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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

- PMI -


Contact: Lori Smith, Player Management International

Email: prlorismith@gmail.com

Oct 11
2013

Germain Racing Moving to RCR, GM for 2014

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Richard Childress Racing Forms Technical Alliance with Germain Racing

 

WELCOME, N.C. (October 11, 2013) -- Richard Childress Racing and Germain Racing have agreed to form a technical alliance in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, beginning with the 2014 season.

 

The partnership includes technology sharing, engineering, research and development provided to Germain Racing as they switch their No. 13 GEICO Cup Series cars to Chevrolet next season. The partnership also includes Germain Racing utilizing the highly reliable and powerful engines of ECR Engines. 

 

This will also be a homecoming of sorts for the team’s driver, Casey Mears, as he drove for RCR in 2009.

 

“We are very pleased to have a team like Germain Racing become our partner,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “Bob (Germain) and his team have worked very hard to become one of the better single-car teams over the past few years and we are looking to build on what they’ve already achieved.

 

”They’ve proven they can be winners by what they did in the Camping World Truck Series. Bob is an asset to this sport for wanting to improve the team’s performance and take them to the next level. We also look forward to having Casey back in the RCR family.”

 

Located in Mooresville, N.C., Germain began competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2004, and won championships in both 2006 and 2010. They entered the Nationwide Series in 2007, making 113 starts through the end of 2011. Their full-time Sprint Cup Series endeavors began in 2009.

 

“Richard Childress and RCR have an extremely competitive program with a long history of winning races and championships. They have great people and tremendous resources which will allow us to continue to improve our GEICO team’s performance in 2014 and beyond.,” said Bob Germain Jr., team owner.

                                                                       

About Richard Childress Racing:

Richard Childress Racing (www.rcrracing.com) has earned more than 200 victories and 14 championships, including six in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. RCR was the first organization to win championships in the Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Its 2013 Sprint Cup Series lineup includes Paul Menard (No. 27 Menards Chevrolet), Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s/Rheem Chevrolet) and Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar/Cheerios Chevrolet). Its Nationwide Series program includes Brian Scott (No. 2 Shore Lodge/Armour Vienna Sausage/Fast Fixin’/Charter/Husky Liners Chevrolet), 2012 Nationwide Series rookie of the year Austin Dillon (No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet) and an all-star driver lineup on the No. 33 Menards/Rheem/WESCO/Armour Vienna Sausage/Hunt Brothers Pizza/Fast Fixin’ Chevrolet team. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series program features 2012 Camping World Truck Series rookie of the year Ty Dillon (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet) and Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet).

 

About Germain Racing:

Germain Racing (www.germainracing.com) joined NASCAR at the Camping World Truck Series competition level in 2004. After earning two championship titles and 22 victories, the team has moved all its attention into Sprint Cup Series racing. Germain Racing has fielded cars for GEICO in each of the top three NASCAR divisions, including racing the No. 13 car for GEICO in the Sprint Cup Series since 2009. The 2013 GEICO Racing program features driver Casey Mears.

 

 

Contact Info: Tim Packman                                             Lori Smith

Director, Corporate Communications                                   Media Relations Manager

Richard Childress Racing                                                    Germain Racing

tpackman@rcrracing.com                                                  lsmith@germainracing.com 

 

Oct 07
2013

Kansas Post-Race Recap

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MEARS AND THE GECKO ESCAPE WILD KANSAS RACE WITH 21ST PLACE FINISH

 

Kansas City, KS (October 6, 2013) – Casey Mears and his GEICO team rolled into Kansas hoping to continue their string of solid finishes.  While the weekend started off in challenging fashion, they were able to turn in a solid day and, after leading the race, running solidly in the top 20 and overcoming crash damage, they turned in a strong 21st place finish.

 

Friday found the Germain Racing team scratching their heads after the opening practice session saw Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion land 33rd on the speed chart.  After later qualifying 37th, crew chief Bootie Barker and his engineers hunkered down in a Kansas City hotel lobby and put their heads together.

 

When race day rolled around, Mears and company felt confident in their bid to move forward.  Armed with new information and ideas for adjusting the car, any nerves had subsided when the team took to the starting grid for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.  The green flag waved amid bright skies and cool temperatures.  While he qualified 37th, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion began to make quick work of the field before the caution flag flew just moments after the race got underway.  Danica Patrick hit the wall bringing out the event’s first yellow of the day, but Mears made the most of his time under green, moving up seven spots to 30th.  Given the tire issues prevalent at Kansas Speedway, Mears took the opportunity to visit pit road and take on four fresh tires, leaving the previous set to be used as scuffs later in the race.

 

The race would turn into a caution-riddled event that kept the Germain Racing pit crew busy throughout the afternoon.  They never faltered in their work and Mears’ #13 GEICO Ford Fusion continued to improve as the race wore on.  He ran solidly in the top 20 for much of the day while also making appearances in the top 15 and was the race leader on lap 45.  While cautions flew repeatedly, Mears continued his trek to the front being interrupted only by a caution that was brought out as his GEICO bumper lay across the racetrack.  On lap 179, Mears radioed to Bootie Barker that he was “really loose coming out of turn two”.  A lap later, he found himself against the outside wall in the aforementioned turn, leaving his rear bumper as victim.  The GEICO crew made repairs to his racecar and quickly returned him to the event without the loss of even a single lap.  And their work was true, as Mears said to Barker on lap 187, “The car’s driving fine.  It doesn't really feel any different.”  Even with damage, Mears continued to get faster and lap 210 saw him turn his quickest lap of the day.

 

After a record setting 15 caution flags caused a ruckus, one of which was triggered by a burning bush in the grandstand area, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion notched a 21st place finish, a 16 position ascension from where his journey began 400-miles earlier.  This is Mears’ 19th top 25 finish of the 2013 season.

 

“The weekend started out rough, but the GEICO crew worked hard to get things turned around and it paid off today.  I’m really proud of these guys and the effort they’re putting in each week,” Mears said.  “The season is beginning to wind down and it’s been great to close it out with solid finishes.  We’re looking forward to continuing the run this weekend in Charlotte.  Charlotte is special to me because I won a race there and the memory is still fresh in my mind.”  He joked, “I’m glad we got out of Kansas with a 21st place finish.  I mean when you have 15 caution flags and a burning bush, it’s time to go home.”

 

Next weekend will feature Mears returning to the place where he visited victory lane in 2007 when he won the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend.                                                    

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Thursday, October 10th, 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 12th, and it will be televised live on ABC 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-

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Sep 30
2013

Dover Fall Race Recap

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MEARS FEARS NO MONSTER; TURNS IN TOP 25 IN DOVER

 

Dover, DE (September 29, 2013) – As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season begins to wind down, Casey Mears and his GEICO team were anxious to get to Dover, Delaware, to play a home game of sorts.  With GEICO’s corporate office located a short 100-miles from the speedway, the Germain Racing team feels a sense of pride when they race in the Gecko’s backyard.

 

Consistency was the word of the weekend, as Mears was 26th in the opening practice, 27th in the second practice and 24th in final practice.  In qualifying on Friday afternoon, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion toured the one-mile concrete oval in just 22.697-seconds, landing him 26th on Sunday’s starting grid.

 

While the two previous weekends featured rain in the raceday forecast, Sunday in Dover saw 70-degree temperatures and bright sunshine as the green flag got the race underway.  400-miles of racing at the high-banked Monster Mile can be a daunting task, but Mears and his GEICO team remained focused on continuing their run of solid finishes.  Mears started out strong and was sitting in 27th place when a debris caution slowed the field on lap 36.  “It’s really tight through the center and all the way off.  The biggest thing slowing me down is waiting for the frontend through the center,” Mears said to crew chief Bootie Barker under caution.  The Germain Racing pit crew made quick changes and returned the #13 GEICO Fusion to the racetrack two spots to the good in 25th.   

 

As the race wore on, Mears would work his way into the top 15 before a scheduled green flag pit stop sent his GEICO machine down pit road on lap 115.  The GEICO crew continued working on the car and on lap 160, the Bakersfield, CA, native informed Barker that his car was improving: “I have more grip than on my previous runs.”  As the race grew closer to the checkered flag, teams were stretching out their runs as long as possible, hoping they would need only a single pit stop to complete the event.  As Mears was approaching his pit window, he was riding solidly in the 23rd position when his car lost fuel pressure on lap 311 of 400.  Fortunately, he was able to work his way to pit road where he was quickly refreshed with tires and much needed Sunoco racing fuel.  The pit crew once again made quick work of Mears, as they lost just two positions while pitting under green.  Despite the setback, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion crossed the finish line in the 24th position and scored the team’s 18th top 25 of the 2013 season.

 

“The guys did a good job working on our GEICO Ford Fusion and getting me on and off of pit road today,” Mears said.  “It’s nice to get another solid finish as we try to end the season on a strong note.  I am proud of everyone on this GEICO team and look forward to getting to Kansas and finishing what we started there in April.”

 

Just seven races remain on the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series calendar.  Next week will find the GEICO team in the Sunflower State of Kansas, where David Gilliland collected Mears on lap 183 of April’s STP 400.  Mears was enjoying a solid, top 20 run before finding himself in the garage.  The Germain Racing team looks forward to returning to the track and turning in a much-deserved good finish.

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Kansas Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, October 4th, at 12:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 5:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 6th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 2:00 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 23
2013

Loudon - Fall Race Report - GEICO Racing

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MEARS AND THE GECKO RIGHT THE SHIP IN LOUDON

 

Loudon, NH (September 22, 2013) – After weather wreaked havoc on Casey Mears and his fellow racers a week ago, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was happy to arrive in Loudon, New Hampshire, for the Sylvania 300.  Mears and his GEICO team were looking to rebound from a 30th place finish in Chicago where a five-hour rain delay and subsequent cold weather caused an angry racecar to battle Mears for most of the night.

 

Friday in New Hampshire proved challenging for Mears and the Germain Racing crew when they ended up 31st in practice and later qualified 34th.  Saturday, however, took a turn for the better when Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion looked much quicker in practice and left the team hopeful for Sunday’s 300-lap race.

 

Rain once again threatened this weekend, but did not prevail.  Track dryers had the racing surface clear in time for the race to get underway with an on-time start.  Mears would roll off 34th, but appeared confident in his bid to move forward.  While he experienced handling issues early on, the lap 30 caution allowed him to bring his #13 GEICO Ford to the attention of his pit crew for tires, fuel and much needed adjustments.  He recovered quickly and by lap 48 eyed the top 25, as he sat solidly in 26th place.  Mears continued making progress and was in 21st position on lap 59. 

 

On several occasions, the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion was the fastest car on the track and Mears would regularly produce lap times consistent with the leaders.  The Germain pit crew was also impressive, twice gaining positions during pit stops.

 

After 317.4-miles of racing concluded, Mears and his GEICO team rebounded well and recorded a 25th place finish, moving up nine positions from where they departed the starting grid.  Mears’ finish is Germain Racing’s 17th top 25 result of the 2013 season.

 

“The weekend started off rough, but I’m pleased with how well our GEICO team did during pit stops today, making changes to the car, getting me out quickly; it helped get everything turned around,” Mears said.  “It was nice to come here and get a decent finish after a tough race last week.  We’re looking forward to getting to Dover because it’s so close to GEICO’s corporate office and we always have associates come down for the race.”

 

The Germain Racing team will now play in the Gecko’s backyard when they travel to Dover, Delaware for next week’s race.                                                     

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Dover International Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, September 27th, at 11:00 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:10 PM (EDT).

 

The 400-mile Dover NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 29th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 2:00 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 08
2013

Richmond Race Report - September

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM SALVAGE CHALLENGING NIGHT AT RICHMOND; GEICO 400 UP NEXT

 

Richmond, VA (September 7, 2013) – As the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season begins to wind down, things are heating up.  Richmond, Virginia, served as the final opportunity for drivers on the ‘bubble’ to make their way into the Chase.  Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO team were focused on their journey, as well, and aimed towards a different goal as their program continues to move towards the next level.

 

When practice got underway on Friday, Mears would end up 34th and 29th in the respective sessions.  He would later find himself sandwiched on the starting grid between Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards after qualifying 25th.  His lap saw him make quick work of the ¾-mile racing facility and circle it in just 21.036 seconds, at a rate of speed of 128.351 miles per hour.

 

The Fall Richmond race is usually accompanied by either rain or extreme heat, but Saturday night found favor with the racing gods and temperatures sat comfortably in the 70’s.  A packed house was on-hand as the Saturday night lights saw the green flag turn an anxious NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field loose for 400-laps of racing.  Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion started 25th, but found themselves at odds with each other as the laps began to click off.  Handling had the Bakersfield, CA, native frustrated and he dropped as low as 35th, but quickly worked his way back up to 23rd before making a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 95.  After the Germain Racing pit crew outfitted Mears with four fresh tires, fuel and much needed adjustments, the GEICO Ford returned to the race and began making progress.  On lap 115, Mears alerted crew chief, Bootie Barker: “You helped everything on that last stop.  It’s a lot better.”

 

When debris sent the caution flag waving on lap 135, Barker took the opportunity to update Mears on his status, as well as the team’s strategy for making up lost ground.  “The car’s a lot better, Casey, and you’re a lot faster now.  We’ll pit now and take the wavearound later when we have fresher tires.”  The race soon went back to green and Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford continued making progress and the driver’s excitement was evident through his radio communication.  On lap 207, Mears let his team know that things were coming together.  “Whatever you guys did on that first stop really brought this thing to life.  We’re in the hunt; we’re racing these guys.”

 

Unfortunately, as the race began to wind down, Mears’ labor of love turned into plain labor when his car betrayed him and returned to its old ways.  On lap 305, he reported, “It feels like it did on the first run, but not quite as bad.”  He was running in 26th place and managed to continue to drive hard and maintain his position.  By lap 325, however, it was presenting a more significant challenge and Mears became concerned.  “This thing is terrible.  Something’s wrong; a bad set of tires or something.”

 

Undaunted, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion battled hard over the last 75 laps and managed to not lose any positions.  When the checkered flag halted the Federated Auto Parts 400, Mears recorded a 26th place finish, salvaging an otherwise tough night.

“It was a challenging night, but we kept working on the car and our pit stop made it a lot better,” Mears said.  “The #13 GEICO Ford turned around after that stop and we were able to make up a lot of ground.  We were in good shape until the end there.  Not quite sure what happened, but I’m glad we were able to at least get a decent finish.  We’re looking forward to getting to Chicago next week for the GEICO 400.  That race is special to us for the obvious reasons.  I love how GEICO supports our sport and I’m looking forward to doing some appearances to help promote their signature race.”

 

Mears and the Germain Racing team next head to Chicago, IL, for the GEICO 400, a race long ago marked on their calendar.                                                  

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Chicagoland Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, September 13th, at 1:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 5:10 PM (EDT).

 

The GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 15th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 2:00 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 02
2013

Atlanta GEICO Race Report

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM REBOUND WITH STRONG FINISH AT ATLANTA

 

HAMPTON, Ga. (September 1, 2013) - Over the course of a 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, certain tracks are bound to cause teams and drivers many headaches and sleepless nights. Atlanta Motor Speedway happened to be that track for Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team over the Labor Day weekend. While the team got off to a slow start when the green flag got the race underway on Sunday evening, the Germain Racing team remained intent on recording a strong finish.  After 325-laps of hard racing, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion did just that when they crossed the finish line in the 22nd position, marking their 16th top-25 finish of the 2013 season. 

 

After struggling to find speed during the opening practice session on Friday afternoon, Mears laid down a solid lap in qualifying to claim the 19th starting position for Sunday's Advocare 500. A brief rain shower passed through the Hampton, Georgia, area prior to driver introductions, but the southern humidity quickly soaked up any precipitation and the green flag waved on time under clear skies. By lap five, Mears radioed the GEICO Ford Fusion was loose on entry and plowed through the corner. The competition caution on lap 26 could not have come any sooner as the California native was pushed back to the 40th position in the opening segment. Crew chief Bootie Barker brought his driver to pit road for four tires, fuel, wedge adjustment, and left front damage repair sustained from brief contact with a fellow competitor on the opening lap. 

 

Within 10 laps, Mears broke into the top-30 as the adjustments "definitely helped" but the GEICO Ford still needed additional rear grip. Over the next 100 laps, Barker and the Germain Racing team took every opportunity to work on the handling as numerous cautions were displayed. Despite the valiant effort, the handling still escaped Mears and as a long caution-free run continued, teams were forced to make green flag pit stops. On lap 168, Barker called Mears to pit road for fresh rubber, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment. However, Mears was unable to slow down the GEICO Ford fast enough prior to entering pit road, resulting in a pass-thru penalty for speeding.

 

The yellow flag was displayed on lap 193 and Barker instructed Mears to stay out and take the wave around, regaining one lap to the leaders. With the restart on lap 199, the veteran driver took off from the 31st position. A quick caution was displayed seven laps later, allowing Mears to come to pit road for four tires, fuel, air pressure and track bar adjustments to help the loose handling condition. While in 29th-place on the restart, the No. 13 GEICO Ford rapidly moved up three positions to 26th, the highest of all cars on his lap. Mears successfully ran in this spot through another cycle of green flag pit stops and when a caution was displayed on lap 288, the team decided to take the wave around once again.

 

On the lap 294 restart, Mears moved into the 24th position and never looked back. Over the final 30 laps, the GEICO Ford passed two additional cars, allowing Mears to cross the finish line in 22nd-place.

 

"Man, I'm not sure what we need to do with this place," said Mears, after the 500-mile event. "We kept working on the GEICO Ford throughout the entire race, but we could never find the handling we needed. The car was the best at the end right there but we still have some work to do before we come back next year. The guys never gave up and kept making adjustments to try and make it better. It's on to the next one though. I'm looking forward to Richmond next week and seeing a lot of GEICO people. It should be a good weekend."

 

The next event on the Sprint Cup Series schedule is the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, September 7th at Richmond International Raceway. The race starts at 7 PM ET, with live coverage provided by ABC beginning with its pre-race show at 6:30PM ET. Motor Racing Network (MRN) will also have 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

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com

 

 

Aug 25
2013

Bristol - Fall Race Report - GEICO Ford Fusion

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LATE RACE ACCIDENT SOURS SOLID RUN FOR MEARS AT BRISTOL

 

BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 24, 2013) - Heading into Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway, Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Racing team's goal was to leave Thunder Valley with a solid finish and a race car in one piece. Known as the ‘World’s Fastest Half-Mile’, the track is known for hard side-by-side racing, ensuring fans would see plenty of action under the Saturday night lights in Tennessee.

 

After a loose-handling condition in qualifying placed Mears in the 30th starting position, the Germain crew faced a bigger obstacle, but the team was ready to tackle the challenge. Under clear skies, Mears took the green flag and quickly moved up a handful of positions within the first 25 laps. Shortly after, the veteran driver radioed to his team that the GEICO Ford Fusion was "plowing tight". Crew chief Bootie Barker made numerous adjustments with each opportunity that allowed Mears to visit pit road under caution. The track bar, wedge and air pressure adjustments took some time to react but finally made their presence known just past the halfway mark of the race.

 

On lap 359, while Mears was running in the 27th position and on a lap on his own, a caution slowed the field, allowing the GEICO Ford to receive the Lucky Dog Award. Once the California native was back on the lead lap, Mears moved his way through his competition and was scored as high as 18th by lap 445. However, only a few laps later, trouble struck the GEICO machine. As fellow competitors began to make contact on the track, Mears was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and suffered significant front-end damage, leaving the nose caved in with tubing pushed through the radiator.

 

Within 40 laps, the GEICO crew changed the radiator, made all necessary repairs, and had Mears back on track for the final 20 laps. Because of the quick work by the team, Mears crossed the finish in the 33rd position.

 

"Even though the result wasn't what we deserved, I'm proud of the guys for never giving up," said Mears. "We kept working on the GEICO Ford throughout the entire race and finally had it hooked up where we could move forward. For once I thought we were going to leave this place with a solid finish but we just got caught up in someone else's mess. It's a shame but the team did a good job of getting me back out there for the final 20 laps."

 

The next event on the Sprint Cup Series schedule is the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday, September 1st at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race starts at 7:30 PM ET, with live coverage provided by ESPN beginning with its pre-race show at 6:30PM ET. Performance Racing Network (PRN) will also have 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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Aug 12
2013

12th at The Glen for Mears and GEICO Racing Crew

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A FAST MEARS RACES TO 12TH PLACE FINISH AT WATKINS GLEN

Mears’ effort accounts for team’s fifth Top 15 finish of the 2013 season

 

Watkins Glen, NY (August 11, 2013) – Casey Mears was coming off of a strong run at Pocono when he arrived in upstate New York for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ second road course outing of the season.  At the series’ first road course race of the year in Sonoma on June 23rd, the Bakersfield, CA, native turned in a 16th place finish.

 

Mears was fast on arrival at Watkins Glen International, as his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion sat 5th and 13th in the respective practice sessions on Friday.  Unfortunately, a brake issue would stifle his qualifying attempt, leaving him 30th on Sunday’s Cheez-it 355 at The Glen starting grid.

 

If Mears was affected by his challenging starting position, it wasn’t evident.  Rather, he spoke about the strength of his GEICO Ford and his intention of heading to the front of the field when the race went green.  A prophet he was because when the race got underway beneath clear skies and bright sunshine, he made immediate progress and quickly found himself in 24th by the 10th lap.  Each time a yellow flag was displayed, Mears was immediately ordered to save fuel.

 

On lap 57, he brought his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop.  Good fortune winked at Mears when the caution flag was displayed just one lap after his service.  This would result in his GEICO machine moving up to 10th position when the cars in front of him were forced to visit pit road for tires and fuel.  The racing gods continued to smile upon Mears when he narrowly avoided falling victim to a crashing Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., with just nine laps remaining in the 90 lap event.  When the checkered flag brought the 220-mile race to a close, Casey Mears recorded a 12th place finish, scoring Germain Racing’s fifth Top 15 finish of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

 

“It was a good day for our GEICO team.  I think after the qualifying effort we had, we had an issue with the brakes unfortunately, and to be able to rebound like that and have a good day showed how strong our team is and made us all happy,” Mears said following the race.  “We were able to hang on, stay out of the mess and have a good finish.  It worked out well for us.”  He continued, “All of our spotters did a great job today.  It’s the first time I had anybody through the esses and it was really valuable.  It worked out really well and helped me to avoid a lot of the stuff.  Fortunately, we were just in the right place to miss it every time, so it was nice to have some good fortune go our way.”

 

Next week will see Mears in Valvoline livery when his Germain Racing team travels to the Irish Hills of Michigan.

 

Mears and the #13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion will hit the track at Michigan International Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, August 16th, at 12:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT).

 

The Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 18th, 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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Aug 05
2013

Pocono Raceway Race Report - GEICO Ford Fusion, August

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MEARS AND THE GEICO TEAM TURN IN STRONG DAY AT POCONO

 

Long Pond, PA (August 4, 2013) – This weekend saw Casey Mears and his GEICO team visit the Poconos for the second time in two months.  One of NASCAR’s original racetracks, the Tricky Triangle sits tucked away quietly in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

 

A questionable weather forecast left many wondering if Saturday’s scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practices would be canceled, and made Friday’s opening session even more critical.  The Germain Racing team struggled early and was relegated to 34th on the final chart when the first practice ended.  Later in the day, he qualified 29th for Sunday’s GOBOWLING.COM 400.  Rain set in on Saturday and blanketed the Long Pond area causing the cancelation of both practices, sending Mears and company into Sunday’s race nearly blind.

 

Race day weather betrayed that of Saturday and provided a perfect backdrop for racing.  When Mears and his GEICO car arrived on pit road, the sun was bright and the temperature hovered around 70, with the track temperature a significant 12-degrees cooler than practice on Friday.

 

Starting 29th, Mears had work to do and he got right to it when the action heated up in turn one on the opening lap of the race.  Juan Pablo Montoya, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Matt Kenseth all found themselves collected before they could turn a single lap, bringing out the event’s first caution flag no sooner than the green flag stopped waving.  Mears had picked up four positions and sat in the 25th position when the race returned to green four laps later.

 

When the second caution slowed the field on lap 14, crew chief Bootie Barker ordered Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion to stay put and not visit pit road.  A fuel strategy was in play and it paid dividends throughout the afternoon.  Mears had worked his way up as high as sixth, but ran solidly in the top 15 and top 20 for the bulk of the day.  The GEICO driver was afforded a bit of good fortune on lap 53.  Mears was riding in the 10th position when the caution flag came out just moments before he was to travel down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop, saving him from going a lap down to the field had the timing been a few seconds different.

 

Another close call occurred on lap 110 when dust and smoke filled Mears’ front windshield when the cars of Danica Patrick, Jeff Burton, Travis Kvapil and Paul Menard got together immediately in front of the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion.  Mears quickly ducked to the inside, avoiding the incident by the narrowest of margins.  If the caution flag was out, then Mears was conserving fuel.  Spotter Ron Lewis would almost immediately bark out to his driver to save fuel each time the yellow flag began waving.  Mears drew laughter from the Germain Racing pit stall when, under the lap 110 caution, he immediately queried his team, “Want me to save fuel here?”

 

As the race began to wind down, Mears commented to his crew that the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion had improved significantly from practice on Friday and that he was in a position to race his fellow competitors that lie just ahead of him.  The track tightened up later on, but he continued to race his way to the front.  He was sitting in the 13th position when he made his final scheduled green flag pit stop of the day on lap 132.  He took on four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment before settling in for a race to the checkered flag.  Unfortunately, with just ten laps remaining, Mears reported a heavy vibration in the GEICO Ford and expressed heavy concern.  A caution flag with just four laps to go in the race allowed him to bring the Ford Fusion to the attention of his pit crew.  They quickly removed four tires, but found nothing wrong.  The car continued to be irritable as Mears departed pit road.  He indicated that he could feel the vibration in the gear shifter, which could be reflective of a significant problem.  Mears was instructed to return to the race, take it easy and just complete the event without incident.  While he was chasing a top 15 finish, he would settle for 24th and a racecar that remained in one piece and no chance of a DNF.  Mears’s strong day accounts for Germain Racing’s 13th top 25 finish of the 2013 season.

 

“The weekend started out a little rough, but the guys on this GEICO team did a great job of getting the car to come around during the race,” Mears said.  “The car felt good today and we had a strong run, so even though the vibration there at the end set us back, we still had a solid day and leave feeling positive.  Watkins Glen should be a lot of fun next week, so we’re excited about getting there.”                                                  

 

Next week will find Mears and his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series counterparts making both left and right hand turns, as they embark on their second road course race of the season in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  Mears finished 16th at Sonoma on June 23rd, the series’ first road course race of the year.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Watkins Glen International for the opening practice session on Friday, August 9th, at 12:00 PM (EDT).  Final practice will be at 4 PM (ET), while qualifying will follow a day later on Saturday, August 10th, at 11:40 AM (EDT).

 

The Cheez-It 355 at the Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 11th, 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

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