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Oct 19
2010

Michael Annett Revisits Gateway International Raceway to Promote Pilot Flying J Coffee Both On and Off the Track

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

Madison, Ill. (October 19, 2010) – Germain Racing driver Michael Annett will return to Gateway International Raceway this week after posting an 11th place finish on the 1.25 mile oval in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 held earlier in the season on July 17. Sporting a special Pilot Flying J Coffee paint scheme on his No. 15 Toyota Camry, Annett and his team will compete in Saturday’s 5-Hour Energy 250, the final non-companion race of the season for the Nationwide Series.

 

Pilot Flying J, a longtime sponsor of Annett in the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and currently in the Nationwide Series, maintains one of their over 550 locations just across the street from Gateway International Raceway. Convenient to race fans and travelers alike, the Pilot Travel Center location on State Route 203 at exit 4 off of Interstates 55 and 70, will host Annett on race day from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. for an autograph session. In conjunction with Saturday’s race, samples of Pilot Flying J’s “Best Coffee on the Interstate” will be provided free to race fans and store customers.

 

Saturday’s 5-Hour Energy 250 will be Annett’s third time featuring the special Pilot Flying J Coffee paint scheme. The second year Nationwide Series driver piloted the car at Kansas Speedway and Auto Club Speedway earlier this month. In addition to his time on the track, Annett will also sign autographs at Gateway International Raceway on Friday from 6:15-7:15 p.m. on pit road.

 

Eager to return to Gateway, Annett will look to benefit from his previous track experience. In addition to his 11th place effort there earlier this year, Annett boasts a seventh place Rookie of the Race finish on the 1.25 mile oval in the 2009 Nationwide Series event at Gateway. The 24-year-old driver also has experience there in the Camping World Truck Series where he had a ninth place qualifying effort in 2008 and in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards where he started third and finished sixth in 2007.

 

The 32nd of 35 races in the 2010 Nationwide Series season kicks off with practice on Friday from 2:30-4 p.m. followed by final practice from 4:30-6 p.m. Qualifying begins at 10:35 a.m. on Saturday and drivers start their engines for the 200 lap 5-Hour Energy 250 at 3:30 p.m. Final practice, qualifying and the race will air live on ESPN 2. Race coverage begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday. All times are ET.

 

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

 

Oct 13
2010

Getting Some “Lemon-Aid” for that Sour Drive on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com!

Posted by lori in Germain.com

     Ever forced to deal with a lemon that didn’t seem to cooperate and a car dealer with a sour disposition to match?  Michael Sacks lives to help you out of those situations!  The Director of Communications and Client Services for Kimmel and Silverman is ready for your horror stories, a couple of weeks before Halloween.   The host of the 1-800-Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute has plenty to share.   Michael joins Dan “Boots” Longenette, Steve Germain, Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com, Sunday from 2-4pm on 610 WTVN.    From model quirks to extensive recalls, Michael has the information you need and shares it with callers at 821-WTVN or toll free at 800-610-WTVN.   You can also email the crew at www.autosmartsradio.com and join us via Facebook or Twitter! 

 

     Mark Bloom wants to make sure the drivers of tomorrow are not adequate.  He wants them to excel behind the wheel.  He joins the gang to talk about a headline-making arrangement his Bloom School of Driving Dynamix has with law enforcement to make sure today’s teens are the safest drivers ever.

 

     Every week it seems there’s another legal issue or challenge when it comes to dealing with impaired driving.  Attorney Jack Moser keeps track of those issues.  Even if you don’t partake in any kind of spirit, he can tell you how legal interpretations can effect the sober in his weekly busted for drunk driving.com feature.  

 

     Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com has now gone into syndication.  If you can’t wait for Sunday, a one-hour version of the show can be heard Saturday mornings at 11 on NewsRadio 630 WLAP in Lexington, Kentucky.  Hit the net at www.wlap.com for an extra dose of the region’s premiere auto show!         

    

 

 

 

    

    

 

    

Oct 13
2010

Michael Annett Teams with Valvoline at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Fourth Nationwide Series New Car Race of 2010

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

Concord, N.C. (October 12, 2010) – As the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit competes at Charlotte Motor Speedway this week, Michael Annett and his Germain Racing teammates will race just miles from their Mooresville, N.C. headquarters. Competing in his No. 15 Toyota Camry wrapped with Valvoline’s classic red, white and blue paint scheme, Annett and his team are again excited to partner with Valvoline and represent their brand for Friday’s Nationwide Series Dollar General 300.

 

After partnering with the Germain Racing organization earlier in the season, Valvoline will make its second appearance on the No. 15 Toyota Camry after the car carried the familiar Valvoline colors in the Labor Day weekend event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 

The Friday night Dollar General 300 will be the fourth and final race in the Nationwide Series new car before its full integration into the series in 2011. Adapting well to the changes that the new car brings, Annett finished 12th in his new Toyota Camry at its debut at Daytona International Speedway (July 4), 16th at Michigan International Speedway (August 14) and 20th at Richmond International Raceway (September 10). The second year Nationwide Series driver considers Charlotte Motor Speedway his favorite track and really likes the way the new car drives, so Annett looks to capitalize on these attributes with a strong run on Friday.

 

Longtime sponsor, Pilot Flying J, will continue their “Best Coffee on the Interstate” activation program this weekend at the track with sampling of their renowned coffee brand in the Charlotte Motor Speedway fan zone. Annett introduced Pilot Flying J’s coffee initiative to the sport at the beginning of the month by carrying a special Pilot Flying J Coffee paint scheme on his No. 15 Toyota Camry at Nationwide Series races at Kansas Speedway (October 2) and Auto Club Speedway (October 9). The No.

15 Pilot Flying J Camry will also hit the track at Gateway International Raceway (October 23), Texas Motor Speedway (November 6) and Phoenix International Raceway (November 13).

 

Crossing paths during the week leading into the May race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Annett and Fisher’s ATV World host, Brian Fisher, met up for an ATV ride at Carolina Adventure World in Winnsboro, S.C. Annett, his crew chief Ryan Fugle, and Pilot Flying J executives Scott Wombold and Brian Mosher participated in the ride and their escapade was featured on Fisher’s ATV World on the Outdoor Channel this summer. To thank Fisher for the one-of-a-kind experience, Annett and the No. 15 Germain Racing team have invited him to be an honorary pit crew member during this week’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

With the Nationwide Series in the new car for the first time at Charlotte Motor Speedway, drivers and teams will have an additional day of practice on Wednesday with practice sessions from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Practice will resume on Thursday from 2:15-3:20 p.m. and final practice will run from 6:15-7 p.m. Race day begins with qualifying at 3:05 p.m. and cars hit the track for the Dollar General 300 under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 8 p.m. Tune to ESPN 2 for live race coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. All times are ET.

 

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

About Valvoline: Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil. The Valvoline family of products includes Eagle One® appearance products, Car Brite® car restoration products, Zerex® antifreeze, SynPower® performance products and MaxLife® products created for higher-mileage engines. With more than 850 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil Change® is a leader in serving the quick lube market.

 

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Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

 

Oct 11
2010

Michael Annett and No. 15 Germain Racing Team Salvage 20th Place Finish Despite Late Race Incident

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

Fontana, Calif. (October 11, 2010) – With a respectable finish in sight, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett was struck with tough luck after a cut tire went down with only 25 laps remaining in Saturday’s 150 lap CampingWorld.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway.

 

Annett secured a 22nd place starting position for Saturday afternoon’s race and within 10 laps quickly advanced 10 spots to 15th. Determined to battle with the frontrunners, he continued to work his way forward, tapping into the top-10 on lap 25. Although he fought a loose handling racecar, Annett consistently contended with the top-10 cars and continued to run lap times comparable with cars competing in the top-five spots.

 

In a five lap side-by-side battle with the No. 62 and No. 98 cars, Annett’s top-10 finish in the making was slashed when he cut a right front tire. With the blown tire limiting his control of the car, Annett and the No. 62 were both forced into the wall.

 

With a caution out for the incident on lap 125, Annett brought his No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry to pit road for his crew to survey the damage. The right side of the Camry proved to need a generous amount of repair, which brought the car to pit road three times during yellow flag conditions.

 

Commending his hardworking team for getting him back on the track, Annett restarted one lap down in 28th with only 17 laps to go. Despite the heavy damage to the right side of his car, Annett was now in a race for the Lucky Dog. Earning his way back on the lead lap for the restart on lap 145, Annett pushed his way to a 20th place finish in the remaining five laps of the CampingWorld.com 300.

 

Approaching the final five races of the 2010 season, Annett will head to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the fourth and final race in the Nationwide Series new car before its full introduction into the series in 2011. The Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway commences at 8 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN 2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

 

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

 

Oct 11
2010

HOMETOWN BOY DOES GOOD: MEARS NETS SECOND CONSECUTIVE TOP 25

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker

Fontana, CA (October 10, 2010) – After the checkered flag had been displayed in Kansas last weekend, GEICO driver Casey Mears was quick to pack up his things and board a flight with his wife and daughter to California.  That’s because Mears spent his childhood in Bakersfield, just 150-miles removed from Fontana. 

 

Mears’ week proved fruitful, as he got to visit home, and also celebrated his daughter’s second birthday.  Capping off his week was the success that met him when he arrived in Fontana for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session on Friday.

 

Mears sent the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry to the top of the speed charts within five minutes of being on the racetrack.  He quickly shot up to seventh and would later end up 23rd when the only practice session prior to qualifying ended.  The #13 GEICO Camry was the fastest ‘go or go home’ car, with Jason Leffler being the next closest contender in 30th.

 

When qualifying got underway, Mears went out 38th, meaning he would be the third ‘go or go home’ car to take to the racing surface for his two lap qualifying effort.  Mears would not need to wait around to learn his fate for Sunday’s race because he quickly placed the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry on Row 6 on the starting grid for the Pepsi Max 400.  Qualifying 12th, Mears handed GEICO their best ever qualifying effort since their foray into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2009.

 

Hot temperatures heated the racetrack when race day arrived and a stronger than expected wind worried crew chiefs and drivers alike.  Fortunately, it did not appear that either of these conditions would ultimately play a role in Sunday’s race. 

 

After starting 12th, Mears held strong in the Top 15 when the green flag was displayed, battling for positions and even garnering significant television time while holding off several Chase contenders. Unfortunately, however, he soon appeared to freefall through the field.  On Lap 23, Mears radioed to Crew Chief Bootie Barker, “The car is really loose.  It’s tight in the center and loose in and loose off.”  Barker assured him they would go to work on the #13 GEICO Camry when the first caution flag came out. 

 

They would not have to wait long, as Greg Biffle’s engine blew on Lap 40, bringing out the event’s first caution flag of the day, and allowing the Germain Racing team the opportunity to right the #13 GEICO Camry. Mears came down pit road and took on four fresh tires, a tank of fuel, and adjustments.  Mears entered the pits 32nd, but the Germain Racing pit crew sent him back out 30th, netting two positions during the stop.

 

After restarting 30th on Lap 46, Mears quickly jumped to 23rd by Lap 51 before the event’s second caution flag of the day was brought out by a Marcos Ambrose spin on Lap 53.  When Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry in for service, the Germain Racing pit crew outfitted his car with four tires, fuel, and a half round of wedge in the left rear.  Despite making the adjustments during the pit stop, Mears would not lose any positions on pit road and would restart 22nd when the race went back under green on Lap 58.  However, the caution flag would immediately make another appearance on behalf of Carl Edwards before one lap was completed under green.  Having picked up two spots on the single green flag lap, Mears restarted 20th on Lap 59.  Mears picked up three positions in two laps and by Lap 63 he was flirting with the Top 15, as he sat 17th. 

 

Mears continued to battle a loose condition and to add to the issue, he reported a vibration on Lap 95.  When the caution flag was displayed on lap 114, the Germain Racing pit crew serviced the #13 GEICO Camry and sent Mears back out two spots to the good, allowing him to restart 19th after coming into the pits in the 21st position. 

 

The call of the day came on Lap 155 when Mears was running 24th when the yellow flag waved.  During Mears’ trip down pit road, Barker ordered the Germain Racing pit crew to only put two tires on the #13 GEICO Camry in order to gain valuable track position.  He added that they needed to pack the fuel tank full of fuel in hopes of having enough to make it to the end.  The former worked, as Mears was able to pick up 17 positions on pit road, but the latter did not fair as well, as the #13 GEICO Camry would still be half a lap short of being able to go the distance. 

 

Restarting 7th with just 42 laps remaining, Mears ran solidly in the Top 10 before competitors with four fresh tires would begin to get the best of him.  He also continued to suffer from an incident that happened midway through the race.  A fellow competitor took a trip through the infield grass, but Mears suffered the consequences, as grass and dirt filled the grill of the #13 GEICO Camry.  The Germain Racing pit crew worked feverishly to clean out the grill, but the engine would continue to lose power nevertheless. Despite the setback, Mears still managed to run comfortably in the Top 20. 

 

As the race began to wind down, Barker began to contemplate when he would need to bring the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road to top off with fuel.  On Lap 182, the racing gods answered his prayer when the caution flag was displayed, allowing Mears the opportunity to take on the necessary Sunoco racing fuel.  He would also take on four tires and then restart the race in the 21st position on Lap 187. 

 

When you go to Hollywood, you would expect drama.  NASCAR is no different, and with just seven laps remaining in the 400-mile race, the final caution flag of the day came out, providing fans with an entertaining finish. 

 

Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road and took on just two tires before restarting the race 21st with just three laps left on the docket. Despite losing power in the engine and battling the flag-to-flag loose condition, Mears managed to hustle to his second consecutive Top 25 finish and also put smiles on the faces of his hometown crowd. 

 

“We are competitive and this GEICO team can be really good; we’re getting there,” Mears said after climbing from the GEICO Camry.  “We’ve come a long way pretty quick and we have high expectations for ourselves, so we’re going to continue working hard at the shop, as well as working on getting sponsorship for the remaining races, both this year and next.” 

 

He continued, “We have GEICO on-board for Charlotte and Talladega for the remainder of this year, so we need to find a company to partner with us for the other races and have as much fun as we’re having building this program. GEICO is a tremendous partner and their support is unwavering; I really can’t thank them enough for giving us this opportunity.”

 

Next week, Casey Mears and the GEICO team get to sleep in their own beds, as they will race under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1.5-mile quad-oval in Concord, NC, for the opening practice session at 3:30 PM (EDT) on Thursday, October 14th.  Qualifying will follow at 7:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, October 16th, and it will be televised live on ABC beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT), while the Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

Oct 06
2010

Michael Annett Heads to the Golden State Looking for “Good as Gold” Finish in Fontana

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

Fontana, Calif. (October 6, 2010) – West coast bound with 29 of 35 races under their belts, Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team will trek to the Golden State this week for Saturday’s CampingWorld.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway. With an average finish of 13.0 on Auto Club Speedway’s two mile track, driver Michael Annett is seeking another strong finish to polish off his records on the Fontana, California oval.

 

The Toyota Camry driver scored his best finish of 2009 in last year’s October event at Auto Club Speedway, collecting awards for Raybestos Rookie of the Race, Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver and Featherlite Most Improved Driver. Annett’s sixth place finish earned him one of five Raybestos Rookie awards in 2009. His two other races at Auto Club Speedway resulted in a 16th place (February 2009) and 17th place finish (February 2010).

 

For the second consecutive week, Annett’s No. 15 Toyota Camry will feature a special paint scheme highlighting sponsor Pilot Flying J’s “Best Coffee on the Interstate.” Annett will also drive the No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry at upcoming races at Gateway International Raceway (October 23), Texas Motor Speedway (November 6) and Phoenix International Raceway (November 13).

 

“We’re excited about to returning to Auto Club Speedway this week and defending our sixth place finish from last year’s October race. It’s a fun track for me. I really enjoy racing there and our team’s solid finishes at Fontana prove that we have what it takes to score another good finish,” said Annett, “The guys have worked hard preparing for this weekend, and we’re excited to get on track at Fontana.”

 

Positioned 12th in the Nationwide Series championship point standings, Annett heads into his 30th race of the 2010 season working hard to boost his points ranking. The No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry hits the track for practice on Friday from 2-2:50 p.m. and for final practice from

4:40-6 p.m. Race day begins with Nationwide Series qualifying at 11:35 a.m. Live coverage of practice, final practice and qualifying can be viewed on SPEED. Engines fire for the CampingWorld.com 300 at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can tune to ESPN 2 and MRN Radio for live race coverage beginning at 4 p.m. All times are ET.

 

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

 

 

Oct 04
2010

Back in the Heartland, Michael Annett Tallies 16th Place Finish at Kansas Speedway

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

Kansas City, Kan. (October 4, 2010) – In his 65th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start, Germain Racing driver Michael Annett powered his No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota to a 16th place finish in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300. In his second Nationwide Series start at Kansas Speedway, Annett began the 200 lap battle with all the pieces in place for a solid finish in the Sunflower State.

 

After starting 26th, the 24-year-old Midwest native drove over 65 laps under green flag conditions, gaining valuable track position before the first yellow flag was thrown. Pitting under green on lap 54 for four new Goodyear’s, fuel and air pressure adjustments, Annett made his second trip to pit road under caution on lap 68. Pushing towards the front of the pack, Annett restarted 10th on lap 71.

 

Caution number two of eight was called on lap 76 for debris, and the No.

15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry returned to pit road for a fuel top-off and chassis adjustment. The field was back under green on lap 81, and Annett remained in 10th.

 

The yellow flag was again displayed on lap 89. Annett made a pit stop for four fresh tires, fuel and another chassis adjustment to improve his tight handling race car. He restarted 18th with just over 100 laps remaining.

 

Running 13th, a fourth caution came out and Germain Racing crew chief Ryan Fugle opted for Annett to stay out on the track while the majority of the field came to pit road for four tires and fuel. Fugle’s call not only allowed Annett to lead the field to the green for the restart, but as the first place car for five laps of competition, he earned five bonus points.

 

Looking to tally a solid finish under the Pilot Flying J Coffee banner, Annett was running in fifth when a flat tire caused his car to get loose coming off of turn four, spinning and tagging the wall with the right rear corner of the car. With moderate damage to the car, Fugle directed Annett to pit road where he drove through twice for repairs. First for four tires, fuel and to assess the damage, and second for more repairs.

 

Not letting the mishap get the best of his day, Annett restarted 23rd on lap 137 and continued to rework his way forward. Running caution-free until lap 189, Annett stayed out while the leaders pitted from lap 175 to

179 under green, and his No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry was eighth at the drop of the next yellow. Making their final trip to pit road, the No. 15 pit crew refueled, changed four tires and made wedge and track bar adjustments before the restart on lap 194.

 

The caution was back out on the restart, leaving the field with a green, white, checkered flag finish to the 200 lap Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300. Annett drove through the checkers in 16th.

 

The No. 15 Germain Racing team will now head to the west coast for the Nationwide Series CampingWorld.com 300 at California Speedway. With only six races to go, tune to ESPN 2 and MRN Radio to catch the 30th Nationwide Series race of the season at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 9.

 

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

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Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

Oct 04
2010

PERSISTENT MEARS NETS TOP 25 IN KANSAS

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker

Kansas City, KS (October 3, 2010) – This weekend, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team headed to the heart of America where cooler temperatures awaited them.  They were looking to improve upon their 29th place finish in Dover last week.
 
Things got off to a quick start when Mears was the second fastest ‘go or go home’ car at the conclusion of the opening practice session on Friday.  However, qualifying dealt them a bit of a wildcard when Mears qualified the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry 37th for Sunday’s Price Chopper 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  The team felt as though they may have over adjusted the car prior to qualifying, causing them to be relegated to the 19th row on the starting grid.
 
When race day arrived, it was met with cold temperatures and bright sunshine.  As the green flag approached, the day would warm and a light breeze would overtake the speedway. Due to a transmission change in the #13 GEICO Camry, Mears would be forced to start at the rear of the field.
 
A seemingly undaunted Mears would quickly pick up positions once the race got underway, moving up to 37th by the second lap.  The GEICO Camry picked up another three spots and sat in the 34th position on Lap 6.  Mears immediately began battling a tight condition and found the car hard to handle in and out of the turns.  He radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker, “The car is really tight.” Barker assured Mears that they would make the necessary adjustments when the race went under caution.
 
Lap 41 found Juan Pablo Montoya scraping the wall in Turn 3, bringing out the event’s first caution flag of the day.  Mears traveled down pit road on Lap 43 looking for relief from the Germain Racing pit crew.  The GEICO pit crew replenished the #13 GEICO Camry with four fresh Goodyear Racing tires, a tank of Sunoco racing fuel, and also made significant adjustments to the racecar.  Upon his return to the racing surface, Mears informed Barker that he felt a vibration.  
 
After restarting 34th on Lap 47, Mears noted the front end of the GEICO Camry, indicating that he was lacking grip on the racetrack. Just a few laps later, on Lap 52, Kyle Busch assisted David Reutimann coming out of Turn 2, sending Reutimann into a spin.  Mears said to Barker, “The car won’t turn.  The front end doesn’t grip and work.”  Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for service on Lap 53, where he received four tires, fuel and more adjustments.  Mears came down pit road in the 33rd position, but restarted the race on Lap 56 in 31st due to a timely stop by the Germain Racing pit crew.  
 
Mears dropped to 33rd on Lap 58 before making a brave move on the front stretch, going three wide in order to pick up two positions and move into 31st.  
 
The GEICO team would make their first scheduled green flag pit stop of the day on Lap 96.  Mears took on four new tires and fuel and, after coming down pit road in the 30th position, he would return to the racing surface 37th.  Mears made quick work of the cars in front of him, jumping up to 33rd in just two laps.  
Mears broke into the Top 30 and sat 27th on Lap 141 before another scheduled green flag pit stop sent him down pit road for service. He would emerge 34th and would take over the 28th position on Lap 154.  Lap 154 also found Reutimann and Busch once again making contact in Turn 2, sending the field under caution.  
 
Mears narrowly avoided peril on Lap 168 when Elliott Sadler was headed down pit road, but quickly changed his mind and turned up in front of the #13 GEICO Camry.  
 
Mears cracked the Top 25 on Lap 190.  Barker told Mears: “As it gets cooler, you’re getting faster. Keep doin’ what you’re doin’.” And he did.  Mears captured the 23rd position on Lap 198 before the GEICO team made their final stop of the day under green on Lap 220. After the Germain Racing pit crew turned out another quick stop, Mears rejoined the field running in the 33rd position.  Two laps later, the #13 GEICO Camry was 30th.
 
On Lap 226, Mears let Barker know that “all of a sudden the car got really loose.”  Loose must have been good because the GEICO Camry began picking off one spot after the other, rejoining the Top 25 on Lap 239.  
 
When the checkered flag was displayed after 400 miles of racing, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry recorded a 24th place finish.  
 
“It was a challenging day today, but the guys on this GEICO team worked really hard to get the car right,” Mears said.  “I was pleased with the pit crew today and we did a good job of getting on and off of pit road.  While we would liked to have finished better, we’ll take 24th and head to Fontana looking to continue to build this GEICO Racing program.”
 
Next week, Casey Mears and the GEICO team head west to Southern California for the Pepsi Max 400.  
 
Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 2-mile D-shaped oval in Fontana for the opening practice session at 3:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, October 8th.  Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (EDT).
 
The Pepsi Max 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 10th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.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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Sep 29
2010

Michael Annett’s No. 15 Toyota Camry Sports Pilot Flying J’s “Best Coffee on the Interstate”

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

Kansas City, Kan. (September 29, 2010) – Michael Annett's Germain Racing Toyota Camry will carry a special paint scheme for a portion of the final stretch of 2010 races beginning with this weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. The No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry will promote longtime sponsor Pilot Flying J’s “Best Coffee on the Interstate” initiative. Among the tracks where Pilot Flying J Coffee branding will be featured on the Germain Racing Toyota Camry are Gateway International Raceway on October 23, Texas Motor Speedway on November 6 and Phoenix International Raceway on November 13.

 

Scott Wombold, Vice President, National Accounts and Wholesale Fuel for Pilot Flying J, noted the organization’s excitement for the race promotion, “We at Pilot Flying J are very enthusiastic about our relationship with driver Michael Annett and his No. 15 race car. We are also enthusiastic about the great coffee we offer to all the drivers we know, whether they be professional drivers who depend on us for diesel fuel and other services or the traveling public who also depend on us every day. We are proud to offer the best coffee on the interstate and Michael is helping us get the good news out with his race car.”

 

“Pilot Travel Centers has been behind me 100% throughout my racing career, so incorporating their popular coffee brand into our race program is very exciting. Not only are we both looking forward to running the Pilot Flying J Coffee paint scheme, but we’re also excited about the activation program that’s happening at the track in conjunction with these races. Race fans travel for miles to attend these events, so supporting an initiative that they can incorporate into their travels goes hand-in-hand with what a race sponsor hopes to benefit from,” said Annett, “Traveling from track to track, I spent a lot of time on the road myself each week and always make Pilot Flying J locations my number one stop for all my travel needs. You couldn’t ask for a better pit stop along to road to the next racing event.”

 

In addition to the Pilot Flying J Coffee races, sampling of Pilot Flying J’s “Best Coffee on the Interstate” will be available in the fan zones at upcoming NASCAR events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gateway International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Fans can also log on to www.pilotflyingj.com to find conveniently located Pilot Flying J stops along their route.

 

Annett’s experience on Kansas Speedway’s 1.5 mile D-shaped oval includes starting ninth in last season’s Nationwide Series race, as well as qualifying fourth, finishing fourth and leading 29 laps of the 2008 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menard’s race.

 

Still aiming to break into the top-10 Nationwide Series championship point race, Midwest native Annett will hit the Sunflower State track in his No. 15 Pilot Flying J Coffee Toyota Camry on Friday for practice from 3-4:30 p.m. and final practice from 6-7 p.m. Both practice sessions will air live on SPEED. Race day kicks off with Nationwide Series qualifying at 10:05 a.m. and the green flag waves for the start of the Kansas Lottery 300 at 3:30 p.m. Tune to ESPN 2 and MRN Radio at 3 p.m. for live coverage of Saturday’s race. All times are ET.

 

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

 

 

 

Sep 28
2010

Michael Annett Finishes 15th after Qualifying 11th at the Monster Mile

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

Dover, Del. (September 27, 2010) – Michael Annett jump started his weekend at Dover International Speedway by securing an 11th place starting position for Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Dover 200. Looking to earn another respectable finish to add to his 19th, 15th and 13th place finishes in his three previous starts at Dover International Speedway, Annett and his team began Saturday’s 200 lap race with confidence from their 11th place starting position.

 

With 70 laps of caution-free racing, Annett battled a race car that was loose in the turns and tight off before the first yellow flag came out on lap 70. To help alleviate the cars handling condition, crew chief Ryan Fugle called for four tires, fuel, track bar and air pressure adjustments on the No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry’s first visit to pit road. Annett was clocked in to start 12th, but was forced to fall back to the end of the longest line for a pit road speeding penalty which positioned him 15th for the restart.

 

The second caution was called on lap 112, and Annett reported that his Toyota Camry was still loose on entry and that the tight condition on exit had slightly improved. Coming to pit road for four sticker tires, fuel, wedge and air pressure adjustments, he restarted 14th with 83 laps to go.

 

The Dover 200 was red flagged on lap 134 for a hard crash that produced large amounts of fluid and debris on the track. Opting to improve track position, Fugle made the call for two tires and fuel with a major air pressure adjustment to improve on developing front end handling conditions. The No. 15 pit crew gained six positions on pit road, moving Annett to seventh for the restart on lap 141.

 

Annett was hoping for a long green flag run to improve on the car’s ill handling front end, when another caution came out on lap 160. At the beginning of a run, Annett reported that the car felt like it was running on ice, but those conditions improved as the run continued. Returning to pit road for one last stop, Annett returned to the field to restart 13th. With no yield to his front end issue, the second year Germain Racing driver drove through the checkered flag 15th.

 

Next week Annett will make his 65th career Nationwide Series start in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. Tune to ESPN 2 and MRN Radio at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday for live coverage of the 200 lap Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300.

 

For more information on Michael Annett, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

For information on sponsors of Germain Racing’s No. 15 Nationwide Series team, please visit www.Germain.com and www.PilotTravelCenters.com.

 

 

Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com