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Nov 17
2015

Fall Phoenix Race Report - GEICO Military Chevy, Casey Mears

Posted by lori in ZAK Products , WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , Pints & Quarts , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Lincoln Welders , GM , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain , Barcadia , Armed Services YMCA

RAIN-SHORTENED PHOENIX LEAVES MEARS WITH 22ND PLACE FINISH
 
Avondale, AZ (November 15, 2015) - As the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season continues to wind down, Casey Mears and Germain Racing entered Phoenix looking for a solid run to hang their hat on. They had an exciting week, announcing a three-year contract extension with primary sponsor, GEICO, and their arrival at the racetrack was met with the expected buzz.
 
Skies were clear and temperatures were warm when Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS took to Phoenix International Raceway for practice and qualifying on Friday. Mears finished up a solid 24th in the weekend's opening practice session before moving into qualifying, where he would advance to the second round and score a 24th place starting position.
 
While navigating a fast one-mile racetrack in tight quarters is challenge enough, the Sprint Cup Series would first go head-to-head with Mother Nature on Sunday. While initially losing the battle again intermittent rain showers that would blanket the facility for most of the day, dry weather and the NASCAR's track dryers would ultimately prevail. Nearly seven-hours after the scheduled start time, Mears climbed into his No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy and got to work.
 
When the green flag cut the field loose for 312-laps of racing, the grandstands remained full of dedicated race fans that withstood the uncharacteristically poor Phoenix weather. Mears rolled off from the 24th position and found himself battling a loose condition on lap 13. It served as little consequence, however, as he would pedal the GEICO Military Chevy up to 12th place by lap 49.
 
Mears' evening was going well, but he would experience a minor setback on lap 192, when he made a scheduled green flag pit stop. The Germain Racing crew turned in a quick stop, but the yellow flag would wave as the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy was departing pit road, causing Mears to lose a lap. He took the wavearound, recovered the lap, and was scored in the 22nd position. Mears was seemingly unconcerned, as 120 laps remained in the race, allowing him plenty of time to reclaim lost ground. Unfortunately, the rain returned and the field found itself being ordered down pit road just 27 laps later, on lap 219, as the red flag was displayed. With rain continuing to fall on the Avondale, AZ, area, NASCAR called the race complete 93 laps shy of the scheduled distance and Mears would get the short end of the stick and be credited with a 22nd place finish.
 
"It was such a long day of sitting in the cold and rain and we're appreciative of all the fans that hung around to watch us race," Mears said. "We were proud to run the GEICO Military paint scheme again this weekend to celebrate Veterans Day and we were going to get a good finish, but the rain got the best of us, as it had most of the day. We'll take 22nd and look to finish strong at Homestead next week. We've had a really good year, so we are hoping to end the season on a solid note."
 
The season finale awaits Mears and the Germain Racing team in south Florida.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 20th, at noon (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:15 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 22nd, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 3 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com
 
- PMI -
Nov 12
2015

GEICO Inks Multiyear Extension with Germain Racing and Casey Mears

Posted by lori in ZAK Products , WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , Pints & Quarts , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Lincoln Welders , GM , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bob Germain , Barcadia , Armed Services YMCA

GEICO INKS MULTIYEAR EXTENSION WITH GERMAIN RACING AND CASEY MEARS 
 
Mooresville, NC (November 12, 2015) - Longtime partner, GEICO, announces that they have extended their relationship with Germain Racing as the primary sponsor of the No. 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry through at least the end of the 2018 season. GEICO is wrapping up their 15thseason as a team sponsor and their eighth with Germain Racing. Along with the sponsorship extension comes a new primary paint scheme, as well as new GEICO Military livery that will appear at select races during the season.  
 
Additionally, Germain Racing and driver Casey Mears have agreed to a three-year extension that will continue Mears' status as the driver of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS through the 2018 racing season.
  
Since the inception of Germain Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program in 2009, GEICO has been alongside the organization every step of the way, from a part-time program to a full-time team that now consistently performs in the top-20, while also finding itself in contention for wins at both Daytona and Talladega. The sponsorship extension further solidifies and expands an already rock-solid relationship that has seen GEICO's famous gecko adorn the hoods of Germain Racing's NASCAR Xfinity Series entry in 2008 and Camping World Truck Series entry in 2011.
 
Aside from its team support, GEICO has become synonymouswith the sport of auto racing, establishing itself as an entitlement sponsor at Talladega Superspeedway with the GEICO 500, while also blanketing many racetracks across the country with the GEICO logo, including campgrounds where fans make their home during each race weekend. Their ever-present GEICO banner can also be spotted flying overhead at nearly every NASCAR event. GEICO's support of NASCAR and its fan base is unwavering and they look forward to their continued engagement of fans in America's greatest spectator sport.
 
"NASCAR is a natural fit for us and it has provided access to a brand-loyal fan base that now has a clear line of sight into GEICO's multiple product lines and the many ways that we can service their insurance needs," said GEICO vice president of marketing, Ted Ward. "We've enjoyed our partnership with Germain Racing and Casey Mears and the character of their organization is in line with our corporate values. We are excited about the extension and look forward to building upon our successful relationship in the sport of NASCAR."
 
Germain Racing is in its 12th year of NASCAR competition and boasts two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships. The opportunity to further expand its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program with GEICO has team owner Bob Germain excited about the future.
 
"I'm thrilled to be able to extend our partnership with GEICO thru 2018. We are proud to be associated with a company that supports our sport in so many ways and we feel fortunate to be able to represent them on the track," said team owner, Bob Germain. "We're thankful for GEICO's unwavering support and this extension allows us to keep building upon the foundation we've laid and continue to add people and resources in an effort to accelerate the growth and progress of our program. It also allows us to make long-term commitments to our great partners Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing and ECR, along with our driver, Casey Mears; all of which have played an integral role in the development of our Sprint Cup Series program." 
 
Mears, a race winner in his 13th year in the Sprint Cup Series, was equally enthusiastic about the news.
 
"This is great news for our Germain Racing team because everyone has worked so hard to build this GEICO program and people in the garage are taking notice of what we're accomplishing," Mears said. "GEICO is such a great partner and they not only support our team, but the sport in general, which makes me even prouder to have the opportunity to drive the GEICO Chevy. We appreciate their belief in us and have enjoyed our relationship with everyone at the corporate office, as well as the GEICO associates that we get to interface with each week at the racetrack."
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com
 
- PMI -

Nov 09
2015

Mears Drives GEICO Military Chevrolet SS at Texas in November

Posted by lori in ZAK Products , WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , Pints & Quarts , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Lincoln Welders , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain , Barcadia , Armed Services YMCA

MEARS AND GEICO MILITARY TEAM ESCAPE TEXAS WITH 26TH PLACE FINISH
 
Fort Worth, TX (November 8, 2015) - Germain Racing and Casey Mears anxiously entered the Lone Star State looking to continue their significant improvement on intermediate racetracks. 2015 has seen the team make considerable progress at these facilities and Mears' effort in Friday's practice and qualifying sessions would serve as indication that they remain on the right path.
 
GEICO took this weekend to honor our nation's service members with their special GEICO Military paint scheme that featured camouflage accents on the No. 13 entry. The GEICO Military livery will also be featured at Phoenix International Raceway in celebration of Veteran's Day.
 
Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS were a deceiving 25th in the weekend's opening practice. If not for a series of bumps that wreaked havoc on his lap, the Bakersfield, CA, native would have been eyeing the top-15. Qualifying provided affirmation that Mears and Germain Racing were on-track with their set-up when he paced the 1.5-mile oval in a prompt 27.718-seconds at a speed of 194.819-miles per hour, landing the GEICO Military Chevy 17th on Sunday's starting grid. His result was a three-position improvement over his starting spot in April, where he rolled off of pit road from the 20th position.
 
Unfortunately, a wet racetrack would cause the cancellation of Saturday's practice sessions, leaving Mears and company without valuable practice time as race day approached.
 
Armed with associate sponsors Pints & Quarts and Barcadia on-board the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy, Mears started Sunday's race from the 17th position. When the green flag turned the field loose for 334-laps of racing, Mears experienced an early handling issue. The event's first caution flag of the day waved on lap 10, allowing the Germain Racing team to bring the GEICO Military Chevy to pit road and make adjustments. Before the race returned to green, crew chief Bootie Barker would order Mears to return to pit road so the crew could inspect the splitter, as well as check the tires, as the No. 13 Chevy drove through debris on the track. All was clear and Mears returned to the race in the 41st position after making two stops under yellow. While the loss of track position was a setback, the multiple stops would ensure that the GEICO Military machine was clear of any potential splitter or tire issues.

When the green flag restarted the race on lap 17, Mears began recovering lost real estate and was up to 28th by the time the day's third caution flag flew on lap 35, allowing the team to continue its work on the No. 13 entry. The GEICO Military crew did not disappoint and turned in an expedient 12.2-second pit stop before returning their driver to the racing surface to continue gathering positions. And, that he did, as he worked his way into the top-25, while also confirming over the team's radio frequency that the changes being made to the car were heading in the proper direction. Unfortunately, on lap 109, a loose wheel would force Mears to travel down pit road under green flag conditions, which would cost him 14 spots and leave him two laps down in the 39th position.
 
The team would work feverishly throughout the afternoon, gambling with strategy and pit stops to make up lost ground. Tires would prove challenging at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon and as the race entered the final laps, Mears would begin experiencing heavy vibrations on the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy, one of which sent him to pit road under green on lap 305 of 334. When the checkered flag ended a hard fought day for the GEICO Military team, Mears managed to hustle back to a 26th place finish, salvaging an otherwise challenging afternoon.
 
"It was a long day for our GEICO Military team, for sure," Mears said. "The guys worked hard all day and we had a couple of tough breaks that set us back, so it became challenging. We are looking forward to getting the GEICO Military Chevy to Phoenix, where we have historically performed well. Our focus is on finishing the season strong and putting up solid finishes in the final two races."
 
Germain Racing will now pack up Mears and his camouflaged No. 13 entry and head west to Phoenix, AZ, for race number 35 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 13th, at 2 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 15th, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 2:30 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com
 
- PMI -
Nov 02
2015

Martinsville - Race Recap - October 2015

Posted by lori in ZAK Products , WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , Pints & Quarts , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Lincoln Welders , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain , Barcadia

 

STRONG 17TH PLACE FINISH FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM AT MARTINSVILLE
 
RIDGEWAY, Va. (November 1, 2015) - With four races remaining on the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, every lap carries importance to secure the best possible finish in the year-end point standings, while also building momentum to carry into the offseason. Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team entered Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway with confidence of their ability at the 0.5-mile paperclip-shaped track, having notched the sixth fastest speed in final practice. After running as high as 11th-place on numerous occasions during the race on Sunday afternoon, Mears would survive the beating-and-banging short track action to cross the finish line in the 17th position.
 
Mears and the No. 13 Germain Racing crew were prepared for action on Sunday afternoon, but instead were greeted with rain showers during final morning preparations. While many wondered if the teams would even get a shot at competing due to the looming forecast, the field was able to not only start on time, but to complete every lap of the scheduled 500-mile distance.
 
Despite rolling off from the 19th position, Mears quickly moved into 12th-place before the competition caution came on lap 50. The veteran driver radioed to his team that the GEICO Chevrolet was "loose on entry and tight in the center" of the corner, a handling condition that would plague the driver as he was a victim of being shuffled to the outside lane and fell to the 22nd position. A timely caution occurred on lap 170, as Mears skillfully maneuvered around a multi-car wreck in front of the No. 13 entry and was able to visit pit road for fresh tires, fuel and adjustments.
 
The Germain Racing team's solid performance throughout the race would garner much praise from the folks on the NBC Sports telecast team. They would continue to impress as the race wore on.
 
Mears recaptured the 11th position on lap 191, before once again being shuffled on the outside to 20th-place. Over the final 50 laps, the California-native charged to the front and was scored in the 12th position with seven laps remaining. As the race returned to green for the final time with just three laps to go, Mears was forced to restart on the outside, but pedaled hard and collected a 17th place finish when the checkered flag waved under the darkening skies. Mears' strong Martinsville run accounts for the GEICO team's 15th top-20 finish of the 2015 season.
 
"Our GEICO Chevrolet was better than where we finished today," said Mears. "It's both disappointing and frustrating, but I'm proud of how far we continue to grow as a team. To consistently run inside the top-15 and contend for a spot in the top-10 is huge as a single-car program. We were shuffled in the outside lane a couple times and battled back. If it hadn't been for that last restart, I think we could have made more progress."
 
Just three races remain in the 2015 season and Germain Racing will now turn their attention to the Lone Star state.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 6th, at 12:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The Texas NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 8th, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 2:00 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com
 
- PMI -

Mar 02
2015

Great Finish at Atlanta for Mears, GEICO Chevy SS

Posted by lori in Team Chevy , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain

MEARS SITS SIXTH IN POINTS AFTER STRONG TOP 15 ATLANTA RUN 

Hampton, GA (March 1, 2015) - Just a week removed from a Daytona Speedweeks that saw Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team go eye-to-eye with NASCAR's top stars and depart with two top-six finishes, they unloaded their No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS at a racetrack that has often proven challenging for the single-car operation.


Due to the new 2015 rules package, NASCAR allowed Sprint Cup Series teams a one-day test at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Thursday. Mears made the most of his time and finished up 16th fastest before beginning the race weekend on Friday where he was 20th in practice. In qualifying, Mears and his GEICO Chevy advanced to the second round and notched a 21st place starting position in Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. The team had made marked improvement from previous visits, leaving them anxious for the arrival of race day.

 

Before doing battle on the racetrack, Mears and his counterparts would first need Mother Nature to retreat. The rain ultimately cleared and the race got underway with little delay. Mears rolled off of the starting grid from the 21st position beneath gray skies on a cold Sunday afternoon. When the green flag turned the field loose, he immediately broke into the top-20 and remained there for nearly the entire race, rarely surrendering positions over the course of the 325-lap event. Complementing Mears' on-track exploits, the Germain Racing pit crew regularly made quick work of the GEICO Chevy on pit road and helped him advance his position on a majority of the stops.

 

Aside from minor contact with the outside wall, Mears managed to keep his No. 13 GEICO Chevy clean all day, but as the laps ticked off business picked up on the racing surface. With the checkered flag growing nearer, drivers became impatient as they found themselves at odds over real estate. With just 20 to go, Greg Biffle and Joe Nemechek made contact in turn four, resulting in a crash that collected six cars, five of which were scored behind Mears in the running order, and brought out the red flag. The spinning racecar of Nemechek so narrowly missed the GEICO Chevy that Mears radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker: "I just figured he was going to hit me. I couldn't believe it when I didn't feel it."

 

When the race returned to green with just 14 laps remaining in the advertised distance, Mears restarted from the 16th position. He quickly pedaled his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS around the 1.54-mile paved oval and hustled to a 15th place finish when the race came to a close. His effort accounted for a top-15 finish that leaves him and his team owner, Bob Germain, atop the leaders in the point standings, in the sixth position. The team is off to a successful start in the 2015 season and their performance has created buzz among the media, as well as the Twitterverse.

 

"It felt really good to come here in a car that was close and that allowed us to go out and compete," Mears said. "The GEICO Chevy was solid today and it was fun to race those guys and get another good finish. The pit crew was also strong and did a nice job of getting me on and off of pit road. We've obviously improved a lot from last year and I'm happy for all of the guys because they've put a lot of work into building this program. We had a great run at Daytona, but we've always been good there. To come here and get a top-15 and leave sixth in points is exciting for everyone on this GEICO team."

 

The Germain Racing team will now pack up the GEICO Chevy and head west for a three-week stretch that will find them in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fontana.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 6th, at 3:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 7:45 PM (ET).

 

The Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 8th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:30 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

Feb 23
2015

4th Consecutive Top Ten for Mears, Germain Racing at Daytona

Posted by lori in WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Naplesusedcars.com , Lincoln Welders , GM , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain

MEARS ALL SMILES AFTER SUCCESSFUL DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS 

Daytona Beach, FL (February 22, 2015) - Casey Mears and Germain Racing are off to a blazing start in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Save for a distressing Duel 150, the GEICO team scored top finishes during Speedweeks and, more notably, managed to cruise through ten practice sessions, Daytona 500 qualifying, a short-lived Duel 150 and a 507.5-mile race without damaging a single racecar. While their fourth place finish in the Sprint Unlimited and the sixth place Daytona 500 result is impressive, most impressive is the fact that they escaped the World Center of Racing unscathed.

 

While an engine issue in Thursday's opening Duel 150 relegated Mears to a 41st starting position inSunday's Daytona 500, he and his crew remained unshaken. After all, Mears is referred to as one of the best restrictor-plate racers on the circuit and effortlessly finds his way to the front of the field when necessary. Crew chief Bootie Barker devised a strategy to assist in keeping Mears' N o. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS safe and clean, allowing him to be there at the end of the 200 laps and have a chance of winning the Great American Race.

 

When the green flag got the Daytona 500 underway on a hot Sunday afternoon, Barker advised Mears to remain at the rear of the field and protect his equipment. Restrictor-plate racetra

cks are notorious for crashes that are affectionately referred to as 'the big one' and they collect packs of racecars at a time. Barker's plan would minimize any potential risk of peril.

 

 

Aside from being the leader of the event on lap 22, Mears executed perfectly and exhibited patience through 160 laps of racing. With 200 laps in the scheduled distance, he began carefully navigating his GEICO Chevy toward the front of the field, where he ultimately chased down the leaders. He was in the 18th position by lap 161, but restarted 16th on the lap 165 restart after the GEICO crew picked up two positions on pit road during a yellow flag stop. He quickly pedaled his way into 12th by lap 166 and continued into the top-10 with just 18 laps remaining. Mears and his GEICO SS were running 10th with three laps to go when Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon got together and brought out the caution flag. Mears was sitting pretty with an impending green-white-checker finish on the horizon.

 

When the green flag waved for the final time on Sunday, the race headed into overtime and took 203 laps to settle. Mears and his GEICO machine restarted from the 9th position and were on the move quickly. With the white flag in the air, he had caught the top-five and was hurriedly closing. During the final lap, cars began crashing behind him and after the yellow and checkered flags waved simultaneously, Mears scored a sixth place finish in the season opening Daytona 500.

 

"It was a really solid day.  We've run up front at a lot of these things and today showed how strong we are on these tracks," said Mears, who finished 10th in last year's Daytona 500 and fourth in the July race.  "We are getting a little bit greedier.  We definitely want to win one of these races.  I think our standards are getting higher. We went from possibly not being in the show to finishing sixth in the biggest race of the year and that's definitely a good spread and a good way to start the season for sure. I'm proud of the guys on this GEICO team and happy to give all of the GEICO associates a good finish."

 

Mears' GEICO Chevy carried a decal during Speedweeks honoring the memory of Braeden Hollowell and Annie and Caroline Clark, three high school students that perished in a tragic car accident in west central Indiana, on January 2, 2015. The family of Hollowell was on-hand to spend time with the team during the race weekend.

 

Mears and his GEICO team will next journey just a few hours away to Hampton, GA.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, February 27th, at 1:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 5:45 PM (ET).

 

The Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 1st, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

- PMI -

Nov 17
2014

Top 20 for Mears, GEICO Chevy in Season Finale at Homestead

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TOP-20 HOMESTEAD FINISH ENDS SEASON ON STRONG NOTE FOR MEARS AND GERMAIN RACING

Player Management International Media Release

Homestead, FL (November 16, 2014) – After turning in four strong weeks of racing, Casey Mears and Germain Racing entered Homestead looking to close out the 2014 season in strong fashion.  In just their second year of full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, the GEICO team wrapped up the season with one top-5 finish, three top-10’s, nine top-15’s and 16 top-20’s.  Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 complemented their stats when Mears hustled to a 20th place finish.

Practice got off to a slow start when Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS ended up 31st on the scoring chart at the close of the first practice on Friday.  Qualifying would show incremental improvement when he navigated the 1.5-mile paved oval in 30.390-seconds at a speed of 177.690-miles per hour, landing him 29th on Sunday’s starting grid.  Crew chief Bootie Barker and the Germain Racing engineering staff remained hard at work over the course of the weekend looking for speed that would increase their chances of success on race day.

A late start time of 3 PM (ET) would present teams with the challenge of starting the race in bright sunshine and finishing in cooler temperatures under a dark sky.  Changing track conditions kept the GEICO crew on their toes as they adapted as the race progressed.  Mears and his GEICO Chevy rolled off of the starting grid from the 29th position when the green flag started the final race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  

The early part of the race saw Mears battling a loose condition that would plague him until sunset.  On lap 35, he radioed to Barker that he was “crazy loose”.  Finding himself two laps down to the field, Mears began to hustle as the clouds overtook the speedway.  On lap 85, he was in the 28th position and said, “The track is cooling off with the cloud cover, so it’s turning better.  The adjustments we made on that last stop were in the right direction.”  He was running in the 26th position when he briefly fell victim to loose handling again on lap 126: “I'm too loose. I just can't go. I'm loose in, loose off.”  The team worked on the car during each pit stop and did it in prompt fashion, as Mears would gain positions multiple times on pit road. 

The No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS returned to the lead lap on lap 223.  Barker reminded Mears that he was now on the lead lap and to “get all you can get.”  He did just that, as he hustled into the top-20 and looked solid as the race entered the final few miles.  A handful of caution flags in the closing laps kept everyone on edge, but Mears held on and crossed the finish line in the 20th position, accounting for the team’s 16th top-20 finish of the 2014 season.  Homestead concludes a five-week stretch of strong runs and, more importantly, a solid season that saw the team make improvements at tracks that previously caused them headaches.  Notably, Germain Racing is credited with just a single ‘Did Not Finish’ (DNF) in 2014, a feat accomplished by very few teams.

“The guys did a really good job this weekend and we worked hard to get the GEICO Chevy handling better and it seemed to come to us when the cloud cover set in,” Mears said.  “It’s nice to be able to wrap up the season on a strong note and get a top-20 finish at a racetrack that has been tough on us in the past.  It’s been a strong season and we’ve made a lot of progress on these intermediate tracks, which is a good sign as we get ready for the 2015 season.”  He added, “I want to thank GEICO, KMC Wheels, Castrol, Caymus and all of our partners for their support this year.  And, I can’t thank our owner Bob Germain enough for the investment he’s made in the team.  This is only our second full season of racing, so I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, so far.  Each year we get better, so we’re looking forward to getting to Daytona in February and getting the 2015 season started.”

Mears and the GEICO Racing team will get to enjoy the upcoming holiday season at home before traveling to Daytona Beach, FL, for the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 22, 2015. 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
To learn more about KMC Wheels, please visit: www.KMCwheels.com

 

Nov 10
2014

GEICO Military Chevy SS - Phoenix Race Report

Posted by lori in WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Naplesusedcars.com , Lincoln Welders , KMC Wheels , GM , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain , Armed Services YMCA

MEARS FAST ALL WEEKEND IN PHOENIX; TIRE SPOILS TOP-10 RUN 

Avondale, AZ (November 9, 2014) - Just two races remained on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule when Casey Mears and Germain Racing unloaded their No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS for practice on Friday. Veteran's Day weekend posed the perfect opportunity to run a special paint scheme honoring our nation's military. On Sunday afternoon, most of the Sprint Cup field would find themselves behind Mears on the starting grid, staring directly at the saluting Gecko that was ever-present on the rear of his Chevy.

 

Mears and company were quick off of the truck. 45-minutes into the weekend's opening practice session, the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy sat atop the leaderboard in the first position. Qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway got underway late Friday afternoon and featured two rounds: one 30-minutes long and the other 10-minutes in duration, and allowed just 12 cars to advance to the final round. Mears and his GEICO Military Chevy out-hustled the bulk of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field and moved onto the final round of qualifying. His effort landed him 12th on Sunday's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 starting grid.

 

Perfect weather welcomed fans and teams alike to the racetrack on Sunday. Mears rolled off of the starting grid from the 12th position and when the green flag flew, he immediately made progress. He moved into the 10th position by lap four and ran solidly in the top-10 until the caution flag came out on lap 30. Crew chief Bootie Barker ordered Mears down pit road for right-side tires and fuel. While some cars only took fuel, Mears surrendered just two positions when he returned to the racing surface. He restarted 12th and momentarily dropped to 13th before passing his good friend Jimmie Johnson to recapture the 12th position.

 

Heartache soon set in, however, when on lap 80 the right rear tire of Mears' GEICO Military Chevy gave way and sent him into the wall, causing damage to the right front headlight area and right rear quarter panel of the racecar. He was also left with just half of his front splitter. Mears visited pit road three times under caution for repairs and returned to the race just two laps down thanks to the speedy work of the GEICO pit crew. Unfortunately, the damage was significant enough that he would not be able to recover as the race wore on.

 

Adding insult to injury, on lap 212 the No. 26 car of Cole Whitt made heavy contact with the rear of Mears' No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy after failing to slow down as cars were crashing in front of them. He would be forced to bring his Chevy to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew for additional repairs. Over the course of the final 100 laps, Barker would make calls and take gambles in order to gain as much ground as possible. When the checkered flag halted 312-miles of racing, Mears was relegated to a 35th place finish.

 

"What a frustrating day for our GEICO team because we had a lot of speed and were running strong in the top-12 from the time we took the green flag until the tire blew 80-laps into the race," Mears said. "I was able to pass cars and do what I needed to do with the racecar for nearly a third of the race, which shows how strong we really are. Everyone at Germain Racing has been focused on finishing the season strong, so Phoenix was a good sign of how well we're doing. The GEICO Military Chevrolet SS was fast all weekend and we consistently posted good speed."

 

Next up for Mears and the Germain Racing team is the season finale in Homestead, FL.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 14th, at 12:30 PM (ET) and it will be televised live on FoxSports 1. Qualifying will follow at 6:15 PM (ET) and can be seen live on ESPN2.

 

The Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 16th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

Nov 03
2014

Texas 2-Step Ended with Top-20 for Mears in GEICO Chevy

Posted by lori in WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , KMC Wheels , GM , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain , Armed Services YMCA

MEARS HUSTLES TO 18TH PLACE FINISH IN THE LONE STAR STATE 

Fort Worth, TX (November 2, 2014) - As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season begins to quickly wind down, the Germain Racing team looks to close the year on a strong note. Their effort has not been without results. After a top-10 finish at the GEICO 500 at Talladega, Casey Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS had a strong run going at Martinsville before becoming collateral damage while running in the 14th position with just 64 laps to go. With two solid runs under their belt, the Lone Star State presented the opportunity for redemption, as the 1.5-mile speedway has long given the Germain organization fits. After finishing 28th in Texas in the spring, they aimed to improve the result as the Sprint Cup Series visited Texas Motor Speedway for the final time this season.

 

The weekend started off slow when Mears and his GEICO Chevy finished up first practice in the 29th position on Friday afternoon. If the afternoon was a challenge, the evening didn't provide any relief. A tough qualifying session landed Mears 38th on the starting grid, which would present a significant challenge come race day. Despite the setback, the GEICO team showed up for practice on Saturday morning and ended up 11th on the board, an indication that crew chief Bootie Barker and his engineering staff found speed in the late-night hours at the team hotel. The speed looked good on Mears and hope was abound when the team departed the track on Saturday.

 

Gray skies, wind and cool temperatures welcomed race fans to the track on Sunday. The sun ultimately manifested itself just prior to race time, but would later depart as the event wore on. Starting from the 38th position, Mears would have his hands full as he looked to work his way to the front at the high-speed facility. In the opening laps of the race, Mears began to battle handling issues. On lap 19, he had navigated up to 30th, but reported that he was "loose in and off, but losing the frontend pretty bad through the center". Mears' communication on lap 30 caused alarm when he told Barker: "The car's driving like I have a right rear tire going down." The pit crew was at the ready, but the tire would not become an issue.

 

As the race wore on, Mears found himself three laps down to the field after being caught on pit road when the caution came out on lap 41. Barker devised a strategy that would help facilitate Mears' return to the lead lap. He would order Mears to take the wavearound under two different cautions, major gambles that would pay off when the GEICO team became the beneficiary of timely yellow flags. The Germain Racing pit crew also provided welcome assistance by picking up multiple positions on pit road during the race.

 

Around the halfway point of the race, the sun slid behind the clouds, the wind picked up and the temperatures cooled. The track began to come to Mears and he was soon making big gains and charging to the front. As the end of the race approached, the GEICO Chevy was back on the lead lap and eyeing a top-20 finish. The final laps at Texas Motor Speedway seemed more akin to the Wild West than a NASCAR race. It would take two attempts at a green-white-checker finish to determine the outcome of the originally scheduled 501-mile event. When the checkered flag closed out 341-laps of racing, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevy scored an 18th place finish after collecting 20 positions from their 38th place starting spot. Mears' effort accounts for the team's 15th top-20 finish of the 2014 season.

 

"We started out a little rough, but the guys never quit and we kept making changes to the GEICO Chevy and the car really got better as the race progressed," Mears said. "Bootie made some good calls that put us in position to make up ground and the pit crew did a nice job getting me off of pit road quickly. It's good to have another strong run as we get close to the end of the year. We had a few tough weeks, but we're turning it around over the last three races and I'm happy for the guys on this GEICO team because everyone works so hard."

 

Mears and the Germain Racing team will now head west to Phoenix for the second to last race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 7th, at 1:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET).

 

The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 9th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

Oct 27
2014

Mighty Run at Martinsville by Mears and GEICO Racing Team

Posted by lori in WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Lincoln Welders , KMC Wheels , GM , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain , Armed Services YMCA

MEARS' TOP-10 RUN INTERRUPTED, ENDS UP AS COLLATERAL DAMAGE

Player Management International Media Release

 

Martinsville, VA (October 26, 2014) - Casey Mears and the GEICO team came into Martinsville riding the top-10 wave from the GEICO 500 at Talladega. Mears sat as high as first on the practice chart and qualified 20th, however a late-race incident on Sunday thwarted what would have been a top-10 run for the Germain Racing team.

 

After lining up 20th for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, the early stages of the race found Mears a bit tight in his GEICO Chevy, so the team began readying their strategy for first round pit stops. Despite a lap three caution, the first pit opportunity would not come until lap 18 and Mears came to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment, to help what he described as "super tight."

 

With opportunities to pass few and far between, Mears found himself one lap in arrears when the caution flew at lap 189. Crew chief Bootie Barker decided that rather than have Mears visit pit road, he would instead have him take the wave around, meaning the No. 13 GEICO Chevy S S would return to the lead lap.

 

Following a handful of odd occurrences, including pit road penalties and a mid-race gutsy call to not pit, Mears restarted the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 from the second position, sporting the best position of the day. The No. 13 GEICO machine was strong as the field went back to green, but eventually gave way to those with fresher Goodyear tires.

 

The call proved to be beneficial, however, as Mears held his own in the waning laps. With just over 100 laps to go, Mears' GEICO Chevy came into its own as he began to collect positions during his charge to the front. On lap 393 of 500, he restarted in the 18th position and knocked off one position at a time until being posted in 14th place at lap 400.

 

With just 64 laps to go at the paperclip-shaped .526-mile oval, Mears' day would take a devastating turn when the caution flew at lap 436...it would involve the No. 13 GEICO SS. The No. 2 car of "Chase" contender, Brad Keselowski broke an axle and came to a stop in front of Mears who had nowhere to go, causing a hard crash that knocked the wind out of the GEICO driver and left him with a battered racecar. Mears climbed from his racecar without assistance, but the damage to the GEICO Chevy was terminal and would result in Germain Racing's first DNF of the 2014 season.

 

"This is a really fun race and it's just a shame we ended up like this," said Mears upon emerging from the infield care center. "My spotter reacted as quick as it happened but as soon as he got the words out of his mouth, I was into the back of the 2 car.... he was just stopped on the track. The day was really shaping up well, so it's tough to now be sitting on the bad side of Martinsville. We put our GEICO Chevy in position to contend for a top-10 finish, but it just didn't end up that way."


With just three races remaining on the schedule, Mears and the GEICO team will now travel to the Lone Star State.

 

Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, October 31st at 1:00 PM (ET) and it will be televised on Fox Sports1. Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET) and will air live on ESPN2.

 

The Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 2nd, and will air live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

- PMI -