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Mar 03
2014

Mears Holds 12th in Points After Strong PIR Finish - P14 in GEICO Chevy SS

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MEARS DEPARTS PHOENIX 11TH IN POINTS AFTER 14TH PLACE FINISH

 

Avondale, AZ (March 2, 2014) - Casey Mears and his GEICO team departed Daytona a week ago with a 10th place finish and they eagerly anticipated their arrival in Phoenix.  Many off-season changes, including a switch to Chevrolet and a new technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing, has turned the Germain Racing crew into incurable optimists.  Phoenix would also offer them their first opportunity to confront the new qualifying format, which they ultimately handled just fine.  

 

When the first practice session concluded on Friday, Mears and his #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS sat 22nd on the board.  Later that afternoon, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would take to the track for the new group-qualifying format in which drivers would battle to be in the top 12 fastest cars in an attempt to advance into the final qualifying round.  Mears laid down a fast time, but on his second run was blocked by a fellow competitor, thwarting his attempt to reach the next round.  However, his strong qualifying run would place him 18th on the starting grid, a 25-position improvement from a year ago, and just ahead of Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart.

 

While rain blanketed the Phoenix area over the course of the opening segment of the weekend, Sunday presented only bright sunshine when the cars lined up to go racing.  When the green flag got The Profit on CNBC 500 underway, Mears started 18th, but by lap nine was running in the 21st position.  Mears radioed to crew chief, Bootie Barker: "It turns so bad in (turns) one and two that I have to go to third every time."  Three laps later Barker updated Mears on his progress: "Your last three laps are your fastest so far."  And, lap 27 heard Barker echo more of the same: "Casey, your lap times are competitive, you're doing fine." 

 

While Mears battled handling issues early on, the GEICO crew solidified a plan and executed promptly when caution periods allowed.  By lap 118, Mears and his #13 GEICO Chevy were among the fastest racecars on the track, turning in top five and top ten lap times.  Barker's radio communication on lap 148 served as confirmation: "Whatever you're doing, Casey, keep doing it."  And, he did.  After going down a lap, the Bakersfield, CA, native aggressively pedaled the GEICO machine around the one-mile facility until he found himself in the Lucky Dog position on lap 251.  The racing gods smiled upon Mears when debris in turn one saw the caution flag displayed with 35 laps remaining, allowing the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to return to the lead lap. 

 

Mears restarted in the 18th position with 30 laps to go, but three laps later David Gilliland cut a tire and brought out the yellow flag.  Barker said to Mears, "Now, you can go racing."  Mears did just that when the flagman set the field back under green with 21 laps remaining.  He quickly moved up to 14th before Kurt Busch lost an engine and brought out the event's eighth and final caution flag of the day with 15 to go.  After taking the green flag with nine laps left on the docket, Mears sat strong in 14th and surrendered no positions before turning in a 14th place finish in the second race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  His top 15 finish serves as a nice encore to the top 10 he recorded at the Daytona 500 a week earlier.  He currently sits 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings heading into Las Vegas.       

 

"We had a good day and the Germain Racing crew did a nice job of making adjustments to our #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS, which certainly helped me as the race wore on," Mears said after climbing from his car following 312 laps of racing.  "We're achieving our goals and it's clear that we have potential.  We're focused on getting better and continuing to learn more about this car and working closely with RCR (Richard Childress Racing) and Chevrolet to keep building this GEICO program."  He continued, "We left Daytona with a top 10, and now we get a 14th place finish in Phoenix, so we're achieving consistency and the key will be to maintain that as the season progresses.  We're sitting 11th in points, which says a lot about our team and how hard these guys have worked and it's also good for our sponsors, GEICO and KMC Wheels."  He also noted, "Today was Bootie's (Barker, crew chief) birthday, so I'm glad we could give him a good race." 

 

Next week, Mears and the GEICO team hope that Lady Luck will be on their side as they travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, for race number three of the 2014 season. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday, March 6th, for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ET).

 

The weekend's opening practice session is on Friday, March 7th, at 2:00 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (ET).

 

The Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 9th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 PM (ET).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.  

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you can 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 KMC Wheels, please visit: www.KMCwheels.com

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Feb 24
2014

Top 10 for Mears at Daytona - Great Start for GEICO Chevy for 2014

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MASTERFUL DRIVE BY MEARS NETS TOP 10 FINISH FOR GEICO TEAM AT DAYTONA 500

 

Daytona Beach, FL (February 23, 2014) – Casey Mears recorded an exciting Speedweeks, as he dodged crashing racecars, fuel cell issues and, on Sunday, Mother Nature and more racecars.  After misfortune took pleasant turns during Daytona 500 practice on Wednesday and the Duel 150’s on Thursday, Mears and his GEICO team hoped to capitalize when the Daytona 500 went green on Sunday afternoon.

 

            Race morning presented bright sunshine and clear skies, allowing Mears to visit with fans and sign autographs at the GEICO display in the midway.  Unfortunately, as driver introductions got underway and the start of the race grew closer, skies became gray and teams became concerned with impending weather, which could affect the outcome of the Great American Race.

 

            Mears rolled off 28th when the green flag turned the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field loose for the first race of the 2014 season.  Speedweeks proved the strength of Mears’ #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS, so it was of little surprise when he broke into the top 20 on lap seven.  When Kyle Larson brought out the caution with a single-car spin on lap 22, Mears delivered his GEICO machine to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew, who quickly outfitted it with right-side tires and fuel before returning him to the racing surface five spots to the good, in the 15th position.  He wouldn’t get to enjoy the ride for much longer as raindrops began to fall, causing the red flag to halt the field on lap 38.

 

            It would take nearly 6 ½ hours before the weather cleared and allowed the Daytona 500 to continue.  A packed house was on hand when the race restarted at 8:52 PM (ET).  Mears restarted in the 12th position when the race went back to green on lap 46, but he quickly pedaled the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS forward and penetrated the top five when he moved into fourth on lap 53.  Just 20 laps later, he was riding in the second position before surrendering to a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 78.

 

            As the race wore on, Mears continued his moonlight job as an escape artist and narrowly avoided three different crashes that very nearly ended his long day at Daytona International Speedway.  After surviving a practice incident on Wednesday that saw the Germain Racing crew working hard to repair the front end of his GEICO car, Mears’ fenders would be shown no mercy as the race began to intensify on Sunday evening.  Even the commentators on the television broadcast noted his ability to avoid peril by the narrowest of margins.

 

            With just 13 laps left in the advertised distance, Mears and his #13 GEICO Chevy sat solidly in the 8th position before lap 192 saw him and the Gecko stuck in the middle with no help, shuffling him ten spots back to 18th.  The final caution of the day slowed the field after Mears was forced to wipe the sweat from his brow after using cat-like reflexes to avoid being collected in a six-car crash with only six laps to go.

 

Mears had his work cut out for him after restarting 16th in green-white-checker conditions.  He picked up a single spot by the time he took the white flag, but turned up the heat on the final lap.  The Bakersfield, CA, native piloted his #13 GEICO Chevrolet to the front and survived contact from a crashing group of racecars in a last lap melee as the field approached the checkered flag.  After putting in a full day’s work and participating in his own version of ‘Survivor’, Mears’ patience, sharp reflexes and quick-action throughout the evening resulted in a 10th place finish in the 56th running of the Daytona 500.   

 

             “I’m just so happy for the guys on this GEICO team because they worked really hard during the off-season to make the conversion to Chevrolet and build the new relationship with Richard Childress Racing (Germain Racing’s technical partner).  They were logging some pretty heavy hours away from their families, so it’s great to see smiles on their faces tonight,” Mears said after exiting his #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS.  “It’s exciting to think about where we started and how great it’s been to have GEICO as our partner, and have a dedicated owner like Bob Germain.  They’re both so involved in what we’re doing and believe in our team.  Now, with KMC Wheels on-board, we’ve added another sponsor that is excited about our program.  Each year we’ve gotten a lot better and I’m glad the 2014 season is off to a strong start.”

 

He continued, “It’s always nice to walk away from the Daytona 500 with a top ten finish and give our sponsors and team owner something to be excited about.  I just can’t thank GEICO and Bob Germain enough for giving us the opportunity to come out here and race each week.”

 

Mears and company will now pack up the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and head out west to Phoenix for the beginning of a west coast trip that will see them in the region for three of the next four races.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the opening practice session on Friday, February 28th, at 2:00 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (ET).

 

The Profit on CNBC 500 presented by Small Business Fueling America NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 2nd, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 PM (ET).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you can 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 KMC Wheels, please visit: www.KMCwheels.com

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Feb 21
2014

Roller Coaster of Emotions in Final Laps of Budweiser Duel for Mears, GEICO Team

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MEARS’ MISFORTUNE QUICKLY TURNS TO FORTUNE IN DUEL 150's

 

Daytona Beach, FL (February 20, 2014) – How lucky you can be.  This was part of the conversation as the Germain Racing crew was returning to the garage after Duel number two at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday evening.  Just a day earlier, a practice crash involving Cole Whitt sent Brian Vickers across the nose of Casey Mears’ #13 Chevrolet SS, forcing the GEICO driver to the garage for minor repairs.  A lap later, cars were crashing, but Mears was out of harm’s way thanks to the inadvertent contact just moments prior. 

 

Last night, after 58 laps of clean racing, the final five miles culminated in a cruel swing of emotions that found the GEICO team in tears of pain and then joy, all inside of a couple of minutes.    

 

Their driver, Casey Mears, experienced misfortune that only served to benefit the team moments later.  Mears’ #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was strong throughout the 60-lap mad dash, running solidly in the top seven cars for the bulk of the evening.  He ascended the leaderboard and the #13 GEICO Chevrolet even sat atop the scoring tower as the race leader on lap 36. 

 

It was lap 56 that got Mears’ heart racing when he noticed a drop in fuel pressure, causing concern among the Germain Racing engineering staff.  Two laps later, Mears found himself shaking his racecar side-to-side hoping to re-fire his GEICO Chevrolet.  Fortunately, he was able to make it around the 2.5-mile superspeedway without incident and delivered his Germain Racing entry to the attention of his pit crew.  Just after Mears departed pit road, the ‘big one’ took place a lap later as the field approached the checkered flag.  Jimmie Johnson ran out of fuel, initiating a crash that would collect a handful of drivers and also see Clint Bowyer flip over, land on his wheels and drive away.  If not for Mears’ misfortune a lap earlier, the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS would have most certainly been collected, as well.  Instead, Mears was credited with a lead lap, 14th place finish that placed him comfortably in the 2014 Daytona 500 starting field.  Most importantly, he was left with a clean, undamaged racecar.  For the second time in as many days, pain quickly turned to comfort as the racing gods smiled down on Mears and his Germain Racing crew. 

 

“We’ve been fortunate the last two days and it’s nice to have things go our way here.  We would’ve definitely been in that mess tonight if I didn’t have the fuel issue, so in retrospect it worked out,” Mears said.  “Our GEICO team has worked hard all week and I’m glad they are having some positive things happen.  We’re really strong and I’m thankful to all of the Germain guys and the folks at RCR (Richard Childress Racing, Germain’s technical partner) for giving me a fast racecar.  We’re looking forward to Sunday.” 

 

Mears and his GEICO team have been strong since they unloaded their #13 GEICO Chevrolet a week ago for the season’s opening practice session.  To this point, fortune has favored the team, so both crew and driver excitedly await Sunday’s Daytona 500.

 

The Daytona 500 is on Sunday, February 23rd, 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.

 

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 KMC Wheels, please visit: www.KMCwheels.com

 

Check out the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

 

Feb 11
2014

KMC Sponsors Mears, Germain Racing in 2014

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KMC WHEELS JOINS GERMAIN RACING AND CASEY MEARS FOR 2014 SEASON

 

Mooresville, NC (February 11, 2014) – Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team have taken the upcoming 2014 season by the horns.  While the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has yet to see its first green flag of the year, the GEICO team recorded a successful test at Daytona in early January, where they ended up sixth fastest overall and fourth in single car runs.  A subsequent test at Nashville at the end of January once again found them among the fastest cars on the speed chart.

 

Now, as the Daytona 500 rapidly approaches, Germain Racing is pleased to announce the addition of KMC Wheels as a major associate sponsor on their #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for the 2014 season.  KMC Wheels, which was founded in 1982, is not unfamiliar to Mears who has long used their cutting edge custom wheels on a variety of vehicles over the years.

 

KMC Wheels is a brand of Wheel Pros, which has multi-disciplinary sponsorships encompassing nearly the entire sport of auto racing, as well as off-road truck racing.  The relationship with Germain Racing and Casey Mears will be their first full-time sponsorship effort in the sport of NASCAR and will serve to complement their current programs, while also expanding their reach among the racing world.  Wheel Pros’ longstanding commitment to motorsports has Mears excited to be the KMC Wheels brand ambassador in the world of stock car racing.

 

“It’s great to have KMC Wheels on-board with us in 2014.  I have known these guys for a long time and have used their wheels on many of my trucks, so it’s great to be the face of what they’re doing in NASCAR,” Mears said.  “We’ll work hard to help raise awareness of their brand in a sport with such a passionate fan base.  This announcement is great news as we start the year.  GEICO is on the car for at least the next couple of years and our new relationship with Chevrolet and RCR (Richard Childress Racing) seems to be working out really well.  KMC is a great addition to our program and we appreciate their support.”

 

Wheel Pros president, Jody Groce, echoed Mears’ enthusiasm about the partnership.

 

“We’re excited to partner with Germain Racing and Casey Mears for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  We feel that NASCAR has a strong fan base and this was good timing for us to enter that space and begin engaging fans that so strongly embrace the drivers and their sponsors,” Groce said.  “We share the fans’ passion for auto racing and look forward to building relationships in NASCAR that will both raise awareness of our KMC brand, as well as provide race fans with a superior, stylish wheel option for their vehicles.”

 

About KMC Wheels

 

Founded in 1982, KMC has a 30-year legacy of delivering quality aftermarket and off-road wheels at competitive prices.  The KMC brand is focused on cutting-edge aftermarket wheel designs for new and emerging markets. It values differentiation and style, as reflected in the brand’s tag line: “Like no other.”  KMC is a Wheel Pros brand. Wheel Pros products are sold worldwide in more than 20 countries on four continents and through a U.S. network of more than 25,000 authorized dealers. It is one of the world’s largest suppliers of branded custom wheels, performance tires and related accessories for cars, SUVs and light trucks.

 

The Daytona 500 is on Sunday, February 23rd, 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.

 

To learn more about KMC Wheels, please visit: www.KMCwheels.com

 

You can also follow KMC Wheels on Twitter: www.twitter.com/KMCwheels

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/KMCwheels

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

 

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

Jan 11
2014

Daytona Testing 2014 - GEICO Chevy SS

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2014 OFF TO FAST START FOR MEARS; LANDS SIXTH ON THE CHART AT DAYTONA TEST

 

Daytona Beach, FL (January 10, 2014) – It seems as though Casey Mears and his GEICO team just departed Homestead, but in reality it has been nearly two months and much has changed in the world of Germain Racing.  The winter saw the team make a manufacturer change to Chevrolet, which found crew members working through the holidays to prepare racecars, update equipment and rebrand their team.  In addition, crew chief Bootie Barker and his engineering staff had to accelerate the learning process with Richard Childress Racing, who will be providing the team with engineering and technical support in the upcoming season.  

 

This week saw their hard work come to fruition when the team rolled into Daytona International Speedway for the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test of the 2014 season.  Mother Nature caused a washout at the speedway after a full day of rain on Thursday, but that didn’t stop Mears from interacting with fans and doing a series of media interviews at FanFest in the Sprint Fanzone later that evening.

 

The teams on-hand were hopeful when they arrived at the track on Friday morning, but weather again set them back.  Several times, the rain would stop only to start again after track-drying efforts were underway.  The skies would ultimately clear around lunchtime and by 1 PM (ET), Casey Mears and his #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS were recording their first laps of the new season.  Doing only single-car runs, Barker and the Germain crew focused on learning more about their new Chevrolet.  Sitting 19th about halfway through the session, Mears began to pick up speed as his team made favorable changes that sent him inching up the scoring tower.

 

When the test came to a close on Friday evening, Mears and his GEICO Chevrolet had found their way to the top of the speed chart and sat sixth overall after wheeling around the 2.5-mile high-banked superspeedway in just 46.547-seconds (193.353 miles per hour).  With two of the top five cars (Aric Almirola and Kyle Larson) recording their speeds in the draft, it leaves Mears fourth fastest in single-car runs, a stat that sent the Germain Racing team home with smiles abound as they eye the upcoming Daytona 500.

 

Germain’s new alliance with Richard Childress Racing and switch to Chevrolet is a familiar feel for Mears, who piloted the #07 Chevrolet for legendary team-owner Richard Childress during the 2009 season.

 

“It was nice to finally get on the track and turn some laps.  The test went really well and our #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS felt great,” Mears said.  “All of the guys on our Germain Racing team did a great job in the off-season getting prepared to start 2014.  It was nice to see some familiar faces at RCR (Richard Childress Racing) and that relationship seems to be working out well.  I can’t wait to get back to Daytona for Speedweeks.”

 

The 2014 Daytona 500 is on Sunday, February 23rd, at 1 PM (ET), but first Germain Racing will continue their testing efforts at the 1.33-mile concrete oval of Nashville Superspeedway at the end of January.   

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

 

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

Nov 20
2013

2014 Season Recap

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CONSISTENCY, PERSEVERANCE FAVOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM AS THEY HEAD INTO 2014

 

Mooresville, NC (November 20, 2013) – After qualifying 40th for Sunday’s season finale at Homestead, Mears hustled around the 1.5-mile racetrack and, after picking up 12 positions, he recorded a 28th place finish.  When the checkered flag ended the race, it marked the close of Germain Racing’s first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  With the 2013 season behind them, Casey Mears and his GEICO team look to the bright future that lies in wait.

 

Mears and company experienced considerable improvement in the 2013 season, leaving them hopeful as they head into what will be a busy winter.  The key to Germain Racing’s success is that they keep moving forward.  Since entering NASCAR’s elite series in 2009, after two championships in five years in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the organization has improved with each passing season and this year is no different.  Team owner Bob Germain wraps up the season 26th in the Owner Point standings after being 30th a year ago, while driver Casey Mears finishes up 2013 in the 24th position in Driver Points, a five spot improvement over 2012, which saw him 29th.  Mears and the GEICO team also recorded 20 Top 25 finishes in 2013.

 

Many organizations will take time off after returning from Homestead, but the GEICO team went scurrying back to the race shop where they are anxious to get their hands on the new #13 Chevrolet SS, which will come rolling in any day now.  On October 11th, Germain Racing announced a new alliance with Richard Childress Racing, which will see them transitioning to Chevrolet in the off-season.  Switching manufacturers is something that will demand all hands on deck as everyone begins celebrating the holidays.  With very little employee turnover, the Germain Racing team provides a family atmosphere that serves as a platform for growth and success.       

 

The term ‘off-season’ is a bit of a misnomer, as the hours committed by the team will actually increase at different times in an effort to be prepared for a rapidly approaching 2014 season.  While the green flag for the 2014 Daytona 500 is not scheduled to wave until 1:19 PM (ET) on Sunday, February 23rd, the GEICO team will visit the historic Daytona International Speedway for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test on January 9th and 10th.  Subsequent testing will also take place in January, leaving very little downtime for crew members to enjoy the comfort of their own bed.

 

“It’s been a nice year of improvement and growth in our GEICO program and next season should continue to help us to expand and elevate our status in the Sprint Cup Series,” Casey Mears said.  “I’m so proud of the guys on this Germain Racing team and thankful for the hard work they put into making sure we have cars ready to go and are prepared each week.  They spend a lot of time away from their families, so I hope they can enjoy some time at home over the holidays.”  He continued, “We are all very appreciative of the support of our sponsor GEICO and our team owner Bob Germain because it’s their commitment that will allow us to keep building our program.”

 

Armed with a full-season sponsorship commitment from GEICO and a driver under a multiyear agreement, consistency should favor the Germain Racing team as they quickly begin to eye the upcoming 2014 season.  As they leave what’s behind and reach toward what’s ahead, Mears and his team members are focused on growing a program that has already experienced considerable success.

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Nov 11
2013

Phoenix Race Report

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MEARS RUNS IN TOP 10 IN PHOENIX; BETRAYED BY LATE-RACE GAMBLE

Final Pit Stop Sequence Saw Team Finish 27th

 

Avondale, AZ (11-10-2013) – Phoenix International Raceway was the site of a huge display of muscle by the Germain Racing crew and GEICO driver Casey Mears in the Spring race earlier this season. At that point, the team was looking for vindication from rough luck at Daytona. This weekend, the team could have used a reprieve following the deflating flat tire experience of last week’s race at Texas. Just as earlier in the year, any beacon of light at Phoenix would be one hard-earned, not handed out.

The GEICO Ford Fusion ranked 33rd in first practice and landed 30th in the starting lineup for Sunday’s 312-lap race. In the final practice sessions, Mears was again 30th and 32nd.  The lap times throughout the sessions were within a half-second. From his qualifying position of 30th, Mears moved up to 26th in the opening laps of the race and settled into 27th by lap 15.

“I can’t really put the power down coming off the corners,” said Mears as he fought to find a line that might work better for the GEICO Ford, 15 laps into what would be a long race, slowed by several long caution periods.

“Good job, you are pulling away now,” called crew chief Bootie Barker from the pits at lap 18, while he made plans for adjustments to the GEICO Ford.

The chance to work on the No. 13 car finally came following the lap 49 caution brought out by Denny Hamlin’s spin. The GEICO Racing crew went to work on lap 50 on the 26th place GEICO Ford, installing four tires, fuel and making a couple of adjustments to help Mears fight the loose handling condition of the car. Thanks to the quick work of the Germain Racing pit crew, Mears restarted the race one spot to the good in the 25th position at lap 56.

Loose was the term that echoed up and down pit road on Sunday. Many drivers complained of their cars not having enough grip off the corners. Barker and the crew managed to make some headway fighting this condition for Mears, but, according to Mears, the adjustments might have hurt the handling through the center of the turns. He shared this information with Barker while racing in 22nd position at lap 75.

Over the remaining laps, the crew made changes to the car and fought their way into the top ten during the race’s long, 82-lap green flag run. As the final green flag pit stops were completed, Mears was shown in 24th position, one lap down, on lap 273. He pulled to 22nd before the final caution flag of the race flew at lap 283, and restarted in this position, in line to be the Lucky Dog if another quick caution flew. For this reason, the team stayed out, and didn’t take fresh tires, hoping for another quick caution to allow them to get fresh tires while back on the lead lap.  The yellow didn’t wave again and the cars that pitted under the final caution, showed fresh rubber was much faster at Phoenix.

The GEICO Ford was credited with a 27th place finish after a day of consistent lap times, strong pit work from the Germain Racing pit crew and a worthwhile gamble. Next up for Mears and the GEICO team is the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway!

Watch the racing from Homestead, FL, on Sunday, November 17th, on ESPN at 3:00 PM Eastern, or tune into MRN/SiriusXM Radio Channel 90.

Qualifying is Friday, November 15th at 6:10 PM on ESPN 2 or listen live online at motorracingnetwork.com. Happy Hour airs Saturday, November 16th at 3 PM on Fox Sports 2.

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

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

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Nov 05
2013

Texas Race Recap - Mears, GEICO Ford

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FLAT TIRE DERAILS MEARS’ STRONG RUN IN THE LONE STAR STATE

 

Fort Worth, TX (November 3, 2013) – Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team have been closing out the season on a strong note, scoring four top-25 finishes in their last six starts.  Texas offered the GEICO team another opportunity to continue their run as the end of the season sits just around the bend.  Historically, the team has struggled in the Lone Star State, but that served as little deterrence when practice got underway at the 1.5-mile speedway.

 

Mears was 27th in the opening practice session on Friday before later matching his effort in qualifying, where he would land 27th on Sunday’s starting grid, just behind Clint Bowyer and Elliott Sadler.  The picture of consistency, the first practice on Saturday also saw Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion 27th on the speed charts.  The Germain team hustled, made changes and crunched numbers before sending Mears out for the final practice where he ultimately rested in the 17th position when the session closed.  Ten spots to the good, the GEICO team was hopeful when raceday arrived.

 

Bright sunshine and reasonable temperatures kicked off Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, where Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion rolled off the starting grid from the 27th position.  501-miles of racing awaited the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field.  Mears had no sooner approached the top 25 on lap 15 before the event’s first caution flag was displayed for debris.  It was a welcomed break, given that he had been in debate with the handling of the car since the waving of the green flag.  Mears said to crew chief Bootie Barker: “It’s a handful.  As soon as I try to touch the gas, I’m sideways.”  Mears delivered his #13 GEICO Fusion to the attention of his pit crew who provided him with four fresh tires, a tank of fuel and much needed adjustments.  He restarted 30th when the race went back to green on lap 18, but quickly jumped to 26th while making continued progress on the field.

 

Things appeared to go smoothly until lap 53 when Mears reported that his GEICO Ford had a bad vibration.  Barker quickly ordered his driver to pit road under green to rectify the issue.  Mears departed the pit stall with four new tires and fuel and left behind the nagging vibration, but was now one lap down to the field.  Upon his return to the racing surface, Mears said, “The vibration is gone, but I don’t think it was a tire issue; it felt more like a loose wheel.”  Mears would soon suffer an additional setback when the caution flag waved just one lap after he visited pit road, now sending him two laps down.  Rather than pitting, Barker instructed Mears to stay out and take the wavearound, which would return him to being just one lap down.  He restarted the race in 40th place on lap 64, but promptly found himself in the Lucky Dog position by lap 79.

 

While Mears continued to make his way through the field, lap 85 saw the skies suddenly darken while winds picked up and temperatures sharply declined.

 

Mears was on-track to record another solid finish before lap 175 heard him anxiously report to Barker, “The car feels sloppy and it won’t turn in.  It feels like the tires are flat.”  A lap later he communicated that the right rear tire was indeed flat and he expeditiously made his way to pit road before chancing a crash or damage to the racecar from an upset tire carcass.  The GEICO crew replaced all four tires and sent him back out to do battle with a field that was now three laps ahead of him.  Although his hopes for a strong finish were dashed, Mears and his crew went about their work in the same competitive fashion, allowing the GEICO driver to dash from 40th to 33rd by the time the checkered flag waved under the lights in Fort Worth, Texas.  Their persistence and effort allowed the team to salvage an otherwise challenging day.              

 

“Today was tough because we really wanted to get a good finish here in Texas; this place has always presented us with a challenge,” Mears said.  “We made good progress in final practice and thought we would be okay in the race, but that flat tire really set us back and we were never able to recover.  I’m really proud of the guys on this GEICO team because we all kept working hard and we were able to make up some positions before the race was over. We’re looking forward to getting to Phoenix because we were strong there in March and we feel like we’ll have a good shot there again next week.”

 

The Germain Racing team will now journey west to Phoenix for the second to last race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  In March, Mears and his GEICO team taught the Arizona track a lesson when they started 42nd and passed 28 cars en route to a 14th place finish.                                                   

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the opening practice session on Friday, November 8th, at 1:35 PM (EST).  Qualifying will follow at 5:40 PM (EST).

 

The Advocare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 10th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 PM (EST).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Oct 28
2013

Martinsville Race Recap - GEICO Ford Fusion, Mears

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STRONG 21ST PLACE FINISH FOR MEARS AT CAUTION-RIDDLED MARTINSVILLE

 

MARTINSVILLE, V.A. (October 27, 2013) - Every time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series enters a short track event, beating and banging in close corners is the norm. While this is standard, classic racing at a track under a mile in length, each driver and team hopes they will be the one who keeps their car free from the expected madness. Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing crew set out to do just that – avoid being collateral damage, manage tires and pit strategy, and be in a good position in the final stages of the 500-lap event.

 

Shortly after the green flag flew under beautiful weather conditions on Sunday afternoon, Mears fell victim to front end damage as the field checked up in front of the No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion to avoid a spin on lap eight. Crew chief Bootie Barker called his driver to pit road prior to the pits opening in order to have additional time to make necessary repairs to the hood and top of the grill. Unfortunately, these damage repairs cost Mears a lap, as the leaders passed by while work was still being done to the Germain Racing entry. As the field returned to green flag conditions, Mears was scored in the 41st position, as one of the only cars one lap down.

 

Mears continued to lay down solid lap times, while trying to place himself in a position to receive the Lucky Dog Award and return to the lead lap. As the second caution came on lap 89 for a spin in turn four, the veteran driver had moved into the 37th position and brought his GEICO Ford to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel. An excellent pit stop by the Germain Racing crew allowed Mears to gain five positions and restart from 32nd-place on lap 95.

 

Over the next 100 laps, Mears steadily gained ground on the racetrack to move into the top-25 and be the Lucky Dog recipient as the caution slowed the pace on lap 205. The pit crew changed four tires, fuel, and made minor adjustments to the GEICO Fusion before returning to green flag racing. Two quick cautions allowed the teams on pit road to play strategy, as some chose to stay out and others chose to come in for fresh rubber. Barker instructed his driver to stay out under both cautions, in order to save tires for the second half of the race. Despite moving into the 13th position on lap 235, Mears quickly radioed to Barker asking for "tires please" on the next opportunity, as the drivers who had new Goodyear’s were passing those with older tires.

 

Another caution came on lap 285, allowing Mears to once again receive the Lucky Dog Award as the GEICO machine had just been lapped prior to the yellow being displayed. The California native reported the No. 13 Fusion was "loose on entry and exit" and Mears brought his Ford to pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments before returning to green on lap 291 from the 25th position. Seven caution flags were displayed between lap 299 and 386, slowing the pace every five to eight laps for on-track clean-up. Mears successfully maneuvered his way through numerous spins right in front of the GEICO Ford and was scored in 21st-place by lap 400. 

 

The 17th and final caution flag was shown on lap 417 and Barker brought Mears to pit road for the last time. Equipped with four fresh tires, fuel and a minor adjustment, Mears took off from the 21st position. Hard-nosed racing ensued over the last 70 laps, but with the field separating with a green flag run, Mears crossed the finish line in 21st-place.

 

"It was a hard fought race for our GEICO Racing team," said Mears. "We got behind early with going a lap down on pit road but thankfully our damage wasn't too bad. There were a couple tough calls but I was able to avoid a few wrecks that happened right in front of me. Overall I'm proud of the effort the Germain Racing busy put in all weekend and we will head to Texas."

 

Next up for Mears and the No. 13 GEICO team is a trip to the Lonestar State for Sunday's event at Texas Motor Speedway. The green flag will wave shortly after 3 p.m. ET on November 3rd, 2013, with live television coverage on ESPN. The live radio broadcast can also be heard on the Performance Racing Network (PRN).

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

-PMI-

 

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com

 

 

Oct 21
2013

Talladega Race Recap - Bashed Up Again

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AFTER LEADING AT TALLADEGA, MEARS FALLS VICTIM TO LAST LAP CRASH

Talladega, AL (10-20-2013) – When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes on Talladega Superspeedway, much of the spectacle of the event is the escalating anxiety over the possibilities of what could happen next. With racecars roaring around the track in tight quarters at top speeds, any slight bobble can result in mayhem. Sunday’s mayhem was relatively minute, but, it hit squarely at home for No. 13 GEICO Ford driver Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team. 

“That was an interesting race. The GEICO Ford ran real good all day and we were hoping for a good finish and, obviously, we didn’t quite get it,” said Mears of the 500-mile event that slowed for only three, short caution periods taking up just 10 of the 188 laps.

Mears took the green flag for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 500 in tenth position. The 43-car field was lined up based on first practice times from Friday since a persistent mist washed away the qualifying window on Saturday morning. Just as the cars had hit full stride, the racing action ground to a slow crawl for caution number one at lap 4.

Back under the green flag by lap 8, the field roared back to life and right into the first pit stop sequence. Many teams had hoped to pit as early as lap 35, but waited, hoping for another caution period. Crew Chief Bootie Barker called Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion to pit road for four tires and fuel on lap 42. Unfortunately, the stop wasn’t business as usual for the Germain Racing crew. Maybe it was a residual effect from Friday’s full moon, but a problem with an air hose cost the crew a couple valuable seconds and put Mears back on track near the tail end of the lead lap.

“Casey, you’re making great lap times and staying even with the leaders. Just stay in line with your group. We’ll get caught back up,” assured Barker from atop the pit box as Mears spent the next 40 laps in a small pack of cars racing about half a lap behind the leaders.

Just in time for the next round of pit stops, the second caution of the race flew. It was a welcome opportunity for the GEICO team to sort out some static issues with Mears’ in-car radio. The team came to the pits at lap 80 before pit road was open, knowing they needed to address the radio issue.

After pitting twice under caution, taking two tires, fuel and getting radio repairs, the GEICO Ford was shown in 25th place, but had to fall to the tail end due to pitting too soon. This proved to be a very temporary setback. Mears was 18th just five laps after the green flag waved at lap 85, and spent the next fuel run knocking on the door to the top-ten as he worked his way through traffic.

“I don’t feel like have any speed, like I’m pulling a parachute,” Mears told Barker just before he burst into the top-five and held the lead at lap 123. Mears brought the car to pit road for service from second place, and as the field got settled in after the pit sequence at lap 124, the GEICO Ford held the 4th spot before getting caught in the inside lane.

As the laps drew to a close at Talladega, Mears kept asking spotter Ron Lewis to get him back into the outside line. He’d knife his way through the field, reaching the top five and top ten, then get shuffled down low and have to start the process over again.

The final laps saw the lead pack fall into a single file line that held through the waving of the checkered flag – except for a very few cars. Mears was holding position 12 on the white flag lap as he exited turn two. Just ahead, the 14 car of rookie Austin Dillon was chucked out of line and sent for a spin. Lewis saw the 14 car clearing the track to the inside and told Mears to hold his line. Unfortunately, the car unexpectedly turned back across the nose of the GEICO Ford. Mears hit hard and day’s labors came to a screeching halt on the backstretch, a half a lap shy of a rewarding finish.

Mears spoke with pit road reporter Jamie Little after leaving the infield care center at Talladega,“I’m OK, but that was strange being in the infield care center with only myself usually there’s about ten of us in there together.”

The GEICO Ford was credited with a 27th place finish after overcoming an early pit road hang up, radio problems, and a long day’s worth of a high-speed traffic jam. Next up for Mears and the Germain Racing crew is a trip to the slowest, but one of the most exciting tracks on the Sprint Cup Series schedule – Martinsville Speedway. The lap times aren’t blistering, but the action is!

Watch the racing from Martinsville, VA, on Sunday, October 27th, on ESPN at 1:00 PM Eastern, or tune into MRN/SiriusXM Radio Channel 90.

Qualifying is Friday, October 25th at 3:40 PM on Fox Sports 1 or listen live at 3:30 PM online at motorracingnetwork.com. Happy Hour airs Saturday, October 26th at noon on Fox Sports 1.

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

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

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