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May 09
2014

Dipman Automotive Service - Associate Sponsor at Kansas

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For Immediate Release

 

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   

Apr 30
2014

Associate Sponsor Riding Along at Talladega - Take 5

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For Immediate Release

 

Take 5, Home of the 5-Minute Oil Change
Will Ride Again with Germain Racing at Talladega Superspeedway

 

April 30, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) - The No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Casey Mears will again feature associate sponsor Take 5, Home of the 5-Minute Oil Change. This time, Take 5 will ride along for the high speed thrills of the “Aaron’s 499” at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, May 4th. Take 5 is celebrating “30 Years of the Fastest Oil Change on the Planet” and what better way to celebrate than by taking a trip to Talladega? Take 5 Oil Change opened it’s sponsorship of the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS driven by Casey Mears last weekend at Richmond.

 

Founded in Metairie, Louisiana, Take 5 Oil Change offers convenient drive-thru oil changes featuring liquid engineering in Castrol products. Take 5 oil changes come with a complementary beverage and the overall experience in Take 5’s "stay in your car", low pressure, high speed oil change environment.

 

Take 5 Oil Change understands the value of the driver’s time, is competitively priced and the company’s certified manager and staff are there to serve seven (7) days a week at 30 locations in South Louisiana, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, North and South Carolina and coastal Alabama.

 

The Talladega action begins on Friday, May 2nd when the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS carrying the Take 5 Oil Change logo hits the track for practice at 3:30 PM (ET).  Qualifying follows Saturday at 1:10 PM (ET). Sunday’s race will be broadcast live on FOX beginning at 12:30 PM (ET).  MRN 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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Apr 28
2014

Richmond Recap - GEICO Chevy SS with Take 5 Oil Change

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MEARS' STRONG RICHMOND RUN NETS GEICO TEAM'S SIXTH TOP 20 OF THE SEASON

Richmond, VA (April 26, 2014) -Casey Mears and his GEICO team had a strong weekend in Darlington before enjoying a week off to refresh and catch up on much needed time at home.  With Richmond up next on the 2014 NASCAR schedule, the Germain Racing team was looking to conquer a track that has long given them fits since the team went Sprint Cup Series racing in 2009.

When the first practice session got underway at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, Mears spent the majority of the two-hours in race trim and ended up 34th on the board.  Final practice got underway just an hour later and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS would shoot up the chart and land 16th on the scoring tower when the session closed.  Unfortunately, rain would begin to blanket the Richmond area, forcing the cancellation of qualifying, leaving the starting field to be set according to speeds in the first practice.  Mears would start Saturday night's race from the 34th position, which would prove challenging on a track where passing can sometimes be a rarity.       

Perfect weather conditions set the stage for Saturday night's 400-lap event.  While Mears and his GEICO Chevy rolled off of the starting grid from the 34th position, he had penetrated the top 25 by lap 48.  He continued pedaling through the field, appearing to make effortless passes that saw him in the top 20 on lap 77.  On lap 174, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO car were found riding solidly in 13th, capping off a run to the fron  t that saw him collect 21 positions, a rare feat at the Virginia racing facility. 

The evening became more interesting during the lap 226 caution when Mears was charged with speeding as he exited pit road.  Consequently, he was instructed to start at the tail end of the longest line, dropping him from the 15th to the 27th position as the green flag set the field back underway.  The No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet made quick progress and Mears re-entered the top 20 on lap 290.  He then felt his blood pressure rise when Denny Hamlin went for a spin on lap 377, forcing Mears to make a right-hand turn to avoid his car as he carefully navigated the smoke. 

With just 18 laps remaining in the advertised distance, Mears and his GEICO machine restarted the race from the 16th position and began charging forward before the No. 9 car of Marcos Ambrose made contact and caused front fender damage that resulted in a tire rub.  As fate would have it, the caution flag waved just a couple of laps later, allowing Mears to visit pit road for four fresh tires and a tank of Sunoco racing fuel.  Unfortunately, most cars did not need to pit, so Mears would be relegated to starting from the 23rd position with just nine laps to go.  Despite the pit stop to refresh the car, Mears lost only seven positions, as the Germain Racing crew made quick work of the #13 GEICO Chevy.  In the final nine laps of the race, Mears put on a show and dramatically moved up four positions to finish 19th and collect Germain Racing's sixth top 20 finish of the young 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. 

"It was a lot of fun to drive such a fast racecar tonight and be able to do what I needed to do," Mears said.  "The guys on this GEICO team have worked really hard and I'm glad we were able to come to Richmond and have a strong night.  The car got better during the race and we were able to run solidly up front."  He continued, "We always run well and have fun at the restrictor-plate tracks, so we're obviously looking forward to arriving in Talladega and getting the GEICO Chevy unloaded next week.  GEICO is sponsoring the October race at 'Dega (GEICO 500), so I'm sure we'll have some folks on-hand next week as they begin to prepare for the Fall race.  Should be fun." 

Mears and his GEICO team will now travel to Talladega, AL, to take part in the season's second restrictor-plate race.  Mears' drafting skills are well documented and he often finds himself at the front of the field at each of these events. 

In addition to his racing duties, Mears will be making a personal appearance at the GEICO display at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, May 4th, from 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM (CDT).  He will be talking with fans and available for autographs and photos. 

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Talladega Superspeedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, May 2nd, at 2:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday afternoon at 1:10 PM (EDT).

The Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 4th, 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

 

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Apr 22
2014

Take 5 Oil Change - Associate Sponsor for Richmond Race - GEICO Chevy SS

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For Immediate Release

 

Take 5, Home of the 5-Minute Oil Change
Joins Germain Racing at Richmond International Raceway

 

April 21, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) - The No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Casey Mears will feature associate sponsor Take 5, Home of the 5-Minute Oil Change, for the Virginia 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, April 26th. The sponsorship is a great addition to the company’s celebration of “30 Years of the Fastest Oil Change on the Planet.” Saturday’s 300 mile, 400 lap race will be broadcast on FOX at 6:30 PM ET and over radio networks MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90.

The company slogan, “We Change Your Oil, Not Your Schedule” is a fun concept to throw into the context of the short-track, high-speed action of Richmond International Raceway. Take 5 Oil Change offers convenient drive-thru oil changes featuring liquid engineering in Castrol products.

Take 5 oil changes come with a complementary beverage and the overall experience in Take 5’s "stay in your car", low pressure, high speed oil change environment. Take 5 Oil Change understands the value of the driver’s time and is competitively priced and the company’s certified manager and staff are there to serve seven (7) days a week.

Richmond’s Virginia 400 begins for crews on Thursday as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars are run through inspection, but on-track activity for the GEICO Chevy SS carrying the Take 5 Oil Change logo will begin Friday, April 25th, with practice sessions at 10 AM and 1 PM (ET).  Qualifying follows at 5:10 PM (ET). Saturday’s 400-lap race will be broadcast live on FOX beginning at 6:30 PM (ET).  MRN 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

Apr 14
2014

Darlington Raceway Race Recap - Southern 500

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TENACITY SHINES THROUGH AS MEARS AND GEICO TEAM SCORE TOP-20 AT DARLINGTON

 

DARLINGTON, SC (April 12, 2014) - Looking to rebound from their struggles at Texas Motor Speedway, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team came into the Bojangles Southern 500 weekend with a renewed drive and the determination to unite and tackle the track 'too tough to tame' as a team.

 

As Friday's practice sessions got underway, Mears hit the track in the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and despite fighting a loose-handling racecar, posted the 17th-fastest time in the first outing.   Following up that session with a 21st-place time in second practice, crew chief Bootie Barker and the GEICO team went to work on a qualifying set-up with hopes of gaining some traction for the late-afternoon qualifying run.

 

With qualifying ensuing at 4:10 PM (EDT), the track would offer different conditions than Mears experienced during the earlier practice sessions, but still not the cool conditions he would expect for race conditions on Saturday.  Barker gave Mears the best combination package possible and despite a 31st-place qualifying effort, they remained confident that come race time, the GEICO Chevy would respond.

 

The teams began their race day preparations under sunny skies in Darlington, SC, and without any threat of rain - a rarity thus far in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  After an afternoon of pre-race inspections and last minute huddles in the GEICO race hauler, the team was set with their strategy for mastering what was sure to be an ever-changing race track.

 

When the green flag flew for the Bojangles' Southern 500, the sun was low in the sky, but still provided for slick conditions on the track with many monikers.  'The Lady in Black', as it is also known, is a 1.366-mile, egg-shaped oval that's famous for collecting the best of the best in 367 laps of racing.

 

Reporting the same loose condition he experienced in practice, Mears remained calm and competitive during the opening laps, as he carefully began picking up positions while wheeling the GEICO Chevy through the first green-flag run, despite sometimes exiting the turns sideways. Believing that the track would come to them as night fell, Barker assured his driver that a lot of others were challenged with the same loose condition and the team was ready to make necessary changes on the first trip to pit road.

 

With Mears now posted in the 27th-position, that chance came, as rookie Ryan Truex brought out the event's first caution flag at lap 41.  Mears' report to the pit was that his car was "big-time loose," and he was given four fresh Goodyear tires, fuel and a spring and track bar adjustment.  Despite experiencing a clutch issue exiting pit road, Mears would line up 27th for the restart.

 

Back underway at lap 46, Mears again showed a steady progression forward and had reached the top-25 by lap 50.  Reporting that the GEICO Chevy was now "tight in and loose off," Mears continued to offer feedback over the course of the next few rounds of pit stops and the GEICO team continued to provide chassis adjustments to make the car more competitive.

 

As the laps wound past the halfway point, Mears still found himself holding steady within the top-25 but following a long green-flag run, and a green-flag pit stop at lap 180, he found himself in the 23rd position and a lap down to the leaders.  Another caution came at lap 200 and provided a chance for the GEICO team to work some strategy.  Barker radioed, "Casey, we're going to pit now and then hope for a few quick cautions so we can take the wave-around and then get some track position."

 

Agreeing with that call, Mears brought the GEICO Chevy to pit road at lap 202, where he received tires, fuel and further adjustments.  Restarting in the 24th-position, the team found themselves right where they wanted to be when the yellow flag flew at lap 207.  As planned, Mears did not pit, took the wave-around and was able to restart on the lead lap.

 

Each opportunity to pit brought more adjustments and more confidence in the fact that the changes being made by the GEICO crew were changes for the better.  Mears broke into the top-20 just past the lap-250 mark, but following another long green-flag run and, as the race approached lap 300, Mears again fell a lap down to the leaders while remaining in the top 20. 

 

The GEICO team continued their 'can-do' approach and when opportunity arose as the caution flew at lap-358, Mears again took the wave-around, putting him in the best position of the evening.  Having avoided a 'Darlington stripe' all evening, Mears had what he felt was the best handling package of the race and settled in for what could be a wild few final laps.  Restarting 19th, Mears eyed the cars in front of him, but was again slowed by caution at lap 365.  This gave the GEICO team the opportunity to pit for four tires, fuel and adjustments befitting a green-white-checkered finish. 

 

The field would go green at lap 368, but failed to complete even a single lap before the 41 car of Kurt Busch went crashing into the outside retaining wall.  Again, restarting 19th, Mears took the final green flag of the evening at lap 372, and was able to make a last-lap pass to finish in the 18th-position.  The Germain Racing pit crew also played their part, and picked up positions on many of the evening's pit stops. 

 

"I'm really happy with this run tonight guys," Mears said on the radio following the race.  "Those were some great calls in the end and we made a lot of progress tonight.  Now we just have to get the whole weekend to come together.  Thanks for all your hard work, guys."

 

Crew chief, Barker, echoed Mears' comments.  "10-4, Casey, you did a great job and way to stay with it, guys.  We ran competitive all night and kept improving.  Good job, everybody."

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will enjoy an off-weekend over Easter before the Germain Racing team returns to competition in Richmond, VA.

 

Casey Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevy will hit the track at Richmond International Raceway for the opening practice session on Friday, April 25th, at 10:00 AM (EDT).  Final practice gets underway at 1:00 PM (EDT), followed by qualifying at 5:10 PM (EDT).  All sessions will be televised live on FOX Sports 1.

 

The Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, April 26th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 7:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR 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 -

 

Contact: Debbie Glenn, Player Management International

Email: dglenn@pmifirm.com  

 

 

 

 

Apr 09
2014

Darlington Raceway - Thomas Tire & Automotive Associate on GEICO Chevy

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Thomas Tire & Automotive Joins Germain Racing for Trip to Track Too Tough to Tame

 

April 8, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – Heading into the “Bojangles Southern 500” race weekend at Darlington Raceway, Germain Racing announces that North Carolina’s Thomas Tire & Automotive joins the team as an associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Casey Mears. Thomas Tire & Automotive will be on board for Saturday’s 501.3-mile race to be held in Darlington, SC, at the 1.366-mile race track located just an hour from two Thomas Tire & Automotive locations in Aberdeen, NC.

 

Thomas Tire & Automotive has several locations to bring customers the best in tires, maintenance and repairs, resulting in a total auto care experience.  Founded by Paul Thomas, and now in its second generation, Thomas Tire & Automotive remains a family-owned business with operations in Aberdeen, Archdale, Asheboro, Burlington and Randleman, NC.

 

As Thomas Tire & Automotive continues to thrive and adapt to an ever-changing marketplace, the company strives to be recognized as an industry leader who provides customers solution-based, value-added services that optimize convenience, efficiency and technology. Thomas Tire & Automotive continually invests time to ensure customers receive the best value for tires, the best value for oil and maintenance services, and the best value for complete automotive repairs.  Thomas Tire & Automotive is a proud supplier of Castrol Oil and Thomas Tire & Automotive operates the Castrol Premium Lube Express in Aberdeen, NC.

 

Darlington has been a competitive track for the GEICO Chevy team. The Southern 500 at Darlington is an event where fans, crew, drivers are all on edge, every inch of every lap. The team had a very successful test session at Darlington just last week.

 

Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS begin the race weekend at the “Track Too Tough Too Tame” with Thomas Tire & Automotive on board for two practice sessions on Friday, April 11th at 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM ET.  Qualifying follows Friday night at 6:10 PM (ET). Saturday’s 367-lap Bojangles Southern 500 will be broadcast FOX beginning at 6:30 PM (ET).  MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90 will carry the radio coverage of the event.

 

Thomas Tire & Automotive news, contests and information can be found at ThomasTire.com or Like Thomas Tire & Automotive on Facebook.com/ThomasTire.

 

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

 

Darlington Raceway fans can visit DarlingtonRaceway.com for tickets, schedules, the track history and more. On Twitter, follow @TooToughToTame or Like Darlington Raceway on Facebook.

 

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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Apr 08
2014

Texas Spring Race Report - GEICO Chevy

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CHANGING TRACK CONDITIONS LEAVE MEARS FRUSTRATED AT TEXAS

 

Fort Worth, TX (April 7, 2014) - As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visited Texas for the seventh race of the 2014 season, Germain Racing was looking to improve upon an intermediate speedway program that has often given the team fits over previous years.  Fortunately, the weekend began well, but, in the end, they would be left scratching their heads. 

Casey Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS started out strong in the Lone Star State, landing 13th on the speed chart in the weekend's first practice session on Friday.  On Saturday, they advanced to the second round of Sprint Cup qualifying and finished up in the 20th position, leaving the team optimistic as they approached race day. 

Race day would simply turn into nothing more than a long day after heavy rain blanketed the Fort Worth area on Sunday.  Before Mears would even be able to do battle with the 1.5-mile oval of Texas Motor Speedway, he would first meet Mother Nature eye-to-eye.  After exhaustive attempts at drying the racetrack, NASCAR postponed Sunday's running of the 500-mile event until Monday morning at noon (ET).

On Monday, the radar was clear and racing finally got underway.  In order to ensure that the track was safe, the first nine laps of the race were run under caution after green/yellow flags waved simultaneously to indicate the official start of the 334-lap event.  Mears and his #13 GEICO Chevy would roll off the starting grid 21st after a tie with Austin Dillon in qualifying left him one spot behind.  It was of little consequence, as Mears quickly picked up positions when the green flag finally set the field underway on lap 10.  He jumped to 18th and was gaining ground before Dale Earnhardt, Jr., found himself hard against the outside wall in turn one on lap 13 after getting into the grass and shooting up the racetrack, bringing out the caution just four laps after going green.  While Jimmie Johnson absorbed the brunt of the mud and debris that Earnhardt's car spit up, Casey was behind the Johnson's No. 48 car and also took on a grill full of mud.  Mears indicated to crew chief Bootie Barker that the car drove fine and there was no need to pit and risk surrendering positions. 

After a lengthy clean-up, Mears and his GEICO machine restarted the race from the 18th position.  While he moved into 17th on lap 28, he began to experience handling issues with his racecar and was in 20th on lap 34 when he said to Barker, "I can't turn.  It's tight in the center."  Two laps later, the condition worsened and over the team radio frequency he was heard saying, "It's plowing now, the front tires are gone."  This would only be the beginning of a frustrating day, as track conditions changed many times over the course of the afternoon, adding to the team's challenge to correct the handling.  Each of the seven caution flags, along with three scheduled green flag stops, saw the GEICO pit crew working hard to correct the issue.  Despite their best efforts, Mears would remain at odds with his #13 Chevy and when the checkered flag closed out the Duck Commander 500, the team was credited with a 28th place finish.

"It was a long day for sure, and the changing track conditions didn't help us any, but the guys kept working hard all afternoon," Mears said at his hauler after the race.  "We tested Darlington last week and were really fast, so I'm focusing on the good things and thinking positive as we head there in a few days.  Darlington is one of my favorite places to race and I'm excited to get the #13 GEICO Chevy on-track Friday."

The upcoming weekend finds Mears and Germain Racing closer to home, in Darlington, South Carolina. 

In addition to his racing duties in Darlington, Mears will also be making a personal appearance at the GEICO display at Darlington Raceway on Saturday afternoon from 3:00 PM - 3:20 PM (EDT).  He will be talking to fans and will be available for autographs and photos. 

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Darlington Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 11th, at 11:30 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 6:10 PM (EDT).

The Bojangles' Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, April 12th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 6:30 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 can save money on more than just auto insurance. 

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

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

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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Apr 02
2014

Arbor Car Wash and Lube on board GEICO Chevy at Texas

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’ The Arbor Car Wash and Lube Joins Germain Racing at Texas Motor Speedway

April 2, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – Heading into the Lone Star State, Germain Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing team, is proud to announce that Texas’ own The Arbor Car Wash and Lube will be an associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Casey Mears for the 2014 “Duck Commander 500” at Texas Motor Speedway. The 501-mile, 334-lap race will be held on Sunday, April 6, at the 1.5-mile, Fort Worth, TX, race track.

The Arbor Car Wash and Lube is a leader in offering Castrol Oil changes and car washes in the Austin, TX, area. They have highly trained professionals that will assist you in choosing the correct oil for your vehicle.  The Arbor Car Wash and Lube offers all Castrol products including Castrol Edge, GTX SynBlend, GTX High Mileage, and GTX. They also carry a full line of air filters and wiper blades as well as numerous options in car washes.

After finishing 24th in Martinsville, VA, last week, Germain Racing driver Casey Mears and owner Bob Germain Jr. are tied for 20th in the Sprint Cup Series points standings after six races in the 2014 season.  Germain Racing has collected several of the coveted victory lane hats at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS begin the Texas race weekend with The Arbor Car Wash and Lube on board starting with one hour and 50 minutes of opening practice for the Duck Commander 500 on Friday, April 4th, at 6 PM ET.  Final practice and qualifying follow on Saturday, April 5th, at 10:30 AM and 3:10 PM. Sunday’s 334-lap race features television coverage live on FOX beginning at 2:30 PM (ET).  PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90 will carry the radio coverage of the event.

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 can save money on more than just auto insurance.

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

You can also follow GEICO Racing 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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Mar 31
2014

Mears' Martinsville Race Recap - GEICO, KMC Wheels, Taylor's, Drive Smart VA

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BARRAGE OF ISSUES NO MATCH FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM IN MARTINSVILLE

 

Team overcomes several obstacles to notch lead lap, top 25 finish

Martinsville, VA (March 30, 2014) - Martinsville Speedway is notorious for evoking raw emotion from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers.  Casey Mears would be among the first to experience elevated blood pressure, but not before taking to the track for practice and qualifying.

Rain threatened the Martinsville area on Friday, but stayed clear long enough to allow Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to land 14th on the speed chart when the weekend's first practice session ended.  When qualifying got underway at 4:40 PM (EDT), Mears quickly navigated the ½-mile, paperclip-shaped oval in just 19.205-seconds, placing him 23rd on the STP 500 starting grid.  His qualifying effort was marked improvement over a year ago, when he started the race from the 41st position.  Saturday was a washout at the track, leading to the cancellation of both NASCAR Sprint Cup series practices. 

While NASCAR is widely regarded as a summer sport, one would have argued otherwise when they were greeted by snow and sleet as they arrived at the track on Sunday morning.  Fortunately, gray skies gave way to sunshine and the race got underway at its scheduled start time.  Mears rolled off the starting grid from the 23rd position, but it wouldn't take long for the action to heat up.  Cars began stacking up on just the second lap, causing minor rear-end damage to the GEICO Chevy.  NASCAR ordered Mears to pit so the Germain Racing pit crew could remove a hanging bumper bar.  Consequently, he would restart the race from the 35th position when the green flag waved on lap 11. 

Mears had worked his way up to 31st by the time the scheduled competition caution slowed the field on lap 40.  He alerted crew chief Bootie Barker that he was  "way too tight in the center and have zero grip off."  During his visit to pit road, the GEICO Racing pit crew outfitted Mears with four fresh Goodyear tires, a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel, and a trackbar, wedge and air pressure adjustment.  The changes favored Mears and he began to march to the front of the field when the race went back to green. 

Mears had penetrated the top 20 on lap 69 and was sitting in the 16th position when the yellow flag waved on lap 114.  Barker advised Mears to quickly make his way to pit road, which found Mears passing competitors under caution to get to his pit stall and have the team 'stand his tire up'.  It was a strategy call by Barker that he felt would pay off in the long-term.  Unfortunately, NASCAR held Mears for a lap as a penalty for pulling up to pit (not holding his position under caution).  Barker calmed Mears by reassuring him they would have lost the lap anyway.  Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet had their work cut out for them, starting in the 33rd position, one lap down, when the green flag turned the field loose on lap 120. 

Mears was making progress, but would experience yet another setback when the No. 38 car of David Gilliland sent the GEICO Chevy for a spin on lap 170.  An audibly upset Mears received only minor damage and visited pit road for tires, fuel and repairs.  Now, two laps down in 34th, Barker promised Mears they would get the laps back as the race returned to green on lap 180.  Barker began making good on his promise when he ordered Mears and the GEICO machine to take the wavearound during the lap 200 caution, recovering one of the lost laps.  Things were headed in the right direction when the caution flag was displayed on lap 220.  The caution was perfect timing, as the team had just taken the wavearound on lap 200, leaving them in need of fresh tires.  After taking on four tires, fuel and adjustments, Mears notified Barker that his shifter handle was broken as he was coming to the green flag, where he restarted from the 28th position. 

Unfortunately, on the lap 237 restart, Mears told the team that the shifter broke and that the No. 13 GEICO Chevy was stuck in fourth gear, meaning, among other things, the pit crew would need to push the car to get it started after each visit to pit road.  Despite the additional setback, Mears continued to turn in fast lap times and was awarded the free pass when the caution came out on lap 251, allowing him to return to the lead lap.     

Mears and his GEICO team would continue to battle for the balance of the event, even recording lap times faster than the leaders many times during the race.  When the checkered flag closed the STP 500, Mears had overcome the obstacles and managed to record a lead lap, 24th place finish.  Barker thanked the crew as Mears crossed the finish line: "Way to battle today, everybody.  Good job." 

"I'm glad we were able to keep fighting and at least finish on the lead lap and get a top 25, but we had a much better car than that," Mears said.  "We just had a lot of things happen today and I'm proud of the guys on this GEICO team for all of their hard work and their 'never quit' attitude.  We're looking forward to getting to Texas next week."   

Next week, Mears and his Germain Racing team will travel to the Lone Star State.

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 4th, at 6:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday at 3:10 PM (EDT).

The Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 6th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 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 can save money on more than just auto insurance.

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com