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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

 

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Jun 17
2013

Caymus Vineyards on 13 at Sonoma

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Caymus Vineyards is Featured as an Associate Sponsor on California Native Mears’ No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion for Sonoma Race

 

Mooresville, NC (June 17, 2013) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Germain Racing is proud to announce that Caymus Vineyards, part of the prestigious Wagner Family of Wine, will be on board the No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion as an associate sponsor for the upcoming Sonoma Raceway event.

 

"We are very proud to have Caymus Vineyards and the Wagner Family of Wine partner with us on the 13 GEICO Ford Fusion at Sonoma this year. I had an opportunity to visit Caymus with friends in 2011 and Chuck Wagner actually took the time to give us a personal tour. The Wagners are certainly one of the most well respected families in the wine-making business and we're looking forward to representing them on the track,” said Bob Germain Jr., team owner of Germain Racing.

 

Having a prestigious California winery with such a strong commitment to family tradition and producing quality products makes the Caymus Vineyards pairing with Casey Mears, of Bakersfield, CA, and Germain Racing a perfect match.

 

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

 

Sunday’s race day broadcasts begin with RaceDay on SPEED at Noon Eastern, followed on TNT by Countdown to Green starting at 2:00 PM ET and the race coverage at 3:00 PM. Radio broadcasts can be heard on PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90.

 

The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is a 350K/218.9-mile,110-lap event which will be live from Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA. The track has a Twitter feed @RaceSonoma and NASCAR keeps fans in the loop @NASCAR and @NASCARStats.

 

The Wagners come from a long line of grape growers and winemakers with a farming legacy that can be traced back 156 years in the Napa Valley.  It's been over 40 years since Charlie and Lorna Wagner, along with son, Chuck, founded Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford, Napa Valley and today they are proud to showcase a collection of wine brands that have a reputation for quality and consistency, sourced from the premiere wine growing regions of California. The Wagner Family of Wine has proven they are clear leaders as they are the only winery in the world to have been awarded the title of “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator, twice for their Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon.   Charlie Wagner, Sr. begun as a “home winemaker” in the 1960’s using grapes planted behind their farmhouse and today, Chuck Wagner continues to make world-renowned Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley; his older son Charlie II makes Mer Soleil Chardonnay in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County and Joseph makes Belle Glos Pinot Noir sourced from three prestigious coastal appellations of California.  They also make Conundrum, which has set the benchmark for luxury California wine blends for over twenty years. Chuck’s daughter Jenny recently joined the family business and has just started making Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot in Napa Valley.  Youngest daughter, Erin is enrolled in college.

 

Caymus Vineyards is on the web at  www.Caymus.com or www.WagnerFamilyofWine.com.

 

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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Casey Mears

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Numbers at Sonoma Raceway

Race

St

Fin

Laps

Money

Status

Led

2003-16

33

26

110/110

66,300

running

0

2004-16

29

7

110/110

100,265

running

5

2005-16

36

20

110/110

103,033

running

0

2006-16

34

20

110/110

113,708

running

0

2007-16

38

27

110/110

88,375

running

0

2008-16

23

5

112/112

123,075

running

0

2009-16

21

23

113/113

95,600

running

0

2011-16

27

34

108/110

73,405

running

0

2012-16

20

15

112/112

106,338

running

0

 9 starts, 995 of 997 laps completed (99.8%), 5 laps led

 Win:     0 (  0.0%)     Average start:  29.0     Total Winnings: $870,099

 Top 5:   1 ( 11.1%)     Average finish: 19.7

 Top 10:  2 ( 22.2%)     DNF: 0

 

Team Notes…

  • Both engineers, Scott Whitehead and Chris Andrews, have road racing backgrounds. Scott Whitehead served as a crew chief in the Grand-Am Series while Chris Andrews worked as an engineer in the Trans-Am Series
  • Germain Racing’s best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finish came on a road course, Watkins Glen, where the team charted an 8th-place finish.
  • The team finished 15th at Sonoma Raceway in 2012 with Casey Mears at the wheel of the GEICO Ford Fusion
  • Chassis 660 gets the nod for primary duties at Sonoma. The road-course chassis joined the Germain Racing ranks in 2012 and is making its second appearance at Sonoma for the team

 

 Media Contact :Germain Racing – Lori Smith lsmith@germain.com

Jun 16
2013

Michigan June Race Report - GEICO Ford Fusion

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THE IRISH HILLS PROVE LUCKY FOR MEARS AND NO. 13 GEICO TEAM

 

Brooklyn, MI (June 16, 2013) – Coming off of good showings in Dover and Pocono, the Germain Racing team focused on continuing their strong run this weekend in the Irish Hills of Michigan.  Casey Mears and team owner Bob Germain kicked off their race weekend by visiting Ford headquarters in Detroit on Thursday, where they participated in activities ranging from test driving cars to chatting with Ford associates.  A day later, Mears turned his attention to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at the two-mile racetrack just down the road in Brooklyn.

 

Consistency marked the team’s Friday when Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion sat 24th on the practice chart and later qualified the same for the Quicken Loans 400.

 

When the green flag got Sunday’s race underway at Michigan International Speedway, Mears quickly jumped to 23rd.  He would not have to wait long for the action to heat up, as lap seven found Bobby Labonte spinning immediately in front of the GEICO Ford, bringing out the event’s first caution flag of the day.  Mears avoided the spinning car by the narrowest of margins and was able to carry on with his afternoon.  Aside from dodging spinning cars, Mears also began battling a loose condition that would plague him for much of the race.

 

A focused Germain Racing crew worked feverishly during each pit stop to make necessary adjustments to the GEICO Ford and as the race wore on their hard work became evident.  When the caution flag was displayed on lap 76 for debris in turn one, Mears was able to lead two laps and collect critical bonus points.  As the event began to wind down, he was solidly in the top twenty-five, even running for an extended time in the top 15.  When the checkered flag closed 400-miles of racing, Mears and his GEICO team recorded a 21st place, lead lap finish.  His effort accounts for Germain Racing’s ninth top-25 finish of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

 

“The #13 GEICO Ford Fusion was really loose today, but the guys worked hard to get it better and it helped in the end,” Mears said.  “This is three solid weeks in a row, so we’re beginning to see the consistency we’re looking for.  I enjoy the road courses, so we’re excited to get the GEICO car on-track in Sonoma next week.”

 

Mears and the Germain team will now head west to the Sonoma Valley for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ first road course race of the 2013 season.                                                     

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Sonoma Raceway for the opening practice session on Friday, June 21st, at 3:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will take place on Saturday, June 22nd, at 2:05 PM (EDT).

 

The Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 23rd, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 2:00 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

 

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

 

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

Jun 10
2013

22nd at Pocono Raceway for the GEICO Ford Fusion, Mears

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RESILIENT MEARS POWERS BACK WITH 22ND PLACE FINISH AT POCONO

 

Long Pond, PA (June 9, 2013) – After a few tough weeks, Casey Mears and his Germain Racing counterparts rallied in Dover to right the course when they recorded a 16th place finish at one of NASCAR’s toughest tracks.  While Dover saw them battle the Monster Mile, this week in Pocono would find them nose-to-nose with Mother Nature.

 

All track activities, including qualifying, were washed out on Friday, resulting in the starting field being set according to Owner Points.  Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion would roll off 27th in Sunday’s Party in the Poconos 400.  On Saturday, Mears and crew chief Bootie Barker were featured on SPEED’s Trackside Live where laughter prevailed when they participated in a fun version of the ‘Newlywed Game’.  Barker triumphed, scoring three points to Mears’ two.

 

When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series arrived at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, the inclement weather had cleared and bright sunshine and blue skies overlooked a full house.  Mears started from the 27th position, but quickly began having handling issues and dropped to 29th.  He made a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 28, but lap 30 heard Mears on the team’s radio frequency: “This thing won’t turn at all.  It’s really tight into turn one.”  Regardless, he still managed to navigate the GEICO Ford through the field and arrive in 18th before making a second scheduled green flag stop on lap 56.  He received a minor scare when on lap 93 he began to experience a heavy vibration, but it seemed to dissipate.  The Germain pit crew made favorable changes during each visit to pit road, allowing Mears and his Gecko adorned racecar to keep making progress.

 

A debris caution on lap 126 would change the trajectory of Mears’ race.  Crew chief Bootie Barker ordered him to stay out rather than pitting and to take the wave-around in order to rejoin the lead lap.  He then informed Mears that he would need to pit immediately after taking the green, a daring call that could pay dividends if another yellow flag waved quickly.  Mears complied and restarted 29th when the race went back to green on lap 129.  The next time around, the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion hit pit road for two right-side tires and fuel, leaving Mears at the tail end of the lead lap.  Now all they needed was a quick caution and Barker’s strategy would pay off.  Almost on cue, Juan Pablo Montoya got loose underneath Matt Kenseth in the tunnel turn on lap 134, sending them both into a spin that brought out a much needed caution flag for the Germain Racing team.  Barker’s bold move paid off and the GEICO team was now solidly on the lead lap and back in the hunt.

 

Mears was eyeing the top 20 when Barker radioed to him on lap 139, “Good job, man.  You get faster and faster every lap.”  Mears and his GEICO Ford continued to hustle and when the checkered flag brought a close to 160 laps and 400 miles of racing, he posted a 22nd place finish.  Pocono is Germain Racing’s eighth top 25 finish of the 2013 season.

 

“We struggled a little bit today, but kept working hard and eventually got fast there at the end, when it mattered.  This is the first time we’ve raced Pocono together as a team because we’ve had to start and park it the last two years.” Mears said.  “This was a good day for us here and something to build on.  We’re thankful for GEICO’s support because we can now run all the races.  We’ve had two solid weeks and that’s what we needed to get things back on the right path.  I’m proud of everyone on this Germain team and look forward to Michigan next week.  Michigan International Speedway is just down the road from Ford’s corporate office, so we’re hoping to put on a good show for them.” 

 

Mears and his GEICO team will next travel to the Irish Hills of Michigan for race number fifteen of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Michigan International Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, June 14th, at 11:30 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:35 PM (EDT).

 

The Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 16th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

- PMI -

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

Jun 02
2013

16th in Dover for GEICO Ford, Casey Mears

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM BACK ON TRACK WITH 16TH PLACE DOVER FINISH

 

Dover, DE (June 2, 2013) – The past few weeks have seen Casey Mears and his GEICO team perform well in practice only to later fall victim to situations beyond their control when the race got underway.  This weekend, Dover welcomed the Germain Racing team with open arms, offering redemption in the form of a 400-mile race on a high-banked racetrack referred to as the Monster Mile.  While they have struggled at Dover in the past, a successful test two weeks ago served as assurance that their problems were behind them.

 

Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion were 23rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session on Friday.  Qualifying saw the team fall victim to a bad draw, which sent Mears out first on a hot Friday afternoon.  Undaunted, Mears quickly pedaled the #13 GEICO Ford around the one-mile concrete oval in just 23.052-seconds at an average speed of 156.169 miles per hour.  Despite the steamy temperatures, Mears managed to tame the Monster Mile and would roll off Sunday’s starting grid from the 17th position.

 

Bright sunshine, hot temperatures and a slight breeze welcomed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to the track on Sunday.  Mears would start from the 17th position when the green flag turned the field loose for 400-miles of racing.  He dropped to 18th on lap three, but then sat solidly in that position for the next 51 laps.  He then worked his way into the top ten before being forced down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 73.  After being outfitted with four tires and fuel, Mears rejoined the race in the 19th position and began making up ground.

 

Mears passed Carl Edwards on lap 149 to take over the 18th position and was sitting in 16th when Matt Kenseth lost an engine and brought out the caution on lap 160.  Mears then headed down pit road under caution where the Germain Racing pit crew promptly refreshed the #13 GEICO Ford with four fresh tires and a full tank of fuel, allowing Mears to restart the race from the 15th position.  He then made quick work of Dale Earnhardt, Jr, and captured the 14th position before passing Clint Bowyer for 13th on lap 202.

 

Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion would never at any point during the race depart from the top 20.  After 400-laps/400-miles of racing, Mears recorded a 16th place, lead lap finish on a hot and humid Delaware Sunday afternoon.  His effort accounts for the team’s fifth top 20 finish of the season and boosts him one spot up to 25th in the Sprint Cup Series’ driver point standings.    

 

“This was a great day for our GEICO team because we were consistent and the pit crew did a nice job and we were able to get a 16th place finish,” Mears said.  “We were also able to finish the race on the lead lap, which is tough to do at Dover, as seen on the finishing order where I think only 16 cars did it.  I’m proud of everyone on this 13 team; we keep making good progress.  I want to thank everyone out there that supports our Germain Racing team, especially the people at GEICO.  We were excited to have a lot of GEICO folks with us today since their office is so close.”

 

Up next for the Germain Racing team is the Tricky Triangle in Long Pond, PA.       

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Pocono Raceway for the opening practice session on Friday, June 7th, at 12:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT).

 

The Party in the Poconos 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 9th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

- PMI -

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

May 03
2013

SGK - Talladega

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“Rivals Series Shootout” for Susan G. Komen Gets Premium Promotional Help from Germain Racing and The Forze Group Starting at Talladega

 

 

Mooresville, NC  (UPDATED May 7, 2013) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Germain Racing will show support for Susan G. Komen® beginning at Talladega Superspeedway by promoting the upcoming “Rivals Series Shootout”, a golf tournament held September 25, 2013, at Lake of Isles Country Club, North Stonington, CT, with proceeds going to Susan G. Komen. The Rivals teams are made up of baseball names from New York Baseball Alumni and Boston Baseball Alumni, with Bucky Dent being the team captain for the New York side and Tim Wakefield serving as captain for Boston. The “Rivals Series Shootout” logo can be seen on the decklid of the No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion and the C-post pink ribbons Germain Racing normally places on the car will be adapted to the Susan G. Komen pink ribbon logo.

 

Helping raise awareness for an organization such as Susan G. Komen, is important to Germain Racing as the team has boldly displayed a pink ribbon on the C-post of the No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion for several seasons. In fact, the team first showed support for Breast Cancer Awareness efforts in the early years of the team’s foundation by running an awareness paint scheme on their race truck when the team competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

 

The Forze Group is organizing the Rivals Series Shootout.  For more information or to become involved in the tournament, contact Chris Bova (email: cbova@theforzegroup.com).

 

For more information on the Rivals Series, visit http://RivalsSeries.blogspot.com. For information on Susan G. Komen, visit www.Komen.org.

 

The Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is on Sunday, May 5th, 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.

 

Visit www.germainracing.com for news, schedules and sponsorship information, or follow @GermainRacing & @CJMearsGang on Twitter.

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

About Susan G. Komen®: Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Suzy, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Today, Susan G. Komen® works to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world by investing more than $750 million in breast cancer research and $1.5 billion in community outreach programs over the past 30 years; providing funding to help low-income and uninsured women get screened and get treatment; advocating for cancer research and outreach programs; and working globally in more than 30 countries. Visit komen.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Media Contacts:

Germain Racing – Lori Smith lsmith@germain.com

GEICO Racing – Doug Barnette – dbarnette@pmifirm.com

The Forze Group – Chris Bova - cbova@theforzegroup.com

 

 

Apr 29
2013

Richmond Race Recap - GEICO Ford

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ROUGH RICHMOND RACE LEAVES MEARS EAGER FOR TALLADEGA

 

Richmond, VA (April 27, 2013) – A week ago in Kansas, Casey Mears’ #13 GEICO Ford Fusion was making its way quickly around Kansas Speedway before his great run came to an abrupt halt when he was hit from behind while avoiding a crash.  Richmond is a track where he’s experienced reasonable success, leaving the Germain Racing team hopeful for redemption at the ¾-mile racing facility.

Through the first two practices, Mears and his GEICO machine were 25th and 33rd in the respective sessions.  Qualifying would later betray the Germain Racing team, as Mears would be left to fight from the rear when he was relegated to starting 40th in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

A large crowd was on-hand to watch Mears and his Sprint Cup Series counterparts do a little short-track racing under the lights.  Starting 40th, Mears would need to find a way to move forward from the 20th row.  He quickly jumped to 37th, but almost immediately succumbed to handling issues.  On lap four, he radioed to crew chief, Bootie Barker: “It won’t turn right now, it’s really tight.”  He would battle the racecar for most of the evening before his #13 GEICO Fusion began to get quicker and he found himself in the Lucky Dog position on lap 180.  Mears began turning lap times quicker than the leaders, but narrowly missed out on gaining a lap back when the caution flag was displayed on lap 232.  He would also later fall victim to a yellow flag waving just as he departed pit road from a scheduled stop.  If not for a couple of untimely cautions, Mears could have easily netted a top 25, lead lap finish.

The checkered flag waved late Saturday night after a green-white-checker finish, halting 406 laps of racing.  When he crossed the finish line, Mears was scored in the 30th position, netting ten spots from where he started.  He has now taken the checkered flag eight times in nine starts, showing the resilience and consistency of the Germain Racing team.

“We had a tough night, but the guys on this GEICO crew never quit and we finally got the car to where we were running fast lap times,” Mears said.  “We were good last week in Kansas and next week in Talladega we’ll be up front again.  It’s human nature to focus on the negative, but the reality is that we’ve been really fast this year and a couple of bad runs doesn’t change that.  And it doesn’t change the hard work these guys have put in and how much we’ve improved from a year ago.”  He continued, “We’ve always done well at Talladega, so we’re excited to get our #13 GEICO Ford Fusion back there and have some fun.  We led four times there in October, so we’re focused on being at the front again this year.”

Up next is the second restrictor-plate race of the 2013 season.  On October 7, 2012, Mears and his GEICO team very nearly visited Victory Lane at Talladega before Tony Stewart slid down and started a chain reaction, 25-car crash that ended a day that saw Mears as the leader four different times throughout the race.                                                   

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Talladega Superspeedway for the opening practice session on Friday, May 3rd, at 2:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday afternoon at 12:10 PM (EDT).

The Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 5th, 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.

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

 

- PMI -

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

Apr 22
2013

Kansas Race Report - GEICO Ford

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MEARS UPENDED AMIDST STRONG KANSAS RUN

 

Kansas City, KS (April 21, 2013) - Casey Mears and his GEICO team entered Kansas with thoughts of redemption after a heartbreaking race in Texas.  They quickly began to move forward when Mears posted the 19th fastest time in the weekend’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session at Kansas Speedway.  He later was 18th in second practice and moved to 17th in Happy Hour, setting the tone for what he and his team expected to be an exciting event.  The only challenge faced was in qualifying where Mears went out 15th and qualified 30th for Sunday’s 400-mile race.

 

The STP 400 got underway on Sunday afternoon amid gray skies and cool temperatures.  The sun would expose itself infrequently during the race, but for the most part remained hidden behind the clouds.  Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion rolled off of the starting grid from the 30th position, but quickly made up ground when the green flag set the field underway for 267 laps of racing.  Mears and his GEICO machine promptly moved into the top 25 before Kyle Busch brought out the first caution flag of the day on lap four.  Mears consistently turned lap times comparable with the leaders and held court inside the top 25 for the entire day, while also making appearances in the top 20 and even the top 10, reaching the eighth position on lap 161.

 

The day took an unfortunate turn on lap 183 when Marcos Ambrose got sideways and collected Sam Hornish, Jr, just in front of Mears and his GEICO Fusion.  Mears quickly lifted off of the gas pedal of his racecar, but David Gilliland didn’t receive the news in time and instead went full speed into the rear of the #13 Germain Racing entry, causing significant damage and sending the Bakersfield, CA, native limping down pit road with a torn up racecar.  At the time of the incident, Mears was in 21st place, preparing to re-enter the top 20, but instead found himself more akin to a pinball as he made his way down to the apron of the racetrack.  Mears made several visits to pit road for repairs to his #13 GEICO Fusion, but by lap 240 the damage proved insurmountable and he retired from the race.  He would ultimately be credited with a 34th place finish.

 

“Days like today are tough to swallow because the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion was good and we were headed for another top 15 finish, but we happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” a visibly frustrated Mears said after exiting his racecar.  “The team did a great job today and we were able to be on the lead lap and in position to get another good finish.  Now, we’re looking forward to getting to Richmond next week because it’s close to GEICO’s home office and we always have a lot of guests, which makes it fun for our team.  Richmond is where it all started for GEICO’s NASCAR program 13 years ago, so we’re excited to celebrate that anniversary with them next Saturday night.”

 

Next weekend, the Germain Racing team will get to play in the Gecko’s backyard when they race in Richmond, VA, just 100-miles from GEICO’s corporate office in Washington, DC.  DRIVE SMART Virginia will be back on the #13 GEICO Fusion to once again bring attention to Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which takes place during the month of April.                                                  

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Richmond International Raceway for the opening practice session on Friday, April 26th, at 12:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 5:35 PM (EDT).

 

The Richmond NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, April 27th, 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.

 

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

Apr 15
2013

Texas Spring Race Report - Mears, GEICO Ford

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DESPITE TOUGH NIGHT IN TEXAS, MEARS CLOSELY EYES TOP 20

GEICO team has completed every race of the 2013 season; Mears just three points out of 20th in point standings

 

Fort Worth, TX (April 13, 2013) – Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team stormed into the Lone Star State looking to continue the growth of their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program.  The team has captured the attention of fans and media members alike with their persistence, resilience and passion.  They’ve consistently outpaced some of NASCAR’s best and brightest and Texas offered Mears and company the opportunity to continue their trek through the 2013 NASCAR season.

The week began with a one-day test in which Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion sat eighth on the speed chart at the close of Thursday’s test session.  He quickly picked up where he left off when he hit the track for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, landing 10th on the board when it came to a close.  The only challenge Germain Racing faced on Friday was the qualifying draw, where numbers drawn from a hat dictate the qualifying order.  Mears drew 17th, which would send him out amidst the balance of the hot Texas sunshine when qualifying got underway on Friday at 5:40 PM local time.  Nose-to-nose with a slick racetrack, Mears and his #13 GEICO Fusion navigated the 1.5-mile superspeedway in just 28.038 seconds at a rate of speed of 192.596 miles per hour, placing him 24th on Saturday night’s starting grid.

The race started in the bright sunshine on Saturday evening, but ultimately ended under the cover of darkness.  Somewhere between that transition, Mears and his GEICO team gave fight to the toughest day of racing they’ve had this season.  Starting 24th, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion quickly dropped through the field, bottoming out in the 34th position on lap eight.  The Bakersfield, CA, native immediately fell victim to an ill-handling racecar as he circled around the bumpy racing surface of Texas Motor Speedway.  By lap 16, Mears was alerting his crew, “I cannot get into the corner at all.”  The event’s first caution flag of the evening waved on lap 38 for debris on the frontstretch, allowing Mears the opportunity to bring his #13 GEICO Fusion down pit road for service.  The Germain crew quickly provided Mears with four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel and adjustments.

The adjustments were of no avail and Mears would do battle against an angry racecar for the balance of the evening.  On lap 107, he was heard over the team’s radio frequency saying, “It’s driving like I have a flat tire.  Something’s bad wrong here, it feels like something’s broken.”  Despite the handling issues, crew chief Bootie Barker was successfully executing a strategy to get Mears back on the lead lap before the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion was forced to visit pit road under green with just 55 laps to go.  The evening became further complicated when Jeff Burton and Marcos Ambrose brought out the caution flag just one lap later, sending Mears down two laps with little time to make it up.

The Germain Racing crew worked feverishly throughout the evening while Mears continued pedaling the #13 GEICO Fusion hard around the racetrack; neither willing to concede regardless of obstacles faced over the course of 500-miles of racing.  When the checkered flag was displayed, the team was recorded as finishing 31st.  More importantly, through seven races, Mears and his GEICO team have never failed to see a checkered flag, completing every race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, a stat not enjoyed by some of NASCAR’s top teams.  Texas would serve as the team’s first tough race of the season, marking the strength of the team and the significant progress made from just a year ago.  Although the 31st place finish was frustrating, it leaves Mears just three points out of the Top 20 in the Driver Point standings.

“It was a tough night for sure, but we all kept working hard trying to get our #13 GEICO Fusion where it needed it to be and even though we had a hard time we stayed focused,” Mears said.  “This is really the first bad race we’ve had, so it’s important we put it behind us quickly.  We’re already focused on Kansas.”  He then lightly joked, “In racing, you’re going to have very good days and very bad days, so I’m glad we now have the bad behind us.”

The Germain Racing team will next journey to the Sunflower State for race number eight of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Kansas Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, April 19th, at 1:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 4:40 PM (EDT).

The STP 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 21st, 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.

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

 

Apr 08
2013

Mears is in Top 20 in Sprint Cup Series Points After Solid Weekend in Martinsville

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM ALL SMILES AFTER STRONG MARTINSVILLE RUN

Mears picks up 25 spots en route to 16th place finish and jumps four positions to 17th in points 


Martinsville, VA (April 7, 2013) – Prior to the first off-week of the 2013 season, Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team turned in three top 15 finishes in four weeks.  A well-rested GEICO team arrived at Martinsville Speedway this weekend aiming to continue their string of good runs.  While the weekend would end well, it certainly didn’t start that way and Mears and his counterparts would first be forced to overcome themselves before setting their sights on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field on Sunday.  

The opening practice session on Friday saw Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion rest 39th on the board when practice closed, only to be later betrayed by qualifying which relegated the Bakersfield, CA, native to 41st on Sunday’s starting grid.  Fortunately, Saturday afforded the Germain Racing team two practice sessions to work through the kinks and they did so quickly.  Mears’ speed picked up considerably, offering hope to the crew who worked feverishly in the garage to make changes to the GEICO Fusion. 

A full house stood watch over the beginning of Sunday’s STP Gas Booster 500 where bright skies and perfect temperatures set the scene for 500 laps of racing.  Starting 41st at a ½-mile paperclip-shaped racetrack would present Mears with a significant challenge as he worked his way through the field.  He picked up six positions on the opening lap and would ultimately crack the top 25 on lap 117, but found himself a lap down to the field on lap 156.

Undaunted, Mears turned consistent lap times and on lap 280 his patience was rewarded.  The #56 car of Martin Truex, Jr. found the wall, bringing out the caution flag and allowing Mears and his #13 GEICO Fusion to return to the lead lap after battling to secure the Lucky Dog position.  This would serve as a turning point for Mears, who began to travel almost effortlessly around the ½-mile legendary speedway, ascending to the 13th position before Ryan Newman’s flat tire brought out the caution on lap 361.  The GEICO team would experience a small setback when Mears made his visit to pit road under caution.  Mears’ tire carrier was struck by Jeff Gordon, forcing a delay in the stop and sending the #13 GEICO Fusion back out onto the racing surface in the 17th position, four spots worse than when it entered.  Mears also fell victim to two speeding penalties during the race, which twice sent him to the rear of the field, forcing him to work his way through lap traffic and risk peril during his journey back to the front.  Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion only got better as the event wore on and his lap time on the final lap of the race saw him 5th fastest of the top 15 cars.

Despite multiple challenges, Mears and his GEICO team finished a stunning 25 positions better than where they started and crossed the line 16th when the checkered flag halted 500 laps of hard racing.

“This was a great day for the GEICO team and we proved once again that we can figure this car out, work hard and get to the front regardless of the challenges facing us,” Mears said after the race.  “I’m so proud of the guys on this Germain Racing team because we had a tough first day here, but they kept digging and were able to make some changes that quickly turned this GEICO Ford Fusion around and made it fast.  This place can be tough on you, but we did a good job of fighting it and came out of here with another good finish.  I’m happy for GEICO and also our team owner Bob Germain because they’ve put so much faith in us and it’s paying off.  We’re looking forward to Texas next week.”

More exciting news was abound when the point standings were released after the race.  Mears makes a colossal jump in the Driver Point standings to the 17th position from 21st, while team owner Bob Germain makes a leap of his own and moves to 20th from the 23rd position in Owner Points.  Mears sits just 18 points behind Jeff Gordon, who occupies the 12th position.

Next week will find the Germain Racing team heading to the Lone Star State for a little ‘Saturday night under the lights’ racing.                                                     

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, April 12th, at 12:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (EDT).

The NRA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, April 13th, and it will be televised live on FOX 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