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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 -

 

 

Mar 02
2015

Great Finish at Atlanta for Mears, GEICO Chevy SS

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MEARS SITS SIXTH IN POINTS AFTER STRONG TOP 15 ATLANTA RUN 

Hampton, GA (March 1, 2015) - Just a week removed from a Daytona Speedweeks that saw Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team go eye-to-eye with NASCAR's top stars and depart with two top-six finishes, they unloaded their No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS at a racetrack that has often proven challenging for the single-car operation.


Due to the new 2015 rules package, NASCAR allowed Sprint Cup Series teams a one-day test at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Thursday. Mears made the most of his time and finished up 16th fastest before beginning the race weekend on Friday where he was 20th in practice. In qualifying, Mears and his GEICO Chevy advanced to the second round and notched a 21st place starting position in Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. The team had made marked improvement from previous visits, leaving them anxious for the arrival of race day.

 

Before doing battle on the racetrack, Mears and his counterparts would first need Mother Nature to retreat. The rain ultimately cleared and the race got underway with little delay. Mears rolled off of the starting grid from the 21st position beneath gray skies on a cold Sunday afternoon. When the green flag turned the field loose, he immediately broke into the top-20 and remained there for nearly the entire race, rarely surrendering positions over the course of the 325-lap event. Complementing Mears' on-track exploits, the Germain Racing pit crew regularly made quick work of the GEICO Chevy on pit road and helped him advance his position on a majority of the stops.

 

Aside from minor contact with the outside wall, Mears managed to keep his No. 13 GEICO Chevy clean all day, but as the laps ticked off business picked up on the racing surface. With the checkered flag growing nearer, drivers became impatient as they found themselves at odds over real estate. With just 20 to go, Greg Biffle and Joe Nemechek made contact in turn four, resulting in a crash that collected six cars, five of which were scored behind Mears in the running order, and brought out the red flag. The spinning racecar of Nemechek so narrowly missed the GEICO Chevy that Mears radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker: "I just figured he was going to hit me. I couldn't believe it when I didn't feel it."

 

When the race returned to green with just 14 laps remaining in the advertised distance, Mears restarted from the 16th position. He quickly pedaled his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS around the 1.54-mile paved oval and hustled to a 15th place finish when the race came to a close. His effort accounted for a top-15 finish that leaves him and his team owner, Bob Germain, atop the leaders in the point standings, in the sixth position. The team is off to a successful start in the 2015 season and their performance has created buzz among the media, as well as the Twitterverse.

 

"It felt really good to come here in a car that was close and that allowed us to go out and compete," Mears said. "The GEICO Chevy was solid today and it was fun to race those guys and get another good finish. The pit crew was also strong and did a nice job of getting me on and off of pit road. We've obviously improved a lot from last year and I'm happy for all of the guys because they've put a lot of work into building this program. We had a great run at Daytona, but we've always been good there. To come here and get a top-15 and leave sixth in points is exciting for everyone on this GEICO team."

 

The Germain Racing team will now pack up the GEICO Chevy and head west for a three-week stretch that will find them in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fontana.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 6th, at 3:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 7:45 PM (ET).

 

The Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 8th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:30 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 -

Feb 28
2015

Castrol Premium Lube Express - Associate Sponsor at Atlanta

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Atlanta Fans Have Castrol Premium Lube Express Locations Nearby

February 27, 2015 (Mooresville, NC) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans traveling to this weekend’s “Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500” at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA, needn’t look far for a great place to get their oil changed. Castrol Premium Lube Express is just a short drive from Hampton in nearby McDonough, GA. The location provides fans with a place to get the high quality and liquid engineering of Castrol installed in their vehicles. Castrol Premium Lube Express is a featured associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by Casey Mears this weekend at Atlanta.

Georgia features many Castrol Premium Lube Express (CPLE) locations – find a location list at CastrolAtlanta.com. CPLE is Castrol’s top-tier branded quick lube program that leverages the strength of the Castrol brand and focuses on partnership between Castrol and its operators. Every Castrol Premium Lube Express is individually owned and operated, and they are all held to the highest standards of customer service. Customers at Castrol Premium Lube Express continue to return for a variety of reasons ranging from feeling Castrol is the best oil available for their car, to enjoying the professional, speedy service and friendly informative staff at the CPLE locations.

Over 100 years of Castrol marketing and technological leadership were combined with extensive research to ensure CPLE locations have the best tools and resources available. 

Sunday’s 500-mile Sprint Cup Series race comes on the heels of an action-packed 2015 season-opener in Daytona Beach, FL. Watch the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 live coverage from Atlanta Motor Speedway beginning at 11 a.m. ET with NASCAR Race Day: Atlanta on FOX Sports 1. Switch over to FOX at 12:30 p.m. for NASCAR Race Day: Atlanta followed by racing action at 1 p.m. on FOX or on FOX Deportes. NASCAR Victory Lane will air at 6 p.m. on FOX Sports 1.

Castrol Premium Lube Express.  Premium Brand.  Premium Partnership.  To learn more and find a location near you, visit www.castrolpremiumlube.com.

It’s more than just oil. It’s liquid engineering. Learn more at Castrol.com.

Germain Racing will feature live commentary via Twitter @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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Feb 23
2015

4th Consecutive Top Ten for Mears, Germain Racing at Daytona

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MEARS ALL SMILES AFTER SUCCESSFUL DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS 

Daytona Beach, FL (February 22, 2015) - Casey Mears and Germain Racing are off to a blazing start in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Save for a distressing Duel 150, the GEICO team scored top finishes during Speedweeks and, more notably, managed to cruise through ten practice sessions, Daytona 500 qualifying, a short-lived Duel 150 and a 507.5-mile race without damaging a single racecar. While their fourth place finish in the Sprint Unlimited and the sixth place Daytona 500 result is impressive, most impressive is the fact that they escaped the World Center of Racing unscathed.

 

While an engine issue in Thursday's opening Duel 150 relegated Mears to a 41st starting position inSunday's Daytona 500, he and his crew remained unshaken. After all, Mears is referred to as one of the best restrictor-plate racers on the circuit and effortlessly finds his way to the front of the field when necessary. Crew chief Bootie Barker devised a strategy to assist in keeping Mears' N o. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS safe and clean, allowing him to be there at the end of the 200 laps and have a chance of winning the Great American Race.

 

When the green flag got the Daytona 500 underway on a hot Sunday afternoon, Barker advised Mears to remain at the rear of the field and protect his equipment. Restrictor-plate racetra

cks are notorious for crashes that are affectionately referred to as 'the big one' and they collect packs of racecars at a time. Barker's plan would minimize any potential risk of peril.

 

 

Aside from being the leader of the event on lap 22, Mears executed perfectly and exhibited patience through 160 laps of racing. With 200 laps in the scheduled distance, he began carefully navigating his GEICO Chevy toward the front of the field, where he ultimately chased down the leaders. He was in the 18th position by lap 161, but restarted 16th on the lap 165 restart after the GEICO crew picked up two positions on pit road during a yellow flag stop. He quickly pedaled his way into 12th by lap 166 and continued into the top-10 with just 18 laps remaining. Mears and his GEICO SS were running 10th with three laps to go when Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon got together and brought out the caution flag. Mears was sitting pretty with an impending green-white-checker finish on the horizon.

 

When the green flag waved for the final time on Sunday, the race headed into overtime and took 203 laps to settle. Mears and his GEICO machine restarted from the 9th position and were on the move quickly. With the white flag in the air, he had caught the top-five and was hurriedly closing. During the final lap, cars began crashing behind him and after the yellow and checkered flags waved simultaneously, Mears scored a sixth place finish in the season opening Daytona 500.

 

"It was a really solid day.  We've run up front at a lot of these things and today showed how strong we are on these tracks," said Mears, who finished 10th in last year's Daytona 500 and fourth in the July race.  "We are getting a little bit greedier.  We definitely want to win one of these races.  I think our standards are getting higher. We went from possibly not being in the show to finishing sixth in the biggest race of the year and that's definitely a good spread and a good way to start the season for sure. I'm proud of the guys on this GEICO team and happy to give all of the GEICO associates a good finish."

 

Mears' GEICO Chevy carried a decal during Speedweeks honoring the memory of Braeden Hollowell and Annie and Caroline Clark, three high school students that perished in a tragic car accident in west central Indiana, on January 2, 2015. The family of Hollowell was on-hand to spend time with the team during the race weekend.

 

Mears and his GEICO team will next journey just a few hours away to Hampton, GA.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, February 27th, at 1:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 5:45 PM (ET).

 

The Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 1st, 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 -

Feb 21
2015

Mears Makes 500 Field

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CLOSE CALL AT DUELS LEAVES MEARS AND GEICO TEAM INSPIRED
After long night, the GEICO car was back on-track Friday for Daytona 500 practice

Daytona Beach, FL (February 19, 2015) - On Valentine's Day, Casey Mears whipped around Daytona International Speedway in his normal effortless fashion, avoiding multiple crashes and hustling his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to a fourth place finish in the season opening Sprint Unlimited. The 2006 Rolex 24 at Daytona winner knows well the nuances of the famed speedway and has mastered them over the years. Unfortunately, an engine would be the cause of his frustration during Thursday night's Duel 150's.

 

This year, a new Daytona 500 qualifying format left much of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry list frustrated and confused. While Mears boasts a fast racecar, his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS ended up 31st when group qualifying was complete on Sunday, leaving him to start 16th in Thursday's opening Duel 150. While Mears' ability would all but ensure his place on the Daytona 500 starting grid, he would need to first survive any potential calamity in the Duel and also finish in the top 15 cars to lock himself into the field.

 

Temperatures in the high 30's would find Mears and the GEICO team bundled up in winter attire on pit road on Thursday night. Action would heat up quickly and the cold temperatures would soon be an afterthought. Starting from the 16th position, Mears quickly jumped to 15th on the opening lap, but remained there for the first 14 laps, as he felt out his car and kept a close eye on the draft. On lap 14, he quickly shot up to 10th and was charging hard before a bad vibration found Mears on the radio with his crew chief, Bootie Barker. Soon after, spotter Ron Lewis notified him that smoke was billowing from the rear of his GEICO Chevy and advised him to depart the racing surface. As he made his way to pit road, team members feared the worst. They needed to finish in the top 15 to lock themselves into the race, but now found their driver behind the wall with an engine issue just 16 laps into the 60 lap event. The unexpected twist left Germain Racing at risk of not qualifying for the Daytona 500.

 

Mears and his GEICO team would need help from fellow competitors to secure a starting position in Sunday's race. While the second Duel got underway, Mears was with Barker and the team's engineering staff tucked away in the hauler lounge eyeing every lap of the race while also sharpening their pencils and utilizing their math skills. With each lap came new facts and figures. One lap would find them in the race, while the next one had them on the outside looking in. While 60 laps would seem like an eternity to learn their fate, the mood never changed, as the entire team was cool, calm and collected as they listened to Barker and company explore scenarios.

 

It was not until the checkered flag waved over the second Duel that they learned their fate. The hauler erupted in cheer and high-fives and hugs were abound. Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will start 41st in Sunday's Great American Race.

 

"The guys all worked really hard on our Daytona cars and we had a great run in the Sprint Unlimited, so we were hopeful when the race started tonight," Mears said. "Our biggest concern was being able to survive the wrecks and keep the car clean. The engine came as a surprise and certainly threw us a curveball. We learned a lot about this GEICO team tonight. We were all levelheaded the entire time and no one got upset or nervous, which shows how much character these guys have. I'm proud of everyone at Germain Racing and look forward to getting back on the track for 500 practice tomorrow and Saturday and then the race on Sunday. I appreciate GEICO's support, along with all of our partners, as well as our team owner, Bob Germain. We have a strong organization and we'll get after it on Sunday."

 

Mears and his GEICO Chevy returned to the track on Friday afternoon for two Daytona 500 practices. After installing a new engine, they hit the track and worked on different items with the car before parking for the day. Mears finished up 12th in both sessions. Saturday's final Daytona 500 practice will see them spending time in the draft as they prepare for Sunday's main event.

                                                     

The Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, February 22nd, 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 -