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Jun 07
2010

RESILIENT PAPIS SCORES TOP 20 QUALY EFFORT IN POCONO DEBUT

Posted by lori in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Bob Germain

Long Pond, PA (June 6, 2010) – A prerequisite for being a champion is the ability to bounce back quickly when trouble strikes.  Max Papis, the 2004 Grand-Am Series Champion, rolled into Pocono Raceway this weekend looking to rebound from a disappointing weekend in Charlotte that found him not qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600.
 
Papis must have the resilience gene because he wasted little time shooting to the top of the practice charts when the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry took to the track for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session on Friday.  The last couple of weeks, Papis must have felt like he was fighting mountains, but this week he found himself among them.  As Papis wheeled around Pocono Raceway in the #13 GEICO Camry, he spoke to the mountains… and the mountains moved, as he was the fastest ‘go or go home car’ on the speed chart, where he rested in the 20th position.
 
His success in practice would lead to more of the same in qualifying, as Papis hustled the #13 GEICO Camry around the flat 2.5-mile tri-oval in just 53.674 seconds at a rate of speed of 167.679 miles per hour.  His time would be good enough to start 20th in Sunday’s Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500.  Papis’ qualifying performance turned heads, as he sat ten positions better than the next ‘go or go home’ car, Joe Nemechek, who qualified 30th.   He also outpaced many NASCAR notables, such as Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, just to name a few.  
 
Race day presented its own challenges, as impending bad weather hovered over the area causing concern for the NASCAR teams.  The Sprint Cup Series field would even turn a series of yellow flag laps before the heavy rain set in and caused the driver and teams to abandon their cars and seek shelter from the storm.  
 
In record time, however, the rain cleared, the blue skies came out and the track was dry and it was time to go racing.  Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry started in the 20th position, flanked by Sam Hornish, Jr, and Elliott Sadler.  Two hours after the advertised start time, the green flag was displayed in front of a full house in Long Pond, PA.  Papis would battle a tight condition early and it seems the #13 GEICO Camry would work against him for most of the afternoon.  
 
Due to the rain that blanketed the racetrack prior to the race, the racetrack was in green condition and presented multiple challenges to each of the drivers.  The same would apply to the GEICO Racing team, as they would make numerous changes to the GEICO Camry and attempt to adapt to the conditions of the racetrack.  Aside from the splitter hitting the ground at times, Papis, at one point, felt as though he was running low on brakes.  
 
After a challenging afternoon in the #13 GEICO Camry, his final hurdle came on the last lap of a green/white/checkers finish, when he narrowly avoided a crash that caused heavy smoke to cover the racetrack.  When the checkered flag was displayed, Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry would hustle to a 34th place finish in their debut appearance at Pocono Raceway.
 
“I’m proud of this GEICO team for coming here and rebounding well after a tough week in Charlotte last week,” Papis said.  “We showed we’re resilient and that we never quit. To come here to a track where I have never been before and qualify 20th is a huge accomplishment and I can’t thank Bootie (Barker, crew chief) and the Germain team enough for all of their hard work.  It was a tough day during the race, but we never quit and we kept making changes and working as hard as we could to compete.”
 
GEICO’s next race as primary sponsor of Max Papis’ #13 Germain Racing entry will come at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA, on Sunday, June 20th. During his 2009 visit to wine country, Papis started the race in the 33rd position before charging to the front and nearly scoring a Top 5 finish.  On the final lap of the race, Jeff Gordon got into Papis, causing a tire to go down on his #13 GEICO Camry.  Despite the damage, Papis drove the final lap with a flat tire and still managed to record a 12th place finish.
 
Papis and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will make their way around the 1.99-mile road course in Sonoma when their first practice session kicks off at 3:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, June 18th.  Qualifying will follow at 6:35 PM (EDT).
 
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 20th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 3:00 PM (ET), while the Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.
 
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
 

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Jun 07
2010

Weekend Racing Recap

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

Mooresville, NC (June 7, 2010) - Germain Racing clinched its seventh Texas Motor Speedway victory on Friday night when Todd Bodine drove the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra to the winner's circle in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The win was Bodine's sixth at Texas.

Saturday was race day at Nashville Superspeedway for Michael Annett and the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Camry. Annett started 20th and finished 14th in the 225-lap event.

Sunday in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  race at Pocono Raceway, Max Papis started 20th in the No. 13 GEICO Camry and finished 34th.
Also on Sunday, Zach Germain drove the Germain.com Camry to a 15th-place finish at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
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Jun 05
2010

Nashville Superspeedway is Music to Michael Annett’s Ears

Posted by lori in Germain Racing

Lebanon, Tenn. (June 2, 2010) – Nashville Superspeedway, one of two tracks on the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit centered in the state of Tennessee, will present Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 300, their second Nationwide Series race of the 2010 season, under the lights on the 1.333 mile Music City track.

Following a strong 14th place finish in last week’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Germain Racing driver Michael Annett heads to Nashville Superspeedway on the tail of earning his third consecutive top-15 finish.

He finished 15th in the previous Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway and scored an 11th place finish at Darlington Raceway.

The 23-year-old racer qualified 12th and finished ninth in his last race at Nashville Superspeedway in April and looks to secure another top-10 in this week’s Federated Auto Parts 300 with loyal sponsor Pilot Travel Centers on the hood of his Camry. Annett and Pilot, headquartered in the Volunteer State in Knoxville, Tenn., entered the sport together in the ARCA Racing Series in 2007 and have continued their relationship through the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and into the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

"I really enjoy racing at Nashville Superspeedway, so I look forward to this weekend. Historically, it’s a really good track for me, and I’m very proud to represent Pilot Travel Centers colors in their home state.

We’re going to work hard to give them a great finish on Saturday night," said Annett.

"We’ve got some good runs to build on leading into this summer stretch of races," said crew chief Ryan Fugle. "We’ll be bringing the same car to Nashville this weekend that we finished ninth in at the spring race. We’re looking to being strong from the time we unload at Nashville and taking advantage of our previous success on this track. Being a stand-alone race for our series, the competition will be a lot more intense with less Cup affiliated drivers out there. It’ll definitely be an exciting race."

Only three full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are on the entry list for Saturday’s Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300.

Bringing light to the devastating floods that rushed through Nashville and surrounding areas earlier this year, Annett will donate his time to participate in a Nationwide Series autograph session on Saturday at the track. Annett and several of his competitors will sign autographs for fans at the Nationwide Insurance display from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday. Fans interested in attending will be asked to bring monetary donations to the signing to support the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. In addition to taking part in the fundraising autograph session, Annett and many other Nationwide Series drivers have donated signed items to a NASCAR Foundation on-line auction benefiting the cause.

The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry hits Nashville Superspeedway on Friday with practice from 6-7:15 p.m. Final practice gets underway at 7:45 p.m. on Friday. Race day begins with Nationwide Series qualifying at 4:05 p.m. followed by the Federated Auto Parts 300 at 8 p.m. Watch practice, qualifying and the race on ESPN 2. All times are ET.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

For more information on Pilot Travel Centers, please visit www.pilottravelcenters.com.

 

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

Jun 01
2010

Michael Annett Finishes 14th in No. 15 St. Jude/Pilot Travel Centers Toyota in Memorial Day Weekend Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Posted by lori in Germain Racing

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

Concord, N.C. (May 31, 2010) – Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway was highlighted by NASCAR’s Nationwide Series Tech-Net Auto Service 300 on Saturday. Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team showcased St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® on the hood, deck lid and rear quarter panels of the No. 15 Camry at Charlotte to help raise awareness for St. Jude’s lifesaving mission.

Annett qualified 17th for the 200 lap Tech-Net Auto Service 300 and despite getting caught in a spin in an early race restart, brought his No. 15 St. Jude/Pilot Travel Centers car home to a 14th place finish, his third consecutive top-15 finish this season and second consecutive top-15 finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"It was great to be able to pay tribute to our armed forces and to support St. Jude in their mission to find cures and save children,"

Annett noted. "We had a good car all weekend, but after being turned on the restart on lap 8 we had to work our way out of a hole to gain our 14th place finish. The afternoon race was very different from our usual night race at Charlotte. Track conditions changed a lot during a run. It was a good points day for us and we’re looking forward to heading to Nashville Superpseedway next week in our No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota."

"Michael did a great job out there. It was hot, slick and there was some tough competition. We thought getting caught behind a slow car on that early restart would slow us down for the rest of the race, but this team never gives up. The guys on pit road repaired some left rear bumper damage and Michael did a heck of a job fighting his way back on the lead lap.

Track position was hard to come by, but Michael stayed strong running lap times as fast as the cars in the top-10," said crew chief Ryan Fugle.

Annett still stands 15th in NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings, just 33 points from the top-10.

Next up, the No. 15 Germain Racing team will travel to Music City USA for the second NASCAR Nationwide Series race this season hosted by Nashville Superspeedway. Annett finished ninth there in April’s Nashville 300 and looks to earn another respectable finish on the 1.333 mile D-shaped oval.

Watch and listen live to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300 on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and MRN Radio.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out  www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

About Pilot Travel Centers:

Pilot Travel Centers is one of the nation's largest retail operators of travel centers, catering to the professional driver and traveling motorist in 41 states with over 300 retail interstate properties. The company is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and employs 13,000 nationwide. This year Pilot Travel Centers launched a major new initiative to promote its premium coffees and confirm Pilot coffee as "the best on the interstate," introducing the company’s first official Facebook fan page and a brand new Twitter account. For more information, visit www.pilottravelcenters.com.

May 26
2010

Pilot Travel Centers, Germain Racing and Michael Annett Support St. Jude at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Posted by lori in Germain Racing

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

Concord, N.C. (May 26, 2010) – As Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts NASCAR’s annual Memorial Day weekend of stock car racing competition, Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 Nationwide Series team will help bring awareness to the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for Saturday’s Nationwide Series Tech-Net Auto Service 300.

The No. 15 Toyota Camry will feature the St. Jude logo on the hood, deck lid and rear quarter panels in support of St. Jude, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. Loyal sponsor, Pilot Travel Centers takes pride in supporting St. Jude and their mission of finding cures and saving children.

“As a strong advocate for St. Jude, I live every day looking for more ways to introduce to others St. Jude’s goals to cure childhood cancers and help children and families who are affected,” said Mark Hazelwood, executive vice president of Pilot Travel Centers. “For the past two years, our partnership with Michael Annett and Germain Racing has been a great adventure into NASCAR and the Nationwide Series, and we’re excited to further that by this show of support for St. Jude. We look forward to seeing the No. 15 St. Jude/Pilot Travel Centers car out on the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway this week.”

“We are very appreciative of Germain Racing, Pilot Travel Centers and Michael Annett for helping to bring awareness to St. Jude this weekend,” said Steele Ford, senior director of sports marketing of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. “This is a great opportunity to share the lifesaving mission of St. Jude with the racing community.”

Bob Germain Jr., president of Germain Racing, is active in support of many childrens charities. When he learned of Pilot Travel Centers efforts to raise awareness of St. Jude, Germain was quick to offer the hood of the No. 15 Germain Racing Camry to help the cause.

“St. Jude makes a tremendous contribution toward helping juvenile patients overcome a variety of life-threatening diseases. Catastrophic childhood disease is a very personal subject for my wife and I as my stepdaughter, Sydney, suffers from juvenile diabetes. I’m very proud to have Germain Racing join Pilot Travel Centers in promoting awareness of St. Jude. I look forward to seeing the St. Jude/Pilot Travel Centers Camry on track at Charlotte this weekend,” said Germain.

Annett’s charitable outlook is the same, “I’ve always had a special place in my heart for organizations that support children. Every day I wear a ‘Will Power’ bracelet to support a family friend, six-year-old Will Krueger, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2008. I’m honored to be a part of this awareness effort and to support St.
Jude’s goals to help children win their health back.”

NASCAR Nationwide Series cars hit the banks of Charlotte Motor Speedway for practice on Thursday at 2 p.m. and final practice at 5:10 p.m.
Qualifying takes place on Saturday at 9:35 a.m. and the green flag drops for the start of the Tech-Net Auto Service 300 at 2:30 p.m. Practice, final practice and qualifying can be seen live on SPEED. Watch and listen to a live broadcast of the race on ABC and PRN Radio beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday. All times are ET.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

About Pilot Travel Centers:
Pilot Travel Centers is one of the nation's largest retail operators of travel centers, catering to the professional driver and traveling motorist in 41 states with over 300 retail interstate properties. The company is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and employs 13,000 nationwide. This year Pilot Travel Centers launched a major new initiative to promote its premium coffees and confirm Pilot coffee as “the best on the interstate,” introducing the company’s first official Facebook fan page and a brand new Twitter account. For more information, visit www.pilottravelcenters.com.

May 24
2010

Runner-up Bodine is Back on Top of Truck Series Championship Points Standings

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

Concord, NC (05-22-2010) – After a three hour delay for rain, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series took to the track for 134 laps of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Germain Racing’s Todd Bodine started ninth, worked his way to the lead and after a series of late-race caution flags, finished second to race winner and fellow Tundra driver Kyle Busch. Bodine’s second-place effort moved him back to the top of the Truck Series championship standings.

“We had a good run. We were too tight in practice and we fought it all practice. We were still too tight in the race and that’s why we just couldn’t quite carry the momentum that Kyle (Busch) could. But our Germain.com Tundra was good tonight. For us, as a team, it was a great night because we’ve struggled all season with this new generation tire that Goodyear’s got and the way our trucks are driving with it. The team worked hard looking through notes and looking through data trying to figure out how to get the 30 truck to where I could drive it and they did. They got it fixed. Tonight we ran with the leaders and it was great to have fun and be so competitive tonight,” said Bodine.

The Germain.com Tundra crew has delivered fast trucks to the track each week, which is why the team has six top-five finishes in seven races this season. The fast trucks and fast pit work came together at Charlotte for a very strong team effort.

"We were there tonight. With the changes we were able to make for Todd to the truck, the great pit stops – we had the Germain.com Tundra where we needed it to be and we were fighting for the win. When the green flag waved for the green/white/checkered finish, it was anyone’s race to win between Kyle, Todd and Ron. This Germain Racing Tundra was in championship form tonight and Todd Bodine drove a great race,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

Bodine explained that his return to the top of the points standings was a team effort.

“We were in the points lead and we came out of Martinsville with the one finish we’ve had this year outside the top-five and that finish, 30th, cost us the points lead. This Germain Racing team has been working hard. Like at Dover last week, we didn’t have a truck to win the race, but we still got a fifth. That’s how you win points championships is to take a truck that can’t win but still finish in the top-five. Here at Charlotte tonight we had a good truck and finished second. It was a good night,” said Bodine, obviously proud of the work he and the Germain.com Tundra crew have put into to return to the top of the Truck Series standings.

The next race on the Truck Series schedule is Friday night, June 4th, at a track where Germain Racing has been to victory lane six times, five with Bodine - Texas Motor Speedway. Watch the exciting action live on SPEED starting at 8:30 PM ET.

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 20
2010

Rookie Zach Germain Prepares for 200 Laps at Iowa with a Back to the Basics Attitude and New Sponsor JaxWax.com on Board

Posted by lori in Germain.com , Germain Racing

Media Contact: Lsmith@germain.com

 

Mooresville, N.C. (May 19, 2010) – Zach Germain, a rookie of the year candidate, is looking forward to the third race of the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedule—Iowa Speedway. Since his top-ten finish in his series debut at the season opener competing at South Boston, Germain has picked up a new associate sponsor, JaxWax, and he’s made the most of his affiliation with Germain Racing. The Columbus, OH, native travelled as a pit crew member, observed Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races and logged hours behind the wheel of a racing simulator and a pit stop practice car. Germain is anxious to pull these experiences together when he tightens his belts for the Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West Challenge on May 23rd.

 “Iowa’s K&N Pro Series East/West Challenge will be the longest race of my career, so I’m definitely anxious to get the race weekend started. It’s the biggest track I’ve raced on, but I’ve talked to several veteran drivers and they’ve told me that racing there is just about the basics—lift, set, turn, squeeze. Lift the throttle, settle the car in the corner, turn out of the corner and squeeze the accelerator. I’ve got that set of rules racing through my mind along with the best advice my parents can give me—patience,” said Germain, who will race on the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway for 200 laps.

Before the on-track activity begins, Zach Germain will have a busy week including an appearance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., and NASCAR Day Bowling Event.

“After six weeks ‘off’ between the K&N Pro Series races, May has become very busy. This week we have a lot of sponsor and fan visits at our Germain Racing headquarters, and my family will be in town for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Gala before we travel to Iowa for the race and the NASCAR Day Bowling Challenge at Bass Pro Shops in Altoona. Next week, the excitement continues in the Charlotte area as even more fans and guests visit the shop during the week of the Coca-Cola 600,” said Germain.

During the down-time in the NKNPSE schedule, Germain did his best to keep his focus on racing.

“Our team’s pit coach, Phil Horton, set me up with some opportunities to drive a pit stop practice car that has a manual transmission. We’ve been to pit road in the Germain.com Camry already this season, and I think the experience we had at Greenville was great preparation, but driving that car, and working with the racing simulator helped keep me focused on racing,” said Germain.

Germain added Columbus-based JaxWax to his No. 24 Germain.com Camry, which will featured an updated paint scheme starting at Iowa.

“I’m very happy thankful to have JaxWax join the team. The timing is great because we just updated the Germain.com Camry to match the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra. The new paint job adds a high gloss finish which will need JaxWax to keep it bright,” said Germain.

Zach Germain races the No. 24 Germain.com Camry Sunday, May 23rd, at 4:00 PM ET at Iowa Speedway. Qualifying is at 1:00 PM. Sunday’s race will air on SPEED on Thursday, May 27th at 1:00 PM ET.

Germain Racing is a championship-winning organization competing in all three of NASCAR’s national series. The team adds the K&N Pro Series East No. 24 Germain.com Camry to its lineup this year, and may add K&N Pro Series West and late model races. Sponsorship and branding opportunities are available. Visit GermainRacing.com for more information.   

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. Follow Zach Germain or Germain Racing on Twitter @ZachGermain, @GermainRacing, or on the web, Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

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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.