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May 24
2016

Germain Honors Spc. Christopher Wright in Charlotte

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U.S. Army Ranger Spc. Christopher Wright Will Be Remembered by Germain Racing in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600
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(Mooresville, N.C. – May 24, 2016) For the second season, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers won’t have their names on the windshields of their racecars in the longest race on the schedule. Instead, for 600 miles of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Casey Mears’ No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS will bear the name of Spc. Christopher Wright. This U.S. Army Ranger fell in service to our nation on assignment in Afghanistan.

 

“Running the GEICO Military paint scheme on our No. 13 Chevrolet SS makes racing at home in Charlotte more special. Anytime we get a chance to represent the men and women who fight for and have sacrificed for our freedom, it makes the race have more meaning for the whole team,” said Mears, a Coca-Cola 600 winner.

 

The team looks forward to hosting family and friends of Spc. Wright at the race track for 400 laps of Charlotte action on Sunday, May 29th. Wright, of Tollesboro, Ky., chose to enlist in the Army in June, 2005, after speaking with each of the service branches. He completed training in Fort Benning, Ga., and, after graduating from the Basic Airborne Course, was assigned as a rifleman with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, of Fort Lewis, Wash.

 

Wright served in Vilseck, Germany, before being assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program at Fort Benning. After graduating, Wright was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield in June, 2009, where he served as a rifleman and a squad automatic weapons gunner.

 

At age 23, Wright was on his third deployment in support of the War on Terror. He had previously deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. He was seriously wounded in a fire fight with the enemy during a combat operation in Konar Province, Afghanistan. Wright was evacuated to the nearest treatment facility where he died of his wounds on August 19, 2010.

 

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Jim and Michele Cochran, of Tollesboro, Ky., and his mother, Linda Dennis, of Jeffersonville, Ind. 

 

Wright’s dad said his son was very interested in joining the Army and even asked his father to sign the papers allowing him to enlist before he turned 18. Cochran refused, but supported his son’s determination to serve our nation.

 

“The very day he turned 18, he got up early to go sign up.  Once he had made up his mind...there was no changing it,” said Cochran of his son’s decision to join the U.S. Army.

 

Wright’s mother is thankful Chris’ memory is being honored.

 

"I would like to thank…Casey Mears, Germain Racing, and the NASCAR community for honoring our Fallen Heroes. I must say by choosing to honor Chris, Mr. Mears will have my personal ‘Airborne Ranger in the Sky’ riding beside him. And that can only lead to success!” said Dennis, whose son’s awards and decorations, include Army Commendation Medal with "Valor" device, Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Expert Infantryman Badge and the Purple Heart along with many more. The complete list can be found on www.ranger.org/page-581071/407280.

 

Wright’s team leader, former Army Ranger Grant McGarry, said the outgoing specialist earned a nickname of “mouth of the South” while serving on his team. One of the things he talked about was life after the service.

 

“As his team leader, I not only trained him to become better at his job but took the time to get to know what his dreams and aspirations were. A few days before August 18th, we went to a coffee shop and he talked to me about how he planned to go to the University of Kentucky and get a business degree when he got out of the Army and looked forward to taking his siblings snowboarding when we got back from the deployment we were on,” said McGarry who fought alongside Wright in Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

The No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy for the 600 is chassis 545 – the third new chassis this season and the second of four weekends that Germain Racing’s No. 13 is scheduled to display the GEICO Military paint scheme.

 

Germain Racing is proud to honor Spc. Wright as part of #NASCARSalutes at Charlotte Motor Speedway (@CLTMotorSpdwy) as part of Memorial Day weekend. Keep the conversation going with us @GermainRacing or on Facebook.com/GermainRacing.

 

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 Duracell, please visit: www.duracell.com.

 

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May 23
2016

Showdown Recap for Mears, GEICO Military Chevy SS

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MEARS HUSTLES GEICO MILITARY CHEVY TO 8TH PLACE FINISH IN SPRINT SHOWDOWN
 
CONCORD, N.C. (May 21, 2016) - As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series descended upon Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) for the All-Star Race, the teams were facing numerous new elements: a new race format, a new aerodynamics package, and a new tire compound. Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team knew practice would be key in order to earn a transfer spot from the Sprint Showdown into Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. However, Mother Nature had a different idea, as rain washed out the lone practice session on Friday and postponed the race until Saturday morning.
 
The Sprint Showdown featured three separate segments - 20 laps, 20 laps, 10 laps - with the winner of each moving on to the All-Star Race. In addition, each team had to make a mandatory pit stop in between the segments with a minimum of two tires. At the beginning of the first segment, Mears started from the 14th position, as the lineup was set per the 2016 owner point standings. A caution slowed the pace on lap 16 which allowed Mears to visit pit road for left side tires and fuel. The field went back to green with one lap to go, putting the GEICO Military Chevrolet in 15th-place as the opening 20-lap segment concluded.
 
After making his mandatory pit stop for right side tires, Mears started the second 20-lap segment from the ninth position. Quickly, the veteran driver reported the GEICO Military Chevrolet "needed more grip and was tight on landing." The segment remained caution-free, with Mears finishing in the 12th position.
 
Crew chief Bootie Barker took the opportunity to make a handful of changes to the No. 13 GEICO Military machine under the mandatory stop after segment two. Four fresh tires, fuel, air pressure, wedge and trackbar adjustments were all completed by the Germain Racing pit crew in order to help the handling.
 
Mears started the final 10-lap segment from the 17th position and in three short laps, the California native passed six competitors to take 11th-place. With the handling "much better," Mears continued his charge and crossed the finish line in the eighth position. Despite not transferring into the All-Star Race, the GEICO Racing team learned important information to carry into next week's Coca-Cola 600 at CMS.
 
"We definitely learned a few things that will help us in the 600," said Mears after the Sprint Showdown. "The GEICO Military Chevrolet was the best at the end which gives us a good starting point to work with when we come back in a few days. The car was loose off the wall and tight on landing, while being harsh over the bumps. Bootie (Barker) and the guys worked on it every chance we had though and we made the best out of a situation with so many new factors and no practice time."
 
The Sprint Cup Series remains at Charlotte Motor Speedway for round two of racing action at the 1.5-mile oval. Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet will hit the track on Thursday, May 26th for opening practice at 2:00PM ET.
 
The Coca-Cola 600 will take place on Sunday, May 29th, with FOX carrying live television coverage beginning at 6:00PM ET. The Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio channel 90 will also have the live radio broadcast.
 
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 Duracell, please visit: www.duracell.com
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
-PMI-

May 16
2016

Dover Race Recap - Great Race Day Crumpled in Great Big Crash for GEICO Chevy, Mears

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MEARS' TOP-13 RUN INTERRUPTED BY LATE-RACE 18-CAR CRASH 
Dover, DE (May 15, 2016) - Casey Mears and Germain Racing arrived in Dover looking to keep the momentum going from their solid weekend in Kansas. Mears would start 26th at the Monster Mile after qualifying was canceled on Friday, but he only remained there momentarily once the green flag began Sunday's race. Mears immediately moved the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS forward, collecting positions in pairs. He ran in the top-15 for the bulk of the day and was in the 13th position when he was collected in an 18-car crash that occurred with just 46 laps remaining in the 400-lap event. Despite receiving heavy damage and spending 24-laps behind the wall, Mears returned to the racing surface with 22-laps to go and managed to collect a 26th place finish.
 
"We had a great run today, the kind of day we needed to have, and it was fun to run up front all afternoon. The GEICO Chevy was fast and the Germain Racing crew gained me positions on pit road nearly every stop," Mears said after the race. "I'm not sure what caused me to shoot up the track like that; my car just took off. Not sure if I had a flat tire or if something broke." He continued, "Today is a race that we will build on as we move forward. Everyone did a good job, the car had speed and we were strong on pit road."
 
Mears and the Germain Racing team were dealt a bit of a blow when rain blanketed the Dover area on Friday and forced the cancellation of qualifying, leaving them to start Sunday's race from the 26th position. However, final practice on Saturday served as clear indication the GEICO Chevy would have speed come race day, as Mears ended up 20th on the speed charts at its conclusion.
 
When the green flag turned the field loose for 400-laps of racing on Sunday, Mears immediately began hustling the No. 13 GEICO Chevy around the fast, high-banked oval, passing cars and breaking into the top-20 by lap 10. He ultimately penetrated the top-15 and remained there for the lion's share of the afternoon. While Mears executed on the racetrack, the GEICO pit crew reciprocated on pit road, gaining their driver a position on nearly every pit stop.
 
Germain Racing seemed poised for a top-10 finish as the race began to wind down, but cars would begin stacking up on the restart that took place with just 46-laps remaining. Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet had trouble accelerating when the green flag flew, causing cars to begin making contact. Mears was slammed against the inside wall by a group of crashing racecars before being shot up the racetrack and making hard contact with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. When the smoke settled, 18-cars had been involved and Mears had significant damage to the right-front side of the GEICO Chevy, along with heavy damage at the rear of the car.
 
Mears was forced to pull into the garage where the Germain Racing crew would be able to make repairs in an effort to return the battered Chevy to the race. They worked quickly and effectively, allowing Mears to rejoin the field with 22 laps to go. 24 laps in arrears, the GEICO driver pedaled hard around the one-mile facility and, despite the heavy damage to his car, was able to score a 26th place finish when the checkered flag closed out 400-miles of tight-quarters racing action.
 
Mears and Germain Racing will now turn their attention to NASCAR's All-Star weekend.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the event's sole practice session on Friday, May 20th, at 1:30 PM (ET).
                                                     
The Sprint Showdown NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Friday, May 20th, and it will be televised live on FS1 beginning at 7:00 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 Duracell, please visit: www.duracell.com
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -
May 10
2016

Darlington Raceway Paint Scheme Announced - Smokey Yunick Nod with GEICO Chevy SS

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Tradition Continues to Grow: Germain Racing Unveils Smokey Yunick Black/Gold No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for Darlington Raceway’s “Bojangles’ Southern 500”

 

(Mooresville, N.C. – May 10, 2016) Building on the efforts of Darlington Raceway to salute racing’s yesteryears, Germain Racing unveiled their “throwback” paint scheme for the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS tonight on “NASCAR America” on NBCSN. In the “Bojangles’ Southern 500” the black and gold colors made famous by car owner Smokey Yunick and bearing the logo of his Daytona Beach business, will race again with driver Casey Mears behind the wheel. Yunick, an Army Air Corps pilot in World War II, embodied the grit, ambition and creativity of the workers who founded and developed America, as well as NASCAR. The 367-lap Labor Day weekend event in Darlington, S.C., is the perfect setting for seeing Yunick’s black and gold No. 13 Chevy race “again.”

 

“My dad loved racing at Darlington, tire problems and gnats alike. It’s so special to us to have him remembered in this way. The Germain Racing car looks great. I look forward to seeing the black and gold 13 on the track again.  I am thrilled that Smokey's legacy is getting a chance to be in front of the next generation of NASCAR fans and hope it encourages renewed interest in his story,” said Trish Yunick, daughter of Smokey Yunick.

 

"That paint scheme is memorable because it stood out. Nobody used number 13, it had no sponsors, and it was gold and black.  It was an attention-grabber,” said Mario Andretti, who raced the Chevrolet for Yunick in 1966. “That car, with Curtis Turner driving, was on pole in 1967 when I won the Daytona 500. It will be fun to see the No. 13 black and gold Chevrolet race again.  The stories behind that car, including stories about Smokey and Curtis Turner are worth revisiting.  Race fans will enjoy it for sure.  There will be a lot of reminiscing.  Very special for Darlington to have that car in the race.”  

 

Germain Racing team owner Bob Germain Jr. is looking forward to seeing the car race, “The whole Darlington Raceway 'Tradition Returns' program is very fun and exciting. It's great to have the chance to throw back to NASCAR's roots, and certainly, NBC and NASCAR have embraced this campaign and it's really becoming one of the season highlights. Smokey Yunick's famous number 13 Chevrolets are part of those roots. He raced many car numbers, but it's my understanding he enjoyed the mysterious or daring nature of the 13 number. Our fans have really spoken up on Twitter asking us, GEICO, Casey and Bootie to race this paint scheme. The GEICO logo looks great on the black and gold Chevy and I can't wait to see it on the track at Darlington."

 

“It’s a terrific opportunity for us to more deeply engage NASCAR fans and the heritage of the sport.  As GEICO celebrates 80-years as a company, the timing is good for us to participate in this popular throwback promotion on Labor Day weekend, especially as we honor NASCAR legend Smokey Yunick and his legendary paint scheme,” said Ted Ward, GEICO Vice President of Marketing.

 

“Obviously, it’s very exciting to be running a Smokey Yunick paint scheme on our GEICO Chevrolet SS,” said driver Mears. “Out of all the history of NASCAR I’d have to say he’s probably one of the top five most innovative people in the sport. We feel fortunate to be able to run a paint scheme that has so much meaning and cool history in NASCAR. Hopefully, we can go to Darlington and do a good job with that car in the ‘Bojangles’ Southern 500’ and Smokey’s family will be proud.”

 

Smokey Yunick is beloved by many that knew him as being a natural engineer. He seemed to see “problems” as opportunities and built his reputation on creating solutions. Yunick was a driver, crew chief and two-time NASCAR “Mechanic of the Year” whose first Southern 500 was Darlington Raceway’s second. Yunick built the race-winning Hudson for Herb Thomas.

 

"It's going to be so exciting! I just think it's a beautiful car and Daddy liked it, too,” said Margaret Sue Turner of the No. 13 Chevrolet that her father, Curtis Turner, raced for Yunick. “Daddy was not superstitious but he told me a lot of people were. He said some people don't even think green should be on a race car but Daddy never minded driving the number 13."

 

On regular race weekends, crew chief Bootie Barker makes the calls for the No. 13 GEICO Chevy which features both green striping and the number 13.

 

If you can’t wait until Darlington to get your chance to see the beautiful black and gold paint scheme honoring the No. 13 Smokey Yunick Chevrolet driven by 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Curtis Turner, get to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Take a moment to explore Glory Road. It features 18 historic cars that tell the story of NASCAR from its beginnings to present day. They have been driven and built by some of the sport's most celebrated drivers, owners and mechanics. Visit nascarhall.com for more information.

 

Germain Racing is looking forward to playing its part in #TraditionContinues at Darlington Raceway (@TooToughtoTame) come Labor Day weekend. Keep the conversation going with us @GermainRacing or on Facebook.com/GermainRacing.

 

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 Duracell, please visit: www.duracell.com

 

May 08
2016

Kansas Spring Race Report - Mears, GEICO Chevrolet SS

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MEARS TURNS TABLES ON KANSAS, DEPARTS WITH SOLID 21ST PLACE FINISH
 
KANSAS CITY, Kans. (May 7, 2016) - After a week of unpredictable restrictor plate action at Talladega, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned to a mile-and-a half-track for racing under the lights at Kansas Speedway. The Germain Racing team brought a brand new No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for driver Casey Mears to pilot during the GoBowling.com 400 on Saturday night. Despite starting at the rear of the field after changing a rear gear prior to the green flag, Mears gained a total of 19 positions to cross the finish line in 21st-place. This marked Mears's sixth top-25 performance of 2016.
 
"I'm proud of the effort the entire GEICO Racing team put forth," said Mears after the 267-lap race. "Our Chevrolet was just too tight at times, but I also had a lot of speed at different points of the race. Tonight was a solid race and it's what we need to do consistently every week and this is definitely a good start."
 
After qualifying in the 31st position on Friday evening, the GEICO Racing team had to change a rear gear prior to the green flag, which forced Mears to start from the tail end of the field in 40th-place on Saturday night. Quickly the veteran driver reported the Chevrolet was "plowing tight;" but despite this ill-handling condition, Mears collected ten positions and broke into the top-30 just 17-laps into the event. After the first caution slowed the pace on lap 23, Mears brought his GEICO machine to pit road for four tires, fuel and an adjustment. A solid stop by the pit crew allowed Mears to gain positions and knock on the door of the top-25 by lap 35.
 
As the field began to separate during a long green flag run, Mears ran in the 23rd position. The caution flag waved on lap 103, allowing the Bakersfield, California native to return to pit road for fresh rubber, fuel, and no adjustments, as the GEICO Chevrolet had found a sweet spot for Mears. Another quick stop from the pit crew allowed Mears to restart from 19th-place on lap 109.
 
Mears continued to hold a spot inside the top-20 for the next 70 laps, before the tight handling condition returned to the GEICO Chevrolet. While another green flag run was underway, Mears completed his scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 217, getting four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. "The car is much better this run," reported Mears, who was scored in the 26th-place with 37 laps to go. Over the final stretch, Mears began dicing through the field and passed five competitors to finish in the 21st position when the checkered flag concluded 400-miles of racing.
 
The Sprint Cup Series now heads to the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway for a date with the high-banked, one-mile concrete oval. Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track on Friday, May 13th for opening practice at 11:00AM ET. Qualifying will follow at 3:45PM ET.
 
The AAA Drive for Autism 400 will take place on Sunday, May 15th, with FS1 carrying live television coverage beginning at 1PM ET. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio channel 90 will also have the live radio broadcast.
 
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 Duracell, please visit: www.duracell.com
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
May 02
2016

GEICO 500 Race Report from GEICO Racing

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MEARS ENDS UP COLLATERAL DAMAGE AFTER TOP-5 RUN AT TALLADEGA 
Talladega, AL (May 1, 2016) - A restrictor-plate specialist of sorts, Casey Mears always eagerly anticipates the opportunity to race at Talladega Superspeedway. This weekend's GEICO 500 gave the Bakersfield, CA, native the opportunity to do just that. Coupled with Germain Racing's prowess at restrictor-plate facilities, Mears seemed poised for success when his sponsor's marquee weekend got underway on Friday.
 
Mears wasted little time settling in at the legendary superspeedway and by the time the weekend's first practice session came to a close, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was sitting seventh on the speed chart. Qualifying followed suit, as Mears zipped around the high-banked tri-oval in just 50.196-seconds, at a speed of 190.772-miles per hour. A heavy wind picked up on the backstretch during his qualifying run, thwarting an otherwise top-10 qualifying effort and placing him 20th on Sunday's GEICO 500 starting grid. Cars that immediately followed Mears during the qualifying session would also fall victim to the conditions and find themselves far below Mears in the starting lineup, serving as further evidence of the strength and speed of the No. 13 GEICO Chevy heading into Sunday's event.
 
When the GEICO 500 went green at 12:02 PM local time on Sunday, Mears and his GEICO Chevy rolled off of the starting grid from the outside of row 10, in the 20th position. Just four laps into the 188-lap event, he reported a heavy vibration to crew chief Bootie Barker and quickly dropped out of the draft, freefalling to the 33rdposition. He relayed to Barker that it felt like a driveline or motor issue. However, just four laps later, Mears made a sudden charge to the front of the field, picking up 15 spots in a single lap and taking over the 18th position. While the vibration persisted, Mears did as well, making quick work of the field and landing in the 8th position by lap 15.
 
Mears ran solidly in the top-10 before lap 29 saw him break into the top-5 and take over the fourth position. His ascent up the scoring tower continued, as he moved the GEICO Chevy into third on lap 37, inching closer to the lead. Mears' afternoon was going as planned until lap 59 when Michael Waltrip went down onto the apron and then shot back up onto the racetrack making contact with Mears and sending the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS into the outside wall. The incident caused heavy damage and sent the Germain Racing team behind the wall for significant repairs.
 
Despite the carnage, the GEICO pit crew worked efficiently, made quick repairs and returned Mears to the race just 24 laps in arrears. He was scored in the 38th position, but continued to hustle around the 2.66-mile tri-oval in an attempt to recover positions. As the caution flags flew in what seemed like a demolition derby, Mears managed to recover three laps and five positions before crossing the finish line and recording a hard-fought 33rd place finish.
 
"We come out of this weekend with mixed emotions because the GEICO Chevy was solid and had a lot of speed and we were clearly running strong at the front of the field, but we got clipped by Michael (Waltrip) and ended up with a torn up racecar," Mears said in the garage after the race. "We were fast all weekend and definitely had a shot to win this thing, which is the silver lining, I guess. I was pleased with the crew and how fast they got the car fixed and got me back in the race. We hustled and were able to get some laps back and also pick up five positions. The guys on this GEICO team never quit and I appreciate their commitment and hard work." He continued, "We appreciate GEICO and their support of our sport. Few sponsors do as much as they do and they truly care about NASCAR and its fans. I'm proud to represent them and appreciate the opportunity to drive the No. 13 GEICO Chevy."
 
Germain Racing will now journey to the Sunflower State.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Kansas Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, May 6th, at 11:30 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET).
                                                     
The GoBowling 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, May 7th, and it will be televised live on FS1 beginning at 7:30 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 Duracell, please visit: www.duracell.com
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -
Apr 25
2016

Richmond Spring Race Report - GEICO Chevrolet SS, Mears

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GERMAIN RACING DEPARTS RICHMOND WITH 29TH PLACE FINISH 
Richmond, VA (April 24, 2016) - Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team arrived in Richmond, VA, fresh off of two solid runs and a new sponsor announcement that saw Duracell climb aboard their No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for the 2016 season. While they looked to turn in another strong performance, Richmond International Raceway would put up resistance and send the team home with a 29th place finish.
 
"We struggled all day and just couldn't get the car where we needed it to be," Mears said. "It's been a tough year so far, but not from a lack of effort. We're hoping we can get it turned around next week at Talladega, where we've always been strong. It's also the GEICO 500, so everyone's excited to get there and get the No. 13 GEICO Chevy on-track."
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hit the track on Friday, but so did Mother Nature, causing the cancellation of qualifying after heavy rain blanketed the ¾-mile oval. Mears and his GEICO Chevy would be forced to start from the 25th position when the ninth race of the 2016 season went green on Sunday afternoon.
 
When the racing action got underway on Sunday, Mears quickly encountered a handling issue that would plague him for most of the afternoon. After going a lap down to the leaders, he would hustle throughout the day and work his way back onto the lead lap by lap 364. After a long day of racing, Mears and Germain Racing would be credited with a 29th place finish.
 
Mears and Germain Racing will now head to Talladega Superspeedway where they will take part in their sponsor's namesake race, the GEICO 500.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Talladega Superspeedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 29th, at 2:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow on Saturday, April 30th, at 12:30 PM (ET).
                                                     
The GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 1st, 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 Duracell, please visit: www.duracell.com
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -
Apr 21
2016

Duracell Joins as Associate Sponsor

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DURACELL TO POWER GERMAIN RACING IN THE 2016 SEASON 
Mooresville, NC (April 21, 2016) - Germain Racing is excited to announce that battery market leader Duracell has signed on to become an associate sponsor of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and driver Casey Mears in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Duracell will be a full-season associate sponsor and will appear on the car beginning this weekend at Richmond International Raceway.
 
"Duracell is a leader in their industry and we're excited to have them on-board and look forward to working with them to help build their brand through NASCAR," team owner Bob Germain said. "We've worked hard to develop our Sprint Cup Series program over the last eight years and adding a company like Duracell only serves to assist in our growth. We're also proud to have two Berkshire Hathaway companies as partners and I think it says a lot about the progress we've made. We appreciate the relationship with Duracell and are thankful for their support."
 
Germain Racing entered the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with a host of sponsorcommitments. Most notably was a three-year extension from primary sponsor GEICO that will see the Gecko on the hood of the No. 13 entry through at least the end of the 2018 season. Now, Duracell will ride along with Mears on the B-post of the GEICO Chevy and will appear on the decklid during the races where the GEICO Military livery adorns the racecar. GEICO and Duracell are both members of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. 
 
Duracell has a long history with the military and is looking to continue to build upon their relationship through their partnership with Germain Racing and GEICO Military. The trio will be hosting service members at the racetrack during race weekends, while also featuring the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS showcar at various military exchange and commissary locations. 
 
"Duracell is extremely excited about partnering with Germain Racing to raise awareness of the sacrifices our military men and women undergo on a daily basis. This is another great opportunity to bring honor to our country's soldiers," said Jeff Jarrett, SVP of Marketing for Duracell. "Our history is rooted in the military - providing batteries that powered walkie-talkie's used in military operations during WWII. Just as then, Duracell is trusted to deliver long-lasting power when needed most."
"Adding Duracell as a sponsor is exciting news and the opportunity to deepen our work with the military is something we all look forward to," said Mears, who drove a National Guard Chevrolet to victory lane at the Coca-Cola 600 in 2007. "Duracell is the most recognized and trusted battery brand by consumers and I'm honored to be able to represent them on the racetrack." 
 
About Duracell
 
Started in the 1920's, the Duracell brand and company was recently acquired by the Berkshire Hathaway Company (NYSE-BRK) and has grown to be the leader in the single-use battery market in North America.  Its iconic brand is known the world over. Our products are trusted in the devices that keep people connected, protect their families, entertain them, and simplify their increasingly mobile lifestyles. Berkshire Hathaway is a $210B holding company owning subsidiaries that engage in diverse business activities. Visit www.duracell.com for more information; follow us on Twitter.com/Duracell and like us on Facebook.com/Duracell. 
Germain Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, NC. For information on the team and team sponsors, please visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.
 
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Apr 18
2016

Bristol Spring Race Recap - GEICO Chevrolet SS, Mears

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MEARS 24TH AT BRISTOL DESPITE DAMAGE FROM LATE-RACE CONTACT
 
BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 17, 2016) - Bristol Motor Speedway, proclaimed as the World's Fastest Half-Mile, is a short-track that drivers either love or love to hate, as the high banks can cause havoc and tempers to flare at a moment's notice. As the Sprint Cup Series entered the race weekend in the Tennessee Mountains, Casey Mears and his Germain Racing team were optimistic.
 
After consistently running inside the top-20 for the first half of the 500-lap race, Mears received contact from a fellow competitor on lap 340, sending the GEICO Chevrolet spinning down the embankment, where he made a masterful save and avoided oncoming racecars. Despite the unseen damage underneath the car hindering the handling in the final stages, Mears crossed the finish line in the 24th position.
 
"We battled really hard today," said Mears after the 500-lap race. "I felt our GEICO Chevrolet was pretty good all weekend leading up to the race and then especially on that first run. It's frustrating because we deserved a better finish but after that spin, something was off with the car; whether it was the tow or another issue, we will figure it out once we are back at the shop. We never gave up though which is a credit to this team. I'm looking forward to hitting the track in Richmond."
 
Mears qualified in the 16th position and quickly moved the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet up three spots into 13th-place within the opening 15 laps on Sunday afternoon. As the first caution flew on lap 53, Mears found himself in the 12th position. The Bakersfield, California native would consistently run inside the top-15 for the initial 95 laps.
 
The handling began to fade by lap 117, when Mears radioed the car was "bouncing like a pogo stick" while still running directly outside the top-20. With the ability to play strategy on pit road, crew chief Bootie Barker called his driver to pit road for left side tires only, allowing Mears to restart 13th on lap 194. The strategic call allowed Mears to stay inside the top-20, although tightening up the handling on the GEICO machine.
 
Misfortune arrived on lap 340, as Mears received contact from another competitor, sending the GEICO Chevrolet spinning down the 24-degree embankment. However, the veteran driver made a dirt-tracking slide save to forego making contact with the walls or fellow cars. "I'm glad we aren't torn up too bad and still have time to get back up there," radioed Mears before returning to racing action from the 27th position. Despite not seeing any cosmetic damage, Mears felt something off underneath the car as the subsequent green flag run continued. The Germain Racing team battled through the final 100 laps and Mears was able to cross the finish line just behind his close friend Jimmie Johnson, in the 24th position.
 
The Sprint Cup Series now heads to Richmond International Raceway in Virginia for another short track racing event. Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track on Friday, April 22nd for opening practice at 11:00AM ET. Qualifying will follow at 4:15PM ET.
 
The 400-lap race will take place on Sunday, April 24th, with FOX carrying live television coverage beginning at 1PM ET. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio channel 90 will also have the live radio broadcast.
 
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
 
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Apr 10
2016

Texas Spring Race Recap - GEICO Chevrolet, Mears

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM BOUNCE BACK WITH STRONG TEXAS RUN 
Fort Worth, TX (April 9, 2016) - After struggling through Martinsville a week ago, Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team aimed to right the course with a strong weekend in Texas. While practice and qualifying proved frustrating, crew chief Bootie Barker and his crew set a strategy for Saturday night's race and when all was said and done, the GEICO team had a solid night and departed the Lone Star State with a 23rd place finish.
 
"It was a solid result; the kind of race we needed to get things going in the right direction. The pit crew was on it tonight and they did a nice job of getting me on and off of pit road quickly," Mears said. "You're going to have struggles in this sport, but this GEICO team proves time and time again how resilient they are and we always seem to rise up and bounce back whenever we're faced with challenges. I'm proud of everyone on the team and we're excited to get to Bristol next week."
 
Rain delayed the start of the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway by nearly two-hours, but when the green flag turned the field loose late Saturday night, Mears made immediate progress and began collecting positions. After qualifying 32nd, he quickly moved the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS into the 27thposition before penetrating the top-25 on lap 38. Mears would run as high as 18th and the Germain Racing pit crew was efficient in their effort on pit road, routinely executing pit stops in the 11-second range.
 
When the dust settled after a long night of racing, Mears and the Gecko took the checkered flag in the 23rd position and were back on solid ground when they exited the garage in the early morning hours on Sunday. The Germain Racing team left the track four positions better than they did a year ago when they finished 27th.
 
The GEICO team will now head to Bristol, TN, for some close-quarters racing action at the World's Fastest Half-Mile.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Bristol Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 15th, at 11:00 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:15 PM (ET).
                                                     
The Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 17th, 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
 
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