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Sep 02
2013

Atlanta GEICO Race Report

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM REBOUND WITH STRONG FINISH AT ATLANTA

 

HAMPTON, Ga. (September 1, 2013) - Over the course of a 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, certain tracks are bound to cause teams and drivers many headaches and sleepless nights. Atlanta Motor Speedway happened to be that track for Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team over the Labor Day weekend. While the team got off to a slow start when the green flag got the race underway on Sunday evening, the Germain Racing team remained intent on recording a strong finish.  After 325-laps of hard racing, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion did just that when they crossed the finish line in the 22nd position, marking their 16th top-25 finish of the 2013 season. 

 

After struggling to find speed during the opening practice session on Friday afternoon, Mears laid down a solid lap in qualifying to claim the 19th starting position for Sunday's Advocare 500. A brief rain shower passed through the Hampton, Georgia, area prior to driver introductions, but the southern humidity quickly soaked up any precipitation and the green flag waved on time under clear skies. By lap five, Mears radioed the GEICO Ford Fusion was loose on entry and plowed through the corner. The competition caution on lap 26 could not have come any sooner as the California native was pushed back to the 40th position in the opening segment. Crew chief Bootie Barker brought his driver to pit road for four tires, fuel, wedge adjustment, and left front damage repair sustained from brief contact with a fellow competitor on the opening lap. 

 

Within 10 laps, Mears broke into the top-30 as the adjustments "definitely helped" but the GEICO Ford still needed additional rear grip. Over the next 100 laps, Barker and the Germain Racing team took every opportunity to work on the handling as numerous cautions were displayed. Despite the valiant effort, the handling still escaped Mears and as a long caution-free run continued, teams were forced to make green flag pit stops. On lap 168, Barker called Mears to pit road for fresh rubber, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment. However, Mears was unable to slow down the GEICO Ford fast enough prior to entering pit road, resulting in a pass-thru penalty for speeding.

 

The yellow flag was displayed on lap 193 and Barker instructed Mears to stay out and take the wave around, regaining one lap to the leaders. With the restart on lap 199, the veteran driver took off from the 31st position. A quick caution was displayed seven laps later, allowing Mears to come to pit road for four tires, fuel, air pressure and track bar adjustments to help the loose handling condition. While in 29th-place on the restart, the No. 13 GEICO Ford rapidly moved up three positions to 26th, the highest of all cars on his lap. Mears successfully ran in this spot through another cycle of green flag pit stops and when a caution was displayed on lap 288, the team decided to take the wave around once again.

 

On the lap 294 restart, Mears moved into the 24th position and never looked back. Over the final 30 laps, the GEICO Ford passed two additional cars, allowing Mears to cross the finish line in 22nd-place.

 

"Man, I'm not sure what we need to do with this place," said Mears, after the 500-mile event. "We kept working on the GEICO Ford throughout the entire race, but we could never find the handling we needed. The car was the best at the end right there but we still have some work to do before we come back next year. The guys never gave up and kept making adjustments to try and make it better. It's on to the next one though. I'm looking forward to Richmond next week and seeing a lot of GEICO people. It should be a good weekend."

 

The next event on the Sprint Cup Series schedule is the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, September 7th at Richmond International Raceway. The race starts at 7 PM ET, with live coverage provided by ABC beginning with its pre-race show at 6:30PM ET. Motor Racing Network (MRN) will also have the live radio broadcast.

 

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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Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com

 

 

Aug 25
2013

Bristol - Fall Race Report - GEICO Ford Fusion

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LATE RACE ACCIDENT SOURS SOLID RUN FOR MEARS AT BRISTOL

 

BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 24, 2013) - Heading into Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway, Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Racing team's goal was to leave Thunder Valley with a solid finish and a race car in one piece. Known as the ‘World’s Fastest Half-Mile’, the track is known for hard side-by-side racing, ensuring fans would see plenty of action under the Saturday night lights in Tennessee.

 

After a loose-handling condition in qualifying placed Mears in the 30th starting position, the Germain crew faced a bigger obstacle, but the team was ready to tackle the challenge. Under clear skies, Mears took the green flag and quickly moved up a handful of positions within the first 25 laps. Shortly after, the veteran driver radioed to his team that the GEICO Ford Fusion was "plowing tight". Crew chief Bootie Barker made numerous adjustments with each opportunity that allowed Mears to visit pit road under caution. The track bar, wedge and air pressure adjustments took some time to react but finally made their presence known just past the halfway mark of the race.

 

On lap 359, while Mears was running in the 27th position and on a lap on his own, a caution slowed the field, allowing the GEICO Ford to receive the Lucky Dog Award. Once the California native was back on the lead lap, Mears moved his way through his competition and was scored as high as 18th by lap 445. However, only a few laps later, trouble struck the GEICO machine. As fellow competitors began to make contact on the track, Mears was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and suffered significant front-end damage, leaving the nose caved in with tubing pushed through the radiator.

 

Within 40 laps, the GEICO crew changed the radiator, made all necessary repairs, and had Mears back on track for the final 20 laps. Because of the quick work by the team, Mears crossed the finish in the 33rd position.

 

"Even though the result wasn't what we deserved, I'm proud of the guys for never giving up," said Mears. "We kept working on the GEICO Ford throughout the entire race and finally had it hooked up where we could move forward. For once I thought we were going to leave this place with a solid finish but we just got caught up in someone else's mess. It's a shame but the team did a good job of getting me back out there for the final 20 laps."

 

The next event on the Sprint Cup Series schedule is the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday, September 1st at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race starts at 7:30 PM ET, with live coverage provided by ESPN beginning with its pre-race show at 6:30PM ET. Performance Racing Network (PRN) will also have the live radio broadcast.

 

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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Aug 12
2013

12th at The Glen for Mears and GEICO Racing Crew

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A FAST MEARS RACES TO 12TH PLACE FINISH AT WATKINS GLEN

Mears’ effort accounts for team’s fifth Top 15 finish of the 2013 season

 

Watkins Glen, NY (August 11, 2013) – Casey Mears was coming off of a strong run at Pocono when he arrived in upstate New York for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ second road course outing of the season.  At the series’ first road course race of the year in Sonoma on June 23rd, the Bakersfield, CA, native turned in a 16th place finish.

 

Mears was fast on arrival at Watkins Glen International, as his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion sat 5th and 13th in the respective practice sessions on Friday.  Unfortunately, a brake issue would stifle his qualifying attempt, leaving him 30th on Sunday’s Cheez-it 355 at The Glen starting grid.

 

If Mears was affected by his challenging starting position, it wasn’t evident.  Rather, he spoke about the strength of his GEICO Ford and his intention of heading to the front of the field when the race went green.  A prophet he was because when the race got underway beneath clear skies and bright sunshine, he made immediate progress and quickly found himself in 24th by the 10th lap.  Each time a yellow flag was displayed, Mears was immediately ordered to save fuel.

 

On lap 57, he brought his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop.  Good fortune winked at Mears when the caution flag was displayed just one lap after his service.  This would result in his GEICO machine moving up to 10th position when the cars in front of him were forced to visit pit road for tires and fuel.  The racing gods continued to smile upon Mears when he narrowly avoided falling victim to a crashing Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., with just nine laps remaining in the 90 lap event.  When the checkered flag brought the 220-mile race to a close, Casey Mears recorded a 12th place finish, scoring Germain Racing’s fifth Top 15 finish of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

 

“It was a good day for our GEICO team.  I think after the qualifying effort we had, we had an issue with the brakes unfortunately, and to be able to rebound like that and have a good day showed how strong our team is and made us all happy,” Mears said following the race.  “We were able to hang on, stay out of the mess and have a good finish.  It worked out well for us.”  He continued, “All of our spotters did a great job today.  It’s the first time I had anybody through the esses and it was really valuable.  It worked out really well and helped me to avoid a lot of the stuff.  Fortunately, we were just in the right place to miss it every time, so it was nice to have some good fortune go our way.”

 

Next week will see Mears in Valvoline livery when his Germain Racing team travels to the Irish Hills of Michigan.

 

Mears and the #13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion will hit the track at Michigan International Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, August 16th, at 12:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT).

 

The Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 18th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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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Aug 05
2013

Pocono Raceway Race Report - GEICO Ford Fusion, August

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MEARS AND THE GEICO TEAM TURN IN STRONG DAY AT POCONO

 

Long Pond, PA (August 4, 2013) – This weekend saw Casey Mears and his GEICO team visit the Poconos for the second time in two months.  One of NASCAR’s original racetracks, the Tricky Triangle sits tucked away quietly in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

 

A questionable weather forecast left many wondering if Saturday’s scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practices would be canceled, and made Friday’s opening session even more critical.  The Germain Racing team struggled early and was relegated to 34th on the final chart when the first practice ended.  Later in the day, he qualified 29th for Sunday’s GOBOWLING.COM 400.  Rain set in on Saturday and blanketed the Long Pond area causing the cancelation of both practices, sending Mears and company into Sunday’s race nearly blind.

 

Race day weather betrayed that of Saturday and provided a perfect backdrop for racing.  When Mears and his GEICO car arrived on pit road, the sun was bright and the temperature hovered around 70, with the track temperature a significant 12-degrees cooler than practice on Friday.

 

Starting 29th, Mears had work to do and he got right to it when the action heated up in turn one on the opening lap of the race.  Juan Pablo Montoya, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Matt Kenseth all found themselves collected before they could turn a single lap, bringing out the event’s first caution flag no sooner than the green flag stopped waving.  Mears had picked up four positions and sat in the 25th position when the race returned to green four laps later.

 

When the second caution slowed the field on lap 14, crew chief Bootie Barker ordered Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion to stay put and not visit pit road.  A fuel strategy was in play and it paid dividends throughout the afternoon.  Mears had worked his way up as high as sixth, but ran solidly in the top 15 and top 20 for the bulk of the day.  The GEICO driver was afforded a bit of good fortune on lap 53.  Mears was riding in the 10th position when the caution flag came out just moments before he was to travel down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop, saving him from going a lap down to the field had the timing been a few seconds different.

 

Another close call occurred on lap 110 when dust and smoke filled Mears’ front windshield when the cars of Danica Patrick, Jeff Burton, Travis Kvapil and Paul Menard got together immediately in front of the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion.  Mears quickly ducked to the inside, avoiding the incident by the narrowest of margins.  If the caution flag was out, then Mears was conserving fuel.  Spotter Ron Lewis would almost immediately bark out to his driver to save fuel each time the yellow flag began waving.  Mears drew laughter from the Germain Racing pit stall when, under the lap 110 caution, he immediately queried his team, “Want me to save fuel here?”

 

As the race began to wind down, Mears commented to his crew that the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion had improved significantly from practice on Friday and that he was in a position to race his fellow competitors that lie just ahead of him.  The track tightened up later on, but he continued to race his way to the front.  He was sitting in the 13th position when he made his final scheduled green flag pit stop of the day on lap 132.  He took on four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment before settling in for a race to the checkered flag.  Unfortunately, with just ten laps remaining, Mears reported a heavy vibration in the GEICO Ford and expressed heavy concern.  A caution flag with just four laps to go in the race allowed him to bring the Ford Fusion to the attention of his pit crew.  They quickly removed four tires, but found nothing wrong.  The car continued to be irritable as Mears departed pit road.  He indicated that he could feel the vibration in the gear shifter, which could be reflective of a significant problem.  Mears was instructed to return to the race, take it easy and just complete the event without incident.  While he was chasing a top 15 finish, he would settle for 24th and a racecar that remained in one piece and no chance of a DNF.  Mears’s strong day accounts for Germain Racing’s 13th top 25 finish of the 2013 season.

 

“The weekend started out a little rough, but the guys on this GEICO team did a great job of getting the car to come around during the race,” Mears said.  “The car felt good today and we had a strong run, so even though the vibration there at the end set us back, we still had a solid day and leave feeling positive.  Watkins Glen should be a lot of fun next week, so we’re excited about getting there.”                                                  

 

Next week will find Mears and his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series counterparts making both left and right hand turns, as they embark on their second road course race of the season in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  Mears finished 16th at Sonoma on June 23rd, the series’ first road course race of the year.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Watkins Glen International for the opening practice session on Friday, August 9th, at 12:00 PM (EDT).  Final practice will be at 4 PM (ET), while qualifying will follow a day later on Saturday, August 10th, at 11:40 AM (EDT).

 

The Cheez-It 355 at the Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 11th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

 

 

Jul 29
2013

Indy Post-Race Report: GEICO Ford Fusion

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MEARS ENDS UP 27TH AFTER LONG DAY AT INDIANAPOLIS

 

Indianapolis, IN (July 28, 2013) – For the last nine years, Casey Mears has held the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series track qualifying record at Indianapolis, while his uncle Rick boasts four Indianapolis 500 wins at the famed racing facility.  The heart of Indiana is a special place for the famous racing family, which always leaves the younger Mears excited to make his arrival.

 

Casey Mears got to work early this week, when on Thursday he made an appearance at a newly opened GEICO office in the Indianapolis area.  He spent time visiting with associates, signing autographs and taking photos.  He got down to business a day later when he arrived at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for practice and qualifying. 

 

Mears first practice session on Friday was tough, as he ended up 31st on the board.  Fortunately, Saturday brought better news when the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion rested 21st at the end of the weekend’s final practice session.  Mears would later qualify 30th for Sunday’s race after circling the 2.5-mile racetrack in 48.979-seconds.

 

Bright sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s set the scene for Sunday’s 400-mile race at the Brickyard.  Mears rolled off 30th and quickly made up ground, moving into the 26th position by lap six.  At a track where passing is at a premium, coupled with the fact that only three caution flags were displayed throughout the entire 160-lap race, Mears would find his day frustrating.  Long green flag runs left little time to make adjustments to the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion and track position was tough to achieve. 

 

On lap 54, Mears was sitting 13th in the Lucky Dog position, but after no yellow flag showed up, he was forced to visit pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop.  It seemed as though good fortune may have found him when the caution flag came out just after Mears and his GEICO Ford exited pit road.  Crew chief Bootie Barker instructed him to take the wave-around, which would allow Mears to return to the lead lap.  Unfortunately, leader Jimmie Johnson elected to stay out and not visit pit road under the caution, which would ultimately preclude Mears from taking the wave-around.

 

When the day came to a close, Mears finished 27th, just behind the Fords of Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., but one spot ahead of the #21 Motorcraft Ford of Trevor Bayne.

 

“It was a challenging day and the long green flag runs and lack of cautions made it tough on everyone.  It’s also hard to pass here, which didn’t help,” Mears said after climbing from his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion.  “We have a great group of guys on this GEICO team and we’ll be ready for Pocono.  Long day here today and we’re ready to move on to the next race.”

 

Mears and the Germain Racing team will now travel to Long Pond, PA, for race number 21 of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.                                                 

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Pocono Raceway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, August 2nd, at 11:30 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:10 PM (EDT).

 

The GOBOWLING.COM 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 4th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Jul 15
2013

New Hampshire GEICO Ford Race Report

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MEARS ENDS UP AS COLLATERAL DAMAGE AFTER FAST START IN LOUDON

 

Loudon, NH (July 14, 2013) – The Germain Racing team has experienced a run of good fortune since their departure from Darlington on May 11th.  Inclusive of that was their first Top 10 finish of the 2013 season last week in Daytona when GEICO driver Casey Mears crossed the finish line in the 9th position.  Loudon, New Hampshire, would be the next stop on their journey, but the team would find themselves challenged from the beginning.

 

Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion were 34th in the weekend's opening practice session on Friday before qualifying 29th later in the day.  Saturday saw him 34th and 36th in the respective practices.  Crew chief Bootie Barker and his crew spent the better part of their Saturday evening working to find speed.  Their efforts would be rewarded when the race got underway on Sunday afternoon.

 

A packed house awaited race day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The afternoon quickly heated up and the GEICO team found themselves amid steamy temperatures and bright sunshine.  Due to a penalty assessed to Jimmie Johnson, Mears would roll off from the 28th position, a one spot advantage over his qualifying position.  When the green flag turned the field loose for 301 laps of racing, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion quickly began making progress and had peeked into the Top 25 before his fate took a downward turn.

 

Unfortunately, Barker and company’s late Saturday night work at the team hotel would turn out futile at best when a lap 14 crash collected Mears and ended his chances of a strong finish.  On the frontstretch, Kevin Harvick and Marcos Ambrose found themselves in a tussle over track space before Ambrose succumbed to the battle and spun into Mears’ #13 GEICO Ford Fusion, sending them both behind the wall for extensive repairs.  The front end of Mears’ machine was severely damaged and even left him without a radiator.  The Germain Racing team was in high gear and quickly made repairs to the heavily damaged race car and miraculously returned Mears to the race while losing just 50 laps.  While Mears emerged in the 42nd position, the team continued their work during pit stops and he was able to complete the 301 lap event and turn in a 36th place finish, picking up 6 critical positions that will ultimately assist in their ascension in the point standings.

 

“It was a tough weekend for our GEICO team, but Bootie and the guys found some speed and we were making good progress when the race started.  It’s always tough to deal with a situation like that where we end up as collateral damage,” Mears said following the race.  “These guys on this Germain team did a great job of making repairs to our #13 GEICO Ford Fusion and making sure I was able to finish the race.  Picking up six additional spots was great and it definitely helps.  We’re looking forward to taking a weekend off and then going to Indianapolis, one of my favorite tracks.”

 

Casey Mears and the GEICO team will enjoy a week off before heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the July 28th running of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard.  Mears’ family has experienced considerable success at the legendary speedway, leaving him excited to hit the track for practice on July 26th.                                               

 

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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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Jul 08
2013

Top 10 at Daytona for The Gecko Courtesy of Mears

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MEARS GIVES THE GECKO AN EXCITING TOP 10 FINISH AT DAYTONA

 

Daytona Beach, FL (July 6, 2013) – Casey Mears and Germain Racing haven’t finished outside of the top 25 since May 11th in Darlington, with half of those checkered flags seeing Mears finish in the top 20.  As the season wears on, the GEICO team seems to be blossoming well and their excitement was evident when they arrived at Daytona International Speedway this weekend, a place that has seen Mears and his GEICO car as the leader on multiple occasions.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion appeared quick in first practice when television coverage of the session showed him moving the car at will through the draft.  He wrapped up the session 24th, sandwiched between Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, David Ragan and Joey Logano; all Ford teams.  Crew chief Bootie Barker felt confident in their GEICO Fusion and chose to sit out final practice on Thursday, instead turning his focus to qualifying which was scheduled for late Friday afternoon.

 

When qualifying got underway at 4:10 PM (ET) on Friday, Mears betrayed his poor qualifying draw (third) and toured the 2.5-mile facility in just 46.701-seconds/192.715-miles per hour, landing him 19th on Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 starting grid.

 

When the green flag waved on a hot and humid Florida evening, Mears departed his starting position of 19th and set sail for the front of the field.  By the fourth lap, he had arrived and was penetrating the top 10.  He later ventured into the top five and appeared poised for a strong run.  As restrictor-plate racing goes, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion spent their evening vacillating up and down through the draft, returning to the front whenever he felt it necessary.  At times, it appeared so effortless that one would assume Mears made a bet with himself concerning the amount of cars he could pass in an evening.

 

Business began to pick up as the race wound down.  With 33 laps to go, Mears was in the 13th position when a caution flag slowed the field.  The team’s radio frequency was dominated by Barker and Mears who were busy discussing whether or not to take two or four tires during the upcoming pit stop under yellow.  The number four prevailed and Mears would surrender only six positions by opting for the latter, but would be well armed to make a charge at the end of the race.  Barker’s wisdom prevailed and Mears found himself back in the top 10, in the eighth position, with just 15 laps remaining in the event.

 

Mears, whose racecar remained clean most of the night, was a little too close for comfort when cars began crashing just behind him as the field exited the short chute on lap 149 of a scheduled 160.  The red flag halted the race while cleanup commenced.  After a brief eight-minutes and 53-seconds, engines were re-fired and cars were rolling under caution.  With seven to go, the GEICO Ford Fusion restarted 8th, but was shuffled out of the draft and just a lap later sat 12 positions worse in 20th.

 

The Daytona drama soon followed when a crash on the backstretch brought out the yellow flag with only four laps left in the advertised distance and leaving Mears far behind with very little time to do anything about it.  With a Green-White-Checker finish on tap, he would need to execute an all or nothing strategy when the race went back to green.  When the green flag set the field underway for the final time, Mears began an immediate surge and a lap later the white flag saw him three positions to the good in 15th.  The final lap played out in typical Daytona fashion when Mears was approaching the start/finish line and Danica Patrick spun in front of him.  The result was a chain reaction crash that sent the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion hard against the outside wall as the checkered flag was waving.  Despite taking a hard hit and crossing the finish line sideways, Mears scored a ninth place finish, accounting for the team’s first top 10 performance of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  His effort also continues the string of strong, consistent runs that are normally tough to come by in auto racing, further evidencing the growth and development of Germain Racing’s Sprint Cup Series program.

 

“Tonight was a solid night for our GEICO Racing program and I’m glad we were able to get a Top 10 finish and reward the guys on this Germain team for all of their hard work.  It was also nice to get a good finish for the folks at GEICO and our team owner, Bob Germain, because they both have made such big commitments to keep growing our program,” Mears said as he observed the damage to his racecar.  “That second-to-last restart we restarted eighth and the 15 laid way back on the restart and had a huge run.  There were three lanes open.  The bottom lane moved to the bottom and I had like three lanes to try to block and he had a run and got to the inside of us and we dropped all the way to the back.  But we had a really big run there at the end and picked the right lane and got through a bunch of guys, so that’s not the way we wanted to finish because we were sitting in the catbird’s seat there, where I thought we could have had a chance to win this thing, but we rallied back for a decent day.”

 

Mears and the Germain Racing team will now travel north to Loudon, New Hampshire, for race number 19 of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.   

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, July 12th, at 12:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT).

 

The Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, July 14th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Jul 01
2013

Valvoline NextGen Ford - Kentucky Race Recap

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Strong Finish for Valvoline NextGen Fusion at Kentucky Speedway

 

Mooresville, NC (June 30, 2013) - The Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend was extended a day when the rain, which had plagued the weekend, washed out any hopes of racing on Saturday night. The 400.5-mile race was rescheduled to start at noon Eastern, on Sunday. Casey Mears rolled off the starting grid in the 31st position in the No. 13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion entry of Germain Racing, and gathered another top-20 finish when the checkered flag waved.

 

“We didn’t get what we needed from the Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion in qualifying,” said Mears, who’s competitive nature was evident in talking about the car’s performance throughout the 267-lap even. “I think our chassis setup would have been strong for night racing. It was amazing, when I’d get a bit of a cloud cover, I could make things happen on the track. But for Sunday afternoon racing, we still have some work to do to improve our race car.”

 

Mears finished 18th on Sunday afternoon, in front of a very persistent and enthusiastic Kentucky Speedway crowd.

 

“The Kentucky Speedway race fans are incredible. So many of them stayed last night to see if we could get a break between storms to get the race in, and so many fans came back today. It’s great to see such a big turnout, particularly in the backyard of Valvoline,” said Mears.

 

With 70 laps to go, crew chief Bootie Barker told Mears weather should not be an issue through the race’s end on Sunday afternoon. Barker was right.

 

Mears ran in the top-20 for most of the 267 laps. The Germain Racing pit crew kept him in contention on pit road, even with four-tire pit stops against others taking two tires or fuel-only. Mears finished 18th and is looking ahead to next weekend’s trip to Daytona Beach, FL.

 

The next race for the No. 13 will see Casey Mears back in familiar GEICO livery, behind the wheel of the GEICO Ford Fusion at Daytona International Speedway for 160 laps in Saturday’s Coke Zero 400. Watch the action on July 6th on TNT at 7:30 PM or tune into MRN/SiriusXM radio.

 

About Valvoline

Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH), has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil. In addition to commercial and industrial lubricants, the Valvoline family of products includes Eagle One™ appearance products, Car Brite™ car restoration products, Zerex™ antifreeze, SynPower™ performance products, MaxLife™ products created for higher-mileage engines and NextGen™ motor oil created with 50 percent recycled oil. With approximately 900 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM service centers are a leader in serving the quick lube market.

 

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

            Lori Smith, Germain Racing, lsmith@germain.com

            Doug Barnette, GEICO Racing, dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Jun 27
2013

Valvoline NextGen Ford - Kentucky Speedway Preview

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For Immediate Release

 

Casey Mears Racing No. 13 Valvoline NextGen™ Ford Fusion for Germain Racing at Kentucky and Michigan

• This is the second season for Valvoline NextGen in Cup Series with Mears

• Valvoline™ has sponsored Germain Racing since 2010

• Mears been in command of the No. 13 Ford Fusion since August 2010

• Bootie Barker is crew chief for the Valvoline NextGen Fusion

Mooresville, N.C. (June 27, 2013) – Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway extends the team’s relationship with Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), to four seasons as driver Casey Mears will wheel the No. 13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion for 400.5 miles in the Greater Cincinnati area venue.

“Promoting Valvoline NextGen recycled oil products to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans is a great opportunity to reach the do-it-yourself community. On the other hand, if the drivers in the Kentucky Speedway grandstands don’t want to change their own oil, Valvoline NextGen is a blend of recycled oil that can be requested at many oil change service centers,” said Bob Germain Jr., Germain Racing team owner.

Germain Racing’s normally blue and green No. 13 Ford Fusion that typically bears the familiar gecko alongside the GEICO logo, shifts its stripes and colors to showcase the Valvoline NextGen paint scheme at Ashland Inc.’s hometown race track, Kentucky Speedway, on Saturday night, and will do so again at Michigan International Speedway in August.

"Valvoline has supported Germain Racing for many years and I’m glad to be part of promoting the Valvoline NextGen brand to the Sprint Cup Series fans. We’ll be running the Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion at Kentucky and again at Michigan, tracks where we look forward to good results,” said Mears. “The NextGen oil is 50-percent recycled. It’s specially engineered for today’s hotter running engines as well as a green product to help our environment."

Watch Mears race the No. 13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion on Saturday, June 29th at 7:30 PM EDT on TNT or tune in to PRN or SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. NASCAR will publish race updates via Twitter @NASCAR and @NASCARStats.

About Valvoline

Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH), has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil. In addition to commercial and industrial lubricants, the Valvoline family of products includes Eagle One™ appearance products, Car Brite™ car restoration products, Zerex™ antifreeze, SynPower™ performance products, MaxLife™ products created for higher-mileage engines and NextGen™ motor oil created with 50 percent recycled oil. With approximately 900 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM service centers are a leader in serving the quick lube market.

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

            Lori Smith, Germain Racing, lsmith@germain.com

            Doug Barnette, GEICO Racing, dbarnette@pmifirm.com

Jun 24
2013

Mears Sonoma Race Report

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FORTUNE FAVORS MEARS AND THE GECKO IN SONOMA

GEICO driver’s 16th place finish accounts for team’s sixth top-20 effort of the 2013 season

 

Sonoma, CA (June 23, 2013) – The Sonoma Valley is known for great scenery, great wine and great racing.  This weekend marked the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ first road course race of the 2013 season and allowed the sport to enjoy all three.  Mears and his GEICO team have enjoyed a string of good runs and looked to Sonoma as another opportunity to solidify Germain Racing’s consistency.  They also received associate sponsorship from Caymus Vineyards, a prestigious California winery, which hosted a series of events for team personnel during the weekend.

 

Mears’ arrival at Sonoma Raceway was quickly evident when he unloaded off of the truck and ended up third fastest in the first practice session and 12th quickest in Happy Hour.  Qualifying found his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion a bit loose amid the hot temperatures and he landed 21st on Sunday’s starting grid.

 

When Mears slid behind the wheel of his GEICO Ford on Sunday afternoon, gray skies prevailed and raindrops soon followed.  The field would ultimately turn six laps prior to the green flag, which immediately called into question previously planned fuel strategies up and down pit road.  Mears rolled off 21st and remained there until the event’s first caution of the day on lap 24.  He visited pit road and took on tires and fuel and restarted the race in time for the next yellow flag to wave.  Given that he just visited pit road, crew chief Bootie Barker ordered Mears to stay out and instead gain much coveted track position.  Barker’s gamble paid off and, after restarting 9th on lap 33, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion ran solidly in the top 10 for the next 15 laps.

 

On several occasion throughout the race, Barker advised Mears to save fuel, as the team found itself three laps short as the race began to wind down.  A late-race caution allowed the GEICO team to top off fuel and let Mears go hard until the end.  With just 20 laps remaining, he was faster than the leader and again turned a quicker time on lap 98.  Taking the white flag in the 17th position, a hard charging Mears managed to hustle to a 16th place finish on the final lap.  This is Germain Racing’s sixth top 20 finish of the 2013 season and helps to continue their streak of strong results.

 

“It was a good weekend for us and it was nice to get a decent finish for GEICO and Caymus Vineyards,” Mears said.  “We needed a little more rear grip in the high-speed corners, but we ran strong in the top ten for a lot of the day and were able to continue our run of solid finishes.  I’m proud of the guys on this Germain team and how hard they work each week.  You’re seeing more consistency because of their efforts.”

 

Mears and the Germain team next descend upon the Bluegrass State.                                                  

 

Casey Mears and the #13 Valvoline Ford Fusion will hit the track at Kentucky Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, June 28th, at 11:30 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 5:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, June 29th, 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.

 

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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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com