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Oct 29
2012

Martinsville Race Recap - GEICO Ford Fusion

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CASEY MEARS AND GEICO TEAM BACK ON TRACK WITH TOP 25 AT MARTINSVILLE

 

 

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 28, 2012) – Martinsville Speedway is known for some of the best short-track racing on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. Tempers flare and patience is crucial in order to have a good finish at the end of 500 laps at the “paperclip.” With only four races remaining in the 2012 season, the stakes for every team were that much higher.

 

Casey Mears and Germain Racing set high hopes entering the weekend, as the GEICO team had endured a tough few weeks. Team morale was lifted quickly during Friday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying session when Mears clocked a lap of 19.586 seconds (96.681 mph) to place the No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion 22nd on the starting grid. His effort accounted for the team’s best starting position at the ½-mile racetrack since Mears’ arrival in the car in late 2010.

 

With overcast skies and cool temperatures, Mears consistently ran inside the top-25, on the lead lap, for the bulk of the race. Throughout the first half of the race, the California native reported a tight handling condition. When a caution flag was displayed on lap 151 for a spin in turn four, crew chief Bootie Barker brought Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Fusion to pit road for four tires, fuel, wedge and spring rubber adjustments, putting the Ford in 27th for the lap 156 restart.

 

Three quick cautions slowed the pace from lap 200 – 235, but the GEICO team capitalized on every opportunity that was presented to help improve the handling on the No. 13 Ford Fusion. A long green-flag run, spanning over 160 laps, forced Mears to come to the attention of his pit crew for multiple scheduled green flag pit stops. Despite the caution-free period, Mears continued to work his way through the field and by lap 400, the No. 13 Fusion was scored in 23rd-place.

 

While the on-track action picked up as the laps counted down, Mears kept all the fenders on his GEICO Ford during three late-race cautions to bring home a 25th-place finish. This is the driver’s 16th top-25 effort of the 2012 season.

 

“We had a good, solid day and it’s what we needed to get everything headed in the right direction as the season winds down,” Mears said. “Bootie (Barker, crew chief) and the GEICO crew did a nice job today of making adjustments and using strategy to keep us competitive. We’re looking forward to getting the GEICO Fusion on-track in Texas.  I’m also looking forward to visiting with GEICO associates at the GEICO regional office in Dallas this week. It’s always great to see the people who support you face-to-face. GEICO has been very supportive of our team, so it’s nice to be able to thank them in person.”

 

Next week, Mears and his Germain Racing team will return to racing action at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, November 4. The 34th race of 2012 will air live on ESPN beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Performance Racing Network and Sirius-XM Satellite Radio (NASCAR channel 90) will also 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

 

-PMI-

 

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 22
2012

Kansas Race Recap - GEICO Fusion

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MEARS’ FAST RACECAR STIFLED BY TIRE ISSUE IN KANSAS

 

Kansas City, KS (October 21, 2012) – While a last second deal from GEICO sent the Germain Racing team scrambling to get to Kansas for the test on Wednesday and Thursday, any indication the team was ill-prepared was non-existent.  The team arrived safely in Kansas on Wednesday morning looking to take full advantage of a two-day test permitted by NASCAR in the interest of better acquainting Sprint Cup Series drivers with the recently resurfaced Kansas Speedway.

 

Rain prevailed for the better part of the day on Wednesday, but once the track was dry and skies cleared, the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion made its way quickly around the newly paved 1.5-mile tri-oval.  Mears is a quick learner as evidenced by his speed in the opening test session where he sat 18th on the speed chart when the rain-shortened session came to a close.  Thursday took a slightly different turn when the GEICO Fusion twice let go of oil on the racetrack, cutting short an otherwise productive test day.

 

When the official race weekend got underway, Mears qualified 28th on Friday afternoon when he wheeled around the racetrack at a record shattering speed of 188.600 miles per hour.  Mears’ rollercoaster ride continued when he sat 20th on the board after the second practice was complete on Saturday, only to have the #13 GEICO Fusion find the outside wall in final practice after drastic weather changes altered the attitude of the racecar.  The Germain Racing crew worked feverishly to repair the damaged right side of the #13 Fusion and get it race-ready for the impending Hollywood Casino 400 scheduled for Sunday afternoon.  Crew chief Bootie Barker and his GEICO crew performed masterful work and the Gecko sat ready to roll on a bright Sunday morning.

 

Race day was met with bright sunshine and perfect temperatures, but as the green flag approached, skies turned gray and the Kansas City area began to cool.  Mears rolled off from the 28th position when the field was turned loose for 400-miles of racing.  He began moving the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion forward and jumped to 26th before the close of the opening lap.  While running lap times consistent with cars in the top ten, a right front tire sent Mears careening hard into the outside wall between turns three and four on lap 31, bringing out the first of a record setting 14 cautions at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.  The GEICO Fusion was forced behind the wall for repairs, but after intensive work by the Germain Racing crew it was determined the car would not be able to maintain minimum speed should it return to the racetrack.

 

While Mears would be the first to have a right front tire give way, he certainly was not the last, as several drivers found themselves either spinning or making contact with the outside wall due to tire issues.  The Germain Racing team was dealt a 37th place finish in a race where only 27 cars were left on the track when the checkered flag waved in front of a packed house.

 

“This obviously would’ve been a good day to not have any issues since only 27 cars finished the race because it was an opportunity for us to get a great finish,” Mears said.  “But, it didn’t happen that way and we will put it behind us immediately and get focused on Martinsville and finishing our season in strong fashion for GEICO and everyone in the Germain organization.”  He later made light of the ever-present tire issue and said, “We have them all beat; we did it first!”  Mears continued by adding, “On days like this it’s hard to be mad because we can’t control flat tires.  The team worked as hard as they could to get the car ready for the race and we were going to be there at the end.  I’m so proud of everyone on this Germain team for their commitment and refusal to quit.  We’ll keep digging and make something great happen.”

 

Next weekend, the Germain Racing team will travel just up the road to Martinsville, Virginia, for some electrifying short-track action.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Martinsville Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, October 26th, at 12:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT).

 

The Tums Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 28th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  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 16
2012

GEICO Broadens 2012 Sponsorship Schedule with Germain Racing

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LAST MINUTE DEAL LANDS GEICO ON MEARS’ CAR FOR KANSAS AND HOMESTEAD

 

 

Mooresville, NC (October 16, 2012) – There were just two races left on the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule that sat unsponsored for Germain Racing and driver Casey Mears.  Earlier today, team owner Bob Germain and GEICO executives worked together to complete a deal that will have the Gecko as the primary sponsor of Mears’ #13 Ford Fusion for both Kansas and Homestead, which were the two lone unsponsored races. 

 

The Germain Racing crew quickly found themselves scattering when the team owner ordered them to the Kansas test that begins tomorrow and continues through Thursday.  The two-day test will allow them to experience the new surface and better prepare for Sunday’s race.

 

Germain appeared excited at knowing his team would finish out the season being able to run all of the remaining races.

 

“We really appreciate GEICO stepping up to make sure we were able to run Kansas and Homestead,” Germain said.  “Their partnership is important to us and we appreciate the support they offer, as well as how much they engage the program.  We have all hands on deck and we’re certainly looking to finish out the 2012 season in strong fashion.”

 

Mears, who nearly won his first restrictor plate race in Talladega just ten days ago, showed immediate reaction when learning of the news.  He quickly exclaimed, “That’s awesome!”  He went on to share his thoughts on GEICO and Germain Racing.

 

“One of the things I like most about this race team is that we all work really hard to grow the program and it makes it easier when you have a great partner in GEICO and team owner Bob Germain,” Mears said.  “They are both committed to helping this race team get to the next level and I’m proud to represent such a reputable brand in GEICO and drive for a committed owner like Bob.  I’m happy for the guys on this team because they work so hard and sacrifice so much to be here that when you get a nice bump like this it really helps morale.”

 

Mears and his GEICO team will take part in the two-day test at Kansas Speedway on Wednesday and Thursday before hitting the track for the series’ opening practice session on Friday, October 19th, at 12:30 PM (EDT).  Sprint Cup Series qualifying will follow later that day at 5:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 21st, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Oct 15
2012

Charlotte 500 Race Recap

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Shifter Issues Plague Casey Mears and GEICO Racing Team at Charlotte

 

 

CONCORD, N.C. (October 14, 2012) – In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, things can change in a blink of an eye. Last week at Talladega Superspeedway, Casey Mears drove his way to the front of the field, leading laps and placing his No. 13 GEICO Ford in position for the win. Fast-forward seven days and Mears is plagued by shifter issues for the majority of Saturday night’s 500-mile race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and relegated to a 29th-place finish.

 

On Thursday night, Mears took to the track for his qualifying effort. After clocking a lap of 28.417 seconds, the GEICO Ford was placed in the 27th starting position for Saturday night’s event under the lights.

 

The green flag flew shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET and quickly Mears gained eight positions within the first two laps to move into the top-20. Three cautions slowed the pace during the first 40 laps and Mears brought his Ford to pit road for fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments to help with the handling. 

 

The veteran driver looked to move forward but the Germain Racing Ford was tight on entry and exit, hindering his drive through the corner. A lengthy caution-free period ensued, forcing Mears to come to pit road for green flag stops.

 

On lap 165, Mears reported to Crew Chief Bootie Barker that the No. 13 GEICO Ford had all of sudden become extremely tight. Despite the handling condition, Mears’ lap times remained consistent, allowing the team to make the decision to stay out and not pit. A timely caution came just a few laps later, giving Mears the opportunity to visit pit road for fresh tires and fuel.

 

While running inside the top-25, Mears’ shifter handle came off, transforming a simple task into a challenging one. The GEICO Ford was stuck in fourth gear for restarts and leaving pit road, causing the Ford to not achieve maximum speed quickly. Another green flag run consumed the final 100 laps, giving the team little time to help fix the shifter issue. As the checkered flag flew on the 334-lap event, Mears crossed the finish line in the 29th position.

 

“It was a tough night for us,” said Mears, after the race. “The GEICO Ford was definitely better than practice, but we still needed a little more. Our night went downhill when the shifter broke just past halfway. The car was stuck in fourth gear so restarts and getting off pit road were tough. There are only a few more weeks left this season and I’m looking forward to finishing strong.”

 

The GEICO Racing team will head to Kansas Speedway for an open test prior to the race on Sunday, October 21st. The Hollywood Casino 400 will begin at 1 p.m. ET and can be seen live on ESPN. MRN Radio and Sirius XM Radio will also have the live radio broadcast.

 

For an inside look at Casey Mears and the GEICO team, 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, Inc.

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

 

Oct 08
2012

Mears Up Front Most of Race - Talladega Recap

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AFTER ROLLING WITH THE TIDE, MEARS LEADS AT TALLADEGA

 

Talladega, AL (October 7, 2012) – Restrictor plate tracks have always seemed to favor Casey Mears and his GEICO team.  Accordingly, Germain Racing viewed Talladega as an opportunity to run up front and possibly pull off a win as the race was sure to come down to the final lap.

 

Before hitting the racetrack, however, Mears first tended to business in Tuscaloosa, AL, on Thursday where he was treated to a tour of the University of Alabama football facility and later attended practice.  A guest of the Crimson Tide coaching staff, Mears witnessed firsthand the championship regimen of America’s number one ranked college football team.

 

“It was great to be able to spend a few hours with the Alabama football team and see how focused they are on being the very best,” Mears said.  “I am grateful to the staff at Alabama for letting me hang around for a day.  It was inspiring to see the passion involved in everything they do.  I think there are a lot of parallels between what they do and what we do when it comes to preparation, focus and intensity.  I hope we can take our entire GEICO team the next time we go.”

 

Mears and the Germain Racing team hit the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway on Friday for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice.  Mears wasted little time getting settled into the track where he led in the spring.  He sat second on the speed chart in the opening session, as the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion topped a startling 200 miles per hour.  A day later, Mears qualified 19th for Sunday’s race when he toured the 2.66-mile facility in just 50.353-seconds, at a rate of speed of 190.177 miles per hour.

 

Temperatures on raceday were in the low 60’s, while gray skies dominated the afternoon.  Starting 19th, Mears quickly dropped to 30th by the second lap before beginning a charge to the front, where he would ultimately spend his entire afternoon.  He soon hooked up with his good friend Jeff Gordon and found himself as the leader on lap 50.  After surrendering a few positions, Mears and the #13 GEICO Fusion retook the lead on lap 57 and held the position until crew chief Bootie Barker ordered him to pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 61.  The GEICO pit crew would do a stellar job all afternoon and got Mears and the GEICO Fusion on and off pit road quickly, gaining positions with nearly every stop.

 

Mears rarely fell out of the top 10, but on the odd occasion that he slipped to 15th or 16th, he led a resurgence that saw him dice his way through the field and, more times than not, end up as the leader.  After taking fuel on a quick ‘splash and go’ stop during a late Jamie McMurray caution, the #13 GEICO Fusion was forced to start the race from the 17th position with just two laps to go in the race.

 

After the green flag waved for the final time with two laps remaining, Mears cut through the field and was sitting in the eighth position when the white flag indicated one to go.  He had moved up to the fifth position and had a strong, race-winning run going as he drafted with Michael Waltrip heading out of turn four on the final lap.  Tony Stewart quickly slid down the track to block Waltrip, causing a chain reaction crash that involved 24 cars and collected all but two of the Chase contenders.  Unfortunately, it also collected the #13 GEICO Fusion of Casey Mears and sent him hard into the outside wall, resulting in a destroyed racecar.  After leading the race on four different occasions for a total of ten laps, and sitting in the top five on the final lap, Mears was forced to settle for a 26th place finish, which is not indicative of the dominant run he enjoyed this afternoon.

 

“It was a great day for the GEICO team because we ran up front the whole race and led a few times,” Mears said as he surveyed the damage to his GEICO car.  “I was able to drive to the front at will and it was a lot of fun to be able to do whatever I wanted out there today.  I’m really happy for GEICO and all of the guys on this team because we’ve all worked hard together to get to this point.  The Germain guys gave me a great car and the pit crew was incredible today.  I was also glad we could get GEICO great television exposure.  There’s no denying we were here and we had a strong run with Michael (Waltrip) coming out of (turn) four and definitely would have ended up second… if we didn’t win the race.”

 

Next week, the Germain Racing crewmembers get to sleep in their own beds and go home to their families each night.  They will race just down the road in Charlotte, NC.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the opening practice session on Thursday, October 11th, at 3:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 7:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, October 13th, and it will be televised live on ABC beginning at 7:00 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) 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

 

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

 

Sep 17
2012

GEICO 400 Race Recap

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FLAT TIRE CUTS DAY SHORT FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM

 

 

Chicago, IL (September 16, 2012) – Casey Mears and his GEICO Racing team blew into the Windy City prepared for a busy weekend filled with exciting opportunities to promote their sponsor.  Mears walked off the plane and within an hour found himself signing autographs at a local GEICO office in Chicago where he greeted policyholders on Thursday.  The weekend had Mears frequently appearing on GEICO stages and in GEICO campgrounds around Chicagoland Speedway, allowing him the opportunity to interface with his biggest fans.

 

Friday saw the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series get down to business when they took to the racetrack for the weekend’s two practice sessions.  The end of the first practice had the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion 31st on the board, but shortly thereafter, Mears hit the track for final practice and made his way quickly around the 1.5-mile facility.  He sat 20th on the board when the session closed.  Qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon and Mears managed to handle the slippery racetrack and navigate it in just 29.992 seconds, placing him 27th on Sunday’s GEICO 400 starting grid.

 

Clear skies and sunshine greeted the Gecko when he arrived in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage on Sunday to visit the team that features his likeness on their #13 Ford Fusion.  After many photos and a pep talk, the Gecko departed as the team headed to the starting grid.  Mears rolled off 27th when the green flag set the field underway on Sunday afternoon.  He quickly jumped two spots to 25th on the opening lap before cracking the top 20 on lap 42.  Mears’ lap times were consistent with the leaders and even though he was battling a handling condition, his lap times rarely wavered.

 

When the caution flag was displayed on lap 65, Mears brought his #13 GEICO Fusion to the attention of his Germain Racing pit crew who quickly outfitted him with fresh tires and fuel.  While most cars either took two tires, or took advantage of the wave-around, crew chief Bootie Barker gave Mears four tires to allow him the best opportunity to race his way into the Lucky Dog position.  Barker’s thought was prophetic because it wasn’t long before Mears sat as the first car a lap down, in position to receive the Lucky Dog award.

 

Mears was approaching the pit window when he brought out the yellow flag on lap 149.  His right front tire went down in turn 1, sending the #13 GEICO Fusion hard into the outside wall and bringing an abrupt end to Germain Racing’s afternoon.  After sitting with a top 15 finish in sight, Mears was instead relegated to a 36th place finish that caused visible frustration on his face when he climbed from his GEICO Fusion.

 

“Days like this are frustrating because the Germain Racing guys gave me a good racecar and we were definitely going to end up finishing anywhere between 12th and 18th,” Mears said.  “GEICO is the best sponsor in racing and we were in position to put on a good show for them today, but there’s not much you can do about a flat tire.  I’ll probably be a little sore tomorrow, but we’ll all be at the shop this week preparing for our upcoming races.”  He added, “It was a lot of fun to be a part of what GEICO was doing in Chicago this weekend.  When they do something, they do it big and it was cool for our whole team to be able to see it.  I made appearances at their main display, the campground display and also visited with their guests in the suite.  We’re very excited about GEICO’s sponsorship extension of our team through 2014 and since receiving the news last week, we already have productive things happening.”

 

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: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

 

 

 

Sep 13
2012

GEICO 400 Preview, Sponsorship Extension with Germain Racing

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BUSY WEEK FOR MEARS AND COMPANY: GEICO 400 AND SPONSORSHIP EXTENSION

GEICO extends sponsorship of Germain Racing and Casey Mears through the 2014 season

 

Chicago, IL (September 13, 2012) – It has been two years since Casey Mears took the wheel of the #13 GEICO/Germain Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry and rescued an otherwise struggling upstart team.  Mears’ vast experience coupled with team owner Bob Germain’s unwavering commitment culminated in an effort that has made unprecedented progress and now, just 24-months later, finds itself running door-to-door with the elite teams in the nation’s top auto racing series.  GEICO, in the midst of their fifth year with the team, is as much a partner as a sponsor and has played an intricate role in the team’s development and is updated weekly on the goings on in the Germain Racing shop.

 

Aside from their team sponsorship of Mears and his Germain Racing counterparts, GEICO has established itself as one of the strongest supporters of the sport, boasting comedic television commercials featuring Mears, as well as campground sponsorships at individual racetracks and their entitlement sponsorship of the Chicago race, dubbed the ‘GEICO 400’.

 

Germain Racing will take the track this weekend as GEICO engages in their second year of the GEICO 400.  While crew members will take great pride in seeing their sponsor’s name blanketed across the speedway grounds, they have also been energized by recent news of a sponsorship extension.  This week, GEICO announced they have officially extended their sponsorship of Germain Racing and driver Casey Mears through the end of the 2014 season, leaving the Gecko to co-pilot the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion for the next two seasons.

 

Team owner Bob Germain reflected on a partnership that has spanned the last five years.

 

“Everyone at Germain Racing is thrilled to have GEICO continue to support our racing program,” Germain said.  “We've come such a long way since we started together back in 2008.  It's been a great relationship both personally and from a business perspective.  We couldn't ask for a better partner and we value the opportunity to continue to represent GEICO in the sport of NASCAR.”

 

GEICO is currently in the 12th year of their NASCAR involvement.  Vice president of marketing Ted Ward weighed in with his thoughts on their successful partnership with Germain Racing and the sport in general.

 

“We’ve enjoyed our partnership with Germain Racing and are proud to have a driver of Casey Mears’ caliber driving our racecar each week and representing GEICO.  We are very much looking forward to 2013 and 2014 with Bob Germain and his race team,” Ward said.  “Our multi-faceted marketing approach to NASCAR, with our team sponsorship, campground sponsorships and race entitlement, has allowed us to engage NASCAR fans on nearly every level, allowing them to see that we have a genuine interest in the sport as well as the fans that so passionately engage it.”

 

This weekend, fans will have several opportunities to meet Mears and see his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion on display.

 

On Friday, Mears will be appearing at the Lakeside Campground from 6:15 PM (CDT) – 6:45 PM (CDT) and then later at the Race Fan Rally in downtown Joliet, IL, from 7:30 PM (CDT) – 8:30 PM (CDT). 

 

On Saturday, he will be signing autographs for fans at GEICO’s expansive display area in Champions Park from 10:15 AM (CDT) – 10:45 AM (CDT), and again on Sunday from 9:15 AM (CDT) – 9:35 AM (CDT).

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Chicagoland Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, September 14th, at 1:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, September 15th, at 1:40 PM (EDT).

 

The GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 16th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  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

 

- PMI -

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

Sep 09
2012

Richmond Post-race Recap

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AFTER RAINY RICHMOND, MEARS’ FOCUS ON GEICO 400

 

 

Richmond, VA (September 8, 2012) – Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team looked to rebound in Richmond after falling victim to a non-team related issue in Atlanta a week earlier that ended their day prematurely.  At the same time, something greater awaits the GEICO team when they venture to Chicago next weekend for the GEICO 400, a once-a-year entitlement sponsorship that finds the insurance giant taking over one of the nation’s largest cities.

 

Mears and his Germain Racing counterparts would need to first deal with Richmond before moving on to the Windy City.  It seemed as though things were headed in the right direction in the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session when Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion landed 22nd on the speed chart.  Changes to the set-up between practice sessions did not sit well with the GEICO machine and Mears later rested 43rd on the board in final practice, and ultimately qualified 42nd for the Federated Auto Parts 400.

 

If rainy days and race delays always get you down, then Richmond International Raceway was not the place for you on Saturday evening.  The blue skies and sunshine that filled the Richmond area on Saturday afternoon would later be betrayed by a storm front that dumped heavy rain on the ¾-mile tri-oval just hours before the green flag was scheduled to fly. 

 

Once the track was dry and racing action got underway, Mears and the #13 GEICO Fusion made quick work of the field, marching from 42nd to 38th before the completion of the opening lap.  26 laps later saw him eleven positions to the good, in 31st, when he reported to crew chief Bootie Barker that he was in a tussle with an ill-handling racecar.  The scheduled competition caution on lap 45 gave Mears the opportunity to take a much-needed trip down pit road. Aside from providing the GEICO Fusion with four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments, the Germain Racing pit crew turned in a stellar stop and ultimately helped Mears gain two positions on pit road.  

 

Even with adjustments handed down from his crew, Mears still struggled to wheel his #13 GEICO Fusion around the racetrack.  On lap 65, Mears reported, “It doesn’t turn any better.  It’s a lot looser in and looser off.  Terrible in the center.”  His battle would not be short-lived and would instead plague him for the balance of the evening.  Undaunted, Mears and his GEICO team had climbed to the 23rd position before rain once again delivered a heavy blow to the Richmond area.  What ensued was a red flag that lasted 51 minutes and 45 seconds, pushing the race even later into the evening.

 

With the exception of a single lap just past the halfway point of the race where Mears turned his fastest lap of the evening and voiced his approval of the feel of the car, the late night saw more of the same for the GEICO team.  Mears struggled, the team worked hard and, in the end, they managed to salvage a 29th place finish when the checkered flag halted the field in the early morning hours.

 

“This sport can be so frustrating at times and when you have nights like this it can really get the best of you, but we’ve always been resilient and no one on this GEICO team is hanging their head,” Mears stated.  “We’ve come a long way and worked really hard to get here and we know what’s in the heart of this team, so minor bumps in the road don’t get us down.  If anything, it inspires us.  We have a great, committed sponsor and team owner in GEICO and Bob Germain, so it gives us motivation knowing their level of commitment and belief.  We recently received some great news and we’ll be releasing it this week sometime.  Focus and perspective are key and we have both.”  He added, “Obviously, we’re excited to get to Chicago next weekend for the GEICO 400.  We truly have the best sponsor in auto racing and it’s exciting to see all the ways GEICO supports NASCAR as a whole and cares about the health of the sport.  We’re proud to have them as a partner.”

 

Next week, the Germain Racing team will arrive in Chicago where they will see their sponsor’s name highly visible all over the grounds of the speedway.  Along with the #13 GEICO Fusion, fans will see giant inflatable Geckos, an expansive GEICO display area in the midway and several opportunities to meet Casey Mears at scheduled autograph signings. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Chicagoland Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, September 14th, at 1:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, September 15th, at 1:40 PM (EDT).

 

The GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 16th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  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

 

- PMI -

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm

Sep 03
2012

Atlanta Post Race Report - GEICO Ford Fusion

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CASEY MEARS’ ATLANTA RUN GOES UP IN SMOKE

 

Player Management International Media Release

 

HAMPTON, Ga. (September 2, 2012) – Atlanta Motor Speedway is known for fast speeds and drivers holding the gas pedal wide-open around the entire 1.5-mile quad-oval. Add in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series making their one and only stop in Georgia along with temperatures above 90 degrees, and a classic showdown was sure to be in the cards.

Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team entered the Peachtree State with a plan of attack – keep the No. 13 Ford Fusion in one piece and continue their string of strong runs. After struggling in the opening practice session, Mears clocked a solid lap of 30.117 seconds in qualifying to place the Germain Racing entry in the 19th starting position.

As the green flag waved to start the 325-lap race, Mears quickly reported a tight handling condition and that the No. 13 entry wouldn’t turn in the corners. The first caution flag flew on lap 40 for oil on the track, which allowed the GEICO machine to come to pit road. The Bakersfield, California native received four fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments. Mears restarted on lap 44 from the 29th position.

Mears continued to wheel the GEICO Fusion despite reporting to crew chief Bootie Barker: “feels like it wants to spin out around the entire corner.” A 90 lap caution-free run forced teams to make two green flag pit stops. Barker brought Mears to the attention of his crew on lap 75 and lap 109; each stop resulting in four tires, fuel, and adjustments in an effort to improve handling. The second caution of the night came on lap 131 for debris on the backstretch. Mears visited pit road for tires, fuel and additional adjustments, before returning to green flag conditions on lap 135.

Another lengthy green flag run commenced and lasted for over 100 laps, forcing Barker to bring Mears back to pit road twice more. The over-the-wall crew held positions on pit road while making wedge and air pressure adjustments. By lap 230, Mears was scored in the 30th position but reported to his GEICO team that the car reacted better to the wedge adjustment. The third caution came on lap 243 and Barker instructed Mears to take the wave around to regain a lap to the leaders.

The GEICO Ford Fusion restarted from the 27th position on lap 248. Two quick cautions came over the next seven laps, allowing Mears to come back down pit road for tires and fuel. On lap 280, Mears restarted from the 24th position and looked to move inside the top-20. However, eleven short laps later, smoke came billowing from the rear of the No. 13 Fusion and the rear tires locked up, ending Mears’ night early. As the checkered flag flew, Mears was credited with a 33rd-place finish.

“We struggled at the beginning of the race with the handling,” said Mears, after the race. “Once Bootie (Barker) made the wedge adjustment, our GEICO Ford Fusion really started to handle better. Unfortunately, I saw the heavy smoke and our night ended early. The rear tires just locked up on me. We will head back to the shop and figure out what caused it. Proud of all the guys for hanging in there and we will head to Richmond. We always look forward to racing in GEICO’s backyard.”

Mears and the No. 13 GEICO team head to Richmond International Raceway for short-track action on Saturday, September 8th. Catch all the action live on ABC, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio will also have the live radio broadcast.

 

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

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

Aug 26
2012

Bristol Race Report - GEICO Racing

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CASEY MEARS NETS POLE AND POINTS JUMP AT BRISTOL

GEICO and Germain Racing score first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pole Award

 

Player Management International Media Release

 

Bristol, TN (August 25, 2012) – As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series descended upon Bristol Motor Speedway for their final visit of the 2012 season, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team celebrated their second anniversary together.  Since Mears arrival, the Germain Racing program has experienced significant growth, and this weekend their ascension in Sprint Cup Series status continued. 

 

While Bristol Motor Speedway recently underwent a track resurfacing, Mears and his GEICO team chose to attack the unknown rather than fear it.  As the weekend’s first practice came to a close on Friday, the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion sat high atop the board, ending the session as the fastest car at the half-mile bullring.  At many facilities, qualifying order may not matter, but at Bristol it does.  Given that the order of qualifying is based on speeds from the first practice, Mears won a practice session that every other team sought to control.  More importantly, the Germain Racing team mastered a track at which they’ve otherwise struggled in past visits. 

 

Late Friday, the Tri-Cities region succumbed to an unexpected storm front, which ultimately forced the cancellation of Sprint Cup Series qualifying.  Reverting back to first practice speeds, as dictated by NASCAR’s rulebook, Mears and the GEICO Racing team were awarded the pole position and with it, the favored pit stall on pit road.  Friday marks the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pole Award for GEICO and Germain Racing, but Mears is no stranger.  The Bakersfield, CA, native now has four starts from the front, including 2007 at Chicagoland Speedway, and back-to-back poles in 2004 at Pocono and Indianapolis.

 

“It’s very exciting for our team and for our sponsor GEICO, who has been so supportive,” Mears said after learning he would start from the pole.  “The last couple years have been long but we have made lots of improvements, especially this season.  We couldn’t ask for a bigger shot in the arm for this Germain Racing team.  GEICO has been with us every step of the way, so we’re happy to share the excitement with them.  Being in this sport for a long time, my expectations are high.  I know we can compete week in and week out.”

 

A packed house sat on the edge of their seats awaiting a sundown showdown on Saturday night at The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.  Mears led the field to the green flag and refused to surrender the top spot and remained the leader for 26 laps.  When the GEICO Ford Fusion picked up a tight handling condition, Mears dropped a few positions in an effort to take care of his racecar.  When the yellow flag flew on lap 82, crew chief Bootie Barker called Mears to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments.  With varying pit strategies occurring among the different teams, the veteran driver restarted the race from the 17th position.

 

While Mears and his Sprint Cup Series counterparts collectively expressed their displeasure as passing became increasingly difficult, it didn’t seem to deter the GEICO driver.  Mears captured the 12th position with just 100 laps remaining and made his way ever closer to the top ten. 

 

The pole sitter faced his biggest challenge on lap 414 when his left rear tire gave way, sending the #13 GEICO Fusion into the outside wall and bringing out the caution flag.  The Germain Racing pit crew quickly provided Mears with four new tires and repairs, returning him to the racing surface just one lap down.  The racing gods would smile upon the GEICO team just a few laps later, on lap 424, when another yellow flag slowed the field and allowed Mears to return to the lead lap as the recipient of the coveted Lucky Dog award. 

 

Despite falling victim to a flat tire, a persistent Mears managed to hustle the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion to a 21st place finish after the checkered flag ended 500-laps of intense racing action.  His resilience helped to account for the team’s 15th top 25 effort of the 2012 season. 

 

Notably, Mears jumps up one position in the point standings to 26th and now sits just 16 points removed from the top 25. 

 

“The GEICO Racing team worked hard all night,” Mears said after the race.  “We would’ve come out of here with at least a top 10 or top 15 finish if the tire hadn’t blown, but all things considered, we’ll take 21st.  It’s Bristol, which is to say this place is unpredictable at best.  To start from the pole and run competitively is what we try to do each weekend and for it all to come together is a nice feeling. Hopefully we will keep this momentum and have another good run at Atlanta next weekend.”

 

Next week, the Germain Racing team will make their way to Hampton, GA, for race number 25 of the 2012 season.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, August 31st, at 2:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 6:10 PM (EDT).

 

The AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 2nd, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 6:30 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) 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

 

 

-PMI-