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Apr 14
2014

Darlington Raceway Race Recap - Southern 500

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TENACITY SHINES THROUGH AS MEARS AND GEICO TEAM SCORE TOP-20 AT DARLINGTON

 

DARLINGTON, SC (April 12, 2014) - Looking to rebound from their struggles at Texas Motor Speedway, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team came into the Bojangles Southern 500 weekend with a renewed drive and the determination to unite and tackle the track 'too tough to tame' as a team.

 

As Friday's practice sessions got underway, Mears hit the track in the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and despite fighting a loose-handling racecar, posted the 17th-fastest time in the first outing.   Following up that session with a 21st-place time in second practice, crew chief Bootie Barker and the GEICO team went to work on a qualifying set-up with hopes of gaining some traction for the late-afternoon qualifying run.

 

With qualifying ensuing at 4:10 PM (EDT), the track would offer different conditions than Mears experienced during the earlier practice sessions, but still not the cool conditions he would expect for race conditions on Saturday.  Barker gave Mears the best combination package possible and despite a 31st-place qualifying effort, they remained confident that come race time, the GEICO Chevy would respond.

 

The teams began their race day preparations under sunny skies in Darlington, SC, and without any threat of rain - a rarity thus far in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  After an afternoon of pre-race inspections and last minute huddles in the GEICO race hauler, the team was set with their strategy for mastering what was sure to be an ever-changing race track.

 

When the green flag flew for the Bojangles' Southern 500, the sun was low in the sky, but still provided for slick conditions on the track with many monikers.  'The Lady in Black', as it is also known, is a 1.366-mile, egg-shaped oval that's famous for collecting the best of the best in 367 laps of racing.

 

Reporting the same loose condition he experienced in practice, Mears remained calm and competitive during the opening laps, as he carefully began picking up positions while wheeling the GEICO Chevy through the first green-flag run, despite sometimes exiting the turns sideways. Believing that the track would come to them as night fell, Barker assured his driver that a lot of others were challenged with the same loose condition and the team was ready to make necessary changes on the first trip to pit road.

 

With Mears now posted in the 27th-position, that chance came, as rookie Ryan Truex brought out the event's first caution flag at lap 41.  Mears' report to the pit was that his car was "big-time loose," and he was given four fresh Goodyear tires, fuel and a spring and track bar adjustment.  Despite experiencing a clutch issue exiting pit road, Mears would line up 27th for the restart.

 

Back underway at lap 46, Mears again showed a steady progression forward and had reached the top-25 by lap 50.  Reporting that the GEICO Chevy was now "tight in and loose off," Mears continued to offer feedback over the course of the next few rounds of pit stops and the GEICO team continued to provide chassis adjustments to make the car more competitive.

 

As the laps wound past the halfway point, Mears still found himself holding steady within the top-25 but following a long green-flag run, and a green-flag pit stop at lap 180, he found himself in the 23rd position and a lap down to the leaders.  Another caution came at lap 200 and provided a chance for the GEICO team to work some strategy.  Barker radioed, "Casey, we're going to pit now and then hope for a few quick cautions so we can take the wave-around and then get some track position."

 

Agreeing with that call, Mears brought the GEICO Chevy to pit road at lap 202, where he received tires, fuel and further adjustments.  Restarting in the 24th-position, the team found themselves right where they wanted to be when the yellow flag flew at lap 207.  As planned, Mears did not pit, took the wave-around and was able to restart on the lead lap.

 

Each opportunity to pit brought more adjustments and more confidence in the fact that the changes being made by the GEICO crew were changes for the better.  Mears broke into the top-20 just past the lap-250 mark, but following another long green-flag run and, as the race approached lap 300, Mears again fell a lap down to the leaders while remaining in the top 20. 

 

The GEICO team continued their 'can-do' approach and when opportunity arose as the caution flew at lap-358, Mears again took the wave-around, putting him in the best position of the evening.  Having avoided a 'Darlington stripe' all evening, Mears had what he felt was the best handling package of the race and settled in for what could be a wild few final laps.  Restarting 19th, Mears eyed the cars in front of him, but was again slowed by caution at lap 365.  This gave the GEICO team the opportunity to pit for four tires, fuel and adjustments befitting a green-white-checkered finish. 

 

The field would go green at lap 368, but failed to complete even a single lap before the 41 car of Kurt Busch went crashing into the outside retaining wall.  Again, restarting 19th, Mears took the final green flag of the evening at lap 372, and was able to make a last-lap pass to finish in the 18th-position.  The Germain Racing pit crew also played their part, and picked up positions on many of the evening's pit stops. 

 

"I'm really happy with this run tonight guys," Mears said on the radio following the race.  "Those were some great calls in the end and we made a lot of progress tonight.  Now we just have to get the whole weekend to come together.  Thanks for all your hard work, guys."

 

Crew chief, Barker, echoed Mears' comments.  "10-4, Casey, you did a great job and way to stay with it, guys.  We ran competitive all night and kept improving.  Good job, everybody."

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will enjoy an off-weekend over Easter before the Germain Racing team returns to competition in Richmond, VA.

 

Casey Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevy will hit the track at Richmond International Raceway for the opening practice session on Friday, April 25th, at 10:00 AM (EDT).  Final practice gets underway at 1:00 PM (EDT), followed by qualifying at 5:10 PM (EDT).  All sessions will be televised live on FOX Sports 1.

 

The Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, April 26th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 7:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR channel 90 will carry 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 KMC Wheels, please visit: www.KMCwheels.com

 

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Contact: Debbie Glenn, Player Management International

Email: dglenn@pmifirm.com  

 

 

 

 

Apr 09
2014

Darlington Raceway - Thomas Tire & Automotive Associate on GEICO Chevy

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Thomas Tire & Automotive Joins Germain Racing for Trip to Track Too Tough to Tame

 

April 8, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – Heading into the “Bojangles Southern 500” race weekend at Darlington Raceway, Germain Racing announces that North Carolina’s Thomas Tire & Automotive joins the team as an associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Casey Mears. Thomas Tire & Automotive will be on board for Saturday’s 501.3-mile race to be held in Darlington, SC, at the 1.366-mile race track located just an hour from two Thomas Tire & Automotive locations in Aberdeen, NC.

 

Thomas Tire & Automotive has several locations to bring customers the best in tires, maintenance and repairs, resulting in a total auto care experience.  Founded by Paul Thomas, and now in its second generation, Thomas Tire & Automotive remains a family-owned business with operations in Aberdeen, Archdale, Asheboro, Burlington and Randleman, NC.

 

As Thomas Tire & Automotive continues to thrive and adapt to an ever-changing marketplace, the company strives to be recognized as an industry leader who provides customers solution-based, value-added services that optimize convenience, efficiency and technology. Thomas Tire & Automotive continually invests time to ensure customers receive the best value for tires, the best value for oil and maintenance services, and the best value for complete automotive repairs.  Thomas Tire & Automotive is a proud supplier of Castrol Oil and Thomas Tire & Automotive operates the Castrol Premium Lube Express in Aberdeen, NC.

 

Darlington has been a competitive track for the GEICO Chevy team. The Southern 500 at Darlington is an event where fans, crew, drivers are all on edge, every inch of every lap. The team had a very successful test session at Darlington just last week.

 

Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS begin the race weekend at the “Track Too Tough Too Tame” with Thomas Tire & Automotive on board for two practice sessions on Friday, April 11th at 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM ET.  Qualifying follows Friday night at 6:10 PM (ET). Saturday’s 367-lap Bojangles Southern 500 will be broadcast FOX beginning at 6:30 PM (ET).  MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90 will carry the radio coverage of the event.

 

Thomas Tire & Automotive news, contests and information can be found at ThomasTire.com or Like Thomas Tire & Automotive on Facebook.com/ThomasTire.

 

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

 

Darlington Raceway fans can visit DarlingtonRaceway.com for tickets, schedules, the track history and more. On Twitter, follow @TooToughToTame or Like Darlington Raceway on Facebook.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Apr 08
2014

Texas Spring Race Report - GEICO Chevy

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CHANGING TRACK CONDITIONS LEAVE MEARS FRUSTRATED AT TEXAS

 

Fort Worth, TX (April 7, 2014) - As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visited Texas for the seventh race of the 2014 season, Germain Racing was looking to improve upon an intermediate speedway program that has often given the team fits over previous years.  Fortunately, the weekend began well, but, in the end, they would be left scratching their heads. 

Casey Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS started out strong in the Lone Star State, landing 13th on the speed chart in the weekend's first practice session on Friday.  On Saturday, they advanced to the second round of Sprint Cup qualifying and finished up in the 20th position, leaving the team optimistic as they approached race day. 

Race day would simply turn into nothing more than a long day after heavy rain blanketed the Fort Worth area on Sunday.  Before Mears would even be able to do battle with the 1.5-mile oval of Texas Motor Speedway, he would first meet Mother Nature eye-to-eye.  After exhaustive attempts at drying the racetrack, NASCAR postponed Sunday's running of the 500-mile event until Monday morning at noon (ET).

On Monday, the radar was clear and racing finally got underway.  In order to ensure that the track was safe, the first nine laps of the race were run under caution after green/yellow flags waved simultaneously to indicate the official start of the 334-lap event.  Mears and his #13 GEICO Chevy would roll off the starting grid 21st after a tie with Austin Dillon in qualifying left him one spot behind.  It was of little consequence, as Mears quickly picked up positions when the green flag finally set the field underway on lap 10.  He jumped to 18th and was gaining ground before Dale Earnhardt, Jr., found himself hard against the outside wall in turn one on lap 13 after getting into the grass and shooting up the racetrack, bringing out the caution just four laps after going green.  While Jimmie Johnson absorbed the brunt of the mud and debris that Earnhardt's car spit up, Casey was behind the Johnson's No. 48 car and also took on a grill full of mud.  Mears indicated to crew chief Bootie Barker that the car drove fine and there was no need to pit and risk surrendering positions. 

After a lengthy clean-up, Mears and his GEICO machine restarted the race from the 18th position.  While he moved into 17th on lap 28, he began to experience handling issues with his racecar and was in 20th on lap 34 when he said to Barker, "I can't turn.  It's tight in the center."  Two laps later, the condition worsened and over the team radio frequency he was heard saying, "It's plowing now, the front tires are gone."  This would only be the beginning of a frustrating day, as track conditions changed many times over the course of the afternoon, adding to the team's challenge to correct the handling.  Each of the seven caution flags, along with three scheduled green flag stops, saw the GEICO pit crew working hard to correct the issue.  Despite their best efforts, Mears would remain at odds with his #13 Chevy and when the checkered flag closed out the Duck Commander 500, the team was credited with a 28th place finish.

"It was a long day for sure, and the changing track conditions didn't help us any, but the guys kept working hard all afternoon," Mears said at his hauler after the race.  "We tested Darlington last week and were really fast, so I'm focusing on the good things and thinking positive as we head there in a few days.  Darlington is one of my favorite places to race and I'm excited to get the #13 GEICO Chevy on-track Friday."

The upcoming weekend finds Mears and Germain Racing closer to home, in Darlington, South Carolina. 

In addition to his racing duties in Darlington, Mears will also be making a personal appearance at the GEICO display at Darlington Raceway on Saturday afternoon from 3:00 PM - 3:20 PM (EDT).  He will be talking to fans and will be available for autographs and photos. 

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Darlington Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 11th, at 11:30 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 6:10 PM (EDT).

The Bojangles' Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, April 12th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 6:30 PM (EDT).  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 can 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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Apr 02
2014

Arbor Car Wash and Lube on board GEICO Chevy at Texas

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Texas
’ The Arbor Car Wash and Lube Joins Germain Racing at Texas Motor Speedway

April 2, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – Heading into the Lone Star State, Germain Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing team, is proud to announce that Texas’ own The Arbor Car Wash and Lube will be an associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Casey Mears for the 2014 “Duck Commander 500” at Texas Motor Speedway. The 501-mile, 334-lap race will be held on Sunday, April 6, at the 1.5-mile, Fort Worth, TX, race track.

The Arbor Car Wash and Lube is a leader in offering Castrol Oil changes and car washes in the Austin, TX, area. They have highly trained professionals that will assist you in choosing the correct oil for your vehicle.  The Arbor Car Wash and Lube offers all Castrol products including Castrol Edge, GTX SynBlend, GTX High Mileage, and GTX. They also carry a full line of air filters and wiper blades as well as numerous options in car washes.

After finishing 24th in Martinsville, VA, last week, Germain Racing driver Casey Mears and owner Bob Germain Jr. are tied for 20th in the Sprint Cup Series points standings after six races in the 2014 season.  Germain Racing has collected several of the coveted victory lane hats at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS begin the Texas race weekend with The Arbor Car Wash and Lube on board starting with one hour and 50 minutes of opening practice for the Duck Commander 500 on Friday, April 4th, at 6 PM ET.  Final practice and qualifying follow on Saturday, April 5th, at 10:30 AM and 3:10 PM. Sunday’s 334-lap race features television coverage live on FOX beginning at 2:30 PM (ET).  PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90 will carry the radio coverage of the event.

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 can 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

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

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Mar 31
2014

Mears' Martinsville Race Recap - GEICO, KMC Wheels, Taylor's, Drive Smart VA

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BARRAGE OF ISSUES NO MATCH FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM IN MARTINSVILLE

 

Team overcomes several obstacles to notch lead lap, top 25 finish

Martinsville, VA (March 30, 2014) - Martinsville Speedway is notorious for evoking raw emotion from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers.  Casey Mears would be among the first to experience elevated blood pressure, but not before taking to the track for practice and qualifying.

Rain threatened the Martinsville area on Friday, but stayed clear long enough to allow Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to land 14th on the speed chart when the weekend's first practice session ended.  When qualifying got underway at 4:40 PM (EDT), Mears quickly navigated the ½-mile, paperclip-shaped oval in just 19.205-seconds, placing him 23rd on the STP 500 starting grid.  His qualifying effort was marked improvement over a year ago, when he started the race from the 41st position.  Saturday was a washout at the track, leading to the cancellation of both NASCAR Sprint Cup series practices. 

While NASCAR is widely regarded as a summer sport, one would have argued otherwise when they were greeted by snow and sleet as they arrived at the track on Sunday morning.  Fortunately, gray skies gave way to sunshine and the race got underway at its scheduled start time.  Mears rolled off the starting grid from the 23rd position, but it wouldn't take long for the action to heat up.  Cars began stacking up on just the second lap, causing minor rear-end damage to the GEICO Chevy.  NASCAR ordered Mears to pit so the Germain Racing pit crew could remove a hanging bumper bar.  Consequently, he would restart the race from the 35th position when the green flag waved on lap 11. 

Mears had worked his way up to 31st by the time the scheduled competition caution slowed the field on lap 40.  He alerted crew chief Bootie Barker that he was  "way too tight in the center and have zero grip off."  During his visit to pit road, the GEICO Racing pit crew outfitted Mears with four fresh Goodyear tires, a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel, and a trackbar, wedge and air pressure adjustment.  The changes favored Mears and he began to march to the front of the field when the race went back to green. 

Mears had penetrated the top 20 on lap 69 and was sitting in the 16th position when the yellow flag waved on lap 114.  Barker advised Mears to quickly make his way to pit road, which found Mears passing competitors under caution to get to his pit stall and have the team 'stand his tire up'.  It was a strategy call by Barker that he felt would pay off in the long-term.  Unfortunately, NASCAR held Mears for a lap as a penalty for pulling up to pit (not holding his position under caution).  Barker calmed Mears by reassuring him they would have lost the lap anyway.  Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet had their work cut out for them, starting in the 33rd position, one lap down, when the green flag turned the field loose on lap 120. 

Mears was making progress, but would experience yet another setback when the No. 38 car of David Gilliland sent the GEICO Chevy for a spin on lap 170.  An audibly upset Mears received only minor damage and visited pit road for tires, fuel and repairs.  Now, two laps down in 34th, Barker promised Mears they would get the laps back as the race returned to green on lap 180.  Barker began making good on his promise when he ordered Mears and the GEICO machine to take the wavearound during the lap 200 caution, recovering one of the lost laps.  Things were headed in the right direction when the caution flag was displayed on lap 220.  The caution was perfect timing, as the team had just taken the wavearound on lap 200, leaving them in need of fresh tires.  After taking on four tires, fuel and adjustments, Mears notified Barker that his shifter handle was broken as he was coming to the green flag, where he restarted from the 28th position. 

Unfortunately, on the lap 237 restart, Mears told the team that the shifter broke and that the No. 13 GEICO Chevy was stuck in fourth gear, meaning, among other things, the pit crew would need to push the car to get it started after each visit to pit road.  Despite the additional setback, Mears continued to turn in fast lap times and was awarded the free pass when the caution came out on lap 251, allowing him to return to the lead lap.     

Mears and his GEICO team would continue to battle for the balance of the event, even recording lap times faster than the leaders many times during the race.  When the checkered flag closed the STP 500, Mears had overcome the obstacles and managed to record a lead lap, 24th place finish.  Barker thanked the crew as Mears crossed the finish line: "Way to battle today, everybody.  Good job." 

"I'm glad we were able to keep fighting and at least finish on the lead lap and get a top 25, but we had a much better car than that," Mears said.  "We just had a lot of things happen today and I'm proud of the guys on this GEICO team for all of their hard work and their 'never quit' attitude.  We're looking forward to getting to Texas next week."   

Next week, Mears and his Germain Racing team will travel to the Lone Star State.

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 4th, at 6:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday at 3:10 PM (EDT).

The Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 6th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 PM (EDT).  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 can 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 -    

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

 

Mar 25
2014

NC Taylor's on GEICO Chevy SS at Martinsville

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NC’s Taylor’s Discount Tire and Automotive Joins Germain Racing at Martinsville Speedway

March 24, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) - Germain Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing team, today announces that North Carolina’s Taylor’s Discount Tire & Automotive will be an associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Casey Mears for the Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The 263-mile, 500-lap race will be held on Sunday, March, 30th, at the .526-mile Martinsville, VA, race track which is located just up the road from Taylor’s Greensboro, NC, location.

Taylor's Discount Tire & Automotive is a leader in offering Castrol Oil Changes, name brand tires, auto repair and brake services for customers located in and around the Greensboro area. Their goal is to focus on customer service.

Taylor's Discount Tire & Automotive employs a well-trained staff specializing in the sale and installation of passenger car, performance and light truck or SUV tires.

After finishing 15th in Fontana, CA, Germain Racing driver Casey Mears and owner Bob Germain Jr. hold 18th in the Sprint Cup Series points standings after five races in this young 2014 season.  Martinsville has been a competitive track for the GEICO Chevy team. Mears earned a 16th place finish in last spring’s 500-lap shoot out at the “paper clip.”

Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS begin the Martinsville race weekend with Taylor’s Discount Tire & Automotive on board starting with 90 minutes of opening practice for the Virginia 500 on Friday, March 28th, at noon (ET).  Qualifying follows at 4:40 PM (ET). Two practice sessions are scheduled for Saturday, March 29th at 10 AM and 1 PM, followed by Sunday’s 500-lap race with television coverage live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET).  MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90 will carry the radio coverage of the event.

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 can 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

 

 

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Mar 24
2014

Fontana Finish - Fifteenth for Mears, GEICO, KMC Wheels

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RESILIENT MEARS RALLIES BACK IN FONTANA TO SCORE TOP 15 FINISH

 

Fontana, CA (March 23, 2014) - When Germain Racing loaded up the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and headed out west for the third time in four weeks, they were looking to rebound from tough races in Las Vegas and Bristol.  After posting a top 10 finish at the Daytona 500, they recorded a strong 14th place finish in Phoenix, but suffered setbacks at the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events.  

When practice got underway on Friday in Fontana, CA, Casey Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS ended up 25th on the board when the session concluded.  Qualifying presented a bit of a challenge when the Bakersfield, CA, native navigated the 2-mile oval in 39.220-seconds at a speed of 183.580-miles per hour and ended up 31st on Sunday's starting grid.  Mears shook it off and returned to the track on Saturday morning and immediately shot up the speed charts, where he was sitting in the 13th position when practice session number two came to a close.   

With a strong practice session under their belts, the GEICO team looked forward to the 400-mile event when they arrived for race day on Sunday morning.  Mears and his GEICO Chevrolet SS rolled off of the starting grid 31st, but he had gained ten positions and sat in the 21st position when the race's first caution flag was displayed for debris on lap 18.  Mears reported handing issues early on, but crew chief Bootie Barker reassured his driver under caution when he said, "That was a good run, Casey.  Most cars fell off during that run, but you didn't."  Mears visited pit road for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment before restarting the race from the 17th position on lap 23.

As the race wore on, Mears continued to battle an ill-handling racecar, often times finding himself sideways as he exited the turns.  Each caution period allowed the GEICO crew to work on the car and their efforts began to pay off.  Mears was running in the 22nd position on lap 68 when he reported: "I'm loose all the way off, but it definitely turns better into the center."  Coming down to the final laps, Mears had worked his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS into the top 20 and began to closely eye a top 15 finish. 

Unfortunately, during a day that saw many drivers with flat tires, Mears notified Barker of a vibration, which sent the Germain Racing pit crew scrambling to get in position in the event the GEICO Chevy would need to travel down pit road.  Just three laps later, Clint Bowyer spun out in turn four, bringing out the yellow flagand allowing Mears the opportunity to bring his No. 13 GEICO car to the attention of his pit crew, who quickly outfitted him with four fresh tires and a splash of fuel.  The caution flag had been displayed with just two laps remaining in the race, so the field would prepare for what was sure to be a wild Green-White-Checker finish. 

Mears restarted 16th when the green flag set the field underway for the final time.  After surviving a chaotic restart, which included four-wide racing, he was able to pick up a spot and hustle the GEICO Chevy across the finish line in the 15th position, accounting for the team's third top 15 finish in the first five races of the season.  When Mears arrived in the garage after taking the checkered flag, it was discovered that he had completed the final lap on a flat left rear tire.  

"I'm really proud of the guys on this GEICO team today because we struggled with the car, but everyone kept working really hard and it paid off in the end.  It was a wild race, but we kept making changes and we survived it and were able to get a top 15 finish," Mears said at his hauler after the race.  "It was a busy weekend and Bootie (Barker, crew chief) and the guys did a nice job of finding speed and we seemed to get better as the weekend went along.  It's good to have races like this one where you work really hard and earn a good finish, it gives the team confidence and will definitely pay off as the season goes on.  I'm looking forward to getting our No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS on-track in Martinsville next week.  It's a fun race and an opportunity for us to sneak out of there with a good finish."

Today's 15th place finish helps Mears jump one position in the Driver Point standings to 18th, where he now sits just six points removed from the top 15.  Team owner, Bob Germain, enjoys the same status in the Owner Point standings. 

Next week will find Mears and Germain Racing closer to home when they head to the 0.526-mile paperclip-shaped oval in Martinsville, VA, for their second short-track race in three weeks.  The team has experienced relative success at the Virginia racetrack, registering top 25 finishes in each of their last five visits.   

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Martinsville Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 28th, at 12:00 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 4:40 PM (ET).

The STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 30th, 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 can 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 -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

 

 

Mar 16
2014

Bristol Post Race Report - GEICO Chevy SS - Mears

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM PERSEVERE THROUGH TIRE ISSUE AT BRISTOL

 

BRISTOL, TN (March 16, 2014) - Coming into the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway tied for 16th in the point standings, Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO team looked to rebound from a challenging weekend in Las Vegas.  They got off to a great start, logging the eighth-fastest time in the first practice session on Friday.  During qualifying, Mears navigated the .533-mile oval in 15.038-seconds at a speed of 127.597mph, which was good enough to put him 25th on the starting grid. 

 

Saturday was action-packed for the NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors with two additional practice sessions on tap.  Going to work on their race set-up in the second practice run, the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was posted 16th fastest. With one practice session left to go, the Germain Racing crew made changes to Mears' Chevy before sending him out for the final hour of practice before Sunday's race.  The GEICO machine agreed with the changes and after completing 40 laps, Mears had laid down the fastest time of the session and was first on the board when it ended. 

 

With confidence in their race package, Sunday morning brought great anticipation in what 500 laps on the Bristol bullring might bring.  Holding little hope for a timely start given the forecast for rain, the team labored through their race morning responsibilities getting the #13 GEICO Chevy through the pre-race inspections and onto the starting grid...and then they waited.  With a forecast that was ever-changing, NASCAR finally called the drivers to introductions at 2:05 PM (ET) and the cars rolled off of the starting grid for the Food City 500 after a 1-hour, 44-minute delay.

 

Respecting the 'green' track conditions following the rain, Mears got off to a conservative start while getting a feel for the GEICO Chevy through the opening laps, before visiting pit road for a scheduled competition caution on lap 50.  Crew chief Robert 'Bootie' Barker made the call for four tires and fuel with no adjustments based on Mears' feedback that the car and track were 'coming to him'.

 

When the race went back to green on lap 57, Mears restarted in the 23rd position and continued to pick up positions on the track.  By lap 85 he was posting lap times on par with the leaders and, as he broke into the top 20, he radioed, "I know if we can get up there, we'll have something for them," referring to the benefit of track position.

 

With a well-handling car cruising in the 17th position, Mears and the GEICO team would have to show patience when the rain returned, forcing the cars to pit road at lap 124.

 

The race restarted following a three-hour rain delay and the GEICO team found themselves in the same position as at the start of the event...run conservatively until the track got a new build-up of rubber.  Reporting a vibration just past the halfway point, however, Mears radioed that he had a tire going down and quickly headed to pit road under green at lap 263.  Indeed, the left front was down to the fibers and in the process, the #13 GEICO team was posted five laps down in the 37th position.

 

With the unpredictability of what might unfold on a racetrack such as Bristol Motor Speedway, no one was giving up.  Perseverance and a little help from anticipated attrition assisted Mears in recovering 10 positions to finish 27th, salvaging an otherwise challenging day.

 

"Coming into the race, we were really confident in our set-up, but we also didn't know what to expect from the track following the rain delay," Mears explained.  "We were gaining early on and if we could have stayed green I really think we would've been good and had the #13 GEICO Chevrolet up front.  After the second delay, the track just didn't respond the same," continued Mears.  "If we could've predicted that, we would've made different choices as far as adjustments, but it was still a good effort for the GEICO team and I'm glad we persevered through it and recovered to finish 27th."

 

Next up for NASCAR's premier series is a swing back to the west coast and 400 miles on the 2-mile oval at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. The weekend's opening practice session is on Friday, March 21st, at 3:00 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 7:40 PM (ET) and will be televised live on FOX Sports 1.

 

The Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 23, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 PM (ET).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SIRIUSXM NASCAR (Channel 90) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you can 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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Mar 12
2014

Associate Sponsor from TN Joins Germain Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway

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Southern Classic Auto Wash and Lube Center

Joins Germain Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway

 

March 12, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) - Germain Racing today announces the addition of Southern Classic as an associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Casey Mears for the 2014 “Food City 500” at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 266.5-mile race will be held on Sunday, March, 16th, at the Bristol, TN, race track.

 

Southern Classic Auto Wash and Lube Center, has three locations in the Tri-City Tennessee community and is opening their fourth location in Bristol, TN, during the second quarter of 2014. 

 

Southern Classic specializes in Castrol oil changes and preventive maintenance for your vehicle.

 

Germain Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team, is tied for 16th in the points standings for driver Mears and team owner Bob Germain Jr. heading into the fourth Sprint Cup Series event of the 2014 season.  Bristol is the only track where Germain Racing has started from the pole position in NASCAR’s highest division. In last spring’s race at Bristol, Mears qualified the No. 13 GEICO race car in 15th position and finished 15th, on the lead lap, after 500 hard-fought laps.

 

Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS begin the Bristol adventure with Southern Classic Auto Wash and Lube Center on board starting with 90 minutes of opening practice for the Food City 500 on Friday, March 14th, at noon (ET).  Qualifying follows at 4:40 PM (ET). Two practice sessions are scheduled for Saturday, March 15th at 9:00 AM and noon, followed by Sunday’s 500-lap race with television coverage live on FOX beginning at 1:30 PM (ET).  PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90 will carry the radio coverage of the event.

 

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 can 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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Mar 10
2014

Mears Race Report - Las Vegas - GEICO Chevy SS

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DESPITE LONG DAY IN LAS VEGAS, MEARS TIED FOR 16TH IN POINTS

Las Vegas, NV (March 9, 2014) - When Germain Racing rolled into Las Vegas, they were looking to make headway on intermediate tracks, which has proved challenging for the team over the course of previous seasons.  After turning in a top 10 finish at Daytona and a 14th at Phoenix, Casey Mears and his GEICO crew were anxious to try their hand at the first mile and a half track of the season. 

On Thursday, Mears and his team took part in a one-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  After making several changes to the racecar, they ended up 25th on the chart at the close of the four-hour session.  When practice got underway on Friday, the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS sat 26th on the board in opening practice before later qualifying 30th.  Saturday started slow when Mears wrapped up the morning practice session 28th, but after making a few adjustments, he was able to lay down a fast-lap in Happy Hour that saw him fly up the chart to end up 10th when practice concluded.  While it was just a single lap that sent him to the top of the board, the car appeared to be better in race trim as the team prepared for Sunday.

The green flag turned the field loose on Sunday afternoon under bright Las Vegas sunshine.  As the Kobalt 400 got underway, Mears and his #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS quickly moved up six positions to 24th by the second lap.  However, it was not long before track conditions began to change and he found himself battling a loose racecar as early as lap 13.  "I'm loose in the center and loose off.  We may need to put some wedge in it," Mears reported to crew chief Bootie Barker on lap 15.  Just two laps later, a much needed yellow flag flew for fluid on the track, allowing Mears to bring his #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to the attention of his pit crew, who promptly provided him with four tires, fuel and two rounds of wedge.  After restarting 27th on lap 22, he was up to 24th by lap 31 when he reported, "It's still really loose.  I have to be on the white line to make it turn."

He would make an appearance in the top 15 and intermittently turn in lap times comparable with the top five and top 10, but spent most of his afternoon battling an ill-handling racecar that caused more frustration than pleasure.  Still attempting to salvage a solid finish, Barker instructed Mears to stay out and take the wave-around when the caution came out late in the race in an attempt to ultimately rejoin the lead lap.  With just 42 to go, Mears restarted 24th, but was short on fuel.  With the Vegas strip as a backdrop, it seemed reasonable to take a gamble on a possible late-race caution that would allow Mears to fuel his GEICO Chevy without losing time to the field.  Unfortunately, Lady Luck betrayed the Germain Racing team and Mears was forced to take a trip down pit road under green flag conditions with just 11 laps remaining in the race, dashing any hopes of a strong finish.  When the checkered flag was displayed after 267 laps of racing, Casey Mears and his #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS were shown 28th on the scoring tower.  

"We really struggled today and we just missed it," Mears said after the race.  "The guys worked really hard, but it seemed like every time we touched the car during a pit stop it became more challenging.  Around the midway point of the race, my rear grip got better, but we continued to struggle.  The new package has been tricky and because we had an issue with handling, I had a hard time trying to run other grooves of the racetrack."  He continued, "We started out the season strong, so there are no heads hanging on the GEICO team.  We'll continue to work hard and now look to Bristol where we enjoy racing and have done well in the past, including starting on the Pole in August 2012.  Next week is a new beginning."

While the team took a hit in the points, they also had points in the bank after Daytona and Phoenix.  Mears entered the Kobalt 400 11th in points, but even with today's 28th place finish, Mears still sits inside the top 20 and is tied with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, for 16th. 

Mears and the Germain Racing team will now head to Bristol, TN, where they will beat and bang on the World's Fastest Half-Mile. 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Bristol Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 14th, at 12:00 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 4:40 PM (ET).

The Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 16th, 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.

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you can 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

 

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