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Mar 12
2015

Strong Speeds at Vegas for Mears, GEICO Chevy SS

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MEARS DEPARTS VEGAS WITH TOP-25 FINISH AND TOP-10 POINTS POSITION 

Las Vegas, NV (March 8, 2015) - The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is off to a hot start for Casey Mears and Germain Racing. After a strong finish at the high-speed mile and a half track in Atlanta, the GEICO team looked to Las Vegas as an opportunity to provide affirmation of the improvement of their intermediate program. They aimed to conquer Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a facility that has left them frustrated in seasons past.

 

A year ago in Las Vegas, Mears and the GEICO team were 26th in the opening practice session and qualified 30th. This weekend saw the tables turn when Mears was 19th in the first practice and qualified 17th on Friday. He went on to pilot the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to the top of  the charts in final practice on Saturday, where he finished up third fastest, turning heads in the NASCAR garage.

 

Bright sunshine and packed grandstands saw the green flag get the Kobalt 400 underway on Sunday afternoon. Mears and his GEICO Chevy quickly jumped to 13th in the opening laps and remained there until the competition caution slowed the field on lap 25. He reported that the car had been loosening up and that he was "loose on and loose past center". Crew chief Bootie Barker ordered up a two-tire stop with fuel and an air pressure adjustment.

 

Taking only two tires allowed Mears a five-position bump in track position when he restarted 8th on lap 30. Unfortunately, just a few laps later, Mears reported that his GEICO car had a vibration, which would only worsen over time. By lap 45, he reported that the tires were causing a heavy vibration and that they may be way out of balance. At the same time, the GEICO Chevy continued to get loose, leaving him with no side-bite in the rear and causing him to surrender valuable real estate that sent him as far back as the 35th position. 

 

Long green flag runs were of no assistance to Germain Racing and the crew used each pit stop to make adjustments to the No. 13 GEICO Chevy. With 100 laps remaining in the race, the car began to respond to the changes and Mears promptly began turning in top-five and top-ten lap times. Despite being two laps down, he began passing cars that were running in the top-15. He would rebound from the 35th position and collect ten spots en route to a 25th place finish when the checkered flag signaled closing time at the 1.5-mile speedway. Following today's Kobalt 400, Mears and team owner, Bob Germain, sit ninth in the drivers and owners points respectively.

 

"Today was heartbreaking because the GEICO Chevy was good all weekend and we could have had a top-10 finish," Mears said. "The tire vibration really set us back and the car got really loose and it took a couple of adjustments to get it where we needed it to be. This is not a good place to get behind because it's so hard to pass here and make up positions. The good news is that we found speed and were passing top-15 cars, but at that point it was too late. Fortunately, we were able to maintain a good points position, so we'll go to Phoenix, which is a track where we've experienced success in the past, and look to have a good run."

 

The Germain Racing team will continue their west coast swing and pay a visit to Phoenix, AZ, next weekend.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 13th, at 3:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 7:50 PM (ET).

 

The CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 15th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:30 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com

 

- PMI -

 

 

Mar 02
2015

Great Finish at Atlanta for Mears, GEICO Chevy SS

Posted by lori in Team Chevy , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain

MEARS SITS SIXTH IN POINTS AFTER STRONG TOP 15 ATLANTA RUN 

Hampton, GA (March 1, 2015) - Just a week removed from a Daytona Speedweeks that saw Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team go eye-to-eye with NASCAR's top stars and depart with two top-six finishes, they unloaded their No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS at a racetrack that has often proven challenging for the single-car operation.


Due to the new 2015 rules package, NASCAR allowed Sprint Cup Series teams a one-day test at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Thursday. Mears made the most of his time and finished up 16th fastest before beginning the race weekend on Friday where he was 20th in practice. In qualifying, Mears and his GEICO Chevy advanced to the second round and notched a 21st place starting position in Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. The team had made marked improvement from previous visits, leaving them anxious for the arrival of race day.

 

Before doing battle on the racetrack, Mears and his counterparts would first need Mother Nature to retreat. The rain ultimately cleared and the race got underway with little delay. Mears rolled off of the starting grid from the 21st position beneath gray skies on a cold Sunday afternoon. When the green flag turned the field loose, he immediately broke into the top-20 and remained there for nearly the entire race, rarely surrendering positions over the course of the 325-lap event. Complementing Mears' on-track exploits, the Germain Racing pit crew regularly made quick work of the GEICO Chevy on pit road and helped him advance his position on a majority of the stops.

 

Aside from minor contact with the outside wall, Mears managed to keep his No. 13 GEICO Chevy clean all day, but as the laps ticked off business picked up on the racing surface. With the checkered flag growing nearer, drivers became impatient as they found themselves at odds over real estate. With just 20 to go, Greg Biffle and Joe Nemechek made contact in turn four, resulting in a crash that collected six cars, five of which were scored behind Mears in the running order, and brought out the red flag. The spinning racecar of Nemechek so narrowly missed the GEICO Chevy that Mears radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker: "I just figured he was going to hit me. I couldn't believe it when I didn't feel it."

 

When the race returned to green with just 14 laps remaining in the advertised distance, Mears restarted from the 16th position. He quickly pedaled his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS around the 1.54-mile paved oval and hustled to a 15th place finish when the race came to a close. His effort accounted for a top-15 finish that leaves him and his team owner, Bob Germain, atop the leaders in the point standings, in the sixth position. The team is off to a successful start in the 2015 season and their performance has created buzz among the media, as well as the Twitterverse.

 

"It felt really good to come here in a car that was close and that allowed us to go out and compete," Mears said. "The GEICO Chevy was solid today and it was fun to race those guys and get another good finish. The pit crew was also strong and did a nice job of getting me on and off of pit road. We've obviously improved a lot from last year and I'm happy for all of the guys because they've put a lot of work into building this program. We had a great run at Daytona, but we've always been good there. To come here and get a top-15 and leave sixth in points is exciting for everyone on this GEICO team."

 

The Germain Racing team will now pack up the GEICO Chevy and head west for a three-week stretch that will find them in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fontana.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 6th, at 3:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 7:45 PM (ET).

 

The Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 8th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:30 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com

 

 

- PMI -

Feb 28
2015

Castrol Premium Lube Express - Associate Sponsor at Atlanta

Posted by lori in WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Lincoln Welders , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears

Atlanta Fans Have Castrol Premium Lube Express Locations Nearby

February 27, 2015 (Mooresville, NC) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans traveling to this weekend’s “Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500” at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA, needn’t look far for a great place to get their oil changed. Castrol Premium Lube Express is just a short drive from Hampton in nearby McDonough, GA. The location provides fans with a place to get the high quality and liquid engineering of Castrol installed in their vehicles. Castrol Premium Lube Express is a featured associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by Casey Mears this weekend at Atlanta.

Georgia features many Castrol Premium Lube Express (CPLE) locations – find a location list at CastrolAtlanta.com. CPLE is Castrol’s top-tier branded quick lube program that leverages the strength of the Castrol brand and focuses on partnership between Castrol and its operators. Every Castrol Premium Lube Express is individually owned and operated, and they are all held to the highest standards of customer service. Customers at Castrol Premium Lube Express continue to return for a variety of reasons ranging from feeling Castrol is the best oil available for their car, to enjoying the professional, speedy service and friendly informative staff at the CPLE locations.

Over 100 years of Castrol marketing and technological leadership were combined with extensive research to ensure CPLE locations have the best tools and resources available. 

Sunday’s 500-mile Sprint Cup Series race comes on the heels of an action-packed 2015 season-opener in Daytona Beach, FL. Watch the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 live coverage from Atlanta Motor Speedway beginning at 11 a.m. ET with NASCAR Race Day: Atlanta on FOX Sports 1. Switch over to FOX at 12:30 p.m. for NASCAR Race Day: Atlanta followed by racing action at 1 p.m. on FOX or on FOX Deportes. NASCAR Victory Lane will air at 6 p.m. on FOX Sports 1.

Castrol Premium Lube Express.  Premium Brand.  Premium Partnership.  To learn more and find a location near you, visit www.castrolpremiumlube.com.

It’s more than just oil. It’s liquid engineering. Learn more at Castrol.com.

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

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com.  You can also follow GEICO Racing for photos and updates from the race track on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

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Feb 23
2015

4th Consecutive Top Ten for Mears, Germain Racing at Daytona

Posted by lori in WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Naplesusedcars.com , Lincoln Welders , GM , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain

MEARS ALL SMILES AFTER SUCCESSFUL DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS 

Daytona Beach, FL (February 22, 2015) - Casey Mears and Germain Racing are off to a blazing start in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Save for a distressing Duel 150, the GEICO team scored top finishes during Speedweeks and, more notably, managed to cruise through ten practice sessions, Daytona 500 qualifying, a short-lived Duel 150 and a 507.5-mile race without damaging a single racecar. While their fourth place finish in the Sprint Unlimited and the sixth place Daytona 500 result is impressive, most impressive is the fact that they escaped the World Center of Racing unscathed.

 

While an engine issue in Thursday's opening Duel 150 relegated Mears to a 41st starting position inSunday's Daytona 500, he and his crew remained unshaken. After all, Mears is referred to as one of the best restrictor-plate racers on the circuit and effortlessly finds his way to the front of the field when necessary. Crew chief Bootie Barker devised a strategy to assist in keeping Mears' N o. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS safe and clean, allowing him to be there at the end of the 200 laps and have a chance of winning the Great American Race.

 

When the green flag got the Daytona 500 underway on a hot Sunday afternoon, Barker advised Mears to remain at the rear of the field and protect his equipment. Restrictor-plate racetra

cks are notorious for crashes that are affectionately referred to as 'the big one' and they collect packs of racecars at a time. Barker's plan would minimize any potential risk of peril.

 

 

Aside from being the leader of the event on lap 22, Mears executed perfectly and exhibited patience through 160 laps of racing. With 200 laps in the scheduled distance, he began carefully navigating his GEICO Chevy toward the front of the field, where he ultimately chased down the leaders. He was in the 18th position by lap 161, but restarted 16th on the lap 165 restart after the GEICO crew picked up two positions on pit road during a yellow flag stop. He quickly pedaled his way into 12th by lap 166 and continued into the top-10 with just 18 laps remaining. Mears and his GEICO SS were running 10th with three laps to go when Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon got together and brought out the caution flag. Mears was sitting pretty with an impending green-white-checker finish on the horizon.

 

When the green flag waved for the final time on Sunday, the race headed into overtime and took 203 laps to settle. Mears and his GEICO machine restarted from the 9th position and were on the move quickly. With the white flag in the air, he had caught the top-five and was hurriedly closing. During the final lap, cars began crashing behind him and after the yellow and checkered flags waved simultaneously, Mears scored a sixth place finish in the season opening Daytona 500.

 

"It was a really solid day.  We've run up front at a lot of these things and today showed how strong we are on these tracks," said Mears, who finished 10th in last year's Daytona 500 and fourth in the July race.  "We are getting a little bit greedier.  We definitely want to win one of these races.  I think our standards are getting higher. We went from possibly not being in the show to finishing sixth in the biggest race of the year and that's definitely a good spread and a good way to start the season for sure. I'm proud of the guys on this GEICO team and happy to give all of the GEICO associates a good finish."

 

Mears' GEICO Chevy carried a decal during Speedweeks honoring the memory of Braeden Hollowell and Annie and Caroline Clark, three high school students that perished in a tragic car accident in west central Indiana, on January 2, 2015. The family of Hollowell was on-hand to spend time with the team during the race weekend.

 

Mears and his GEICO team will next journey just a few hours away to Hampton, GA.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, February 27th, at 1:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 5:45 PM (ET).

 

The Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 1st, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com

 

- PMI -

Feb 21
2015

Mears Makes 500 Field

Posted by lori in Untagged 

CLOSE CALL AT DUELS LEAVES MEARS AND GEICO TEAM INSPIRED
After long night, the GEICO car was back on-track Friday for Daytona 500 practice

Daytona Beach, FL (February 19, 2015) - On Valentine's Day, Casey Mears whipped around Daytona International Speedway in his normal effortless fashion, avoiding multiple crashes and hustling his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to a fourth place finish in the season opening Sprint Unlimited. The 2006 Rolex 24 at Daytona winner knows well the nuances of the famed speedway and has mastered them over the years. Unfortunately, an engine would be the cause of his frustration during Thursday night's Duel 150's.

 

This year, a new Daytona 500 qualifying format left much of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry list frustrated and confused. While Mears boasts a fast racecar, his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS ended up 31st when group qualifying was complete on Sunday, leaving him to start 16th in Thursday's opening Duel 150. While Mears' ability would all but ensure his place on the Daytona 500 starting grid, he would need to first survive any potential calamity in the Duel and also finish in the top 15 cars to lock himself into the field.

 

Temperatures in the high 30's would find Mears and the GEICO team bundled up in winter attire on pit road on Thursday night. Action would heat up quickly and the cold temperatures would soon be an afterthought. Starting from the 16th position, Mears quickly jumped to 15th on the opening lap, but remained there for the first 14 laps, as he felt out his car and kept a close eye on the draft. On lap 14, he quickly shot up to 10th and was charging hard before a bad vibration found Mears on the radio with his crew chief, Bootie Barker. Soon after, spotter Ron Lewis notified him that smoke was billowing from the rear of his GEICO Chevy and advised him to depart the racing surface. As he made his way to pit road, team members feared the worst. They needed to finish in the top 15 to lock themselves into the race, but now found their driver behind the wall with an engine issue just 16 laps into the 60 lap event. The unexpected twist left Germain Racing at risk of not qualifying for the Daytona 500.

 

Mears and his GEICO team would need help from fellow competitors to secure a starting position in Sunday's race. While the second Duel got underway, Mears was with Barker and the team's engineering staff tucked away in the hauler lounge eyeing every lap of the race while also sharpening their pencils and utilizing their math skills. With each lap came new facts and figures. One lap would find them in the race, while the next one had them on the outside looking in. While 60 laps would seem like an eternity to learn their fate, the mood never changed, as the entire team was cool, calm and collected as they listened to Barker and company explore scenarios.

 

It was not until the checkered flag waved over the second Duel that they learned their fate. The hauler erupted in cheer and high-fives and hugs were abound. Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will start 41st in Sunday's Great American Race.

 

"The guys all worked really hard on our Daytona cars and we had a great run in the Sprint Unlimited, so we were hopeful when the race started tonight," Mears said. "Our biggest concern was being able to survive the wrecks and keep the car clean. The engine came as a surprise and certainly threw us a curveball. We learned a lot about this GEICO team tonight. We were all levelheaded the entire time and no one got upset or nervous, which shows how much character these guys have. I'm proud of everyone at Germain Racing and look forward to getting back on the track for 500 practice tomorrow and Saturday and then the race on Sunday. I appreciate GEICO's support, along with all of our partners, as well as our team owner, Bob Germain. We have a strong organization and we'll get after it on Sunday."

 

Mears and his GEICO Chevy returned to the track on Friday afternoon for two Daytona 500 practices. After installing a new engine, they hit the track and worked on different items with the car before parking for the day. Mears finished up 12th in both sessions. Saturday's final Daytona 500 practice will see them spending time in the draft as they prepare for Sunday's main event.

                                                     

The Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, February 22nd, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com

 

 

- PMI -

Feb 15
2015

Mears Drives GEICO Chevy Home 4th in Germain Racing's First Sprint Unlimited

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MEARS & GEICO TEAM DAZZLE WITH FOURTH PLACE FINISH IN SPRINT UNLIMITED 

Daytona Beach, FL (February 14, 2015) - A restrictor-plate specialist of sorts, Casey Mears always looks forward to visiting Daytona International Speedway. While he planned on being behind the wheel of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for the 2015 Daytona 500, he added to those plans when, just two weeks ago, he was notified by NASCAR that his status in the point standings made him eligible to participate in this year's Sprint Unlimited. It's a 25-car, 75-lap shootout that historically kicks off each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and includes race winners, pole sitters and Chase contenders from the previous season. Team owner Bob Germain made the decision to do it and off the Germain Racing team went to Daytona with an extra race on their schedule.

 

The team welcomed the additional workload and Mears made them proud at the Wor  ld Center of Racing on a chilly Valentine's Day in Daytona. A random draw dictated that Mears and his GEICO Chevy would roll off of the starting grid from the 23rd position when the race got underway on Saturday night. Pitted against NASCAR's best and brightest, Mears wasted little time making his way to the front of the field. The green flag turned the field loose under the lights at 8:35 PM (ET) and the GEICO Chevy began making its way through traffic. He broke into the top-10 and sat in the seventh position on lap 15. The event's first caution flag of the night slowed the field on lap 22, allowing Mears to bring his No. 13 GEICO Chevy down pit road for service. He took on four tires, fuel and adjustments before restarting the race from the 15th position on lap 29.

 

The race featured two red flags, the first of which was a close call for Mears, whose harrowing escape was a thing of legends. On lap 46, Jamie McMurray got loose and spun down before heading back up the track into a pack of cars. Mears avoided peril multiple times by quickly weaving between the carnage. He did a masterful job of wheeling his GEICO Chevy and managed to escape the incident without contact.  

 

As the laps clicked off, Mears and his counterparts once again found themselves under a red flag condition, but this time with just five laps remaining in the advertised distance. The race would turn out to be a true shootout, which sent fans to their feet for the final moments of the 187.5-mile event. The green flag waved for the final time with four laps to go. Mears restarted from the sixth position and began hustling his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS around the 2.5-mile high-banked facility. When the checkered flag halted an intense, spirited race that later saw Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick nose-to-nose, Mears crossed the finish line in the fourth position, marking a charge from the rear of the field and notching a top-five finish to kick off the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

 

"It was a great night and I'm happy for everyone on this GEICO team, it's a positive start to the season," Mears said after the race. "I want to thank Bob Germain (team owner) for the opportunity because we were in a position here to take advantage of this and run this race and he stepped up and made it happen.  It's really cool that the GEICO Chevrolet ran strong all night.  We got in that bottom lane and just kept getting bogged down and couldn't get the big run at the end.  I think it shows how we can perform at these places and we are looking forward to this week. Thanks to GEICO for their great support, as well as all of our partners that help us get to the track each week. We're glad the season is off to a positive start."

 

Mears and the Germain Racing crew will get very little rest before turning their attention to Daytona 500 qualifying just 13-hours later at 1:35 PM (ET) on Sunday. Watch live on FOX.

 

The Budweiser Duel 150 qualifying races will be held on Thursday, February 19th, beginning at 7 PM (ET). They will be televised live on FoxSports1.

                                                     

The Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, February 22nd, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com

 

 

- PMI -


 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com   Web Site: www.pmifirm.com

Feb 06
2015

Sprint Unlimited 2015 - GEICO Chevy - A First for Germain Racing

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GEICO Chevy Driver Casey Mears Set to Race in Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Germain Racing Excited to Enter the Prestigious Pre-Season Race

Mooresville, NC (February 6, 2015) - This season, the NASCAR Sprint Unlimited will also feature chase drivers, expanding its field to 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racers. For the first time in the team's history, Germain Racing will enter the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS in the Sprint Unlimited, driven by Casey Mears. Mears is eligible by way of his status in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers Points Standings. This year's race will be held on Saturday night, February 14th, and one team owner is certainly hoping it's a sweetheart of an evening.
"We are really looking forward to participating in the Sprint Unlimited race," said team owner Bob Germain Jr. "The team has done a great job preparing for the season, which allowed us to accept this opportunity. I can't wait to watch Casey Mears and the GEICO Chevy SS compete for the win under the lights at Daytona."
NASCAR veteran Casey Mears is poised to enter the pre-season Sprint Unlimited for the third time in his Sprint Cup career.
"Being part of the Sprint Unlimited field is a great reward for all the hard work put in by everyone on the GEICO Chevy SS team. Germain Racing has built a very competitive superspeedway program. Anytime we bring the GEICO Chevy to Daytona, we definitely have a shot at collecting the win so I'm excited to see what we can do. This will be my third time racing in the Sprint Unlimited. The fan involvement in setting the starting lineup should add an interesting twist," said Mears who will race GEICO Chevy chassis 387 in the Sprint Unlimited.
The move to include all chase drivers this year will certainly add an extra level of excitement to a 75-lap shootout that already boasts a finishing margin of less than a tenth of a second in each of the top three closest finishes. The Sprint Unlimited is a perfect teaser to get fans in the mood for the spirited Daytona 500, which will take place a week later on Sunday, February 22nd at 1 PM ET.
The No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS, as part of the Sprint Unlimited field, is on track twice on Friday the 13th for practice sessions at 5 and 6:30 PM ET. Both sessions will air on FoxSports1, with Saturday night's race going live at 8:00 PM ET on FOX. MRN and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Ch. 90 will carry the live radio broadcast of the event.
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
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For team information, visit GermainRacing.com or follow @GermainRacing on Twitter or Facebook.com/GermainRacing.
Track updates can be found on Twitter @DISUpdates or on the web at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.
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Daytona International Speedway Specifications:
Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 75 laps, 187.5 miles
Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
Date track opened: 1959
Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
Pit Road Width: 50 feet


Germain Racing Media Contact: Lori Smith, lsmith@germainracing13.com

GEICO Racing Media Contact: Doug Barnette, dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

Nov 17
2014

Top 20 for Mears, GEICO Chevy in Season Finale at Homestead

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TOP-20 HOMESTEAD FINISH ENDS SEASON ON STRONG NOTE FOR MEARS AND GERMAIN RACING

Player Management International Media Release

Homestead, FL (November 16, 2014) – After turning in four strong weeks of racing, Casey Mears and Germain Racing entered Homestead looking to close out the 2014 season in strong fashion.  In just their second year of full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, the GEICO team wrapped up the season with one top-5 finish, three top-10’s, nine top-15’s and 16 top-20’s.  Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 complemented their stats when Mears hustled to a 20th place finish.

Practice got off to a slow start when Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS ended up 31st on the scoring chart at the close of the first practice on Friday.  Qualifying would show incremental improvement when he navigated the 1.5-mile paved oval in 30.390-seconds at a speed of 177.690-miles per hour, landing him 29th on Sunday’s starting grid.  Crew chief Bootie Barker and the Germain Racing engineering staff remained hard at work over the course of the weekend looking for speed that would increase their chances of success on race day.

A late start time of 3 PM (ET) would present teams with the challenge of starting the race in bright sunshine and finishing in cooler temperatures under a dark sky.  Changing track conditions kept the GEICO crew on their toes as they adapted as the race progressed.  Mears and his GEICO Chevy rolled off of the starting grid from the 29th position when the green flag started the final race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  

The early part of the race saw Mears battling a loose condition that would plague him until sunset.  On lap 35, he radioed to Barker that he was “crazy loose”.  Finding himself two laps down to the field, Mears began to hustle as the clouds overtook the speedway.  On lap 85, he was in the 28th position and said, “The track is cooling off with the cloud cover, so it’s turning better.  The adjustments we made on that last stop were in the right direction.”  He was running in the 26th position when he briefly fell victim to loose handling again on lap 126: “I'm too loose. I just can't go. I'm loose in, loose off.”  The team worked on the car during each pit stop and did it in prompt fashion, as Mears would gain positions multiple times on pit road. 

The No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS returned to the lead lap on lap 223.  Barker reminded Mears that he was now on the lead lap and to “get all you can get.”  He did just that, as he hustled into the top-20 and looked solid as the race entered the final few miles.  A handful of caution flags in the closing laps kept everyone on edge, but Mears held on and crossed the finish line in the 20th position, accounting for the team’s 16th top-20 finish of the 2014 season.  Homestead concludes a five-week stretch of strong runs and, more importantly, a solid season that saw the team make improvements at tracks that previously caused them headaches.  Notably, Germain Racing is credited with just a single ‘Did Not Finish’ (DNF) in 2014, a feat accomplished by very few teams.

“The guys did a really good job this weekend and we worked hard to get the GEICO Chevy handling better and it seemed to come to us when the cloud cover set in,” Mears said.  “It’s nice to be able to wrap up the season on a strong note and get a top-20 finish at a racetrack that has been tough on us in the past.  It’s been a strong season and we’ve made a lot of progress on these intermediate tracks, which is a good sign as we get ready for the 2015 season.”  He added, “I want to thank GEICO, KMC Wheels, Castrol, Caymus and all of our partners for their support this year.  And, I can’t thank our owner Bob Germain enough for the investment he’s made in the team.  This is only our second full season of racing, so I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, so far.  Each year we get better, so we’re looking forward to getting to Daytona in February and getting the 2015 season started.”

Mears and the GEICO Racing team will get to enjoy the upcoming holiday season at home before traveling to Daytona Beach, FL, for the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 22, 2015. 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
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Nov 10
2014

GEICO Military Chevy SS - Phoenix Race Report

Posted by lori in WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Naplesusedcars.com , Lincoln Welders , KMC Wheels , GM , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain , Armed Services YMCA

MEARS FAST ALL WEEKEND IN PHOENIX; TIRE SPOILS TOP-10 RUN 

Avondale, AZ (November 9, 2014) - Just two races remained on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule when Casey Mears and Germain Racing unloaded their No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS for practice on Friday. Veteran's Day weekend posed the perfect opportunity to run a special paint scheme honoring our nation's military. On Sunday afternoon, most of the Sprint Cup field would find themselves behind Mears on the starting grid, staring directly at the saluting Gecko that was ever-present on the rear of his Chevy.

 

Mears and company were quick off of the truck. 45-minutes into the weekend's opening practice session, the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy sat atop the leaderboard in the first position. Qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway got underway late Friday afternoon and featured two rounds: one 30-minutes long and the other 10-minutes in duration, and allowed just 12 cars to advance to the final round. Mears and his GEICO Military Chevy out-hustled the bulk of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field and moved onto the final round of qualifying. His effort landed him 12th on Sunday's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 starting grid.

 

Perfect weather welcomed fans and teams alike to the racetrack on Sunday. Mears rolled off of the starting grid from the 12th position and when the green flag flew, he immediately made progress. He moved into the 10th position by lap four and ran solidly in the top-10 until the caution flag came out on lap 30. Crew chief Bootie Barker ordered Mears down pit road for right-side tires and fuel. While some cars only took fuel, Mears surrendered just two positions when he returned to the racing surface. He restarted 12th and momentarily dropped to 13th before passing his good friend Jimmie Johnson to recapture the 12th position.

 

Heartache soon set in, however, when on lap 80 the right rear tire of Mears' GEICO Military Chevy gave way and sent him into the wall, causing damage to the right front headlight area and right rear quarter panel of the racecar. He was also left with just half of his front splitter. Mears visited pit road three times under caution for repairs and returned to the race just two laps down thanks to the speedy work of the GEICO pit crew. Unfortunately, the damage was significant enough that he would not be able to recover as the race wore on.

 

Adding insult to injury, on lap 212 the No. 26 car of Cole Whitt made heavy contact with the rear of Mears' No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy after failing to slow down as cars were crashing in front of them. He would be forced to bring his Chevy to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew for additional repairs. Over the course of the final 100 laps, Barker would make calls and take gambles in order to gain as much ground as possible. When the checkered flag halted 312-miles of racing, Mears was relegated to a 35th place finish.

 

"What a frustrating day for our GEICO team because we had a lot of speed and were running strong in the top-12 from the time we took the green flag until the tire blew 80-laps into the race," Mears said. "I was able to pass cars and do what I needed to do with the racecar for nearly a third of the race, which shows how strong we really are. Everyone at Germain Racing has been focused on finishing the season strong, so Phoenix was a good sign of how well we're doing. The GEICO Military Chevrolet SS was fast all weekend and we consistently posted good speed."

 

Next up for Mears and the Germain Racing team is the season finale in Homestead, FL.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 14th, at 12:30 PM (ET) and it will be televised live on FoxSports 1. Qualifying will follow at 6:15 PM (ET) and can be seen live on ESPN2.

 

The Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 16th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

Nov 03
2014

Texas 2-Step Ended with Top-20 for Mears in GEICO Chevy

Posted by lori in WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , KMC Wheels , GM , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain , Armed Services YMCA

MEARS HUSTLES TO 18TH PLACE FINISH IN THE LONE STAR STATE 

Fort Worth, TX (November 2, 2014) - As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season begins to quickly wind down, the Germain Racing team looks to close the year on a strong note. Their effort has not been without results. After a top-10 finish at the GEICO 500 at Talladega, Casey Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS had a strong run going at Martinsville before becoming collateral damage while running in the 14th position with just 64 laps to go. With two solid runs under their belt, the Lone Star State presented the opportunity for redemption, as the 1.5-mile speedway has long given the Germain organization fits. After finishing 28th in Texas in the spring, they aimed to improve the result as the Sprint Cup Series visited Texas Motor Speedway for the final time this season.

 

The weekend started off slow when Mears and his GEICO Chevy finished up first practice in the 29th position on Friday afternoon. If the afternoon was a challenge, the evening didn't provide any relief. A tough qualifying session landed Mears 38th on the starting grid, which would present a significant challenge come race day. Despite the setback, the GEICO team showed up for practice on Saturday morning and ended up 11th on the board, an indication that crew chief Bootie Barker and his engineering staff found speed in the late-night hours at the team hotel. The speed looked good on Mears and hope was abound when the team departed the track on Saturday.

 

Gray skies, wind and cool temperatures welcomed race fans to the track on Sunday. The sun ultimately manifested itself just prior to race time, but would later depart as the event wore on. Starting from the 38th position, Mears would have his hands full as he looked to work his way to the front at the high-speed facility. In the opening laps of the race, Mears began to battle handling issues. On lap 19, he had navigated up to 30th, but reported that he was "loose in and off, but losing the frontend pretty bad through the center". Mears' communication on lap 30 caused alarm when he told Barker: "The car's driving like I have a right rear tire going down." The pit crew was at the ready, but the tire would not become an issue.

 

As the race wore on, Mears found himself three laps down to the field after being caught on pit road when the caution came out on lap 41. Barker devised a strategy that would help facilitate Mears' return to the lead lap. He would order Mears to take the wavearound under two different cautions, major gambles that would pay off when the GEICO team became the beneficiary of timely yellow flags. The Germain Racing pit crew also provided welcome assistance by picking up multiple positions on pit road during the race.

 

Around the halfway point of the race, the sun slid behind the clouds, the wind picked up and the temperatures cooled. The track began to come to Mears and he was soon making big gains and charging to the front. As the end of the race approached, the GEICO Chevy was back on the lead lap and eyeing a top-20 finish. The final laps at Texas Motor Speedway seemed more akin to the Wild West than a NASCAR race. It would take two attempts at a green-white-checker finish to determine the outcome of the originally scheduled 501-mile event. When the checkered flag closed out 341-laps of racing, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevy scored an 18th place finish after collecting 20 positions from their 38th place starting spot. Mears' effort accounts for the team's 15th top-20 finish of the 2014 season.

 

"We started out a little rough, but the guys never quit and we kept making changes to the GEICO Chevy and the car really got better as the race progressed," Mears said. "Bootie made some good calls that put us in position to make up ground and the pit crew did a nice job getting me off of pit road quickly. It's good to have another strong run as we get close to the end of the year. We had a few tough weeks, but we're turning it around over the last three races and I'm happy for the guys on this GEICO team because everyone works so hard."

 

Mears and the Germain Racing team will now head west to Phoenix for the second to last race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 7th, at 1:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET).

 

The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 9th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

- PMI -