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Apr 08
2013

Mears is in Top 20 in Sprint Cup Series Points After Solid Weekend in Martinsville

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM ALL SMILES AFTER STRONG MARTINSVILLE RUN

Mears picks up 25 spots en route to 16th place finish and jumps four positions to 17th in points 


Martinsville, VA (April 7, 2013) – Prior to the first off-week of the 2013 season, Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team turned in three top 15 finishes in four weeks.  A well-rested GEICO team arrived at Martinsville Speedway this weekend aiming to continue their string of good runs.  While the weekend would end well, it certainly didn’t start that way and Mears and his counterparts would first be forced to overcome themselves before setting their sights on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field on Sunday.  

The opening practice session on Friday saw Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion rest 39th on the board when practice closed, only to be later betrayed by qualifying which relegated the Bakersfield, CA, native to 41st on Sunday’s starting grid.  Fortunately, Saturday afforded the Germain Racing team two practice sessions to work through the kinks and they did so quickly.  Mears’ speed picked up considerably, offering hope to the crew who worked feverishly in the garage to make changes to the GEICO Fusion. 

A full house stood watch over the beginning of Sunday’s STP Gas Booster 500 where bright skies and perfect temperatures set the scene for 500 laps of racing.  Starting 41st at a ½-mile paperclip-shaped racetrack would present Mears with a significant challenge as he worked his way through the field.  He picked up six positions on the opening lap and would ultimately crack the top 25 on lap 117, but found himself a lap down to the field on lap 156.

Undaunted, Mears turned consistent lap times and on lap 280 his patience was rewarded.  The #56 car of Martin Truex, Jr. found the wall, bringing out the caution flag and allowing Mears and his #13 GEICO Fusion to return to the lead lap after battling to secure the Lucky Dog position.  This would serve as a turning point for Mears, who began to travel almost effortlessly around the ½-mile legendary speedway, ascending to the 13th position before Ryan Newman’s flat tire brought out the caution on lap 361.  The GEICO team would experience a small setback when Mears made his visit to pit road under caution.  Mears’ tire carrier was struck by Jeff Gordon, forcing a delay in the stop and sending the #13 GEICO Fusion back out onto the racing surface in the 17th position, four spots worse than when it entered.  Mears also fell victim to two speeding penalties during the race, which twice sent him to the rear of the field, forcing him to work his way through lap traffic and risk peril during his journey back to the front.  Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion only got better as the event wore on and his lap time on the final lap of the race saw him 5th fastest of the top 15 cars.

Despite multiple challenges, Mears and his GEICO team finished a stunning 25 positions better than where they started and crossed the line 16th when the checkered flag halted 500 laps of hard racing.

“This was a great day for the GEICO team and we proved once again that we can figure this car out, work hard and get to the front regardless of the challenges facing us,” Mears said after the race.  “I’m so proud of the guys on this Germain Racing team because we had a tough first day here, but they kept digging and were able to make some changes that quickly turned this GEICO Ford Fusion around and made it fast.  This place can be tough on you, but we did a good job of fighting it and came out of here with another good finish.  I’m happy for GEICO and also our team owner Bob Germain because they’ve put so much faith in us and it’s paying off.  We’re looking forward to Texas next week.”

More exciting news was abound when the point standings were released after the race.  Mears makes a colossal jump in the Driver Point standings to the 17th position from 21st, while team owner Bob Germain makes a leap of his own and moves to 20th from the 23rd position in Owner Points.  Mears sits just 18 points behind Jeff Gordon, who occupies the 12th position.

Next week will find the Germain Racing team heading to the Lone Star State for a little ‘Saturday night under the lights’ racing.                                                     

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, April 12th, at 12:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (EDT).

The NRA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, April 13th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 7:30 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

 

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Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

Apr 03
2013

Drive Smart Virginia - Martinsville Preview

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DRIVE SMART VIRGINIA AND CASEY MEARS PROMOTING DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH

 

Mooresville, NC (April 3, 2013) – The month of April is underway and it serves as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  For the second straight year, DRIVE SMART Virginia, GEICO and Germain Racing will partner to bring attention to one of our nation’s biggest hazards, distracted driving.  Casey Mears will carry the DRIVE SMART Virginia logo on his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion for the Martinsville and Richmond NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on April 7th and April 27th.

Mears and his GEICO team will help deliver the message that ‘driving distractions can be deadly… buckle up, phone down’.

Janet Brooking, Executive Director, DRIVE SMART Virginia said, “We’re excited about the partnership with Casey Mears, GEICO and Germain Racing.  Casey understands that no matter how well you drive, distracted driving is dangerous at any speed. Any time your hands are off the wheel or your eyes are off the road, you could injure yourself or others in a crash.  We’re glad Casey shares our passion and we hope that together we can convey the importance of our message.”

More than a racecar driver, Mears is a husband and the father of a young family.  He strongly adheres to the principle of ‘buckle up, phone down’, and encourages others to do so, as well. 

“I enjoy the partnership with DRIVE SMART Virginia because it allows me to help spread their message about the dangers of distracted driving and the importance of being focused when you’re behind the wheel,” Mears said.  “A text, or checking Facebook or Twitter, is not worth losing your life over.  If you have someone with you, have them text for you; a designated texter, if you will.  What’s important is arriving safely at your destination.  If you text and drive, you not only run the risk of hurting yourself, but also others around you, just check the statistics.  I appreciate GEICO and DRIVE SMART Virginia giving me this opportunity to positively impact the lives of others.”

Some key facts surrounding distracted driving:

•   If you text and drive you are 23 times more likely to have a crash.

•   8 out of 10 crashes involve a distracted driving incident within 3 seconds of the incident.

•   Talking on a phone, even hands free, reduces the brain activity associated with driving nearly 40%.

•   In 2011, 3,331 people were killed and 387,000 injured nationally in distracted driving crashes.

•   Wear your seatbelt: it’s the best defense against a distracted driver.

DRIVE SMART Virginia’s mission is to educate drivers and raise traffic safety awareness in order to save lives and reduce injuries on the roadways of Virginia. 

As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, DRIVE SMART Virginia has planned events from Bristol to Virginia Beach and from Martinsville to Northern Virginia. Many workplace partners are planning a distracted driving day at their offices, including a letter from an executive to employees about distracted driving.  Some schools will distribute posters and brochures.

To learn more about DRIVE SMART Virginia, please visit: www.drivesmartva.org

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

 

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Mar 29
2013

Off Week No Rest for 13 GEICO Ford Fusion Team

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM QUICK OUT OF THE GATE IN 2013

Germain Racing has scored three Top 15’s in four weeks; tests Rockingham in preparation for Martinsville

 

Mooresville, NC (March 29, 2013) – Given the level of competition in NASCAR’s top two series’, it sometimes is a rarity for a driver to visit Victory Lane.  Casey Mears has done it in both series and while his career has been blanketed with success, Mears has also met with frustration when his tenure at Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing was cut short when the teams found themselves amid transition and change.

Fortunately for the Bakersfield, CA, native, he met team owner Bob Germain in 2010, a Florida auto dealer who has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championships and was the new owner of a fledgling NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team that, at the time, was struggling to even make races.  Mears was reeling from being out at a top NASCAR team, while Germain was figuring out how to build one.  It would appear as though it was a match made in heaven… and it has been.

Since Mears and Germain united, the program has experienced significant growth each year and longtime sponsor GEICO has fully bought in.  Recently, just prior to the 2013 Daytona 500, the insurance giant announced they would now be on-board full-time on the #13 Germain Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry for the next two seasons.  Seemingly experiencing a surge of energy from the welcomed news, Germain Racing and Mears have shot out of the gate in 2013 and recorded Top 15 finishes in three of the first five races, including three in the last four weeks.  Only incidental contact in Daytona where Mears’ #13 GECO Ford Fusion was hit unexpectedly on lap 33, and a heavy vibration in Las Vegas that sent him scrambling for pit road on lap 109, has hindered the team’s progress. If Mears was seeking redemption, it would appear as though he’s found it.

“I’ve been fortunate in my career to drive for some big teams and I learned a lot from those experiences and the great people I was surrounded by,” Mears said.  “The situation at Germain is different because it’s a small team and I am included in every conversation and I appreciate the opportunity to have input on a daily basis.  It’s like a family and we’ve been able to have continuity with our personnel since I’ve been here and that accounts for a lot when it comes to problem solving and becoming more competitive.  We have a great group of people and they give 100% and put it all out there.  I can’t thank GEICO, Ford and Bob Germain (team owner) enough for their belief and support of this team.  I’m very excited about our program and the obvious progress we’ve made.”

To Mears point, the Germain team opted to test this week rather than enjoy an off-week that would have otherwise offered rest and relaxation.  Mears and his GEICO team were the only NASCAR folks present when they tested ‘Little Rock’ on Wednesday in preparation for Martinsville.

While team owner Bob Germain sits comfortably with two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championships, it’s his current venture that is causing him excitement.

“We’re just a single car team that is working hard to get ahead in a series comprised of the best racecar drivers and teams in the world,” Germain said.  “I love owning a team that has people with great character, passion and commitment.  I don’t have to watch over these guys because they want to go to work, they want to be better and they fully commit to making it happen.  Casey and the guys on the team really feed off of each other and I think we’re seeing how familial this team is and how strong our relationships are.”  He continued, “We’ve enjoyed our relationship with Ford and they’ve been of great assistance in helping us get better.  Our sponsor GEICO has been a great partner and it’s been fun to grow together and elevate the program one milestone at a time.  It’s a dream come true to be competing at the Sprint Cup Series level and I’m fully committed to doing whatever it takes to continue our upward trajectory with GEICO by our side.”

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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Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

Mar 25
2013

Another Top-15 for Mears and GEICO Racing Team - Fontana

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM SCORE THIRD TOP 15 IN FOUR WEEKS

 

Fontana, CA (March 24, 2013) –Casey Mears is coming off of a productive Bristol weekend where he finished 15th after recovering from crash damage that sent his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion all the way back to the 34th position.  At a track where passing was at a premium, the Bakersfield, CA, native made it look easy.  This week, Fontana offered Mears the opportunity to come back home and continue his strong run.

Mears quickly settled back into his California roots on Friday evening during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying when he zipped around the two-mile racetrack in Fontana in just 38.886-seconds.  His fast lap put him 11th on the starting grid and accounted for Germain Racing’s best ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying effort at the SoCal racing facility.

Bright skies and perfect temperatures welcomed race fans on Sunday.  Prior to assuming his racing duties, Mears spent extensive time with four Marines from Camp Pendleton who were guests of the Armed Forces Foundation.  After taking photos with them during pre-race, he climbed aboard his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion and aimed to continue the team’s marked progress.

Rolling off of the starting grid 11th, Mears and his GEICO Fusion quickly fell victim to handling issues and suffered a loss of grip that heard him on the team radio frequency saying: “I’m way too loose; I’m sideways. I can’t do anything.”  Crew chief Bootie Barker assured Mears that the situation would be rectified.  Unfortunately, Mears began to free-fall through the field before landing all the way down in 27th. 

Lap 28 offered relief as the first caution flag of the day was displayed for a David Stremme spin, affording Mears the opportunity to visit pit road.  The Germain Racing pit crew worked efficiently and after supplying the #13 GEICO Fusion with four fresh tires and a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel, they returned Mears to the racing surface one position to the good in 26th.  The pit crew worked feverishly throughout the entire race, gaining positions on nearly every pit stop.  Mears openly complimented the crew often over the team radio and they collectively worked to put the GEICO Fusion in position to return to the front of the field.

As the race wore down, Mears made steady progress and ran solidly in the top 20.  After a Clint Bowyer spin with just 15 laps remaining in the advertised distance, Mears brought his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion to the attention of his pit crew for the final visit of the afternoon.  They quickly provided him with four tires and fuel and placed the outcome in his hands.  The GEICO driver restarted 18th with just eleven laps to go and wasted little time in cutting through the field.  When the checkered flag closed 400-miles of racing, Casey Mears and his GEICO team recorded a 15th place finish, marking their third top 15 effort in the previous four weeks.

“We have such a great group of guys and we fought hard all afternoon to get this #13 GEICO Ford Fusion where we needed it to be,” Mears said after climbing from his car.  “We just never quit and we slowly were able to get this thing headed in the right direction.  Also, the Germain pit crew did an exceptional job today and that helped a lot as we tried to gain positions.  I can’t thank GEICO, Germain Racing and Ford enough for their great support of our program.  Today was a true team effort that showed how resilient our guys are and how hard they work.”

With consistency as a virtue, Mears jumps one spot in the Driver Points to 21st and sits only three points removed from the top 20.  Team owner Bob Germain remains 23rd in the Owner Point standings, but now rests just five points behind Rick Hendrick who owns the 20th position.

Next week, the Germain Racing team will get to enjoy their first weekend off in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  After enjoying a break, they will return to action in Martinsville, VA, on April 7th.                                                    

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Martinsville Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, April 5th, at 12:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT).

The STP Gas Booster 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 7th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 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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Mar 18
2013

Top 15 Finish at Bristol for GEICO Ford

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EARLY INCIDENT NO MATCH FOR MEARS AND THE GECKO IN BRISTOL

GEICO team nets second Top 15 finish in four races

  

Bristol, TN (March 17, 2013) – After Lady Luck broke Casey Mears’ heart in Las Vegas, the GEICO driver quickly rebounded when he arrived at Bristol Motor Speedway a week later.  The Fall 2012 Bristol race saw Mears and Germain Racing capture their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pole and lead the opening 26 laps of the race.  Both parties hoped this weekend would be a continuation of their August effort.  

Mears took his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion on a quick tour of Bristol Motor Speedway before landing 17th on the speed chart during Friday’s opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session.  He later qualified 15th after flying around the World’s Fastest Half-Mile at a prompt 127.588-miles per hour.

With the color green already integrated into the standard paint scheme of the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion, Mears and his Germain Racing team were ready to do battle on St. Patrick’s Day.  When the green flag turned the field loose for 500 laps of door-to-door racing action, Mears ran solidly in 15th before a lap nine caution slowed the field.  Mears ran hard into the rear of David Gilliland’s #38 car, but was no worse for the wear.  However, the next caution would take a toll on the Germain Racing entry.  Mears was 15th when Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards and Marcos Ambrose stacked up on lap 54.  Beginning to feel more like a pinball than racecar driver, Mears now found himself on the other end of Gilliland’s #38 car when it made contact with the rear of the #13 GEICO Fusion, causing heavy damage.  After a visit to pit road for fresh tires, fuel and repairs, he was able to restart 18th due to quick work by the Germain Racing pit crew.

Just sixteen laps later, on lap 70, the event’s third caution flag of the day flew, allowing Mears the opportunity to bring his GEICO Fusion to the attention of his pit crew to continue repairs from the lap 54 incident.  After visiting pit road twice under caution, Mears would drop all the way back to 34th where he would soon find himself a lap down while trying to make his way back to the front.  While passing is hard to come by at Bristol, he quickly made his ascension through the field and by lap 226, the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion was back in the Top 20.  Lap 353 found Mears in the Lucky Dog position, hoping for a caution flag that would return him to the lead lap.  His patience would be a virtue because it would take 37 laps before the next yellow flag was displayed, but Mears held his position and was promptly returned to the lead lap on lap 390.

When the checkered flag closed 266.5-miles of racing, Casey Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion had hustled their way to a 15th place finish.  After falling victim to an early incident and being relegated to the rear of the field, he was able to pick up 19 positions at a track where passing can sometimes be a rarity.  His effort accounts for Germain Racing’s second Top 15 finish in four races.

“We definitely had to earn it today because we got caught up in that deal on lap 54 which caused a lot of rear-end damage to our GEICO Ford Fusion,” Mears said.  “The guys on the pit crew did an excellent job and they were able to make repairs quickly and we had good stops all day.  This was a true team effort and it paid off in the end.  We were very competitive all weekend and it was fun to race.  I’m glad we were able to fight back and get a good finish for GEICO, Ford and our associate sponsor Tradebank.”

Adding to the excitement, Mears jumps three spots in the driver point standings and now sits 22nd, just six points removed from the Top 20.  Team owner Bob Germain makes a three-position jump of his own and rests 23rd in owner points, a mere seven points behind the 20th position.

The GEICO team will now head back out west for the third time in four weeks when they travel to California for race number five of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.                                                  

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track in Fontana, CA, for the opening practice session on Friday, March 22nd, at 2:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 7:10 PM (EDT).

The 200-lap/400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 24th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 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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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

 

 

Mar 15
2013

Tradebank Joins Mears as Associate Sponsor in Bristol

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Tradebank Joins Mears as Associate Sponsor in Bristol

 

Mooresville, NC (March 15, 2013) – For Germain Racing, the 2013 racing season kicked off with long-time sponsor GEICO announcing they would become the full-time primary sponsor on the No. 13 Ford Fusion through 2014. This was a welcome increase from GEICO’s previous commitment and Germain Racing has used this momentum to bring more sponsors into the fold. In Sunday’s race, Tradebank will be featured as an associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion at Bristol Motor Speedway.

 

Tradebank is proud to be a collaborator to support and boost the marketing efforts of teams like Germain Racing. Tradebank’s barter network helps business owners use barter to maximize the return on their products and services. Since 1987, Tradebank has been the strategic business partner for companies of all sizes and in virtually all industries attract new customers and conserve cash. Tradebank has been awarded the Consumer’s Choice Award in the “Barter and Trade Exchange” category for the past 13 years.

 

Tradebank is looking forward to being an associate sponsor of the No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion and driver Casey Mears for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday April 17th.

 

Sunday’s race will be broadcast on FOX at 12:30 PM ET, with radio coverage on PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90. The Food City 500 is a 266.5 mile, 500-lap event which will be live from Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. The track has a Twitter feed @BMSUpdates and NASCAR keeps fans in the loop @NASCAR and @NASCARStats.

 

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

 

Follow Tradebank on Twitter: www.twitter.com/tradebank and on Facebook www.facebook.com/tradebankinternational.

 

About Tradebank:  Tradebank is a privately held international trade exchange founded in 1987. Tradebank provides opportunities for business owners to barter their products and services to attract incremental business and improve cash flow. Tradebank has been awarded the Consumer’s Choice Award in the “Barter and Trade Exchange” category for the past 13 years. For more information about Tradebank go to www.tradebank.com or email tgerry@tradebank.com.

 

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Mar 11
2013

Las Vegas Race Report - GEICO Ford Fusion

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MEARS AND COMPANY MAKE LEMONADE AT LAS VEGAS

 

Las Vegas, NV (March 10, 2013) – A week ago, Casey Mears started in the rear of the field after qualifying 43rd and wowed a packed house at Phoenix International Raceway when he hustled all the way to the front and finished 14th.  After practice and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying was rained out in Las Vegas on Friday, he would be afforded a similar opportunity when the field was set according to 2012 owner points.  Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion would roll off from the 30th position when Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 got underway.

 

Bright sunshine and a cloudless sky were the setting for 267 laps of racing on Sunday afternoon.  Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion rolled off of the starting grid from the 30th position and hoped to make progress at a track where passing is sometimes a rarity.  He immediately picked up positions and was eyeing the top 25 when he began reporting handling issues, finding himself with no rear or front grip.

 

By the time green flag pit stops began on lap 44, Mears and his #13 GEICO Fusion had settled their differences and he was solidly in the top 25.  After visiting pit road for his scheduled green flag stop, he continued his effort to penetrate the front of the field.  Mears strategy was playing out fine until lap 109 betrayed him with a heavy vibration that sent him down pit road under green to receive necessary attention.  Leaving with four fresh tires and two laps down, the balance of the day would be spent trying to recover from the unfortunate setback.  When the checkered flag was displayed, Mears was able to hustle back to a 29th place finish.

 

“This was a tough day, but the GEICO team worked hard and we were able to salvage an otherwise challenging day,” Mears said.  “We made progress all weekend and were looking forward to a great finish today, but we’ll now look to Bristol.  The guys have worked so hard and we’re elevating our program and we’re definitely knocking at the door.”

 

Despite a tough afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Mears still sits in the top 25 in driver points, just 6 points removed from the top 20.

 

Next week finds the GEICO team heading back east for a little short track racing at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Bristol Motor Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, March 15th, at 12:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT).

 

The Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 17th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 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

 

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

 

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

Mar 04
2013

Mears 14th at Phoenix - Race Report

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MEARS RUNS FROM BACK TO FRONT EN ROUTE TO 14TH IN PHOENIX

Germain Racing accounts for third best finishing Ford and now sits inside the Top 20 in points

   

Avondale, AZ (March 3, 2013) – When Casey Mears and his GEICO team arrived at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, they were looking to recover from heartbreak dealt to them in Daytona, where contact with Tony Stewart ended their day prematurely.  Rather than dwell on the past, Mears and his GEICO team chose to view Phoenix as the start of their 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and move forward. 

 Unfortunately, the opening practice on Friday did little in the way of soothing the soul when Mears and his GEICO Fusion sat 40th of 43 cars on the speed chart.  The subsequent qualifying session would then prove challenging when the #13 Germain Racing entry ended up qualifying 43rd, last on the starting grid.  After a night huddled up in a hotel lobby, crew chief Bootie Barker and his engineering staff found some speed and Saturday’s practice session saw Mears jump to 26th on the charts.

 Overcast skies and reasonable temperatures welcomed NASCAR fans to the racetrack on Sunday for the Subway Fresh Fit 500.  Having qualified last, Mears and his #13 GEICO Fusion had their work cutout for them when the green flag set the field underway for 312-laps of racing.  Seemingly oblivious to his situation, the Bakersfield, CA, native jumped all the way up to the 29th position by lap three.  A caution flag on lap 21 allowed Mears the opportunity to bring his GEICO Fusion to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew, who promptly returned him the racing surface four spots better (27th) than when he entered pit road.  He would continue to maintain his position and sit solidly in the top 25 for most of the afternoon.

 With 70 laps to go, things got faster in the world of Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion would go on a tear that saw him strategically maneuver his way to the front of the field.  It all started on the lap 242 restart when the #13 GEICO machine took off from the 26th position.  He re-entered the top 25 on lap 246 and just seven laps later he was holding court in 22nd place.  While the majority of drivers turned their best laps early in the event, Mears was getting quicker as the race wore on, recording his fastest lap of the day on lap 255.  He chased down Jamie McMurray to take over 21st with 36 laps to go and then set his sights on Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.  It would take Mears just ten laps to track down the Roush Fenway driver and capture 20th after a two lap door-to-door battle.

 The final caution would be displayed with just three laps left in the advertised distance of the race, resulting in a green-white-checker finish.  Mears would not need to pit under caution, as Barker had topped off fuel during his previous visit to pit road under yellow on lap 236.  While the bulk of the field sat in their cars concerned about fuel levels, Mears and his GEICO Fusion sat waiting to attack on the final two laps.

 Mears restarted from the 19th position when the green flag turned the field loose for the final time on Sunday afternoon.  The #13 GEICO Ford Fusion made its way speedily through the field on the intense closing laps and when the checkered flag began to wave, Mears recorded a 14th place finish in race number two of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  After qualifying 43rd, Mears and his GEICO team picked up 29 positions en route to their Top 15 finish.

 “It was a fun day because the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion was fast and it felt great being able to go chase people down and pass them,” a smiling Mears said after climbing from his GEICO Fusion.  “We made changes to the car and they started to work and you could gradually see our progress over the course of the race.  I’m so proud of the guys on this GEICO team because everyone could’ve hung their heads and mentally checked out after Friday, but they didn’t; they kept working hard and today we showed our character as a team.”  He joked, “I like to pass cars and I got to do a lot of that today!”

 Aside from recording the team’s first Top 15 finish of the young season, Mears was the third best finishing Ford, behind only race winner Carl Edwards, and Brad Keselowski, who finished 4th.  Mears’ 14th place Phoenix effort bumps Germain Racing to 20th in the Owner Point standings and moves him to 19th in Driver Points.

 The GEICO Racing team will next travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, where they will try their luck in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

 Before getting the race weekend underway, Germain Racing will take part in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test on Thursday, March 7th, at the 1.5-mile paved oval.

 Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, March 8th, at 3:00 PM (EST).  Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (EST).

 The Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 10th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 PM (EST).  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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

 

Feb 24
2013

Daytona 500 2013 - Race Recap

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PERSEVERANCE PAYS DIVIDENDS FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM


Daytona Beach, FL (February 24, 2013) – After a successful week of practice and qualifying, Casey Mears and his GEICO team were anxious to get underway at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday afternoon.  While gray skies hovered and rain threatened the area, clear weather prevailed, allowing a full 500 miles of racing at the World Center of Racing.

The previous weekend saw Mears sit 17th in both practice sessions before qualifying 15th.  Mears’ #13 GEICO Ford Fusion was strong, as evidenced by his effort during Thursday’s Budweiser Duel number one, where he ran in second place for the bulk of the race before finishing eighth.

The Germain Racing team looked to pick up where they left off when the green flag set the 55th Daytona 500 underway on Sunday afternoon.  Starting 17th, Mears vacillated back and forth in the draft before the event’s first caution flag was displayed on lap 27 for debris on the backstretch.  Sitting in the 22nd position, he brought his GEICO Fusion to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew.  They quickly refreshed him with tires and fuel before returning him to the racing surface two positions to the good, in 20th place.

Unfortunately, lap 33 of 200 changed the trajectory of Mears’ day when Kasey Kahne abruptly got sideways in front of the field.  While Mears did a masterful job of avoiding the incident, Tony Stewart would later make an unexpected turn into the #13 car, causing heavy damage to the front of Mears’ GEICO Fusion.  Juan Pablo Montoya, Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray were also collected in the crash.  While NASCAR’s elite headed for their garage stalls, the crew of Germain Racing went to work on Mears’ car on pit road.  Armed with a sawsall and bear bond, the GEICO pit crew quickly made extensive repairs to the front end of his Ford Fusion.  They ultimately returned Mears to the race just ten laps down, while others involved in the crash would take much longer to reappear.

Although Mears sat in the 37th position for much of the race, the Germain crew worked efficiently on pit road each time the GEICO Fusion made a visit, keeping him in optimum position to make up ground.  While Mears may have otherwise seemed doomed as he pedaled around the 2.5-mile superspeedway in a damaged racecar, he was instead turning fast, consistent laps that were competitive with the leaders.

When the checkered flag brought the 500-mile event to a close, Mears and his GEICO team managed to overcome a major setback early to pick up eight positions and salvage a 29th place finish.

“We had a good, consistent week leading up to the 500, so it’s hard to be too upset because these things happen at Daytona and Talladega,” Mears said after the race.  “What we focus on is how we respond to the situation and in this case we kept digging and working hard, and because of our effort, we were able to pick up eight spots, which is huge at the beginning of the season.  I’m really proud of the guys and their perseverance today.”  He added, “It was a great week and I’m appreciative of GEICO and Bob Germain’s commitment to the team in making sure we run the full season in 2013 and 2014.  It’s all positive as we head to Phoenix next week.”

Mears and his GEICO team pack it up and head west next week where they will spend the next three of four races on the west coast; Phoenix, Las Vegas, Bristol and Fontana compose their month of March.

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the opening practice session on Friday, March 1st, at 2:00 PM (EST).  Qualifying will follow at 6:10 PM (EST).

The Subway Fresh Fit 500 is on Sunday, March 3rd, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 PM (EST).  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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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

Feb 21
2013

Duels Race Report - Consistency Key for GEICO Ford

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CONSISTENCY FAVORS MEARS AND GEICO TEAM IN DAYTONA

 

Daytona Beach, FL (February 21, 2013) – The Germain Racing team spent the off-season focused on preparing for the Daytona 500.  If there was any doubt if their time spent away from family and friends was invested wisely, the last few days should have answered that question.  The GEICO team and driver Casey Mears arrived at Daytona International Speedway poised for success, and the work committed over the winter months quickly manifested itself when practice got underway.

 

Mears was 17th on the speed charts in both sessions on Saturday, February 16th, before he picked up speed in Sunday’s time trials where he navigated the 2.5-mile superspeedway in just 46.037 seconds, at a rate of speed of 195.495 miles per hour.  His effort landed him on the outside of row four, in the eighth position, for the Budweiser Duel 150’s.  Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion would take part in Duel 1.

 

Before the Duels got underway on Thursday, the Germain Racing team would receive a bit of good news when GEICO announced they would sponsor the team for the full season in both 2013 and 2014.  Reeling from an adrenaline bump, the GEICO team hurriedly made their way to the starting grid where their driver was soon to do battle to determine if the GEICO Fusion would secure a spot in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

 

When the green flag turned the field loose for a short 60-laps of racing action, Mears quickly made his way to the front and sat in the third position by the second lap.  He moved the #13 GEICO Fusion into second on lap five and did not depart the position until 34 laps later.  Mears would require only a single fuel stop to complete the event.  After surrendering third place to visit pit road on lap 41, the Germain Racing pit crew quickly returned the GEICO Fusion to the racing surface one spot to the good, in the second position.

 

With just eight laps to go, Mears was riding in fifth when his rear view mirror filled with the image of Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards in an incident that resulted in a hard crash for the latter.  Mears and his GEICO Fusion would restart in the 7th position with just four laps remaining in the race.  When the checkered flag halted the field, Mears had hustled to an eighth place finish in his first event of the 2013 season.  When the final Daytona 500 starting grid was set after Duel 2, Mears was slated to roll off from the 17th position come Sunday afternoon. 

 

“It’s been a real consistent week for our team and we’re going to have a fast car for the Daytona 500 on Sunday,” Mears said.  “We started our day off with great news from the folks at GEICO that they’re on-board fulltime for 2013 and 2014, and there’s not much of a better way to start off a season.  I’m so appreciative of their commitment and the commitment of our team owner, Bob Germain, and it makes me proud to be associated with these guys.  I’m really happy for all of the guys on this GEICO team who have worked so hard in the off-season; it’s great to see them rewarded for their efforts.  Sunday will be fun.”

 

The Daytona 500 is on Sunday, February 24th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (EST).  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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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com