season and Germain Racing will now turn their attention to the Lone Star state.
 
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, November 6th, at 12:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The Texas NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 8th, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 2:00 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 -

Oct 27
2015

Talladega Race Report - October 2015

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TOUGH BREAK LEAVES MEARS 31ST AT TALLADEGA
 
Talladega, AL (October 25, 2015) - Just five races remained in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season when driver Casey Mears and his Germain Racing team unloaded their No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS at Talladega Superspeedway for practice on Friday. Mears has experienced considerable success at the legendary facility and looked to continue his pattern of recording strong finishes at restrictor-plate racetracks. While his car would be fast in the race, Mears' day would be spoiled by unpredictable, external factors.
 
Mears and his GEICO Chevy got off to a quick start to the weekend when they shot up the speed charts during the weekend's opening practice session and ended up eighth quickest. He finished up happy hour 18th on the board on Friday afternoon before returning to the track on Saturday for qualifying, where he would collect a 28th place starting position.
 
Gray skies and mild temperatures set the backdrop for Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500. Mears started the race from the 28thposition, but by the conclusion of the opening lap, he had pedaled the No. 13 GEICO Chevy up to 15th, collecting 13 spots in a single whirl around the racetrack. He would back out of the draft and land as low as 33rd, but he piloted the GEICO Chevy back up to the top-10 at will. Armed with a fast racecar, Mears navigated the 2.66-facility with supreme patience in order to avoid any potential peril.
 
Mears was confident and his GEICO Chevy was fast, but he would face an unnecessary challenge as he looked to make a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 118. He waved his hand all the way through turns one and two, along with weaving his car, in order to alert his fellow drivers that he was preparing to pit. Despite the requisite signaling, the No. 38 car of David Gilliland made heavy contact with the right rear of Mears' No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet as he entered pit road. The result was Mears flying through the infield grass as he masterfully prevented a wreck that would have caused further harm to his racecar. He delivered his damaged GEICO Chevy to the Germain Racing pit crew, who immediately provided him with fresh tires, fuel and repairs. Soon after departing pit road, Mears was alerted that he was assessed a penalty for being too fast on entry to pit road. While the contact with Gilliland was the obvious cause of Mears' unwanted acceleration, he would be forced to serve the 'drive-thru' penalty nonetheless, leaving him two laps down to the field.
 
Despite the setback, Mears and the GEICO team continued to battle hard throughout the last 70 laps of the race. In uncharacteristic fashion at Talladega, the first caution flag of the day would not manifest itself until lap 131 when the engine expired on the No. 51 car of Justin Allgaier. This gave Mears and company the opportunity to take the wavearound and recover one of their two laps. When the race returned to green, the GEICO Chevy quickly moved into the free pass position, but a much-needed caution would not show up in time. When a green-white-checkered finished settled things on Sunday afternoon, Mears would be relegated to an undeserved 31st place finish.
 
"It was a long day all the way around," Mears said after the race. "Talladega is a track where we usually run really well, so days like today are additionally frustrating. The GEICO team worked hard and we got ourselves in position to get back on the lead lap so we could race to the front, but we never got the caution that we so badly needed. Everyone is excited to get to Martinsville next week because it's a place where we've been strong in the past."
 
The GEICO team will now journey less than 100-miles from Germain Racing's headquarters in Mooresville, NC, to do some short-track racing at the ½-mile paperclip-shaped oval in Martinsville, VA.
 
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, October 30th, at 11:30 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:20 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 1st, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 1:15 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 -

Oct 20
2015

Kansas Race Report - October 2015

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MEARS COLLECTS 20 POSITIONS EN ROUTE TO 23RD PLACE FINISH AT KANSAS
 
Kansas City, KS (October 18, 2015) - Casey Mears and his Germain Racing team arrived in Kansas fresh off of three top-20 finishes in the previous four races. The team has demonstrated significant improvement on intermediate-sized racetracks in 2015 and Kansas offered the opportunity to continue along that path.
 
Misfortune struck early for Mears during qualifying on Friday afternoon. He was in the middle of what would have been a top-10 qualifying run before his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS cut loose and made heavy contact with the outside wall. Mears would walk away from the hard crash unscathed, but Germain Racing would be forced to summon the back-up car from the team's transporter. This would be the first time in the seven year history of Germain Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program that they would unload the back-up car; nearly unheard of in NASCAR and a testament to Mears' expertise on the racetrack. He would be starting from the rear of the 43-car field when the race went green on Sunday.
 
Bright skies, a light wind and cool temperatures set the stage for 267-laps of racing on Sunday at Kansas Speedway. Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevy took the green flag from the rear of the field, but wasted little time making up ground. While a 'back-up' car may not be the ideal scenario, Mears pedaled around the 1.5-mile facility seemingly unfazed. Aside from the early handling issues and vibrations, the Bakersfield, CA, native made quick work of the field and hustled his way into the top-25. The Germain Racing pit crew made necessary changes during pit stops and assisted Mears with his rapid ascent up the scoring tower.
 
When the checkered flag flew after an exciting green-white-checkered finish, Mears pedaled the GEICO Chevy across the finish line in the 23rd position, netting 20 spots from where his journey began just three hours earlier. Mears' effort accounts for Germain Racing's 22nd top-25 finish of the 2015 season. He also continues to close the gap on points, where he now sits just 16 points removed Austin Dillon, who rests in the 21st position.
 
"It's certainly not how you want any weekend to start out, but the guys did a great job of getting the back-up car ready and making changes during the race," Mears said. "Everyone on the GEICO team worked really hard this weekend and I'm glad we were able to sneak out of Kansas with a 23rd place finish. We're looking forward to getting the GEICO Chevy on-track at Talladega next week. We've always had a strong restrictor-plate program here at Germain Racing and everyone is excited to get there and see what we can do."
 
Germain Racing will now head to Alabama to do battle at the historic 2.66-mile superspeedway located in Lincoln.
 
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, October 23rd, at 2 PM (ET). Qualifying will take place on Saturday at 4:15 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 25th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 2:30 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 -

Oct 12
2015

Charlotte 500 Rain Delayed Race Report - Mears, GEICO

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MEARS FINISHES 18TH AT CHARLOTTE; THIRD TOP-20 IN LAST FOUR RACES
 
CONCORD, N.C. (October 11, 2015) - Persistence is a key component of any successful organization and Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team showed their never give up attitude once again this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS). Returning to a track that has not been kind to the No. 13 team in the past, Mears knew the tide could turn. And it did just that on Sunday afternoon during the running of the Bank of America 500, as the veteran driver crossed the finish line in the 18th position. This marked Germain Racing's best finish at the 1.5-mile speedway since the inception of its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program in 2009.
 
"I'm extremely proud of Bootie (Barker, crew chief) and all of the GEICO Racing guys," said Mears, after the race. "This was by far the best car we have brought to Charlotte in years. This place has not been kind to us in the past, but this weekend, and especially today, we were able to run consistently in the top-20 and bang on the door of the top-15. I hit the wall in turn two towards the end which hurt us a little, but overall it was a great effort for our Germain Racing team."
 
The team headed in the right direction from the moment they unloaded the GEICO Chevy on Thursday. Mears ended up 28th in the weekend's opening practice session before improving to 18thin the second session and finishing up ninth in happy hour. On Thursday evening, he qualified 21st, a 13 position improvement over his starting spot in May.
 
After rain postponed the 334-lap race on Saturday night, sunshine and warm temperatures welcomed the racing action on Sunday afternoon. Rolling off from the 21st position, Mears quickly moved up three spots to 18th-place by lap 10. On lap 55, Mears radioed to Crew Chief Bootie Barker that the GEICO Chevrolet was "loose in, loose off and the center is going away real bad", but he remained inside the top-20 despite his report. This wouldn't stop Mears from moving forward, as on lap 100, the No. 13 entry was scored in the 15th position.
 
Mears continued to hustle throughout the second half of the race, while Barker and the Germain Racing pit crew improved the handling of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet. Slight misfortune struck on lap 254 when Mears brushed the outside wall, but kept digging. "It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good," said Mears after the contact. After being assured the damage wasn't causing a tire rub, Mears pressed forward. He ultimately transcended the incident and crossed the finish line in the 18th position, netting Germain Racing's third top-20 finish in the last four races and their 14th of the season. The GEICO team departed the Charlotte Sprint Cup Series garage with an average finish of 20.2 over the previous five events, marking significant improvement from just a year ago.
 
Next up for Mears and Germain Racing team is a trip to the Sunflower state.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Kansas Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, October 16th, at noon ET. Qualifying follows at 6:15 PM ET and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 18th, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 2:15 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 -

Oct 05
2015

Dover September Race Report - GEICO Chevy, Casey Mears

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MEARS ESCAPES WET DOVER WEEKEND WITH 24TH PLACE FINISH 
Dover, DE (October 4, 2015) - Coming off of two top-20 finishes in the previous three races, Casey Mears and the GEICO team were looking to get the best of the Monster Mile when they arrived in Dover. They aimed to improve upon the 27th place finish they recorded at the high-banked oval in May. First, however, they would go head-to-head with Mother Nature and she would win the battle, but not the war.
 
All track activities, including qualifying, were canceled on Friday due to heavy rain in the Dover area, which would leave the starting field to be set according to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rulebook. Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS would start 22ndOn Saturday, the series was able to sneak in two practices between raindrops and Mears was 24th and 18th in the respective sessions.
 
While gray skies loomed and winds exceeding 20 miles per hour blew across the racetrack on Sunday, any rain that previously threatened the area would subside and allow a full day of racing.
 
The green flag flew at its scheduled time and Mears and his Sprint Cup Series counterparts would do battle for 400-laps/400-miles. Mears and the GEICO Chevy started from the 22ndposition and by lap six were up to 21st. Unfortunately, lap 31 heard him report to crew chief, Bootie Barker: "The frontend is terrible in the center. It's loose in, loose off." Aside from a handling condition, Mears also had to deal with a significant amount of trash and debris that populated the racetrack due to the omnipresent wind. Multiple times, he watched his engine temperatures climb, as trash would cling to the front of his No. 13 Chevy. In each instance, Mears found a way to rid himself of the problem, saving what could have been an unscheduled trip to pit road under green.
 
If the weekend was not already odd enough, the lap 192 caution was extended due to a baby duck that had wandered onto the racing surface while the yellow flag flew. NASCAR carefully and safely removed the duck from the track and racing continued on lap 204.
 
Mears continued to hustle throughout the back half of the 400-lap race, while Barker and the Germain Racing crew made necessary changes to the No. 13 GEICO Chevy. Despite getting behind early, the team managed to rally back and when the checkered flag was displayed, Mears crossed the finish line in the 24th position and netted his 20th top-25 finish of the 2015 season.
 
"It was a tough weekend for sure because we didn't get a lot of practice in, so it left a lot of unknowns when the race started on Sunday," Mears said. "The guys worked hard on the GEICO Chevrolet throughout the race and we were able to sneak out of there with a top-25 finish. Everyone is looking forward to being at home in Charlotte this week. It allows everyone to recharge a little bit and catch their breath as the season winds down."
 
The GEICO team will find themselves sleeping in their own beds this week when they travel just down the road to Concord, NC, to do battle at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
                                                     
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Thursday, October 8th, at 1:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 7:20 PM (ET).
 
The Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, October 10th, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 7:00 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 -