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Jun 02
2014

Dover Race Report - June 2014

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MEARS' STRONG DOVER RUN SPOILED BY FINAL FEW LAPS

Dover, DE (June 1, 2014) - Casey Mears and the GEICO team arrived in Dover, Delaware, looking forward to a battle royale with the track known as the 'Monster Mile'.  One of the toughest tracks on the circuit, Mears recorded a solid first day at the historic facility.  He ended up 25th in the opening practice session before later qualifying 22nd for Sunday's FedEx 400. 

 

When racing action got underway on Sunday, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS began their journey from the 22nd position.  With 43 cars on a tight-quartered, high-banked, high-speed racetrack, 400-miles of racing is always sure to get interesting.  The green flag set the field underway and Mears surrendered four positions and slid back to 26th on the opening lap.  The setback was temporary, as he hustled the No. 13 GEICO Chevy back up to 21st by lap nine. 

 

Mears had worked his way up to 15th on lap 140, but just 18 laps later he was dodging flying concrete. Jamie McMurray's car hit a chunk of concrete on the racetrack, spitting it backwards in to a fast-closing GEICO car.  Fortunately, Mears sustained just minor damage and the car passed muster during its visit to pit road under caution.  The race quickly went to a red flag condition for the second time, leaving the drivers stranded in their racecars for twenty-two minutes while track workers repaired the newly created pothole. 

 

As the race began to wind down, Mears found himself battling a loose-handling GEICO Chevy. Despite the challenge, he remained in the top 20 and seemed to be charging forward.  He was riding in the 19th position when the yellow flag flew for debris in turn three.  Rather than visit pit road for tires and fuel, crew chief Bootie Barker advised Mears to stay out and take the wavearound, allowing him to regain a lap to the field.  The team would be taking a chance, as the decision would leave Mears 10 laps short on fuel should the race stay green for the final 34 miles. 

 

Mears restarted 19th when the green flag turned the field loose on lap 366, hoping for a caution that would allow the GEICO Chevy to visit pit road for tires and fuel.  Unfortunately, the gamble did not pay off and Mears was forced to his pit stall under green for fuel with just 11 laps remaining.  Just a single lap after returning to the racing surface, Mears notified his crew that he had a right rear tire come apart, once again relegating him to pit lane while his counterparts continued under green flag conditions.  As he was exiting pit road, the event's final caution flag of the day waved, sending him yet another lap down to the field.  While the final few laps presented significant challenges, Mears still managed to record a 25th place finish, the team's ninth top 25 of the 2014 season. 

 

"Our day started out really strong and the No. 13 GEICO Chevy felt good, which allowed me to get inside the top 15," Mears said.  "Unfortunately, we got a little too loose late in the race, which hurt us a little, but the flat tire at the end was really the nail in the coffin.  All in all a strong day by our GEICO team and things went well until the end.  It was good to be fast and be able to pass people.  We're excited to get to Pocono next week." 

 

Next week will find Germain Racing battling the Tricky Triangle in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Pocono Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, June 6th, at 12:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at4:40 PM (EDT).

 

The Pocono 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June8th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

May 27
2014

Charlotte - 600 Race Recap - GEICO Chevy SS

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DEBRIS DAMAGE DOESN'T DETER MEARS; SCORES A TOP-25 FINISH AT CHARLOTTE 

CONCORD, NC - (May 25, 2014) When practice kicked off on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Casey Mears and his Germain Racing team ended up 33rd in the opening practice session.  Fortunately, things turned around when the camo-clad No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS took to the track for practice on Saturday, as they ended up 16th and 25th in the respective sessions.  Of greater significance, Mears turned in the sixth best ten-lap average in the morning before later recording the eighth fastest ten-lap average in final practice, indicating the car showed consistency over a longer period of time. 

 

After qualifying 34th for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team were banking on the changing track conditions to play in their favor in allowing them to race to the front.  The fact that the event is the longest race on the circuit at 600-miles - and that it begins in sunny conditions and finishes under the lights - guarantees that nothing is guaranteed. 

 

The 2014 Coca-Cola 600 got underway at 6:23pm EDT and within a few laps, Mears reported that his GEICO Chevy was "tight and stepping out" over the turn four bumps that the 1.5-mile tri-oval at Charlotte has become known for. 

 

With no cautions during the first fuel run, pit stops began under green and Mears came to pit road for the first time at lap 47 for four tires, fuel and adjustments to remedy the tight condition.  Not long after the stop, however, Mears' feedback leaned towards the car being too "loose" but was still making progress, now being posted in the 28th position.

 

The next green-flag stop came at lap 110 and the crew discovered a hole in the grill, apparently caused by a piece of debris.  Along with the usual four tires and fuel, the team patched the hole and returned Mears to competition.  Soon after, his reports took a turn for the worse.  Mears and the crew weren't sure if it was an "off" set of tires, or the grill damage, but the GEICO Chevy was not the same car.

 

As night fell and laps wore on in the event, the GEICO team soldiered on and continued to evaluate feedback and make adjustments accordingly.

 

Again, long green-flag runs dominated throughout the mid portions of the race which left Mears and the GEICO team vulnerable to being lapped, but at the same time, with only some 10-15 cars on the lead lap at any given time, the team was far from being out of contention for a solid finish.

 

Throughout the race, the team persevered, as Mears explained the car's handling issues, the crew followed the instructions of crew chief, Bootie Barker, in trying to correct the situation and secure a strong finish.  As the checkered flag closed out 400-laps of racing in the late night hours in Charlotte, Mears brought the GEICO Chevy home in the 24th position, accounting for the team's eighth top-25 finish of the 2014 season.

 

"We learned a lot tonight and I just want to thank everyone on this GEICO team for all of their hard work this weekend," Mears said.  "We enjoyed running the GEICO Military paint scheme during the May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  What we do at the track each week pales in comparison to the sacrifices that have been made by our service members.  This weekend is all about those who have fought for our country and offered the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom."

 

Mears and the Germain Racing team will move on to Dover, DE, where they will play in the Gecko's backyard, as GEICO is located a short 90-minute drive from the Monster Mile.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Dover International Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, May 30th, at 11:00 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT).

 

The FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 1st, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Contact: Debbie Glenn, Player Management International

Email: dglenn@pmifirm.com   Web Site:  www.pmifirm.com

May 26
2014

CarSense Associate Sponsor for Dover, Pocono

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CarSense Makes Sense for Car Buyers and Car Owners in Philly and Pittsburgh
and CarSense Is GEICO Chevy Associate Sponsor at Dover and Pocono

 

May 26, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – Germain Racing’s associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS over the upcoming Dover and Pocono race weekends makes sense of car buying, and car service for drivers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA. CarSense will be a featured associate sponsor on Casey Mears’ NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry in back-to-back races at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, June 1st and Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 8th.

 

CarSense earned back to back Top Place to Work awards from Philly.com. The company proudly delivers liquid engineering in Castrol oil changes for car owners of all makes and models of vehicles, meanwhile CarSense makes the used car buying process easier for shoppers with features such as CarSense Certified and the CarSense Lifetime Engine Guarantee.

 

At CarSense, selling a used car is nearly as easy as buying one. Visit CarSense on the web at CarSense.com or at one of their five locations across Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

 

The Dover race weekend kicks off with opening practice at 11:00 AM ET on Friday, May 30th followed by qualifying at 3:40 PM. Saturday the 31st the GEICO Chevy SS featuring the CarSense logo will be on track for practice sessions at 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM while Sunday’s 400-lap race is set to begin at 1:00 PM ET.

 

For Pocono fans, Friday, June 6th at Noon Eastern is first practice and qualifying follows at 4:40 PM. Saturday practice sessions are at 9 and 11:30 AM ET while Sunday’s race, June 8th, is slated to begin at 1 PM.

 

CarSense does things differently – the CarSense Way. Visit CarSense.com or Like CarSense on Facebook.com/CarSense.

 

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

 

Germain Racing will feature live commentary via Twitter @GermainRacing or check in at GermainRacing.com for news and information on the team.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com.  You can also follow GEICO Racing for photos and updates from the race track on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

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

 

 

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Germain Racing Media Contact: Lori Smith, lsmith@germainracing13.com

 

May 19
2014

Race 3 for Take 5 with Germain Racing on GEICO Chevy SS at Charlotte

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For the Longest Race in NASCAR, Take 5, Home of the 5-Minute Oil Change
Returns to Ride Along with Germain Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 19, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – Associate sponsor Take 5, Home of the 5-Minute Oil Change, has held onto the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS through the bumps and bangs of short track action at Richmond, and the high speed chess match at Talladega Superspeedway. This time, Take 5 is staged to participate in the marathon of NASCAR – the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race starts in the dimming light of early evening, finishes under the lights over Memorial Day weekend and involves large doses of strategy, endurance and luck. GEICO Chevy driver Casey Mears is a Coca-Cola 600 race winner, and he and the team hope to have plenty of the key ingredients in store for the 400-lap adventure on Sunday, May 24, 2014.

Take 5 Oil Change offers convenient drive-thru oil changes featuring liquid engineering in Castrol products. Similar to the “stay in your car, have a beverage, too” service the Germain Racing crew offers Mears during each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pit stop, Take 5 offers regular drivers “stay in your car” service and Take 5 oil changes come with a complementary beverage and the overall experience is in a low-pressure, high-speed oil change environment.

Founded in Metairie, Louisiana, Take 5 Oil Change understands the value of the daily automobile driver’s time. The company delivers competitively priced, quick-service Castrol oil changes at 30 locations in North and South Carolina, south Louisiana and coastal Alabama, and Take 5’s certified managers and staff are available to serve seven (7) days a week.

This is the third race for Take 5 with the GEICO Chevy SS, but the 600 weekend features a very special military-themed GEICO Chevy, complete with camouflage striping to tie into the Memorial Day weekend.

Opening practice is Thursday afternoon, May 22nd, at 2:30 PM (ET) followed by qualifying at 7:10 PM. Friday there is no activity at the track, but the 600 cars return to the 1.5-mile circuit Saturday for practice at 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM.  Sunday’s race will be broadcast live on FOX beginning at 5:30 PM (ET).  PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90 will carry the radio coverage of the event.

Take 5 Oil Change was established in 1984 and currently operates 34 locations and is expanding throughout the United States.  Visit the website to find a location near you, coupons and more at www.Take5OilChange.com. Or, like Take 5 on Facebook www.facebook.com/Take.5.Oil.Change

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

Germain Racing will feature live commentary via Twitter @GermainRacing or check in at GermainRacing.com for news and information on the team.

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com.  You can also follow GEICO Racing for photos and updates from the race track on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

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

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Germain Racing Media Contact: Lori Smith, lsmith@germainracing13.com

 

Take 5 Media Contact: Crystal Bell, crystal@take5oilchange.com

May 17
2014

THIRD PLACE for Casey Mears in GEICO Military Chevy SS at Charlotte for Sprint Showdown

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A QUICK MEARS RECORDS TOP 3 FINISH IN SPRINT SHOWDOWN 

Concord, NC (May 16, 2014) - Casey Mears and company unloaded their camouflage-clad No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS on Friday morning, prepping for a busy visit to Charlotte Motor Speedway that would find them practicing, qualifying and racing all in the same day.  The Germain Racing team will sport a military-themed racecar for the balance of the month of May that will pay tribute to the United States military.  Aside from the ever-present camouflage, the car also features a saluting Gecko wearing a military helmet.

 

When practice got underway, they were hoping to get their hands wrapped around a track that has long given them fits.  Mears quickly took to the racing surface and began winning the battle when he ended up 7th on the speed chart as the day's sole practice session came to a close.  Just a few hours later, Mears pedaled the No. 13 GEICO Chevy around the 1.5-mile quad-oval at a blistering 192.417 miles per hour, qualifying ninth for Friday night's event. 

 

Cool temperatures and a light sprinkling of rain were present as the drivers arrived on pit road for pre-race ceremonies, but quickly dissipated as the cars began firing their engines.  The green flag turned the field loose in a high-speed spectacle that would keep fans on the edge of their seats.  After going green, Mears began to throttle forward and had the GEICO Chevy sitting in the sixth position by lap nine.  As the opening segment began to wind down, Mears reported to crew chief Bootie Barker that the frontend was falling off bad.  Barker assured him they would make the necessary adjustments during the upcoming break. 

 

Mears finished up the opening segment in the 6th position and was pleased with the speed of his GEICO machine.  He visited pit road where the Germain Racing crew delivered the promised changes, along with four tires and fuel before sending him back out on the racetrack for the final segment of racing.  Mears restarted the race from the 10th position, but by the time he completed just a single lap he was back up to sixth place and two laps later was running solidly in the top five.  He continued to reign in the leaders and when the checkered flag waved, Mears and his military-themed No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS collected a third place finish.  Upon crossing the finish line, Mears joyfully took to the team's radio frequency: "Great job, guys.  This is the best car we've ever had here."  Mears popularity among fans was also evident when he wrapped up the All-Star week as one of the top 10 drivers in the Sprint Fan Vote.

 

"It was a lot of fun to drive the GEICO Chevy tonight, it had a lot of speed," Mears said.  "This may be the first time that we were passing cars on the final laps here at Charlotte.  We've always struggled here, so it is nice to see that we're making some progress.  I'm happy for GEICO, KMC Wheels, Castrol and all of our partners.  It's always fun when you can go to a racetrack and be that fast.  I appreciate the hard work of everyone on this Germain team and we're looking forward to the Coke 600 next week."  He added, "It was cool that so many fans voted for me in the Sprint Fan Vote.  Things like that are humbling and mean so much because it's a democratic process that the fans directly take part in and I appreciate their support.  Our fans are important to me because that's what this sport is all about, they are why we get to do what we do each week."

 

The Germain Racing team will again return to Charlotte Motor Speedway next week.  The Coca-Cola 600 bears special meaning in the Mears' household, as it is the race where Casey captured his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in 2007.  

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Thursday, May 22nd, at 2:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 7:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 25th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 6:00 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

- PMI -


Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

May 14
2014

Fast Lube Plus Joins GEICO Chevy SS at Charlotte for All Star Weekend

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Fast Lube Plus of Cary, NC, is an All-Star Associate on the Special Camouflage-decorated GEICO Chevrolet SS with Casey Mears at Charlotte Motor Speedway

 

May 14, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – This week is a very special week for Germain Racing driver Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS team. A special paint scheme. A special uniform. A Top 10 driver and a North Carolina-based associate sponsor. Fast Lube Plus, with locations in and around Cary, NC, is joining Mears in the debut of a very special paint scheme being featured on the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The camouflaged GEICO Chevy will first race Friday night in the Sprint Showdown – a qualifying event for Saturday’s Sprint All Star Race. Mears is in the Top 10 for fan votes which could mean he is voted into the Sprint All Star Race field if he doesn’t gain entry via the Sprint Showdown.

 

Fast Lube Plus offers Castrol liquid technology in their oil changes at locations in Cary, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Apex and Garner. Stop into Fast Lube Plus for shock and suspension service, too.

 

You may have to look twice to find the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS and Mears this weekend as they will both be cloaked in camouflage, but, they will be there, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, starting with Sprint Showdown practice at 12:05 PM (EDT) on Friday, May 16th. Qualifying follows at 4:10 PM. The two-segment race will kick off at 7:15 PM. All will air live on FOX Sports 1.  The Performance Radio Network (PRN) will carry the live Sprint Showdown radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. Saturday’s Sprint All Star race is scheduled to start at 9:10 PM.

 

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

 

Germain Racing will feature live commentary via Twitter @GermainRacing or check in at GermainRacing.com for news and information on the team.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com.  You can also follow GEICO Racing for photos and updates from the race track on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

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

 

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Germain Racing Media Contact: Lori Smith, lsmith@germainracing13.com

 

 

May 12
2014

Kansas Race Report - GEICO Chevy SS

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MEARS SURVIVES MULTIPLE SETBACKS TO SALVAGE 26TH PLACE FINISH IN KANSAS 

Kansas City, KS (May 10, 2014) - Casey Mears and his GEICO team entered Kansas with three consecutive top 20 finishes under their belts and were looking to continue that run.  Saturday marked the first time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced at night at Kansas Speedway and the full grandstands reflected the significance of the event. 

 

Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS were quick off of the truck and ended up 11th at the close of the weekend's opening practice session on Friday.  Final practice saw Mears 26th on the board before he later qualified 27th for the 5-Hour Energy 400. 

 

When race fans arrived at the track for Saturday evening's 267-lap event, rain threatened the area and even caused a short delay.  The precipitation cleared quickly and the green flag set the field underway just a few minutes after the scheduled start time.  Mears and his GEICO Chevy rolled off of the starting grid from the 27th position and quickly moved into the top 25 on the opening lap.  Unf Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. ortunately, he would soon encounter handling issues with the racecar that would find him battling a loose condition that plagued him for the balance of the evening. 

 

Despite an evening-long confrontation with an ill-handling racecar, Mears and his GEICO crew remained persistent throughout the race.  The Germain Racing team made wholesale changes during several pitstops that seemed to help the GEICO Chevy as the race began to wear down.  However, disaster nearly struck when A.J. Allmendinger spun in front of Mears on lap 187, forcing the GEICO machine into the grass where it spun up and across the racetrack.  Mears did a masterful job of controlling the car, avoiding peril and saving it from any significant damage. 

 

Mears recovered from the lap 187 incident and had moved up to 23rd, in the free pass position, before an empty gas tank sent him scurrying down pit road for fuel on lap 256.  The car struggled to re-fire during his pit stop, costing him valuable seconds as he rejoined the field with just nine laps remaining in the race.  While the spin on lap 187 and the setback on pit road provided significant challenges, Mears managed to rally back and hustle the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to a 26th place finish. 

 

"It was a long night and we really struggled to get the #13 GEICO Chevy where we needed it to be," Mears said.  "We were fortunate not to get caught up in that crash.  The guys worked hard the entire race and we will now focus on getting to Charlotte next week and learning as much as we can at the Sprint Showdown.  Hopefully, we'll learn some things that will benefit us in the Coca-Cola 600 the following week."

 

The next two weeks will serve as an opportunity for the Germain Racing team to sleep in their own beds, as they will race just down the road in Concord, NC.   

 

The back half of May will feature Mears piloting a military-themed No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS at both the Sprint Showdown and the Coca-Cola 600.  GEICO and Germain Racing will salute our troops with a camouflage-accented paint scheme, accompanied by a Gecko wearing a military helmet on the hood of the car.    

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the weekend's only practice session on Friday, May 16th, at 12:05 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 4:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Sprint Showdown NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Friday, May 16th, and it will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 7:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

- PMI -


Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

May 09
2014

Military Honored with Special Paint Scheme on GEICO Chevy SS - Charlotte Races

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GEICO AND GERMAIN RACING TO HONOR THE MILITARY WITH SPECIAL PAINT SCHEME AT MAY CHARLOTTE RACES 

Mooresville, NC (May 8, 2014) - As the month of May gets underway, the racing season is in full swing.  Casey Mears and his GEICO team have been on a solid run, notching three top 20 finishes in their last three outings and now announce an initiative to honor our nation's military.

 

GEICO's history with the military is long and rich and the company will now pay tribute to the troops by running a special paint scheme at the Sprint Showdown on Friday, May 16th, and also throughout Memorial Day weekend at the Coca-Cola 600.  The No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will feature camouflage accents on the side of the car, along with the Gecko wearing a military helmet and 'GEICO Military' across the hood.  'Thank You For Your Service' will adorn the decklid, while the television panel of the car will feature the Gecko offering a salute while standing at attention.

 

GEICO has been dedicated to serving the U.S. military since the company's founding in 1936, as its first customers were enlisted service members and other federal employees.  Their support is expansive and GEICO provides discount programs and service options that can best serve U.S. troops at home and overseas during wartime, as well as peacetime.

 

"It's really special that GEICO is going to honor our troops on the No. 13 Chev  rolet SS in Charlotte this month because our military is such a large part of our fan base and really embraces NASCAR," Mears said.  "It makes me proud to be sponsored by a company that not only says they support the troops, but actually stands behind them and offers many different programs to assist them, whether they are here or abroad."  He added, "I won Charlotte in 2007 in the National Guard car and have always had a lot of respect for our troops.  It's exciting to go there this year with some camouflage on our GEICO Chevy and the Gecko wearing a helmet.  It will definitely be memorable."

 

GEICO also honors members of the U.S. military each year for their contributions toward drug and alcohol abuse prevention, fire safety and fire prevention or traffic safety and accident prevention with the GEICO Military Service Awards.

 

GEICO also supports the USO and the programs it provides to military members and their families.

 

There is still time to vote Casey Mears into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race!  You can vote by visiting: http://www.nascar.com/SprintFanVote

 

The Sprint Showdown is on Friday, May 16, and it will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 7 p.m. (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

The Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 25th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 6 p.m. (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Want more information on GEICO's Military programs?  Please visit: www.geico.com/information/military

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

- PMI -


Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

 

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

May 09
2014

Dipman Automotive Service - Associate Sponsor at Kansas

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From Olathe, KS, Dipman Automotive Service Will Ride With Casey Mears
and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS at Kansas Speedway

 

May 5, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – Heading to the Midwest following a wild and competitive race weekend in Alabama, Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will bring a familiar local Castrol oil change service center to the track with them for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ “5-hour Energy 400” at Kansas Speedway. Dipman Automotive Service of Olathe, KS, will be featured as an associate sponsor throughout the team’s trip to the 1.5 mile tri-oval located about 15 miles west of downtown Kansas City.

 

Located on West Sante Fe Street in Olathe, KS, Dipman is a Goodyear tire center that is proud to offer the liquid engineering of premium quality Castrol oil products. The Castrol products fit perfectly into the Dipman Automotive Service philosophy. At Dipman, the ASE certified technicians strive for excellence.

 

Kansas Speedway race weekend action begins for the GEICO Chevy SS on Friday, May 9th, with opening practice at 12:00 PM (EDT). Qualifying follows at 6:40 PM. The 5-hour Energy 400 race will be held under the lights Saturday night, May 10th. Live television coverage begins on FOX at 7:30 PM.  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Visit www.dipmanauto.com for information and coupons for Dipman Automotive Service of Olathe, KS.

 

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

 

Germain Racing will feature live commentary via Twitter @GermainRacing or check in at GermainRacing.com for news and information on the team.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com.  You can also follow GEICO Racing for photos and updates from the race track on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

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

 

 

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May 05
2014

Talladega Spring Race Recap - GEICO Chevy SS, Mears

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STRONG 'DEGA WEEKEND CONTINUES ROLL FOR MEARS AND THE GECKO

 

Talladega, AL (May 4, 2014) - When Casey Mears and his GEICO team arrived in Talladega for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' second restrictor-plate race of the 2014 season, they were coming off of strong runs at Darlington and Richmond.  As the season begins to move along, Mears and company were looking to keep the momentum rolling at a track where they have historically experienced considerable success. 

 

Mears wasted little time getting settled and shot his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS up to 15th on the speed chart in the weekend's opening practice session on Friday.  Saturday saw the Bakersfield, CA, native flanked by former University of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, an Alabama legend.  McCarron's national championship touch must've rubbed off on the GEICO team, as Mears hustled to a fourth place starting position by the time qualifying came to a close.  His lap of 48.518-seconds, at a speed of 197.370 miles per hour, accounted for Germain Racing's best qualifying effort of the 2014 season. 

 

A sky full of Alabama sunshine and a full house provided the backdrop for Sunday's Aaro  n's 499.  Mears rolled off of the starting grid from the fourth position when the green flag turned the field loose for a full afternoon of bumper-to-bumper racing.  Business picked up quick and the field soon found themselves three-wide in the opening laps.  After running at the front of the field for the first 35 laps, the engine of Mears' No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS warmed up considerably before he reported to crew chief Bootie Barker that his temperature was up to 290-degrees.  He elected to fall to the rear of the field in an effort to allow his engine to cool and also miss any potential crashes that are characteristic of restrictor-plate racing.  He informed Barker that the GEICO Chevy was strong and it would not be a problem to get back to the front.

 

Mears led three laps over the course of the race and would often move effortlessly to the front of the field whenever he desired.  Barker started thinking fuel strategy and had his driver pit under the lap 138 caution in order to take on tires and have gasman Ben Runge pack his GEICO machine full of Sunoco racing fuel.  When the race returned to green with 45 laps remaining in the advertised distance, Barker told Mears that he would need to run in the back and save fuel for 20 laps.  A few laps later, Mears said, "We can save fuel, but if we don't make a move it's going to stay three-wide until the end and then we'll have a hard time getting up there."  Barker in turn asked Mears to be patient and play the strategy out because he would be there at the end. 

 

With just 38 laps left, David Gilliland brought out the yellow flag when his engine expired and left oil on the racing surface.  Barker's strategy was fruitful and the cars in front of Mears all needed to pit for fuel, while the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet was good on fuel for the balance of the 188-lap event.  When the green flag once again set the field underway, Mears was now all the way up in the 12th position, as Barker's strategy played out perfectly and put the GEICO car up front as the race began to wind down.  On the restart, Barker turned Mears loose: "You're good on fuel, man, go for the gold!" 

 

Mears promptly returned to the top 10 and continued making progress despite having to negotiate intermittent four-wide racing action.  When cars began crashing to the rear of Mears with just 13 laps to go, Barker quickly ordered him to once again save fuel.  However, when Carl Edwards lost a tire and collected Ryan Newman in a crash with five to go, Barker delivered better news to Mears, who now resided in the ninth position.  "Casey, you are two laps to the good on fuel," Barker happily reported. 

 

The green flag waved for the final time with just two laps remaining, but the subsequent lap featured a multi-car incident as the white flag waved to signal the final lap of the race.  Consequently, the race would end under caution, but Mears' earlier patience paid off when, after saving fuel and avoiding several on-track incidents, his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS crossed the finish line in the 14th position.  His strong effort accounts for Germain Racing's fourth top 15 finish of the season and also helped Mears climb up the point standings where he is now tied with Tony Stewart for the 21st position, just eight points removed from the top 20. 

 

"We had a really solid weekend and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was good from the time we unloaded.  It's nice that we're starting to achieve some consistency over the race weekends and I think we're learning a lot about the new car as the season moves on," Mears said.  "I'm proud of everyone on this Germain Racing team and right now we're really gelling and everyone's on the same page.  It's also exciting that we've now finished the first two restrictor-plate races of the season with clean racecars.  We're looking forward to getting to Kansas."  

 

The Germain Racing team will now travel to the Sunflower State for a race on Mother's Day weekend.


Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Kansas Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, May 9th, at 12:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (EDT).

 

The 5-Hour Energy 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, May 10th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

  

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

  

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

  

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

 

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

 

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

 

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com