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May 20
2010

Max Papis Prepares for Charlotte’s Festival Atmosphere and Highly Contrasting Races—Sprint All Star and Coca-Cola 600

Posted by lori in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Bob Germain

Germain Racing Press Release

May 19, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Max Papis has raced the Nurburgring. He’s raced the Hockenheimring. He’s raced been to victory lane at Laguna Seca, Homestead and Portland. But the mention of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway sets the Italian from Como beaming with pride and anticipation. Papis calls the Charlotte metropolitan area home and a home must be vigorously defended. It might not be an all out turf war, but racing for bragging rights in front of the hometown crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway is as important to Max Papis as it is to his gas man and his crew chief and everyone on the Germain Racing No. 13 GEICO Camry team.
 
“Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 is one of the truly big events in NASCAR and in racing. It compares to the Daytona 500, to racing at the Brickyard and it compares to the Indianapolis 500 where my GEICO Racing teammate Paul Tracy will compete,” explains Papis. “We will race the GEICO Camry at Charlotte in two very different events. The All-Star Showdown structure is such that you have no worries about points positions—you are essentially equal to your competitors and you are there just to race and not worry about points during qualifying. The Showdown is very intense—it’s two 20-lap segments but it feels like the last 10 laps of the 600.”  
Papis and his family have called the Charlotte area home for several years, and he explained that racing before a hometown crowd is special not just for him, but because it’s home for his crew members, too.
 
“Charlotte Motor Speedway has a special feeling for me. It reminds me a little bit of when I raced in Monza. That track was 40 minutes from my house, as Charlotte is. It really gives me an extra sense of pride for me and for the GEICO Camry crew members who also have family and friends at the track to see them,” said Papis. “Everyone wants to have bragging rights from racing at Charlotte, and I want to give those to my GEICO Camry crew.”  
When Papis first came to Charlotte Motor Speedway, he was walking the infield to meet team owners and drivers. Now, he walks the infield in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver’s suit, preparing to race the GEICO Camry.
 
“So many times I have been to Charlotte just to watch the race and to meet people, that the track has very special meaning for me when I get to go back as a NASCAR driver in the GEICO Camry,” said Papis. “I finally have the  opportunity to participate in the Coca-Cola 600.  I have kind of looked on from the outside for so many races, it is pretty special to be able to compete there. I can see the pride in all of the Germain Racing guys. It’s just a very unique and important weekend for our team and for the NASCAR community.”
 
While the All Star Showdown is two twenty lap events followed by the All Star race which is four segments (50/20/20/10 laps), the Coca-Cola 600 is a grueling 400 lap event covering 600 miles—the longest event in NASCAR, and it’s at a very impressive venue.
 
“Getting around Charlotte is very intense. It is a driver’s race track, with multiple grooves and an almost overwhelming coliseum feeling. It’s a huge facility and the track is one of the best representations of what NASCAR is,” explained Papis.
 
SPEED Channel will cover the All-Star Showdown  practices, qualifying and race as well as the All Star Race. Practice coverage begins at noon Eastern, the Showdown begins at 6:00 PM.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com.  You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or view the new team website at Germainracing.com. You can also become a Facebook fan of Germain Racing.
 
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May 18
2010

Bodine Captures Fifth Top-Five of Season at Monster Mile

Posted by lori in Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing

Mooresville, NC (05-17-2010) – Driver Todd Bodine scored his second top-five finish at Dover International Speedway in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Bodine started the race in 11th place and spent much of the 204 laps racing among the top-ten. The fifth-place finish kept Bodine second in Truck Series championship standings, just 27 points behind leader and Dover race winner, Aric Almirola.

 “We fought handling issues all day. We kept making adjustments and making it easier to drive but not making the Germain.com Tundra faster. Right at the end of the race, coming for the green-white-checkered, I had a problem with vapor lock and lost three spots. For as much as we struggled today, we’ll take fifth,” said Bodine.

 Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. and the No. 30 Tundra team of Germain Racing detour to Pocono Raceway before heading to Friday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 “We have a tire test with Goodyear at Pocono to test tire combinations for the first-ever Truck Series race at Pocono that’s coming up in July. Pocono is an exciting race track and it’s close to the New York roots that run deep on our race team,” said Hillman, who hails from Lockport, NY.

 The No. 30 Germain.com Tundra ranks fourth in Truck Series owner’s standings and Bodine ranks second in the driver’s standings. The next race on the Truck Series schedule is Friday night, May 21st, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Watch all of the Charlotte action live on SPEED – first practice at 9:00 AM, final practice at 10:20 AM, qualifying at 3:30 PM with racing coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET. The race will also be broadcast by your local MRN affiliate.

 When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Germain.com is part of Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with 21 dealerships and more than 60 years of experience.

 Germain Racing competes in each of NASCAR’s three national divisions as well as the K&N Pro Series East. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit Germainracing.com for more information. To keep up with team news, follow on Twitter @Germainracing or become a fan on Facebook.

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May 17
2010

Michael Annett Battles at the Monster Mile for 15th Place Finish at Dover International Speedway

Posted by lori in Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing

Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

Dover, Del. (May 17, 2010) – The No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers team had to battle all day on Saturday at Dover International Speedway’s Monster Mile, but stayed focused and resolute to leave with a decent finish. In the 11th race of the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Michael Annett overcame hindrances to bring home a 15th place finish.

Starting the NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 33rd, the young driver worked hard the entire race and gained valuable track position each lap of the race. The Germain Racing team showed their determination and fought to the end.

“Although we faced some hits throughout the race, we didn’t let it stop us in our tracks. This No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team proved their strength and pushed to the end for our 15th place finish. Michael ran consistent fast lap times, as fast as the leaders, to race his way into the top-15 and the guys did a great job on pit road,” said crew chief Ryan Fugle.

Annett reiterated his sentiment, “I’m very proud of our team for pulling off the finish we did. We showed that nothing can stop us. We’ll continue to prove our ability throughout the season to push our way further into the championship point standings.”

While battling his way to the front, Annett was spun when the No. 20 made contact with him on lap 33, causing slight valence and fender damage. Annett made two stops on pit road under caution where the No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers pit crew was able to make repairs along with putting on four new tires and filling up with fuel, sending Annett back out on the track to restart in the 29th position.

Now one lap down, Annett was battling for the Lucky Dog Free Pass. On lap 104 when the third caution of six came out, Annett was back on the lead lap as the Lucky Dog and restarted the race 19th.

Back in a rhythm, Annett was running lap times faster than cars competing in the top-10, and by lap 166 had moved his was into the top-15.

When the fifth yellow flag came out on lap 193, pit strategy came into play. Calling the shots from atop the pit box, Fugle opted to change two tires and take no fuel when the No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry came to pit road. Annett restarted 15th.

When the flag dropped for a green, white, checkered finish, a nine car pileup caused a red flag delay.

In a second try at green, white, checkered finish to the Heluva Good! 200, Annett was working his way toward a top-10 finish when the No. 12 made contact with Annett’s No. 15 Toyota Camry, pushing him into the turn four wall coming to the checkered. Despite the collision, Annett was determined to finish and was still able to wheel his way to a 15th place finish, his second top-15 at Dover International Speedway’s Monster Mile.

The No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers team will now head to Daytona International Speedway to test the “New Nationwide Series Car” on Tuesday and Wednesday. The next race for the series will be on Saturday, May 29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Watch and listen live at 2 p.m. ET on ABC and PRN Radio.

For more information on Michael Annett, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

For information on sponsors of Germain Racing’s No. 15 Nationwide Series team, please visit www.Germain.com and www.PilotTravelCenters.com.