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Jun 29
2014

Top 20 at Kentucky for Mears, GEICO, KMC Wheels, Castrol Premium Lube Express

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NO SHOCKS, NO PROBLEM: MEARS COLLECTS TOP 20 FINISH AT KENTUCKY 

Sparta, KY (June 28, 2014) - As the summer picks up, so has Casey Mears and his GEICO team. Coming off of a strong run in Sonoma where Mears finished 13th and earned the Sherwin-Williams Fast Lap of the Race award, the team was aiming for success at Kentucky Speedway. Germain Racing has worked hard to improve their performance on intermediate tracks and Kentucky would aid in the cause.

 

While first practice caused concern when the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was 31st on the board, crew chief Bootie Barker and the Germain Racing crew made changes that saw Mears catapult up the speed chart to 17th in Happy Hour. He would later qualify 26th - just behind close friend Jimmie Johnson who was 25th - when he navigated the 1.5-mile oval in 29.440-seconds, at a speed of 183.424 miles per hour.

 

Rain blanketed the Sparta area on race day, but despite heavy downpours, the green flag waved at its scheduled time. When the Quaker State 400 got underway, Mears started 26th and made his way swiftly through the field, hustling the No. 13 GEICO Chevy into the top 20 by lap six. Visibly fast, Mears was strong throughout the first green flag run.

 

Later in the race, the GEICO machine became irritable and Mears soon found himself at odds with an ill-handling racecar. Frustrated, he radioed in: "It doesn't want to roll in the center, it's just tight. The front-end, where it wasn't turning, is worse. The car is worse, it won't turn at all now." He began a free-fall down the scoring tower, bottoming out in the 29th position and losing a lap to the leader. It wasn't until Mears brought his No. 13 GEICO Chevy to the attention of his pit crew during the lap 125 caution that they realized he had a slow air leak in the right rear tire. This issue caused the handling of the car to get increasingly more challenging as the run wore on, but with it diagnosed, they made necessary changes and returned Mears to the racing surface ready to do battle. He quickly began making up ground and moved into the lucky dog position, allowing him to return to the lead lap when the yellow flag waved on lap 177.

 

Mears was in the 18th position and charging hard on lap 222. With 35 laps to go, he radioed in that he felt like he had a tire going down, it felt like something was dragging. He went on to say that it felt like a shock came loose, as the car was bouncing all over the place. Mears was correct; the rear shock mount bar had broken, leaving him with no rear shocks for the final 30 laps of the race. By lap 251, Mears said the No.13 GEICO Chevy SS felt totally out of control. Barker reassured him, "You're doing a heck of a job, Casey." Spotter, Ron Lewis, excitedly cheered his driver along through the final 16 laps, keeping him abreast of any closing traffic. Despite piloting a car with no rear shocks, his speed matched that of the leaders for nearly all of the final 20 laps. Mears settled in and remained silent on the team's radio frequency focusing only on taming a car that shared a different perspective. A persistent Mears crossed the finish line in the 20th position, handing the GEICO Racing team their ninth top 20 finish of the 2014 season.

 

A post-race Tweet from crew member Bryan Kincheloe summed up Mears' skill in even finishing the race: "Shout out to @CJmearsgang (Casey Mears) for driving the wheels off it with no rear shocks. That's not easy kids."

 

"We started off really strong and the GEICO Chevy was fast from the start of the race. It was dialed in and I had a lot of speed," Mears said. "It was a little confusing when the car's handling turned so bad, but it made sense when we realized we had a right rear tire with a slow leak. The GEICO crew got the car fixed up and we went back out there and did some racing and got a good finish. The final 30 or 35 laps were tough trying to maintain control of the car with no rear shocks. I almost lost it a couple of times, but was able to keep it under control. I'm really proud of these guys. We've had a few things happen beyond our control the last couple of weeks, but we didn't quit and we've been able to finish well." He continued, "We're looking forward to getting to Daytona next week. The guys on this GEICO team work really hard on our restrictor-plate program, so I know we'll have a good car when we unload on Thursday."

 

Mears and the GEICO team will now set their sights on Daytona, where they departed the first race of the season with a top 10 finish.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Daytona International Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Thursday, July 3rd, at 4:00 PM (EDT). Qualifying is on Friday, July 4th, at 5:10 PM (EDT). All activities will air live on Fox Sports 1.

 

The Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, July 5th, and it will be televised live on TNT 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

Jun 26
2014

Castrol Premium Lube Express is Associate Sponsor at Kentucky Speedway

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Castrol Premium Lube Express Featured on GEICO Chevrolet SS at Kentucky

 

June 25, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – For this Saturday night’s 400.5-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, Germain Racing is proud to promote Castrol Premium Lube Express as an associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by Casey Mears. This is the first time the Castrol Premium Lube Express logo appears on the GEICO Chevy this season, but, the logo will be showcased again by Mears and company in the coming weeks.

 

Castrol Premium Lube Express (CPLE) is Castrol’s top-tier branded quick lube program that leverages the strength of the Castrol brand and focuses on partnership between Castrol and its operators. Every Castrol Premium Lube Express is individually owned and operated, and they are all held to the highest standards of customer service.

 

Customers at Castrol Premium Lube Express continue to return for a variety of reasons ranging from feeling Castrol is the best oil available for their car, to enjoying the professional, speedy service and friendly informative staff at the CPLE locations.

 

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

 

Kentucky’s weekend begins with a very busy Friday schedule – practice and final practice are Friday June 27th, 10:30 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. and qualifying comes at 5:30 p.m. – all will be aired live on FOX Sports 1. Saturday night’s race coverage begins with NASCAR RaceDay on Fox Sports 2 at 5:30 p.m. and moves over to TNT of NSCS Countdown to Green at 6:30 and race coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. from Kentucky Speedway. Radio coverage will be broadcast on PRN/Sirius XM Channel 90.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Jun 23
2014

Sonoma Race Report - 13th for GEICO Chevy SS

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MEARS' QUICK RECOVERY RESULTS IN 13TH PLACE FINISH IN SONOMA

 

Player Management International Media Release 

 

Sonoma, CA  (June 22, 2014) - Excellent weather and intense racing were the flavors of the day at Sonoma Raceway for Sunday's 110-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Driver Casey Mears, a native of Bakersfield, CA, raced in the top-10, earned the Sherwin-Williams Fast Lap of the Race award, survived calamity and managed a 13th-place finish with a wrinkled, bumped and battered No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS.

  

The weekend opened with two practice sessions on Friday. Mears and the GEICO crew worked on the car, anticipating a slightly tight condition come race day. Mears ended up 26th in first practice, but, in the afternoon heat, posted the 12th fastest time in final practice, improving 14-positions from the earlier session. Qualifying followed suit, as Mears benefitted from the changes made in practice to advance to the final round of qualifying, where he went on to secure a 12th place starting position for Sunday's race.

 

Saturday evening found Mears and his Germain Racing counterparts at the home of their associate sponsor Caymus Vineyards, where they took in the sights, sounds and tastes of wine country. Hosted by Caymus owner/winemaker Chuck Wagner, team owner Bob Germain was flanked by his racing team, along with family and friends, when they had dinner in Caymus' barrel room. Wagner also took the group on a personally guided tour of the vineyard and familiarized them with the wine making process. Wagner, along with members of the Caymus family, joined guests from GEICO and KMC Wheels to cheer on Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevy when race day arrived.

 

When the green flag got things underway on Sunday, the race set off on a blistering pace, with 31 laps of racing that saw many cars making green flag pit stops before the day's first caution flag flew at lap 32. Mears had stopped on lap 26 for four tires and fuel and the Germain Racing pit crew set the tone for the fast stops that would follow throughout the day. Mears had raced is way into the top 10, as high as seventh, and his only note to crew chief Bootie Barker was that the GEICO Chevy turned right a bit better than it turned left.

 

In the tenth position for the lap 35 restart, Mears received a shove from Clint Bowyer that forced him into fellow Chevy driver Kasey Kahne, causing significant frontend damage that left a hole on the front of the GEICO car where the Chevrolet logo would normally be located. The damage required crew chief Bootie Barker to call Mears to the pits under green flag conditions for repairs and fresh left-side tires - a move that put the team slightly off-sequence with the original three-stop plan for the day. The GEICO crew made quick work of the No. 13 Chevrolet and returned Mears to the racing surface without losing a lap to the field.

 

"How's the car after all of the body damage? Is it handling the same?" asked Barker. Mears responded that the car was handling fine, so Barker and the crew scrapped a plan to fix the hole on the front of the car and instead refocused their attention on getting Mears out of the 37th position and back into the top ten.

 

Mears continued to aggressively hustle the GEICO Chevy around the 1.99-mile road course, gaining positions in bulk until he was back in the top ten with 20-laps left in the advertised distance of the race. Even the television announcers noted several times the torrid pace with which Mears toured the scenic racecourse. He was running in the ninth position with just 13 laps to go when contact with Kurt Busch knocked out the toe on his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS, causing him to lose ground to fast-closing racecars. The issue did little to thwart his daylong effort, as Mears crossed the finish line in the 13th position and notched the team's fifth top-15 finish of the 2014 season.

 

"We had a pretty good day. The GEICO Chevy started out real strong. We got bottled up a bit on the restart following the first caution. It was an eventful day and after everything that happened, we ended up with a pretty good result," Mears said.  "With about 13 laps to go, I was passing Kurt Busch and he kind of pinched me into the tires. It knocked the toe out on the GEICO Chevy - it was a handful through the end of the race. We finished 13th, so it turned out pretty good. The GEICO pit crew had some outstanding stops today. I know we are all looking forward to Kentucky Speedway next weekend."

 

Mears and the GEICO team will now do some Saturday night racing under the lights. The next stop on the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule is in Sparta, KY.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Kentucky Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, June 27th, at 10:30 AM (EDT). Qualifying will follow at 5:40 PM (EDT). All activities will air live on Fox Sports 1.

 

The Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, June28th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 7:30 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 -

  

Jun 17
2014

40th Vintage Caymus Cabernet Celebrated at Sonoma

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Germain Racing Proud to Celebrate 40th Cabernet Vintage with Caymus at Sonoma

 

Mooresville, NC (June 17, 2014) – Germain Racing is delighted to celebrate the 40th Vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon with Caymus Vineyards this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Caymus is in its second season as an associate sponsor on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by Californian Casey Mears. In Sunday’s race, a special 40th Cabernet logo will appear on the rear quarter panels of the race car.

“With the release of Caymus Vineyards’ 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, we are celebrating our 40th vintage of producing Cabernet. This vintage is bottled in a limited-edition package that pays homage to our family history. In the fall of 1971, such a milestone was just a dream for my parents, Charlie and Lorna Wagner. In a bold move that impresses me to this day, they sat me down and asked me to join them in creating a new winery. We would name it Caymus, after the historical Mexican ‘Rancho Caymus’ of which our land is a part. My folks were 60 and 57 and I was 19. We would construct a small winery amongst the vineyards that my family had planted – we had 55 acres of vines when we embarked on the wine business. The 2012 vintage has turned into quite a year, with the good fortune of our 40th Anniversary coinciding with a great vintage in Napa Valley,” explained Chuck Wagner, Owner/Winemaker.

Germain Racing team owner Bob Germain is thrilled to be part of such a milestone for Caymus.

“To know the Wagner family is to really appreciate the love they put into their wines. Being able to celebrate such a significant milestone for Caymus Vineyards makes this weekend’s trip to Sonoma Raceway even more exciting,” said Germain.

The Sonoma 350 is a 350K/218.9-mile,110-lap event which will be live from Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA. Sonoma race day television coverage will be carried by TNT while radio broadcasts can be heard on PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90. The track has a Twitter feed @RaceSonoma and NASCAR keeps fans in the loop @NASCAR and @NASCARStats.

The Wagners come from a long line of grape growers and winemakers with a farming legacy that can be traced back 156 years in the Napa Valley.  It's been over 40 years since Charlie and Lorna Wagner, along with son, Chuck, founded Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford, Napa Valley and today the family is proud to showcase a collection of wine brands that have a reputation for quality and consistency, sourced from the premiere wine growing regions of California. Caymus has proven they are clear leaders as it is the only winery in the world to have been awarded the title of “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator, twice for their Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon.   From their ranch property purchased in 1941, Charlie Wagner, Sr. quickly gained a reputation as a skilled grape grower and home winemaker using grapes planted behind their farmhouse and today, Chuck Wagner continues to make world-renowned Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley.  His oldest son Charlie makes Mer Soleil Chardonnay in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County and Joseph makes Belle Glos Pinot Noir sourced from three prestigious coastal appellations of California.  They also make Conundrum, which has set the benchmark for luxury California wine blends for over twenty years. Chuck’s daughter Jenny recently joined the family business as winemaker for Emmolo and has recently released her first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot from Napa Valley.  Youngest daughter, Erin is enrolled in college.

Caymus Vineyards is on the web at www.Caymus.com, @Caymuscab, visit their Facebook page or www.WagnerFamilyofWine.com.

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com and keep up with driver Casey Mears on Twitter @CJMearsgang.

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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Jun 16
2014

Michigan Post-Race Report - June 2014

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MEARS' PERSEVERANCE NETS TOP 25 FINISH IN MICHIGAN'S IRISH HILLS

Player Management International Media Release 

 

Brooklyn, MI (June 15, 2014) - On a bright and sunny Father's Day in Brooklyn, MI, Casey Mears stood at the car with his father, Roger Mears, for a few photos during pre-race. Mears then held his own children for pre-race prayer and set off to race in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Throughout the weekend's three practice sessions and Friday's qualifying session, the Germain Racing crew was focused on making the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS adjustable so the team could tighten up the car's chassis as the race progressed. Loose was the predicted condition that most drivers would complain of, and that held true.

Starting from the 31st position, Mears spent the early laps of the race more concerned with avoiding crash contact than wondering how the GEICO Chevy was handling. As the field attempted to complete the first lap of competition under the green flag, the No. 55 car of Brian Vickers slid up into the wall just in front of Mears, bringing out the event's caution flag of the day.

 "That's one. If history repeats itself, get ready, because there will probably be two more crashes like that before we can get to racing today," Crew chief Bootie Barker said to Mears over the team radio.

As Barker predicted, after six caution laps, there was another failed attempt to restart the racing action at Michigan. The green flag turned the field loose on lap seven, but the yellow flag quickly reappeared on lap eight as Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson and Martin Truex, Jr, were involved in a melee that once again slowed the field.

"There's probably one more," said Barker over the radio. As it turns out, that one more was nearly the GEICO Chevy. Mears masterfully avoided causing the next caution on the restart as several cars just ahead of him did not accelerate when the green flag waved. In the shuffle to recover from avoiding the wreck, Mears slid back several spots to his original starting place of 31st.

When pit stops began, Mears' crew had a plan for the car. They provided him with four tires, fuel and two rounds of wedge when they called him in at lap 37.  When Mears rejoined the field, he began experiencing a vibration. Fortunately, it served as little consequence, as the GEICO Chevy began turning lap times comparable with cars in the top 10. The car was still slightly loose, so the crew made another adjustment during a subsequent pit stop.

Mears pushed the GEICO Chevy toward the front. By halfway, he was knocking on the door of the top-20. The crew gave him a two-tire pit stop under caution at lap 104. These changes did not work well for the car, and the team didn't need to wait long before they had an opportunity to re-adjust the chassis.

The field was taking the green flag following the fifth caution of the race when the No. 66 car of Brett Moffitt got loose and slid up into the door of the GEICO Chevy. The damage was cosmetic, but the Germain Racing crew took no chances. Mears was called to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel, and to add half of a spring rubber to the left rear of the car. He returned to the track in the 31st position on lap 116.

Despite the setback, Mears continued to navigate his way through the field and ultimately crossed the finish line in the 24th position, giving Germain Racing their 11th top 25 effort of the season. Aside from recording a solid finish, the GEICO team came away from the 400-mile event with much needed data that will most assuredly come in handy when the Sprint Cup Series returns to Michigan in August.

"It was good to have the GEICO Chevy be so fast at different points in the race today. We worked through a number of chassis adjustments and some went the way we hoped and some didn't. The pit crew had great stops today and we are all ready to get to Sonoma and see what kind of weekend we can have on the road course," said Mears.  He added, "The good thing is that we keep finishing races and finishing strong. It says a lot about our team when you think about what it takes to finish these races. We've been doing that consistently, so the results will come."

Looking ahead Mears has his sights set on Sonoma Raceway. He has a best result of fifth and has never failed to finish in his ten Sprint Cup Series races at the California road course.  The GEICO team will be bringing with them a brand-new, tested, road course race car.

"There's a lot of 'going home' feeling that comes with racing in California, and that we are heading to a road course makes it that much better. I enjoy racing on the road courses and this new GEICO Chevy we are bringing to the track - I think everyone on the Germain Racing team is excited about it. The car is fast and we are looking forward to having some fun with it at Sonoma," said Mears.

Sonoma's race weekend begins with practice and final practice on Friday, June 20th, from 3:00-4:50 p.m. ET and 6:30-8:00 PM on FOX Sports 1. Qualifying falls on Saturday at 1:40 PM ET on Fox Sports 1. Sunday's 110- lap race at Sonoma Raceway will be broadcast live on TNT at 3:00 PM ET, while the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Channel 90 will carry the live radio broadcast.

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 -

Jun 13
2014

Corrigan Propane of Brighton, MI, Associate Sponsor in Michigan

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From Brighton, MI, Corrigan Propane Races as Associate Sponsor on GEICO Chevrolet SS Driven by Casey Mears

 

June 13, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – Corrigan Propane began in 1958, when Bernie Corrigan started the business with a single service station and one tow truck. Similarly, Germain Racing began modestly and moved into the spotlight of NASCAR’s biggest stage, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Sunday in Brooklyn, MI, at Michigan International Speedway, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will feature Corrigan Propane as an associate sponsor for the Quicken Loans 400.

What began as a single service station has expanded into a family of companies including: Corrigan Propane is the residential arm of a family of Corrigan companies like Corrigan 24-hour Towing, Corrigan Construction, Corrigan Lubricants, Corrigan Transportation, Corrigan Propane and Technical Environmental Services. Today Corrigan is owned by Mike and Tim Corrigan and the company’s five Michigan locations provide solutions for commercial and residential customers in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

In Michigan, Castrol Automotive & Heavy Duty Lubricants are authorized for sale only by Corrigan through Corrigan Oil – a name familiar to stock car racing fans as the title sponsor of the ARCA Racing Series event at Michigan International Speedway. The Corrigan sales team staff has had hundreds of hours of training to be able to assess customers’ needs so that they can provide innovative solutions that deliver profitability combined with highest quality Castrol products and services available. This goes for all lines of Corrigan’s business, including Corrigan Propane.

Saturday the 14th the GEICO Chevy SS featuring the Corrigan Propane logo will be on track for practice sessions at 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM and Sunday’s 200-lap, 400-mile race on Father’s Day is set to begin at 1:00 PM ET. Watch live on TNT or tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate or Sirius/XM Channel 90.

Learn more about Corrigan Propane at www.CorriganOil.com.

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

Germain Racing is on Twitter @GermainRacing or check GermainRacing.com for news.

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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Jun 11
2014

Caymus Vineyards Returns to GEICO Chevy, Casey Mears, Germain Racing

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Caymus Vineyards Returns As An Associate Sponsor on California Native Mears’ No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS

 

Mooresville, NC (June 11, 2014) – Germain Racing, home of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet driven by Casey Mears in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, is proud to announce that Caymus Vineyards, part of the prestigious Wagner Family of Wine, has returned to the team as an associate sponsor. Caymus Vineyards’ premier event with Germain Racing will come on June 22, 2014, at Sonoma Raceway, and the Caymus logo will also be represented on the No. 13 Chevy throughout the 2014 racing season.

"I'm thrilled that Germain Racing gets to continue our relationship with Caymus Vineyards. Chuck Wagner, his family and his staff were so gracious to our team members and guests last year. It was a very special experience for all of us. We are very proud to represent Wagner Family of Wine again this year in Sonoma and throughout the 2014 racing season,” said Germain Racing team owner Bob Germain Jr.

Driver Casey Mears is a native of Bakersfield, CA, which gives roots to the pairing of Germain Racing’s GEICO Chevy with Napa Valley-based Caymus and the Wagner Family of Wine.

“We are pleased to be an Associate Sponsor for a second year of Casey Mears from Germain Racing and supporter of NASCAR for this year’s Sonoma race. In addition to enjoying this great sport, Caymus has many friends connected with NASCAR and we are happy to be able to give back and support them in return,” said Chuck Wagner, Owner/Winemaker, Caymus Vineyards and Wagner Family of Wine.

The Sonoma 350 is a 350K/218.9-mile,110-lap event which will be live from Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA. Sonoma race day television coverage will be carried by TNT while radio broadcasts can be heard on PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90. The track has a Twitter feed @RaceSonoma and NASCAR keeps fans in the loop @NASCAR and @NASCARStats.

The Wagners come from a long line of grape growers and winemakers with a farming legacy that can be traced back 156 years in the Napa Valley.  It's been over 40 years since Charlie and Lorna Wagner, along with son, Chuck, founded Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford, Napa Valley and today the family is proud to showcase a collection of wine brands that have a reputation for quality and consistency, sourced from the premiere wine growing regions of California. Caymus has proven they are clear leaders as it is the only winery in the world to have been awarded the title of “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator, twice for their Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon.   From their ranch property purchased in 1941, Charlie Wagner, Sr. quickly gained a reputation as a skilled grape grower and home winemaker using grapes planted behind their farmhouse and today, Chuck Wagner continues to make world-renowned Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley.  His oldest son Charlie makes Mer Soleil Chardonnay in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County and Joseph makes Belle Glos Pinot Noir sourced from three prestigious coastal appellations of California.  They also make Conundrum, which has set the benchmark for luxury California wine blends for over twenty years. Chuck’s daughter Jenny recently joined the family business as winemaker for Emmolo and has recently released her first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot from Napa Valley.  Youngest daughter, Erin is enrolled in college.

Caymus Vineyards is on the web at www.Caymus.com, @Caymuscab, visit their Facebook page or www.WagnerFamilyofWine.com.

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com and keep up with driver Casey Mears on Twitter @CJMearsgang.

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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Jun 09
2014

Pocono Raceway - Race Report - GEICO Chevy SS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

MEARS AND THE GECKO FAST AT THE TRICKY TRIANGLE 

Long Pond, PA (June 8, 2014) - After recording a strong run at Dover a week ago, Casey Mears and his GEICO team set their sights on Pocono Raceway, a facility that has long caused them frustration.  Given their marked improvement in 2014, the 2.5-mile three-cornered racetrack stood little chance against a hard-charging Germain Racing team. 

 

When qualifying got underway on Friday, Mears hustled his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS around the 'Tricky Triangle' in just 50.549-seconds, at a speed of 178.045 miles per hour, landing him 25th on Sunday's starting grid. 

 

Clear skies and bright sunshine served as the backdrop for Sunday's Pocono 400.  Mears rolled off the grid from the 25th position and quickly dropped to 29th.  As early as lap two, he reported that his car was sideways, restricting his ability to exit the turns.  On lap 17, he indicated that he was "loose everywhere."  Mears visited pit road for a scheduled green flag stop on lap 27, where the GEICO crew provided him with four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel and a much needed wedge adjustment.  The changes favored Mears, as he quickly ascended the scoring tower and cracked the top 20 on lap 57 before ultimately reaching the top 10.  He appeared to get faster as the race wore on, recordi ng his fastest lap of the day on lap 107.  Mears was quicker than the leader and consistently recording top 10 lap times.

 

All went well for the bulk of the afternoon for Mears and his GEICO team.  Things turned interesting with 17 laps to go when Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards got together, bringing out the event's final caution flag of the day.  Mears avoided the crash, but as he went low to miss the spinning cars, he hit a drainage gully that briefly sent his GEICO machine airborne and also caused damage to the radiator ductwork.  Airflow to the engine was restricted, causing it to run at an excessive temperature, leaving Mears down on horsepower for the balance of the race.  When the yellow flag was displayed, Mears was in the 14th position, but a frustrating call by NASCAR forced him to restart from the 20th position, behind the No. 9 car of Marcos Ambrose.  Despite the high engine temperature, Mears continued to hustle his GEICO Chevy through the final 12 laps and score a 23rd place finish.  Mears' effort accounts for Germain Racing's 10th top 25 finish of the season.     

 

"It was fun to be able to race well here and gain track position and drive to the front.  The No. 13 GEICO Chevy was really strong today and that is a testament to the progress of our program and we're starting to get a handle on some of these tracks that were tough on us before," Mears said.  "I'm proud of the guys and how hard we're working.  We're having some strong runs this year and we look forward to continuing that in Michigan next week."

 

Germain Racing will now travel to the Irish Hills of Michigan for race number 15 of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. 

                                                     

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

 

The Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June15th, 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   Web Site:  www.pmifirm.com

Jun 04
2014

CarSense Associate Sponsor Back for Pocono

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For Immediate Release

Back to Back Weekends for Philly, Pittsburgh’s CarSense on GEICO Chevrolet

June 4, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – In this past Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet featured area car sales and service specialists, CarSense, as an associate sponsor on car driven by Casey Mears. CarSense has earned back to back “Top Place to Work” awards from Philly.com, and will be an associate sponsor for back to back race weekends. Look for CarSense on the No. 13 GEICO Chevy in Sunday’s Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA.

CarSense 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 Pocono race weekend kicks off with opening practice at noon ET on Friday, June 6th followed by qualifying at 4:40 PM. Saturday the 31st the GEICO Chevy SS featuring the CarSense logo will be on track for practice sessions at 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM while Sunday’s 180-lap, 400-mile race is set to begin at 1:00 PM ET.

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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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

 

- PMI -


Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com