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Jul 30
2012

Indy Race Recap - GEICO Ford Fusion

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MEARS SURVIVES LONG DAY AT INDIANAPOLIS

 

 

Speedway, IN (July 29, 2012) – Few races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule evoke as much emotion as Indianapolis.  It is the most celebrated racetrack in the sport of auto racing and bears special meaning for the Mears family.  Rick has recorded four Indianapolis 500 wins, while Casey still owns the track record that he set when he took the pole at the 2004 Brickyard 400.  Casey’s father, Roger, also competed in the Indianapolis 500 before moving onto a legendary career in off-road racing.

 

When Mears took to the historic speedway for the series’ opening practice, he paced the facility with striking familiarity and sat ninth on the speed chart when the session concluded.  His #13 GEICO car was also the second fastest Ford.  Qualifying saw the California native travel the 2.5-mile racetrack in just 50.134 seconds, at a rate of speed of 179.519 miles per hour.  His effort was good enough for a 25th place starting position in Sunday’s race. 

 

Sunny and warm weather blanketed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took the green flag for 160 laps of racing.  Mears held the #13 GEICO Fusion strong in the top 25 before starting to fight a tight condition on the third lap of the race.  He immediately notified crew chief Bootie Barker of his situation, indicating, “The car is plowin’.  I’ve never been this tight.” 

 

The crew would have their first shot of rectifying the problem during Mears’ first scheduled green flag stop of the day on lap 26.  They refreshed the #13 GEICO Fusion with four tires, a tank of fuel and much needed adjustments.  Once back on the track, Mears turned only a single lap before again finding himself in a battle with the racecar.  “It’s way, way too tight; not even close,” Mears said over the team’s radio frequency. 

 

A much-needed yellow flag waved on lap 41, giving Mears the opportunity to bring his GEICO Fusion to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew.  He received tires, fuel and major adjustments.  Unfortunately, when the field received the ‘one to go’ signal, Mears reported a bad vibration and was forced to take a second trip to his pit stall to take on four new tires.  He ultimately restarted in the 33rd position, one lap down.  A sliver of good fortune would find Mears when the caution immediately manifested itself just two laps later, allowing him to receive the Lucky Dog award and rejoin the lead lap. 

 

On lap 62, Mears began reporting brake problems to Barker.  He managed to ride it out and even began working the #13 GEICO Fusion through the field and into the Top 10.  Sadly, Mears’ day took a final turn for the worse on lap 86 when he radioed in: “It feels like the brakes are grinding.”  Just seven laps later, his right front brake rotor gave way, cutting the right front tire and sending Mears careening into the outside wall.  He sustained significant damage and was forced to head to the garage for repairs to his GEICO Fusion.

 

Mears returned to the race on lap 114, 23 laps down to the field, in the 36th position.  When the checkered flag ended a long day for the Germain Racing team, Mears was relegated to a 34th place finish.

 

“It was a long, tough day, and we need to figure out what went wrong with the brakes,” Mears said.  “When things like this happen, it makes for a long afternoon.  The GEICO team did a great job of making repairs and getting me back out there so we could at least pick up some points.  We also managed to pick up a couple of spots, which always helps.  We started the weekend off fast in practice, so we will work hard to figure out what we did that caused us to head in the other direction.”

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

Jul 27
2012

GEICO AND GERMAIN RACING ADD FOUR RACES TO MEARS’ 2012 CALENDAR

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GEICO AND GERMAIN RACING ADD FOUR RACES TO MEARS’ 2012 CALENDAR

 

 

 

Mooresville, NC (July 27, 2012) – While the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series enjoyed its final break of the season, executives at GEICO and Germain Racing were hard at work trying to close the gap on their 2012 race schedule.  What emerged was a plan to add four races to the Gecko’s journey across America. 

 

Once a fledgling Sprint Cup Series start-up in 2009, Germain Racing is now closely eyeing NASCAR’s elite.  After being named the driver of the #13 GEICO car in August 2010, Casey Mears has taken a team that previously struggled to make races and helped grow it into an organization that now regularly finishes in the Top 20 each week.  The relationship between driver and team is familial and both go about their jobs with an inimitable spirit, which has allowed GEICO to enjoy notable success just three and half years into their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program. 

 

The back half of the 2012 season is well underway and now Mears and his GEICO team will add Watkins Glen, Bristol, Martinsville and Texas to their schedule. 

 

Mears learned of the news after returning from a jaunt to Italy during the break.  He was barely unpacked before he shared his thoughts on the team and the races added to the 2012 schedule.

 

“This is just the news I wanted to hear after a refreshing trip with my wife in Italy, and it says everything about the commitment of our sponsor GEICO and team owner Bob Germain,” Mears said.  “GEICO has been a great partner on this journey and the cool thing is that they appreciate the grind; the hard work that goes into building a Sprint Cup Series program.  Whenever we’re on the phone with them, they want to know the details of what we’re doing and it’s always encouraging to hear their interest and also see their commitment not only to our team, but also to our sport.”

 

While Mears will shy away from any comments complimenting his efforts personally, he is quick to offer credit to his teammates at Germain Racing.  And, if he senses that someone may not understand the gravity of the team’s accomplishments, he will offer a polite rebuffing. 

 

“Are we an elite team?  If you say ‘no’, I may not argue with you because this is a very tough sport and it’s hard to achieve any type of consistent success,” expressed Mears.  “But, with that said, go look at the results each week and tell me who we’re beating.  Teams out there with much more funding than us find themselves staring at our TV panel during races.  That’s what it’s about, maximizing our resources and making the most of what we have available; a moneyball approach, if you will.  Between our crew chief Bootie Barker, business manager Larry Rogers, Bob Germain and all of the guys on this team, we’re showing the heart and character of Germain Racing and our GEICO program.  We’re proud of what we have accomplished and we’re working hard to continue making progress.”

 

Mears and his GEICO team take to the track this weekend at maybe the most sacred venue of them all: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  IMS is a special place for the Mears Gang and, aside from the youngest Mears, it has also played host to his father, Roger, and his uncle, Rick.  The speedway has seen Rick Mears escape the legendary grounds with four Indianapolis 500 wins, while Casey claimed the pole there for the 2004 Brickyard 400 and still holds the track record.    

 

Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track in Indianapolis for the opening practice session on Saturday, July 28th, at 8:30 AM (EDT).  Final practice is at 10:30 AM (EDT), followed by qualifying at 2:10 PM (EDT). 

 

The Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, July 29th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 12:00 PM (EDT).  The IMS Radio Network will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

Jul 09
2012

Daytona Post-race Report - July 2012

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MEARS ESCAPES DAYTONA WITH 18TH; CLOSELY EYES TOP 25

GEICO driver records fourth consecutive Top 20 finish and sits just 15 points removed from Top 25 in point standings

 

 

 

Daytona Beach, FL (July 7, 2012) – Coming off of three consecutive Top 20 finishes, Casey Mears and the GEICO team arrived in Daytona hoping to seek redemption from a February race that sent them home brokenhearted.  Aside from marking the start of the back half of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Daytona also served as an opportunity for the Germain Racing team to help GEICO celebrate its 75th anniversary.  Mears carried a special logo commemorating the milestone on the lower rear quarter panels of his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion.  Notably, GEICO recently surpassed 11 million policyholders and honored the 11 millionth policyholder at a ceremony in Tucson, AZ. 

 

Daytona is known for its fireworks in both a literal and figurative sense, and Saturday night would not fail to provide the much anticipated on-track excitement.  Three wide pack racing and a last lap crash kept fans on their feet and left drivers with a heightened sense of awareness.

 

The Germain Racing team has experienced significant success on restrictor-plate racetracks, so no one seemed surprised when they shot straight to the top of the speed chart in the opening practice session on Thursday.  Mears sat ninth on the board when practice ended and set his sights on qualifying. 

 

When qualifying got underway at the World Center of Racing on Friday, Mears hurriedly made his away around the legendary racetrack at 191.934 miles per hour, navigating the facility in a prompt 46.891-seconds.  His effort landed him seventh on the grid and also accounted for the team’s best starting position in the three-year history of their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program. 

 

While the previous two days produced desired results for Mears and his GEICO team, Saturday night would not yield the same.  During the parade laps for the Coke Zero 400, the #13 Fusion fell victim to the same issue that plagued the team late in February’s Daytona 500.  As the field made its way around the 2.5-mile high-banked tri-oval, Mears reported a loss of fuel pressure and was forced to visit pit road so the team could replace the fuel module prior to the race going green.  Consequently, the #13 GEICO Fusion was relegated to the back of the pack when the green flag set the field underway for 160 laps of racing.

 

On the opening lap, Mears jumped eight positions to 35th, but rather than attempt a charge to the front and risk peril, he settled into the rear of the field with other drivers who opted to attempt to miss the ‘big one’.  While he aimed to play it safe, instinct dictated otherwise and Mears quickly found himself reaching the Top 20 by lap 25.  After ascending as high as 12th, he made his first visit to pit road for a scheduled green flag stop on lap 42, where he took on right-side tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment. 

 

Mears’ race went smoothly, as he dipped into the Top 10, and even led a lap, before a Sam Hornish, Jr., caution sent the #13 GEICO Fusion down pit road for service.  However, it would be the next yellow flag that would set him on the edge of his seat, as he narrowly avoided spinning racecars during a big crash on lap 124. 

 

Mears kept his GEICO car in the Top 20 for the balance of the evening and would draft to the front of the field at-will before a late race incident thwarted any hopes of visiting Victory Lane at Daytona. 

 

With just eight laps remaining in the advertised distance, the tri-oval became the busiest place at the speedway when a 14-car crash claimed Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion.  He was able to drive away from the incident and bring his damaged racecar to the attention of his fast acting GEICO pit crew.  Crew chief Bootie Barker shouted out orders and the Germain team members quickly complied as they provided Mears with repairs over two pit road visits under caution and returned the GEICO Fusion to the racetrack without losing a lap.  While Mears was running in the 20th position at the time of the crash, he would restart the race from the 19th position, a testament to the efficiency of his pit crew. 

 

Just two laps remained when the green flag turned the field loose for the final time on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.  The only person busier than Mears was his spotter Jason Jarrett, who effortlessly guided Mears and his #13 GEICO Fusion through a last lap crash that collected 15 cars and draped the frontstretch in mangled sheet metal. 

 

Although he fell victim to a faulty fuel module and late-race crash, Mears managed to salvage an 18th place finish when the caution flag ended 400-miles of racing.  He wrapped up the evening as the third fastest Ford and also extends Germain Racing’s string of Top 20 finishes to four.

 

“What can I really say?  I mean, what a night for this GEICO team,” Mears said after sliding from his damaged racecar.  “I felt bad for the guys and our team owner Bob Germain because we were fast all weekend and we’ve worked really hard to be able to qualify seventh, so that fuel module issue was frustrating, especially since it’s the exact problem we experienced here in February.”  He continued, “The late race crash was unfortunate, but the guys on our GEICO crew did a great job of making repairs and keeping me on the lead lap.  It was a tough night, but a lot of good came out of it, too.  We saw how organized we are as a team and how quickly we can overcome adversity and still make something good happen.”

 

A week ago, Mears left Kentucky Speedway 28th in the driver point standings and 30 points outside the Top 25.  Tonight, he departs Daytona one position to the good, in 27th, and with his point deficit cut in half to 15.  

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

 

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

 

Jul 02
2012

Kentucky Valvoline NextGen Ford Post-Race Report

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HEATED KENTUCKY A BREEZE FOR MEARS

Germain Racing nets third consecutive Top 20

 

 

Sparta, KY (June 30, 2012) – Casey Mears blew into Sparta, Kentucky, looking to continue the momentum gained in the previous two weeks at Michigan and Sonoma.  The #13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion was quick off of the truck and when the first practice session concluded on Friday, Mears sat 21st on the speed chart.  He quickly bettered his effort and turned heads when he jumped to sixth in Happy Hour. 

 

When Mears and his Germain Racing team took to the grid for qualifying on Friday evening, they had little idea what Mother Nature had in store.  Just moments before the #13 Valvoline NextGen car was scheduled to make its qualifying laps, the skies darkened and heavy winds engulfed the speedway sending team personnel scattering for cover.  After inflicting significant damage and also sending a NASCAR crewman to the hospital, the storm cleared and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying resumed. 

 

Mears’ qualifying effort would have matched his Happy Hour result had his racecar not bottomed out on the first lap.  The second lap was faster and the #13 Valvoline NextGen Fusion would start 21st in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. 

 

With the iconic Valvoline ‘V’ on the hood and GEICO on the lower rear quarters of his #13 Ford Fusion, Mears took the green flag on Saturday evening and set sail for 400-miles of racing.  The #13 Valvoline NextGen Fusion dropped to 25th in the opening laps, but Mears quickly recovered and began moving forward.  He reached 22nd before the first caution of the day slowed the field on lap 43.  Mears brought his #13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion down pit road for service and after quickly receiving four tires and a tank of fuel, the Germain Racing pit crew returned him to the racing surface two spots to the good, in 20th. 

 

As the race wore on, Mears ran solidly in the Top 20 and even found his way to the front of the field when he took the lead on lap 152 before being forced down pit road for fresh tires and fuel. 

 

Lap 171 heard a concerned Mears notify crew chief Bootie Barker of a vibration that seemed to be getting worse.  Any vibration seemed to serve as little distraction, as he continued to run lap times consistent with the leaders and then promptly overtook Kurt Busch for the 18th position.  When the checkered flag waved on a hot Kentucky night, Mears crossed the finished line in 18th and accounted for Germain Racing’s third consecutive Top 20 finish. 

 

“We had a good weekend and we were fast, which is good for both Valvoline NextGen and GEICO,” Mears said.  “We did a really good job as a team tonight and we kept fighting hard and we’re showing quantifiable progress.  The pit crew stepped up and got me off of pit road quickly which really helped with track position.”  He continued, “It was great to have Valvoline on-board for a couple of races and we’re glad we were able to do a good job for them.  Their support helped us close the gap a little bit and I hope they join us again sometime.”

 

The second half of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season kicks off next week when Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion travel to Daytona.  Restrictor-plate racing is a bit of a hobby for the California native, as he has led laps at both Daytona and Talladega in recent visits. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Daytona International Speedway for the opening practice session on Thursday, July 5th, at 4:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Friday afternoon at 4:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, July 7th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 6:30 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

Jun 25
2012

Valvoline NextGen Fusion - Kentucky Preview

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Germain Racing Puts Casey Mears and No. 13 Valvoline™ NextGen™

Ford Fusion Before Hometown Crowd in Kentucky

 

  • Valvoline global headquarters are a short drive away in Lexington, KY
  • Germain Racing has one win at Kentucky Speedway in the Truck Series
  • Casey Mears has two previous starts at Kentucky one in NSCS, one in NNS
  • Mears has 324 NSCS starts heading into KY with 46 top-ten finishes, 12 top-fives, one win and 3 poles
  • Bootie Barker is crew chief for the Valvoline NextGen Fusion; he’s been with Germain Racing since 2009
  • Germain Racing runs Valvoline NextGen Premium Blue in their team transporter

 

Mooresville, N.C. (June 25, 2012) - For the second time this season, Casey Mears will wheel the No. 13 Valvoline™ NextGen™ Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Germain Racing. This time, Mears will put the NextGen colors before Valvoline’s hometown crowd at Kentucky Speedway— a short drive from Valvoline’s global headquarters in Lexington, KY.

 

"Kentucky is a good racetrack and it's fun to go to a venue that the Cup Series hasn't gone to a lot,” explained driver Mears, noting the delicate balance between handling and aero one needs to succeed at the 1.5-mile oval. “(The track) has a big uphill on the front stretch and an elevation change outside of turn four. It's bumpy and a challenging track because you have to have your car handling right but also get the splitter as low as you possibly can to have some grip."

 

Considering the top-20 finish the team secured in their debut of the Valvoline NextGen paint scheme two weeks ago at Michigan, this Germain Racing group has high hopes for the No. 13 Ford Fusion in Saturday night’s 400-mile event.

 

“We certainly want another top-20 result for the Valvoline NextGen Ford. Kentucky Speedway is the home track for the folks at Ashland, Inc. and we’d love to give them another strong finish like we had for them at Michigan,” said crew chief Bootie Barker. “Our team is very different heading into this race than where we were a year ago. Our equipment is improved, our team is more organized and focused and we are able to utilize our relationship with Ford and Roush to continue to grow the vision that Bob Germain had for Germain Racing for this season. We are really looking forward to putting our Valvoline NextGen Fusion on track before the Kentucky fans.”

 

To date Casey Mears has collected ten top-25 finishes in sixteen races in 2012. The effort has locked the No. 13 team solidly into the top-35 in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owners Points which means the team can focus on race trim during the practice sessions rather than working solely on qualifying trim as in years past.

 

After 16 events, Mears ranks 28th in Sprint Cup Series points, a position he has held since the seventh race of the season.

 

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, MaxLife™ products created for higher-mileage engines and NextGen™ motor oil, created with 50 percent recycled oil. With approximately 870 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil Change™ is a leader in serving the quick lube market. Follow Valvoline on Twitter @Valvoline.

 

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at GermainRacing.com. Driver Casey Mears is also on Twitter @CJMearsGang.

 

GEICO Racing is on Twitter: @GeicoRacing.

 

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Jun 25
2012

Sonoma Race Recap - GEICO Fusion

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MEARS CONCLUDES RACY SONOMA WEEKEND WITH TOP 15 FINISH

 

 

 

Sonoma, CA (June 24, 2012) – Experiencing a contrast in landscape, Casey Mears and the GEICO team left the Irish Hills of Michigan with a Top 20 finish and then headed to the beautiful vineyards of the Sonoma Valley.  Awaiting them was the first road course race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. 

 

Mears took to the scenic Sonoma road course on Friday for practice.  After being 26th in the opening session, the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion jumped to 21st in the second practice and turned in the third best ‘ten consecutive lap average’.  Mears’ qualifying effort also showed promise, as the California native wheeled around the 1.99-mile circuit in 76.220 seconds, which was good enough for a Top 20 starting spot. 

 

The green flag waved on Sunday afternoon amid cool temperatures, bright sunshine and a packed house.  Starting 20th, Mears initially gave up positions and fell as low as 24th before charging back to the front of the field.  He had worked the #13 GEICO Fusion into the Top 15 by lap 30 and then into the Top 10 on lap 33 before traveling down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop.  The Germain Racing pit crew quickly outfitted their driver with four fresh Goodyear racing tires and a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel before returning him to the racing surface poised to do battle.

 

With the exception of a brief moment late in the race, Mears would not depart the Top 20 for the remainder of the afternoon.

 

The event’s first yellow flag of the day would not manifest itself until lap 82, and crew chief Bootie Barker would order Mears to stay out on the racetrack rather than bring the GEICO machine down pit road for service.  Barker radioed to Mears, “Stay out.  We’re good on fuel.”  The strategy placed Mears seventh on the board when the race went back to green with just 24 laps to go.  Unfortunately, he fell victim to cars with fresher tires and would quickly find himself freefalling through the field, bottoming out in 22nd place.  It didn’t take him long to rebound, as he promptly returned to the Top 20. 

 

It was high drama in Wine Country when Kyle Busch and Paul Menard engaged in a bit of synchronized spinning, bringing out the second caution of the day with just four laps left in the advertised distance.  A green-white-checkered finish would ultimately settle an afternoon of hard racing. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Fusion restarted 19th when the green flag turned the field loose for the final laps of the day.  As the race came to a close, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. got into the rear of the GEICO machine, causing Mears to make a masterful save as he flew through the dirt.  Although the contact also caused a tire rub that sent smoke from the rear of his car, Mears never lifted off of the gas and collected four positions on the final lap, recording a 15th place finish and accounting for the team’s best result of the 2012 season. 

 

“I’m proud of everyone on this GEICO team,” Mears said after climbing from his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion.  “We were fast all weekend and the pit crew did a great job today of getting me on and off of pit road quickly.  We had a couple of tough weeks there with Dover and Pocono, so I think the last two races showed our perseverance and that despite the setbacks, we can turn around and get a Top 20 at Michigan and now a Top 15 here in Sonoma.  We qualified 24th last week and 20th this week.  We’re improving and starting to show what we can do out there on the racetrack.”  He continued, “It’s great to have Valvoline NexGen back on the car next week in Kentucky and I’m looking forward to giving them an exciting weekend.  Michigan went well when they were on the car, so hopefully Kentucky will follow suit.”

 

Next week, the colors of Valvoline NexGen return to the #13 Germain Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry as the team makes their way to Sparta, Kentucky, for race number 17 of the 2012 season.

 

Mears and the #13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion will hit the track at Kentucky Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, June 29th, at 11:30 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 5:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, June 30th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 6:30 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

 

 

Jun 18
2012

Valvoline NextGen Fusion - MIS Post Race Report

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MEARS CONQUERS IRISH HILLS AND BRINGS HOME TOP 20

 

 

 

Brooklyn, MI (June 17, 2012) – Casey Mears and his Germain Racing team came storming into Michigan still glowing from a positive weekend in the Pocono Mountains that saw them make significant progress with their racecars.  This weekend also welcomed Valvoline NextGen as a primary sponsor of the #13 Germain Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry.  Valvoline(TM)
 NextGen will also adorn the car as a primary sponsor for the June 30th race at Kentucky Speedway. 

 

When Mears and his #13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion took to the track for the series’ opening practice session, they experienced frustration after landing 35th on the board.  The final practice session would revive the hopes of the team as they made necessary adjustments that sent Mears ascending the speed charts and finishing up in the 19th position, 16 spots to the good. 

 

When qualifying got underway on Saturday afternoon, Mears wheeled his #13 Valvoline NextGen Fusion around Michigan International Speedway in just 36.262 seconds, at a rate of speed of 198.555 miles per hour.  His effort placed him 24th on the starting grid, just ahead of Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch.

 

When Mears and his Germain Racing team arrived at the track on Sunday morning, their battle with the 2-mile repaved tri-oval would be delayed, as rain settled over the Brooklyn, Michigan, area.  It wouldn’t take long for the weather to clear and for the cars and drivers to take to the starting grid before an enthusiastic crowd of 82,000 fans. 

 

Once the green flag set the field loose amid clearing skies, Mears made quick progress and jumped three positions to 21st before the event’s first caution flag of the day waved on lap two for a Kurt Busch spin.  Once the race went back to green, Mears and the #13 Valvoline NextGen Fusion dropped a few spots before setting sail for the front of the field.  As the race passed the halfway point, he would even dip into the Top 10 before Lap 126 saw him craftily dodging the crashing cars of Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne. 

 

The balance of Mears’ afternoon was spent in the Top 25 before a late-race surge saw him hustle the #13 Valvoline NextGen Fusion to a 20th place finish.  The result accounts for the team’s second Top 20 of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. 

 

“It was great to get out of there with a Top 20 finish and give both Valvoline NextGen and GEICO a good day at the track,” Mears said.  “We enjoyed having Valvoline NextGen on the car and their sponsorship shows that we’re making progress and companies are taking notice of our improvement.  We appreciate Valvoline’s support and look forward to having them back on the car in Kentucky in a couple of weeks.”  Mears continued, “I’m proud of all of our guys.  Our team fights hard and when we’re struggling, we don’t quit; Bootie (Barker, crew chief) and the guys keep hustling until we find what we need.”

 

The GEICO Gecko will return to the hood of the #13 Ford Fusion this week when the Germain Racing team travels to the Napa Valley for the first road course race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  Mears has two career Top 10’s at the northern California racing circuit. 

 

Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track in Sonoma, CA, for the opening practice session on Friday, June 22nd, at 3:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (EDT). 

 

The Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 24th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 2:00 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

Follow Valvoline on Twitter @Valvoline. To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.GermainRacing.com or follow on Twitter @GermainRacing

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Jun 14
2012

No. 13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion - MIS Preview

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Michigan Winner Casey Mears Racing No. 13 Valvoline™ NextGen™ Ford Fusion for Germain Racing on Sunday

 

·        - Mears won at MIS in the ARCA Racing Series in 2003, leading 55 of 100 laps

·        - Germain Racing has competed in 3 series at MIS earning a best Sprint Cup Series finish of 15th, NNS of 8th and 2nd-place in NCWTS

·        - MIS ranks 10th for Casey Mears on list of NSCS tracks by average finish

·        - Mears has 321 NSCS starts heading into MIS with 46 top-ten finishes, 12 top-fives, one win and 3 poles

·        - Bootie Barker is crew chief for the Valvoline NextGen Fusion and has been with Germain Racing since 2009

 

 

Mooresville, N.C. (June 14, 2012) - Germain Racing is proud to race a Valvoline™-sponsored entry for the first time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Previously, the team sported the Valvoline colors in NASCAR’s other two premier divisions. Sunday, veteran driver Casey Mears will wheel the No. 13 Valvoline NextGen™ Ford Fusion around the freshly repaved 2.0-mile oval.

 

“The Germain family has had a long-standing relationship with Ashland and the Valvoline products in our automobile dealerships. Valvoline has been a long-time supporter of Germain Racing,” explained team owner Bob Germain Jr. “So it's very exciting for us to run the Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion to help promote the NextGen recycled oil products to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans.”

 

In addition to Michigan, Germain Racing will carry the Valvoline NextGen paint scheme at Ashland’s hometown race track, Kentucky Speedway.

 

"I'm very glad to have Valvoline NextGen on and in our Ford Fusion this weekend. Valvoline has supported Germain Racing since 2010 but this will be the first time we have run this paint scheme in the Sprint Cup Series. It's also the first of two races for this partnership, in Michigan and Kentucky so I hope that we will be able to have a couple good runs for them,” said Mears. “The NextGen oil is 50-percent recycled so it comes from a better base stock which makes it a better oil as well as a green product to help our environment."

 

Mears is looking forward to racing at Michigan, although the California native is not sure what his past experience there will bring to the table given the track’s fresh pavement.

 

"I’ve always enjoyed racing at Michigan,” explained Mears. “I liked driving it in the past because of the way it was paved; you could run the top, middle and bottom. But I don’t know how the repave is going to change that. It has been a decent track for me though and I’ve had some really good runs there—finished 2nd two years in a row in Indy Lights and won a race in ARCA. I’m looking forward to going back.”

 

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, MaxLife™ products created for higher-mileage engines and NextGen™ motor oil, created with 50 percent recycled oil. With more than 867 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil Change™ is a leader in serving the quick lube market. Follow Valvoline on Twitter @Valvoline.

 

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at GermainRacing.com. Driver Casey Mears is also on Twitter @CJMearsGang.

 

GEICO Racing is on Twitter: @GeicoRacing.

 

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Race Details:

Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway

Tune In: Sunday, June 17, Noon ET on TNT
SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90
NASCAR HotPass on DIRECTV Channels 795 – 798 

On Twitter: @NASCAR, #NASCAR,  @MISpeedway, #QL400

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Jun 12
2012

Pocono Post-Race Recap

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POCONO FAVORS MEARS AND GEICO TEAM; VALVOLINE ON-BOARD FOR TWO RACES

 

 

 

Mooresville, NC (June 12, 2012) – Although sponsorship funding eluded the Germain Racing team for last weekend’s Pocono race, that doesn’t mean they didn’t enjoy a productive visit to the Tricky Triangle.  In fact, if you rest within earshot of GEICO driver Casey Mears and his crew, you will even hear enthusiasm flowing through their voices.

 

Aside from the normally scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, the Pocono weekend also provided the GEICO team the opportunity to test for the first time since the 2012 season got underway in February.  Pocono Raceway afforded the series a test on Wednesday and Thursday due to the repaving that took place during the off-season.  Mears experienced vast improvement throughout both days, winding up 30th in the week’s first session, before bettering his position to 16th when the final day of testing concluded. 

 

The test allowed the Germain Racing team to collect much needed information from the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion via its data acquisition system, which helps assess the car’s reaction in certain situations.  Mears’ GEICO machine was riddled with sensors that ultimately provided crew chief Bootie Barker and his engineers with data necessary to help make proper adjustments, which, in turn, would provide Mears with additional speed.  Their efforts were successful and the results became evident as the race weekend got underway.

 

While Mears ended up 21st and 15th in Friday’s respective practice sessions, the results would not be indicative of his success.  He spent the bulk of both practices in the top five and top ten, garnering significant television exposure and giving the GEICO team a much needed confidence boost after a tough week at Dover. 

 

With Pocono in their rearview mirror, the Germain Racing team now eyes an upcoming test this week at Michigan International Speedway, another facility that has experienced a repaving in the off-season.  To a single-car team on the rise, each test session serves as a valuable opportunity to gather much needed data and information that will ultimately translate into speed for Mears and his Ford Fusion.

 

Good news is abound after the Pocono test and now Mears and his Germain team welcome a new sponsor in Valvoline for this weekend’s Quicken Loans 400.  Valvoline will also fly their corporate colors on the #13 Germain Racing Sprint Cup Series entry at Kentucky Speedway on June 30th.  While Mears and his Germain team started the season with 22 races sponsored, the number has now grown to 25. 

 

“Pocono was a weekend of mixed emotions because the test and the practice sessions went really well, but we didn’t have a sponsor for the race so that cut our Sunday short,” Mears said.  “We made a lot of progress and were able to learn some things and gather much needed data.  We had a great weekend and it’s also exciting to learn that Valvoline will be on our car for Michigan and Kentucky.  We’ve made a lot of progress this year and things continue to head in the right direction.”

 

This week, Mears and the Germain Racing team will be looking to get the party started quickly when they travel to Motown for race number 15 of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. 

 

Mears and his #13 Valvoline Ford Fusion will hit the track at Michigan International Speedway for a one day test on Thursday before the opening practice session on Friday, June 15th, at 12:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday at 1:10 PM (EDT). 

 

The Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 17th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 12:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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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Jun 04
2012

Dover Race Report - June 2012

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TOUGH DOVER DAY DOES LITTLE TO DETER MEARS AND GEICO TEAM

 

Dover, DE (June 3, 2012) – Casey Mears entered Dover on a positive note after a near Top 20 finish a week ago in Charlotte, and nine Top 25’s in his first twelve starts.  With positive momentum carrying the GEICO Racing team, Dover served as further opportunity to continue a successful run. 

 

While Dover is not without its challenges, Mears’ first challenge came in the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice when he ended up 39th on the speed chart.  Seemingly undaunted, Mears took to the track for Happy Hour and landed the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion a resilient 11th on the board, improving a stunning 28 positions from the earlier session.  Hope was abound, but qualifying provided more fuel for the team’s rollercoaster ride when the GEICO Fusion bottomed out during qualifying and left Mears starting 40th on Sunday.

 

Bright sunshine and reasonable temperatures greeted Mears and his teammates when they took to the starting grid for Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks.  When the green flag turned the field loose, Mears made quick work of his competition, netting five positions before the conclusion of the opening lap.  He navigated his way up to 32nd before the Monster Mile reared its ugly head.  Just nine laps into the 400-lap event, Mears was collected in the largest crash of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  A seasoned veteran who rarely falls victim to crashes, Mears was collected along with twelve others, including Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya and Regan Smith.  For all of his efforts, he was relegated to a 41st place finish. 

 

Mears was quick to point out that although Sunday proved frustrating, it hasn’t negated the success the team has experienced in the 2012 season. 

 

“This is racing.  It’s not fun, but it’s racing and these things happen.” Mears said as he surveyed the damage to his #13 GEICO Fusion.  “It’s frustrating because I had a clear line through the crash and then I got hit from behind and ended up in the wall.”  He continued, “We keep getting better and better and just because this happened doesn’t change anything.  We’re not the only team sitting in the garage right now; a lot of guys got caught up in that mess.  We’re in good shape.  You saw the improvement from the first practice to Happy Hour and you saw how fast we were moving up in the race.  I feel really good about our effort and how we came together this weekend.”

 

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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