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Aug 06
2014

Castrol Premium Lube Express Associate Sponsor at The Glen

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Castrol Premium Lube Express on GEICO Chevrolet SS at The Glen

 

August 6, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at The Glen always brings a lot of excitement to the Finger Lakes region of New York. Along with the thrills comes the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by Casey Mears. The GEICO Chevy has turned in some great road course performances and this weekend at Watkins Glen International, Mears and the team are poised for another. Castrol Premium Lube Express will be featured on the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS as an associate sponsor and race fans at The Glen need not travel far to experience the liquid engineering of Castrol.

 

New York features several Castrol Premium Lube Express (CPLE) locations – the nearest one to the action at The Glen is just around the corner in Corning, NY. 

 

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. 

 

Here’s a lineup of the No. 13 GEICO Chevy’s schedule for the weekend at The Glen: Friday, August 8th, Practice on Fox Sports 1 from 12:30-2 p.m., Final Practice on Fox Sports 1 from 4:30-5:55 p.m., Saturday, August 9th, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying on ESPN2 at 11:40 a.m., and Sunday, August 10th, 90 laps/220.5 miles of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing in the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen on ESPN, MRN and Siriux/XM Ch. 90 at 1p.m..

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Aug 04
2014

12th for GEICO Chevy SS at Second Trip to Tricky Triangle

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NOTHING TRICKY ABOUT THE TRIANGLE FOR MEARS AT POCONO 

Germain Racing scores top-12 finish and jumps two positions in the point standings

 

Long Pond, PA (August 3, 2014) - As the second half of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season gets in full swing, Casey Mears and his GEICO Racing team pulled into Pocono looking to rebound from tough races in New Hampshire and Indianapolis. They proved that short-term memory is most effective as they turned their back on the past and reached for what was ahead when track activities got underway on Friday.

 

When the weekend's opening practice session came to a close, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS rested 24th on the board. They later matched that effort in qualifying when Mears paced the Tricky Triangle in just 50.26-seconds, at a speed of 179.069-miles per hour.

 

Rain threatened on race day, but never developed. When the green flag set the field underway on Sunday afternoon, Mears quickly charged from the 24th position, moving up ten spots to 14th by lap 12. The GEICO Chevy was in the top 5 before having to dive down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 44. Aside from a bad vibration that would later subside, and the narrow miss of crashing racecars, Mears' day was smooth and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet was strong all afternoon. When the checkered flag halted racing action at Pocono Raceway, Mears scored a 12th place finish, picking up 12 spots from his starting position and handing GEICO and Germain Racing their seventh top-15 finish of the 2014 season. Mears' effort also resulted in a two-position jump in the point standings, bumping him up to 24th as he departed Pocono.

 

"We had a solid day and everyone on the GEICO team did a nice job and Bootie (Barker, crew chief) made some good calls that put us in position to have a strong finish," Mears said after climbing from his GEICO machine. "After two bad races, this is exactly the type of finish we needed. We were strong all day and it felt good to run up front and be competitive. Hopefully, we can keep the momentum rolling at Watkins Glen next week. We appreciate the support of GEICO, KMC Wheels, Castrol and all of our partners."

 

Mears and the GEICO team will now travel to upstate New York for the season's final road course race. A year ago, the Germain Racing team exited Watkins Glen with a 12th place finish after starting 30th.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Watkins Glen International for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, August 8th, at 12:30 PM (EDT). Qualifying will follow on Saturday, August 9th, at 11:40 AM (EDT) and will air live on ESPN2.

 

The Cheez-It 355 at the Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 10th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, 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 -

 Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

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

Jul 29
2014

"CarSense" Along as Associate Sponsor for Pocono Race Again

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Philadelphia Area’s “CarSense” Rides Along on GEICO Chevrolet at Pocono Again

July 29, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – Earlier in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet featured Philadelphia-area car sales and service specialists, CarSense, as an associate sponsor on the race car driven by Casey Mears. In the back-to-back weekends of sponsorship of the GEICO Chevy, CarSense was part of two top-25 finishes, one at Dover and one at Pocono. CarSense returns to the No. 13 Germain Racing entry this weekend at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA for Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400.

CarSense has earned back-to-back “Top Place to Work” awards from Philly.com. The company proudly delivers liquid engineering in Castrol oil changes for car owners of all makes and models of vehicles, meanwhile CarSense makes the used car buying process easier for shoppers with features such as CarSense Certified and the CarSense Lifetime Engine Guarantee.

At CarSense, selling a used car is nearly as easy as buying one. Visit CarSense on the web at CarSense.com or at one of their five locations across Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The Pocono race weekend kicks off with opening practice at 11:00 AM ET on Friday, August 1st followed by qualifying at 3:40 PM. Saturday the 2nd the GEICO Chevy SS featuring the CarSense logo will be on track for practice sessions at 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM while Sunday’s 160-lap, 400-mile race is set to begin at 1:00 PM ET.

CarSense does things differently – the CarSense Way. Visit CarSense.com or Like CarSense on Facebook.com/CarSense.

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.

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

 

 

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Jul 28
2014

Brickyard Race Recap

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MEARS PERSEVERES THROUGH CHALLENGING DAY IN INDIANAPOLIS

Casey Mears makes 400th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at the Brickyard

 

Indianapolis, IN (July 27, 2014) - Casey Mears and his GEICO team returned to action in Indianapolis after enjoying the last off-weekend of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Indianapolis Motor Speedway has always been a favorite of the Mears family for the obvious reasons, but for Casey in particular, as he held the track qualifying record for nine years before Ryan Newman beat his time in 2013. Given the history of the Mears family at the famed speedway, it only made sense that Casey's 400th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start would fall on Sunday at the Brickyard, a place where the Mears name is omnipresent. 

 

While the Germain Racing crew arrived for practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday refreshed and ready to get to work, they were taken aback when they found themselves behind the eight ball early in the weekend.

 

The result of the opening practice session was cause for concern after Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS sat 34th on the board at its conclusion. It was discovered that there was a problem with the ride height sensor, which left crew chief Bootie Barker and his engineering staff with inaccurate information. Despite the setback, Barker and his engineers managed to gain some control of the car and when qualifying rolled around, Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevy sped around the historic 2.5-mile oval in just 48.986-seconds, placing him 26th on the starting grid, a considerable improvement over practice.

 

Weather threatened the Indianapolis area on race day, but, aside from some intermittent light rain, Mother Nature did not play a role in Sunday's event. Mears rolled off of the starting grid in the 26th position, but immediately began losing positions in bulk and found himself in the 33rd position by lap two and just five laps later he bottomed out in 42nd. A splitter issue hindered Mears' progress early on, causing him to lose significant ground at the start of the race. The splitter was too high, aggravating the handling of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS. Mears welcomed the competition caution on lap 20 and quickly traveled down pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires, a tank of Sunoco Racing fuel and major adjustments. He restarted 41st when the race went back to green on lap 26.

 

Mears continued to battle his GEICO Chevy until halfway through the 160-lap race when the car seemed to come around and soothe the nerves of a frustrated driver. He had moved up to 31st and, after being two laps down to the leader, he had regained a lap to the field and now sat just a single lap removed from rejoining the lead lap cars. The sun would come out later, causing the car to experience a tight condition that would plague the team for much of the afternoon. While the 400-mile race started out as a challenge for the Germain Racing organization, Mears and his crew would persevere and salvage a 33rd place finish, which continues their run of races completed. The GEICO team has now taken the checkered flag at all 20 races in the 2014 season, an accomplishment in and of itself.

 

"We got behind early in the weekend when we had the issue with the ride height sensor, but recovered enough to qualify better than we practiced," Mears said. "It was frustrating today because somehow the splitter was too high when we started the race which made the No. 13 GEICO Chevy hard to handle. I lost a lot of positions, but fortunately the guys kept working hard and we were able to make up some ground later in the race. We're ready to put this one behind us and get to Pocono."

 

Mears and the GEICO team will visit Pocono for the second time this season when they arrive in Long Pond, PA, next week.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Pocono Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, August 1st, at 11:00 AM (EDT). Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT) and will air live on Fox Sports 1.

 

The GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 3rd, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, 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

 

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 Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Mobile: +1.317.903.0043

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

Jul 14
2014

Loudon July Post-race Recap

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CHALLENGES FACED, LESSONS LEARNED FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM AT LOUDON 

Loudon, NH (July 13, 2014) - Just a week removed from a memorable visit to Daytona that saw Casey Mears and the GEICO team depart the rain-soaked event with a top-5 finish, the team arrived in New Hampshire for the Camping World RV Sales 301. The weekend in Loudon, NH, would betray that of Daytona and leave Mears and Germain Racing ready for the upcoming off-week.

 

Beginning with the moment they unloaded the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS off of the hauler, the Germain Racing team found themselves challenged through three practices and a qualifying session. After dealing with a clutch issue and flat tire in the opening practice on Friday - which saw them end up 38th in practice - they ended the qualifying session in the 31st position, leaving Mears with a cumbersome workload on Sunday.

 

When the green flag turned the field loose for 318.46-miles of racing, Mears rolled off the grid 31st. He quickly picked up two positions and moved his GEICO Chevy into the 29th position on the opening lap. By lap 21, he was in the 19th position and ultimately ran as high as 17th before an issue with the car manifested itself later in the race.

 

On lap 108, Mears indicated that he might have a problem with the car, at which point crew chief Bootie Barker put the GEICO crew at the ready. While he continued to pedal along, Mears would be subsequently proven right when the caution flag was displayed for debris on lap 112. It was discove  red that the camber shim fell out of the right-front upper control arm. The issue would cause him to remain on pit road as the race returned to green on lap 119. Once he rejoined the field, Mears was 11 laps down to the leader, in the 40th position.

 

While the extended visit to pit road left the team out of contention, the Germain Racing engineering staff used the balance of the afternoon to gather data for their return visit to the 1-mile oval in September. Of note, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet began turning lap times comparable to cars in the top-20 as the race wore on. On lap 211, Mears reported that the car was better than it had been all day. When the checkered flag closed out 301-miles of racing, Mears and the GEICO team were credited with a 38th place finish.

 

"Really, the weekend as a whole was a challenge for us and it just seems like we struggled to get the GEICO Chevy right," Mears said. "I felt like we were getting better and then we had the control arm issue and that alleviated any hope of a strong finish. I'm really proud of the crew because they worked extremely hard this weekend and we never quit and even at the end of the race, we were much faster and showed a lot of progress. We took some good notes and we're excited to get back here in the fall."

 

Mears and the GEICO team will now enjoy the final off-week of the 2014 season before returning to action in Indianapolis.           

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, July 25th, at 11:35 AM (EDT). Qualifying will follow on Saturday, July 26th, at 2:10 PM (EDT).

 

The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, July 27th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT). The IMS Radio Network 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 -


Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

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

Jul 07
2014

Daytona Top-5 After Wild July 4th Weekend

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TOP-5 FINISH FOR MEARS AND THE GECKO AT DAYTONA 


Daytona Beach, FL (July 6, 2014) - A top-10 finish at February's Daytona 500 had Casey Mears and his GEICO team looking forward to revisiting the famed superspeedway for the Coke Zero 400. While three-wide racing is the usual suspect for frustration at Daytona, weather would wreak havoc and cause the cancelation of the final practice session, along with the second round of qualifying. Later, it would cause the postponement of Saturday night's race. Mears and company would overcome all obstacles and ultimately score a top-5 finish when the race concluded on Sunday.

 

When Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS took to the track for practice on Thursday, they sped quickly around the high-banked facility, landing 11th on the speed charts when the session closed. The Germain Racing team entered qualifying excited at the prospect of winning the Pole. Unfortunately, Mother Nature planned otherwise and after Mears had advanced safely to the second round of qualifying, rain blanketed the speedway, leaving the second round canceled and relegating him to 22nd on the starting grid.

 

Rain once again involved itself on Saturday night and after torrential downpours left race officials hopeless, the Coke Zero 400 was postponed until Sunday morning at 11 AM (ET).

 

Mears was ready to go racing and when the green flag finally got the race underway on Sunday, he looked like a caged animal that had been let loose. He quickly moved the No. 13 GEICO Chevy to the front of the field, but when crew chief Bootie Barker indicated rain on the frontstretch on lap five, he cautiously backed out of the draft and moved to the rear in order to avoid any potential calamity. The red flag would be displayed due to rain, sending drivers back to their designated pit stalls.

 

When the race went back to green at 12:06 PM (ET) on lap 12, Mears restarted from the 35th position. He stayed safely at the rear until lap 50, when he quickly jumped the GEICO Chevy to 12th. He continued charging through the field at an alarming pace, moving into the top-5 on lap 64. On lap 84, Barker ordered Mears to pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop. The GEICO crew promptly provided him with four fresh Goodyear tires and a full tank of Sunoco fuel before returning him to the racing surface. While Mears surrendered his position at the front to pit under green, it served as little affect, as he returned to the top-5 in a stunning four laps. The No. 13 GEICO Chevy was seen on the track's SprintVision television screens passing cars at-will, which led to television and radio announcers alike taking note of Mears' speed.

 

Mears experienced some nervous moments on lap 98 when cars began crashing just behind him in his rearview mirror. The incident involved 26 cars, including Kyle Busch who ended up on his roof. The event's second red flag was displayed immediately, as mangled racecars covered the racetrack. Mears restarted sixth when the race went back to green and immediately moved into the fourth position. The GEICO machine would remain in the top-5 until the rain set in again on lap 108, causing the race's third and final red flag. With just 52 laps left in the advertised distance, NASCAR called the race and Mears was credited with a fourth place finish, earning the team's first top-5 of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. More importantly, this marks the third restrictor-plate race of the year that the GEICO team has completed without incident, something of which very few teams can lay claim. After a 10th place result at the Daytona 500, 14th at Talladega and now a fourth at the Coke Zero 400, Mears and Germain Racing have an average finish of ninth this season at restrictor-plate tracks, which places them among the top teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing.

 

"It was a great day for Germain Racing, our No. 13 GEICO Chevy was really strong. We definitely had a shot at this thing, which leaves us frustrated that we didn't get to complete the final 52 laps, but at the same time we earned the finish and raced at the front all day, so we're happy about finishing fourth," a rain-soaked Mears said after the race. "These guys work really hard on our restrictor-plate program, giving us a chance to win every time we show up here, but today we were right there, right where we wanted to be. I'm happy for everyone on the team, the road crew and our guys back at the shop that work so hard when we're at the track." He added, "I appreciate everything our team owner Bob Germain and GEICO has done for our program, as well as KMC Wheels, Castrol, Caymus and all of our other sponsors. We've had a few strong races in a row, so we hope to continue the run we've been on when we get to Loudon next week."

 

Mears and the GEICO team will next visit Loudon, NH, before enjoying the final off-week of the season.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, July 11th, at 11:30 AM (EDT). Qualifying will follow at 4:40 PM (EDT). All activities will air live on Fox Sports 1.

 

The Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, July 13th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, 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 -


Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

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

Jun 29
2014

Top 20 at Kentucky for Mears, GEICO, KMC Wheels, Castrol Premium Lube Express

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NO SHOCKS, NO PROBLEM: MEARS COLLECTS TOP 20 FINISH AT KENTUCKY 

Sparta, KY (June 28, 2014) - As the summer picks up, so has Casey Mears and his GEICO team. Coming off of a strong run in Sonoma where Mears finished 13th and earned the Sherwin-Williams Fast Lap of the Race award, the team was aiming for success at Kentucky Speedway. Germain Racing has worked hard to improve their performance on intermediate tracks and Kentucky would aid in the cause.

 

While first practice caused concern when the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was 31st on the board, crew chief Bootie Barker and the Germain Racing crew made changes that saw Mears catapult up the speed chart to 17th in Happy Hour. He would later qualify 26th - just behind close friend Jimmie Johnson who was 25th - when he navigated the 1.5-mile oval in 29.440-seconds, at a speed of 183.424 miles per hour.

 

Rain blanketed the Sparta area on race day, but despite heavy downpours, the green flag waved at its scheduled time. When the Quaker State 400 got underway, Mears started 26th and made his way swiftly through the field, hustling the No. 13 GEICO Chevy into the top 20 by lap six. Visibly fast, Mears was strong throughout the first green flag run.

 

Later in the race, the GEICO machine became irritable and Mears soon found himself at odds with an ill-handling racecar. Frustrated, he radioed in: "It doesn't want to roll in the center, it's just tight. The front-end, where it wasn't turning, is worse. The car is worse, it won't turn at all now." He began a free-fall down the scoring tower, bottoming out in the 29th position and losing a lap to the leader. It wasn't until Mears brought his No. 13 GEICO Chevy to the attention of his pit crew during the lap 125 caution that they realized he had a slow air leak in the right rear tire. This issue caused the handling of the car to get increasingly more challenging as the run wore on, but with it diagnosed, they made necessary changes and returned Mears to the racing surface ready to do battle. He quickly began making up ground and moved into the lucky dog position, allowing him to return to the lead lap when the yellow flag waved on lap 177.

 

Mears was in the 18th position and charging hard on lap 222. With 35 laps to go, he radioed in that he felt like he had a tire going down, it felt like something was dragging. He went on to say that it felt like a shock came loose, as the car was bouncing all over the place. Mears was correct; the rear shock mount bar had broken, leaving him with no rear shocks for the final 30 laps of the race. By lap 251, Mears said the No.13 GEICO Chevy SS felt totally out of control. Barker reassured him, "You're doing a heck of a job, Casey." Spotter, Ron Lewis, excitedly cheered his driver along through the final 16 laps, keeping him abreast of any closing traffic. Despite piloting a car with no rear shocks, his speed matched that of the leaders for nearly all of the final 20 laps. Mears settled in and remained silent on the team's radio frequency focusing only on taming a car that shared a different perspective. A persistent Mears crossed the finish line in the 20th position, handing the GEICO Racing team their ninth top 20 finish of the 2014 season.

 

A post-race Tweet from crew member Bryan Kincheloe summed up Mears' skill in even finishing the race: "Shout out to @CJmearsgang (Casey Mears) for driving the wheels off it with no rear shocks. That's not easy kids."

 

"We started off really strong and the GEICO Chevy was fast from the start of the race. It was dialed in and I had a lot of speed," Mears said. "It was a little confusing when the car's handling turned so bad, but it made sense when we realized we had a right rear tire with a slow leak. The GEICO crew got the car fixed up and we went back out there and did some racing and got a good finish. The final 30 or 35 laps were tough trying to maintain control of the car with no rear shocks. I almost lost it a couple of times, but was able to keep it under control. I'm really proud of these guys. We've had a few things happen beyond our control the last couple of weeks, but we didn't quit and we've been able to finish well." He continued, "We're looking forward to getting to Daytona next week. The guys on this GEICO team work really hard on our restrictor-plate program, so I know we'll have a good car when we unload on Thursday."

 

Mears and the GEICO team will now set their sights on Daytona, where they departed the first race of the season with a top 10 finish.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Daytona International Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Thursday, July 3rd, at 4:00 PM (EDT). Qualifying is on Friday, July 4th, at 5:10 PM (EDT). All activities will air live on Fox Sports 1.

 

The Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, July 5th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 7:30 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 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 -


Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

Jun 26
2014

Castrol Premium Lube Express is Associate Sponsor at Kentucky Speedway

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Castrol Premium Lube Express Featured on GEICO Chevrolet SS at Kentucky

 

June 25, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – For this Saturday night’s 400.5-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, Germain Racing is proud to promote Castrol Premium Lube Express as an associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by Casey Mears. This is the first time the Castrol Premium Lube Express logo appears on the GEICO Chevy this season, but, the logo will be showcased again by Mears and company in the coming weeks.

 

Castrol Premium Lube Express (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 Castrol Premium Lube Express locations have the best tools and resources available. 

 

Kentucky’s weekend begins with a very busy Friday schedule – practice and final practice are Friday June 27th, 10:30 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. and qualifying comes at 5:30 p.m. – all will be aired live on FOX Sports 1. Saturday night’s race coverage begins with NASCAR RaceDay on Fox Sports 2 at 5:30 p.m. and moves over to TNT of NSCS Countdown to Green at 6:30 and race coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. from Kentucky Speedway. Radio coverage will be broadcast on PRN/Sirius XM Channel 90.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Jun 23
2014

Sonoma Race Report - 13th for GEICO Chevy SS

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MEARS' QUICK RECOVERY RESULTS IN 13TH PLACE FINISH IN SONOMA

 

Player Management International Media Release 

 

Sonoma, CA  (June 22, 2014) - Excellent weather and intense racing were the flavors of the day at Sonoma Raceway for Sunday's 110-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Driver Casey Mears, a native of Bakersfield, CA, raced in the top-10, earned the Sherwin-Williams Fast Lap of the Race award, survived calamity and managed a 13th-place finish with a wrinkled, bumped and battered No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS.

  

The weekend opened with two practice sessions on Friday. Mears and the GEICO crew worked on the car, anticipating a slightly tight condition come race day. Mears ended up 26th in first practice, but, in the afternoon heat, posted the 12th fastest time in final practice, improving 14-positions from the earlier session. Qualifying followed suit, as Mears benefitted from the changes made in practice to advance to the final round of qualifying, where he went on to secure a 12th place starting position for Sunday's race.

 

Saturday evening found Mears and his Germain Racing counterparts at the home of their associate sponsor Caymus Vineyards, where they took in the sights, sounds and tastes of wine country. Hosted by Caymus owner/winemaker Chuck Wagner, team owner Bob Germain was flanked by his racing team, along with family and friends, when they had dinner in Caymus' barrel room. Wagner also took the group on a personally guided tour of the vineyard and familiarized them with the wine making process. Wagner, along with members of the Caymus family, joined guests from GEICO and KMC Wheels to cheer on Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevy when race day arrived.

 

When the green flag got things underway on Sunday, the race set off on a blistering pace, with 31 laps of racing that saw many cars making green flag pit stops before the day's first caution flag flew at lap 32. Mears had stopped on lap 26 for four tires and fuel and the Germain Racing pit crew set the tone for the fast stops that would follow throughout the day. Mears had raced is way into the top 10, as high as seventh, and his only note to crew chief Bootie Barker was that the GEICO Chevy turned right a bit better than it turned left.

 

In the tenth position for the lap 35 restart, Mears received a shove from Clint Bowyer that forced him into fellow Chevy driver Kasey Kahne, causing significant frontend damage that left a hole on the front of the GEICO car where the Chevrolet logo would normally be located. The damage required crew chief Bootie Barker to call Mears to the pits under green flag conditions for repairs and fresh left-side tires - a move that put the team slightly off-sequence with the original three-stop plan for the day. The GEICO crew made quick work of the No. 13 Chevrolet and returned Mears to the racing surface without losing a lap to the field.

 

"How's the car after all of the body damage? Is it handling the same?" asked Barker. Mears responded that the car was handling fine, so Barker and the crew scrapped a plan to fix the hole on the front of the car and instead refocused their attention on getting Mears out of the 37th position and back into the top ten.

 

Mears continued to aggressively hustle the GEICO Chevy around the 1.99-mile road course, gaining positions in bulk until he was back in the top ten with 20-laps left in the advertised distance of the race. Even the television announcers noted several times the torrid pace with which Mears toured the scenic racecourse. He was running in the ninth position with just 13 laps to go when contact with Kurt Busch knocked out the toe on his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS, causing him to lose ground to fast-closing racecars. The issue did little to thwart his daylong effort, as Mears crossed the finish line in the 13th position and notched the team's fifth top-15 finish of the 2014 season.

 

"We had a pretty good day. The GEICO Chevy started out real strong. We got bottled up a bit on the restart following the first caution. It was an eventful day and after everything that happened, we ended up with a pretty good result," Mears said.  "With about 13 laps to go, I was passing Kurt Busch and he kind of pinched me into the tires. It knocked the toe out on the GEICO Chevy - it was a handful through the end of the race. We finished 13th, so it turned out pretty good. The GEICO pit crew had some outstanding stops today. I know we are all looking forward to Kentucky Speedway next weekend."

 

Mears and the GEICO team will now do some Saturday night racing under the lights. The next stop on the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule is in Sparta, KY.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Kentucky Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, June 27th, at 10:30 AM (EDT). Qualifying will follow at 5:40 PM (EDT). All activities will air live on Fox Sports 1.

 

The Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, June28th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, 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 -

  

Jun 17
2014

40th Vintage Caymus Cabernet Celebrated at Sonoma

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Germain Racing Proud to Celebrate 40th Cabernet Vintage with Caymus at Sonoma

 

Mooresville, NC (June 17, 2014) – Germain Racing is delighted to celebrate the 40th Vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon with Caymus Vineyards this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Caymus is in its second season as an associate sponsor on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by Californian Casey Mears. In Sunday’s race, a special 40th Cabernet logo will appear on the rear quarter panels of the race car.

“With the release of Caymus Vineyards’ 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, we are celebrating our 40th vintage of producing Cabernet. This vintage is bottled in a limited-edition package that pays homage to our family history. In the fall of 1971, such a milestone was just a dream for my parents, Charlie and Lorna Wagner. In a bold move that impresses me to this day, they sat me down and asked me to join them in creating a new winery. We would name it Caymus, after the historical Mexican ‘Rancho Caymus’ of which our land is a part. My folks were 60 and 57 and I was 19. We would construct a small winery amongst the vineyards that my family had planted – we had 55 acres of vines when we embarked on the wine business. The 2012 vintage has turned into quite a year, with the good fortune of our 40th Anniversary coinciding with a great vintage in Napa Valley,” explained Chuck Wagner, Owner/Winemaker.

Germain Racing team owner Bob Germain is thrilled to be part of such a milestone for Caymus.

“To know the Wagner family is to really appreciate the love they put into their wines. Being able to celebrate such a significant milestone for Caymus Vineyards makes this weekend’s trip to Sonoma Raceway even more exciting,” said Germain.

The Sonoma 350 is a 350K/218.9-mile,110-lap event which will be live from Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA. Sonoma race day television coverage will be carried by TNT while radio broadcasts can be heard on PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90. The track has a Twitter feed @RaceSonoma and NASCAR keeps fans in the loop @NASCAR and @NASCARStats.

The Wagners come from a long line of grape growers and winemakers with a farming legacy that can be traced back 156 years in the Napa Valley.  It's been over 40 years since Charlie and Lorna Wagner, along with son, Chuck, founded Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford, Napa Valley and today the family is proud to showcase a collection of wine brands that have a reputation for quality and consistency, sourced from the premiere wine growing regions of California. Caymus has proven they are clear leaders as it is the only winery in the world to have been awarded the title of “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator, twice for their Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon.   From their ranch property purchased in 1941, Charlie Wagner, Sr. quickly gained a reputation as a skilled grape grower and home winemaker using grapes planted behind their farmhouse and today, Chuck Wagner continues to make world-renowned Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley.  His oldest son Charlie makes Mer Soleil Chardonnay in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County and Joseph makes Belle Glos Pinot Noir sourced from three prestigious coastal appellations of California.  They also make Conundrum, which has set the benchmark for luxury California wine blends for over twenty years. Chuck’s daughter Jenny recently joined the family business as winemaker for Emmolo and has recently released her first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot from Napa Valley.  Youngest daughter, Erin is enrolled in college.

Caymus Vineyards is on the web at www.Caymus.com, @Caymuscab, visit their Facebook page or www.WagnerFamilyofWine.com.

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

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com. You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing. Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing.

 

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