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Jun 18
2012

Valvoline NextGen Fusion - MIS Post Race Report

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm

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
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May 08
2012

Talladega Post Race

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

MEARS LEADS LAPS AT TALLADEGA; CUT TIRE DOESN’T DETER TOP 20 FINISH

 

 

Talladega, AL (May 6, 2012) – Talladega has a reputation for being one of the most exciting race venues on the NASCAR schedule.  After recording their best finish of the 2012 season in Richmond a week ago, Casey Mears and the GEICO team looked to provide excitement of their own when they unloaded at Talladega Superspeedway. 

 

Less than five minutes had elapsed in Friday’s opening practice session before Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion notched the top spot on the practice charts.  Mears ultimately rested in the 7th position when practice concluded.  On Saturday, he took to the high-banks of the legendary speedway for qualifying and after pacing the 2.66-mile facility in just 50.539 seconds, at a rate of speed of 189.477 miles per hour, he landed the #13 GEICO Fusion 25th on Sunday’s starting grid.

 

188 laps of racing awaited Mears and his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series counterparts on Sunday.  After the rain cleared, and the heat and humidity descended upon the Talladega area, the green flag set the field underway for an exciting afternoon of restrictor-plate action.  Mears paced himself throughout the first half of the Aaron’s 499 while organizing a strategy for the final 94 laps.  Mears’ spotter Jason Jarrett stayed busy and was too often forced to rattle off the words ‘Three-wide, you’re in the middle’; a phrase that makes any racer nervous.  As the race intensified, that phrase would sometimes be substituted with ‘Four wide’, bringing the tension to a palpable level in the pit area. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Fusion worked their way to the front of the field, landing in the eighth position by lap 122.  With 46 laps to go, Mears narrowly escaped peril when cars began crashing just above him in turn three.  Jarrett calmly guided his driver through the chaos, as they continued their march to the front.  Mears visited pit road under the caution and, after taking on four fresh tires and a tank of racing fuel, he restarted in the sixth position with 38 laps to go in the race. 

 

It wasn’t long before Mears took command of the Aaron’s 499 and became the leader with just 26 laps remaining in the advertised distance.  He led the race in solid fashion, even pulling away from the field, before surrendering to a hard charging Denny Hamlin. 

 

Mears then settled into the top ten and seemed poised to challenge for the win before a cut tire changed his fate.  As the #13 GEICO Fusion entered turn two, its left rear tire went down, and Mears found himself careening toward the outside wall with just 13 laps to go in the race.  He did a masterful job of saving his racecar from any significant damage and was able to deliver his GEICO Fusion to the attention of his pit crew.  The Germain Racing team quickly provided Mears with four fresh Goodyear racing tires and pulled out the fenders to prevent any potential tire rubs before returning him to the racing surface in the 22nd position.  More remarkable, is that the pit crew’s quick work during Mears’ visit also allowed him and his #13 GEICO Fusion to remain on the lead lap.

 

When the race came to a close with the ever famous Green-White-Checker finish, Mears managed to hold on to a damaged racecar and record an 18th place, lead lap finish.  It was the team’s best result of the young 2012 season, and marks the second consecutive week that they have posted their top effort of the year.  Mears also posted the race’s fastest lap on three different occasions.  Clearly, Mears and his GEICO team have their ship headed in the proper direction.

 

“We obviously had a great day and it was fun to get the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion up front and lead some laps,” Mears said in the garage after the race.  “Unfortunately, the tire caused us some problems, but the Germain pit crew did a great job of getting the car repaired and getting me back in the race without losing a lap.  I think you can see everything coming together week in and week out now.  We’re getting there and people are taking notice.  On the flight home, everyone was talking about how great we ran.”  He continued, “Darlington has always been one of my favorite tracks, so I’m excited about getting there next week and continuing our run.”

 

Germain Racing remains 28th in the Owner Point standings, but now sits just 28 points removed from the Top 25.  They also pad their lead over Richard Childress in 36th, where Germain now enjoys a solid 82-point cushion in the always important Top 35. 

 

Mears and his #13 GEICO team will next dance with the Lady in Black when they visit Darlington, SC, for race number 11 of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. 

 

Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Darlington Raceway for the opening practice session on Friday, May 11th, at 11:30 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 5:10 PM (EDT). 

 

The Bojangles’ Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, May 12th, and it will be televised live on FOX 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 

 

 

Apr 16
2012

Texas - Post Race Recap

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MEARS TAKES GECKO FOR FAST RIDE IN TEXAS

 

 

 

Fort Worth, TX (April 14, 2012) – A week of rest always does the body good.  This has never been more evident than it was in the Lone Star State on Thursday when Casey Mears took the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion on a tear around Texas Motor Speedway.  He ended up 13th on the speed chart at the end of the opening practice session before providing an encore performance on Friday when he was 12th in Happy Hour and later qualified 22nd.

 

When Mears took the green flag on a humid, breezy Saturday evening, he started 22nd, but quickly began navigating the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion to the front of the field.  Mears was the class of the field and routinely turned lap times faster than the leader.  His efforts landed him in the top 10 before crew chief Bootie Barker ordered the #13 GEICO Fusion down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 46.  The Germain Racing pit crew quickly outfitted Mears with four fresh tires and a full tank of fuel before returning him to the racing surface to continue his mission. 

 

As the skies darkened and the winds picked up, track conditions were drastically altered causing sudden changes in Mears’ #13 GEICO Fusion.  Aside from atmospheric conditions, a lap 66 pit stop would also put the team further behind.  Despite the challenges, Mears and the GEICO team continued on in resilient fashion, making up ground and hustling to a 25th place finish.  Mears’ effort accounts for Germain Racing’s fourth consecutive Top 25 finish of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

 

“Our first run was great, the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion was definitely one of the best cars on the racetrack,” Mears said.  “But then the track changed so much and we began battling the car.  The key is how well we did on that first run because it shows how good of a team we are and the potential of our program.  We had a few people from different teams stop by before the race and comment on our improvement.  We’re getting there.  Each race gets better.”

 

The GEICO Racing team will next visit the Heart of America when they travel to Kansas City, KS, for race number eight of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Kansas Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, April 20th, at 1:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, April 21st, at 12:10 PM (EDT).

 

The STP 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 22nd, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 12:30 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicoracing13.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 

 

 

 

 

May 09
2011

ADVERSITY NO MATCH FOR MEARS IN DARLINGTON; GIVES GEICO BUMP IN STANDINGS

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ADVERSITY NO MATCH FOR MEARS IN DARLINGTON; GIVES GEICO BUMP IN STANDINGS

 Darlington, SC (May 7, 2011) – Mother’s Day weekend is special to everyone, but for Casey Mears it means a bit more this year.  Aside from having a three year old daughter, Mears’ wife Trisha is nearly nine-months pregnant with their first son.  While Mears spent the better part of Saturday night beating and banging with his fellow competitors on the racetrack, Trisha spent her evening at the racetrack in the couples’ motorhome battling the kicks of the forthcoming Mears.

 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took to the track ‘Too Tough To Tame’ on Friday for its opening practice session.  Mears was looking sporty in his #13 GEICO Toyota Camry and rested 26th on the speed charts at its conclusion.  Unfortunately, the final practice would be rained out, forcing the GEICO team to head into qualifying with a bit of uncertainty. 

 When qualifying got underway on Friday evening, Mears calmed the nerves of his GEICO team when he calmly paced the Lady In Black in just 27.879 seconds, at a rate of speed of 176.391 miles per hour.  His effort placed him 32nd on the starting grid for Saturday night’s Showtime Southern 500.

 A packed house and clear skies saw the field get underway when the green flag was displayed on a cool Saturday evening.  Starting 32nd, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry quickly jumped to the 30th position by the close of the event’s second lap.  When the evening’s first caution flag was displayed on Lap 5, Mears radioed to crew chief, Bootie Barker: “The car is so tight.”  Along with providing Mears with four tires and fuel, the Germain Racing pit crew made the necessary adjustments to free the car up when Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road under caution.

 Mears’ visit to pit road proved fruitful and the #13 GEICO Camry began strategically navigating its way through the field.  After reaching the 9th position on Lap 38, Mears eventually found himself as the leader, putting the Gecko at the front of the field for the second time this season. 

 As the Sprint Cup Series field continued to circuit the 1.366-mile oval, Mears would once again begin to battle his racecar.  On Lap 133, Mears radioed to Barker: “It’s terrible, I can’t go.  I can’t do anything because I’m too loose.”  When the caution flag was displayed on Lap 230 for a Brian Vickers/David Ragan crash, Mears took the opportunity to bring his #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew.  After furnishing him with four fresh Goodyear tires, a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel and much needed adjustments, the GEICO crew returned Mears to the racing surface in the 28th position. 

 Mears quickly moved the #13 GEICO Camry forward and landed back in the Top 25 on Lap 247.  Mears remained in hot pursuit of the field and for a series of laps he nipped at the bumper of Juan Pablo Montoya before the Columbian driver fell victim to the Gecko and surrendered the 24th position on Lap 279. 

 As the #13 GEICO Camry continued notching positions on the racetrack, Mears’ voice grew silent on the team’s radio frequency.  Mears’s progress continued until NASCAR placed the field under caution when Mark Martin scraped the wall on Lap 280.

 Sitting inside the Top 20, Mears’ night would take a challenging turn on the Lap 285 restart.  As the field went back under green with just 82 laps to go, cars began to bunch up giving Mears no other option but to check up, consequently causing David Reutimann to make contact with the rear of Mears’ #13 GEICO Camry.  The result was significant rear end damage to Mears’ machine, forcing him down pit road under green flag conditions on Lap 287 to repair the affected sheet metal and attempt to restore the racecar’s stability.   

 With just 80 laps remaining, Mears would spend the balance of his evening fighting to keep the car under control, but turned respectable lap times nevertheless.  His efforts would be rewarded when the checkered flag was displayed, as he was able to salvage a 30th place finish despite the heavy damage to the #13 GEICO Camry.  Mears finished just ahead of Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton and Brian Vickers and was able to solidify the #13 GEICO Camry in the Owner Point standings, jumping the team to 34th.   

 “Man, we had a nice run going, so it’s a little tough to take a 30th place finish,” Mears said after the race.  “The good thing is that we were able to work hard and run up front tonight.  Crashes happen in racing, so while it’s frustrating, it doesn’t take away from how well we did.  We were right there and we were definitely going to get a good finish for GEICO and the Germain Racing team.  We’re doing all of the right things and we’re getting better each week, so I know we’ll continue moving forward and making it happen.”  He added, “It’s great to see Regan (Smith) win because he, as well as the whole Furniture Row team, are good people.  It’s also encouraging to see a single car team win a race.  Those guys were sitting where we are sitting now about six years ago, so to see them make it to Victory Lane is very encouraging.  We will be there.”

 Next week will find the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series taking aim at the Monster Mile in Dover, Delaware. 

 Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the one-mile oval of Dover International Speedway for the opening practice session at 11:00 AM (EDT) on Friday, May 13th. Qualifying will follow on Saturday, May 14th, at 12:10 PM (EDT).

 The FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 15th, 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.geicogarage.com

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

 

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

  

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

May 02
2011

RICHMOND TURNS ITS BACK ON MEARS; LOOKING FORWARD TO A DANCE WITH THE LADY IN BLACK

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

RICHMOND TURNS ITS BACK ON MEARS; LOOKING FORWARD TO A DANCE WITH THE LADY IN BLACK

Richmond, VA (April 30, 2011) – After a weekend off, an energetic Casey Mears was eager to arrive in Richmond, VA, to continue his assault on the Top 35.  First, however, he would make a pit stop at GEICO’s corporate office in Washington, DC, to visit with GEICO associates.  Aside from the normal autographs and photo opportunities, Mears took on GEICO’s best video game players in the NASCAR Wii game.  He prevailed, although it wasn’t without a challenge.

Fortunately, driving a real racecar comes easier for Mears, so he wasted little time in getting started when the team unloaded the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry on Friday at Richmond International Raceway.  While the first practice session saw Mears end up 39th on the speed chart, final practice showed vast improvement and the #13 GEICO Camry was 19th on the board when the session closed. 

When NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying got underway beneath the Richmond sunset on Friday evening, Mears was the 14th car to take to the track.  He immediately jumped to 5th after navigating the ¾-mile D-shaped oval in just 21.184 seconds, at a rate of speed of 127.455 miles per hour.  As cloud cover blanketed the raceway, times picked up and Mears would land 15th on Saturday night’s starting grid. 

Perfect weather welcomed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to the track for some Saturday night racing under the lights.  A big crowd was on-hand when the green flag turned the field loose for 400-laps of racing.

Starting 15th, Mears quickly moved the #13 GEICO Camry into the 12th position by the close of the event’s second lap.  He ran solidly in the Top 15 before Lap 14 heard him reporting to crew chief, Bootie Barker, that his GEICO Camry was “Tight in the center and loose off.”  Thus beginning an evening long battle that would slowly send Mears backwards through the field.

Mears continued to battle an ill-handling racecar until a scheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 84 allowed the #13 GEICO Camry to visit pit road.  Upon arrival in the GEICO pit stall, Mears was provided with four fresh tires, a tank of fuel and adjustments.  Although he entered pit road in the 33rd position, the Germain Racing pit crew completed their work quickly and returned Mears to the racing surface one position to the good, in 32nd.

The adjustments seemed to work and Mears’ lap times picked up until the caution flag was displayed on Lap 107 for debris on the racetrack.  Mears radioed to Barker: “I finally have some rear grip.  My entry and exit are way better.”  He would bring his #13 GEICO Camry down pit road during the caution and the Germain Racing pit crew would once again respond in a prompt manner.  After hitting pit road in the 32nd position, he exited in 30th, netting two positions during his visit.

Mears quickly moved into 29th and found himself flanked by Kurt Busch in 28th and Jimmie Johnson in 30th.  Unfortunately, he would once again find himself battling an ill-handling racecar.

While Mears was busy fighting his racecar, his evening took yet another turn when Bobby Labonte spun his tires on the Lap 265 re-start, causing the cars behind Mears to make contact with his #13 GEICO Camry.  The contact sent Mears into a spin between turns one and two, but he made an amazing save and sustained very little, if any, damage to his racecar.  The incident sent Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry back to the 36th position. 

Mears’ evening would not get any easier and after 300-miles of racing, the checkered flag waved over a very long night.  Despite the adversity presented him, Mears managed to hustle back and record a 28th place finish under the Richmond night sky. 

“We had a tough night, but rather than quit, we kept working on our #13 GEICO Camry and tried to make it better,” Mears said.  “The pit crew did a great job and helped me stay competitive.  Racing will humble you from time to time and tonight was one of those times.  We will put this race behind us quickly and get focused on Darlington.”

Next week will find the Germain Racing team traveling just a short distance to the legendary 1.366-mile oval of Darlington Raceway for the Sprint Cup Series’ 10th race of the 2011 season.

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the track ‘Too Tough To Tame’ for the opening practice session at 11:30 AM (EDT) on Friday, May 6th.  Qualifying will follow at 5:10 PM (EDT).

The Showtime Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, May 7th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

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

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

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

 

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

Apr 18
2011

MEARS MAKES BIG MOVES AT NASCAR’S BIGGEST TRACK

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MEARS MAKES BIG MOVES AT NASCAR’S BIGGEST TRACK

Talladega, AL (April 17, 2011) – A week ago, the Lone Star state saw Casey Mears record a 26th place finish and put his GEICO team back in the Top 35, ensuring he would be locked into the Talladega race.  Mears and the Germain Racing team arrived in Alabama looking to extend their run of positive happenings.

 

After sitting 24th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session, Mears experienced a setback when qualifying saw him place the #13 GEICO Camry 40th on the starting grid.  Patience is a virtue for the California native and race day would find it on full display. 

On Sunday, the green flag turned the field loose for 188 laps of racing amid bright sunshine, cool temperatures and a slight breeze.  Rolling off the starting grid from the 40th starting position, Mears wasted little time in making his presence felt.  By the close of Lap 1, he had the #13 GEICO Camry in 34th, while Lap 5 saw him in 27th, quickly approaching the Top 25. 

Pacing the high-banks of Talladega Superspeedway’s 2.66-mile tri-oval is a task better tackled by two, so Mears quickly connected with Robby Gordon.  Gordon would end up being Mears’ drafting partner for the balance of the afternoon and they would spend their day slicing through the field picking up position after position.  Things would later go awry, but for most of the race it was a mutually beneficial relationship that saw the pair reach the front of the field on multiple occasions.

On Lap 27, Brian Vickers found the wall and brought out the event’s first caution flag of the day, allowing Mears to bring his #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew.  After outfitting Mears with four fresh tires and a tank of Sunoco racing fuel, they returned Mears to the racing surface where he restarted in the 17th position on Lap 32.

The dynamic duo of Mears and Gordon continued to collect positions and after cracking the Top 15 on Lap 103, Mears made his appearance in the Top 5 on Lap 107.  As restrictor-plate racing goes, the #13 GEICO Camry would vacillate up and down the scoring monitor until Lap 130 saw Mears put the Gecko at the front of the field, taking the lead and collecting much needed bonus points.

The Mears-Gordon partnership proved to be productive and the pair were inside the Top 10 with just eight laps remaining in the race.  It was then that Gordon made a decision to go it alone and pulled out of line and passed Mears, causing both cars to free-fall to 23rd position with just five laps left on the docket.  Mears would re-engage Gordon and attempt to make up positions lost, but it was too late.  Despite the setback, Mears still managed to hustle the #13 GEICO Camry to a 22nd place finish at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ second restrictor-plate race of the season.  Most importantly, Mears’ finish keeps the Germain Racing team in the Top 35 in the owner point standings.

“22nd is a decent finish, but it’s frustrating knowing that we should’ve been in the Top 5,” a visibly frustrated Mears exclaimed after climbing from the #13 GEICO Camry.  “We weren’t out there just racing today, we were out there competing for the win.  We had a great car and I’m proud of this GEICO team for all of their hard work.  The pit crew did a great job today and we did all we could to make it happen.  Unfortunately, you just can’t control what other people are going to do.  But we had a really good day and it was nice to be able to take GEICO to the front of the field.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take a weekend off before traveling to Richmond, VA, the weekend of April 30th. 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 3/4-mile D-shaped oval of Richmond International Raceway for the opening practice session at 12:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, April 29th. Qualifying will follow at 5:35 PM (EDT).

The Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, April 30th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

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

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

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

 

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Apr 11
2011

PERSISTENT MEARS BOUNCES GEICO BACK INTO THE TOP 35

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PERSISTENT MEARS BOUNCES GEICO BACK INTO THE TOP 35

Fort Worth, TX (April 9, 2011) – After a heartbreaking week in Martinsville, Casey Mears and the GEICO team eagerly anticipated their weekend in Texas.  A week ago, Mears drove the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry to the front of the field before a tire issue, followed by a transmission problem, dashed the hopes of the Germain Racing team.   

In the interest of moving forward, Mears climbed into the #13 GEICO Camry in Texas on Thursday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session and promptly took control of the ‘go or go home’ field.  The Gecko sat 28th on the speed chart and was the fastest ‘go or go home’ car, giving the GEICO team hope as they prepared for Friday’s qualifying session.

Mears would not fail to impress and would navigate the 1.5-mile quad-oval of Texas Motor Speedway in just 28.933 seconds, at a rate of speed of 186.638 miles per hour.  Mears’ effort landed the #13 GEICO Camry 22nd on Saturday’s Samsung Mobile 500 starting grid.

Amid heavy winds and 80-degree temperatures, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field took the green flag for 334 laps of racing.  Rolling off the starting grid from the 22nd position, Mears fell backwards as he began to immediately battle a loose condition. 

Mears would free-fall to 31st before the event’s first caution flag of the day was displayed on Lap 9.  After bringing the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment, Mears started to head north on the scoring chart.  By Lap 57, he was riding in 26th and on the rear bumpers of Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.  Eight laps later, Mears would pilot the #13 GEICO Camry around Kahne and Brian Vickers and move into the 24th position.

Following a scheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 95, Mears began to report a loose condition in the #13 GEICO Camry.  Casey radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker: “I’m way loose.  I’m sideways out here.  The back end is terrible.”  Barker assured his driver that the necessary adjustments would be made during the next pit stop.

The caution Mears so badly needed came out on Lap 113 when Ken Schrader cut down a tire.  Running in the 30th position, Mears brought his #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of his Germain Racing pit crew, who outfitted Mears with four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel and adjustments.  

Mears had moved into 29th when he found himself narrowly avoiding peril when a Lap 215 crash involving Martin Truex, Jr., Mark Martin and Regan Smith occurred just in front of the #13 GEICO Camry.  Mears carefully maneuvered through the carnage and began his march to the Top 25. 

When the checkered flag waved under a Texas night sky, Mears had hustled to a 26th place finish.  His effort returned GEICO and the Germain Racing team to the Top 35, ensuring they will be in the field next week in Talladega.

“Of course we want to be better, but we were able to work hard tonight, get a 26th place finish and get back in the Top 35,” Mears said after climbing from his #13 GEICO Camry.  “It certainly makes a difference when you can show up each week and be guaranteed a starting spot, so obviously our top priority is being in the Top 35 and we were able to make that happen tonight.  The crew worked hard during our pit stops and we were able to be persistent and achieve our goal.”

While Mears’ weekend ended on a good note, getting back in the Top 35 was not the only exciting thing that happened.  Mears’ new GEICO commercial began airing this weekend.  The commercial features the GEICO driver as a ‘golfer’ and he appears to be ‘driving’ a golf ball during the spot. 

Mears and the GEICO team will next travel to Talladega, Alabama, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ second restrictor-plate race of the 2011 season.

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 2.66-mile tri-oval of Talladega Superspeedway for the opening practice session at 2:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, April 15th.  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, April 16th at 11:35 AM (EDT).

The Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 17th 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.geicogarage.com

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

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

 

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Mar 28
2011

MEARS’ FONTANA FINISH LOCKS GEICO IN THE TOP 35

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MEARS’ FONTANA FINISH LOCKS GEICO IN THE TOP 35


Fontana, CA (March 27, 2011) – Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team arrived in Southern California with Top 35 visions in their minds.  For the first time in the three-year history of the GEICO NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program, both GEICO and Germain Racing have ventured into unchartered territory where they now find themselves sitting in the Top 35 in the Owner Point standings.  Top 35 status guarantees the Germain Racing team a position in each race, providing they maintain their position. 

They would need to record a decent finish in Fontana to maintain their current status and allow the GEICO team to be locked in at Martinsville next week. 

Friday’s opening practice session in Fontana proved unspectacular, as Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry sat 37th at the close of practice.  Undaunted, Mears took to the two-mile oval for qualifying on Friday afternoon and turned heads when he paced the two-mile facility in just 39.592-seconds, at a rate of speed of 181.855 miles per hour.  Aside from securing the 25th starting position in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Mears was the fastest ‘go or go home car’ in the qualifying session. 

Mears then tore into Fontana for final practice on Saturday and shot the #13 GEICO Camry to the top of the chart and sat 19th when the session concluded. 

Rain threatened the Fontana area on Sunday morning and drizzle plagued the area until around 10:00 AM (PT) when it finally dissipated and allowed for track drying to begin.  The racing gods would smile upon Southern California and allow for an on-time green flag at 12:16 PM (PT). 

Mears started 25th, but quickly began to battle the racecar.  By Lap 3, Mears had dropped to 27th and reported to crew chief Bootie Barker that his GEICO Camry was tight and would not turn.  He fell as low as 35th before scheduled green flag pit stops got underway and forced the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for service on Lap 34.  The Germain Racing pit crew quickly outfitted Mears with four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel and adjustments before returning him to the racing surface in the 32nd position. 

The adjustments would serve as little assistance to Mears, as just two laps later he once again radioed to Barker: “The front end just doesn’t want to work.”

Mears and Barker would win the occasional battle, but the war continued and Lap 163 found Mears still at odds with an ill-handling racecar while running in the 30th position.  As the laps wound down, Barker ordered Mears to pit road for the final pit stop of the day on Lap 185 after a caution came out for a Bobby Labonte crash.  Barker instructed the GEICO pit crew to make the necessary adjustments to give Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry a shot at a better finish.

Barker’s orders did not go unheeded and Mears restarted P32 with just nine laps remaining in the 200-lap race.  Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry made quick work of the cars of David Gilliland and Trevor Bayne in the final laps en route to a 29th place finish under gray skies and cool temperatures. 

Shortly after the checkered flag waved, Barker announced to the GEICO team that they were in the Top 35 in the 2011 Owner Standings, which means they will be locked into the race next week in Martinsville.  Barker also noted that this is the first time in GEICO’s three-year Sprint Cup Series involvement that the team would officially be ‘locked in’, a big stride for a team that three years ago did not even have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. 

“Today was frustrating, but we kept fighting and salvaged a decent finish,” Mears said after climbing from his #13 GEICO Camry.  “The nice thing is that we were able to give GEICO the opportunity to be locked into the race next week because we have worked really hard this year and put ourselves in the Top 35.  I am proud of all of these guys on this GEICO team because regardless of what happens we keep our heads and stay focused.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will go short-track racing for the second time in three weeks when they travel to Martinsville, VA, next weekend.

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the half-mile paper-clipped shaped oval for the opening practice session at 12:30 PM (EDT) on Friday, April 1st.  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, April 2nd, at 12:10 PM (EDT).

The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 3rd, 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.geicogarage.com

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

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

 

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Mar 21
2011

Tough Luck Strikes Casey Mears at Bristol Motor Speedway

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Tough Luck Strikes Casey Mears at Bristol Motor Speedway

Mechanical Failure Relegates GEICO Racing Team to 37th-Place Finish

 

 

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 21, 2011) – Coming off the first off-weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Racing team were refreshed and ready to battle the bullring known as Bristol Motor Speedway – a short track known for bumping and banging. 

 

On Friday afternoon, after two solid practice sessions, Mears took to the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” for his qualifying attempt. The car of Dave Blaney, who qualified prior to Mears, blew an oil pump, causing oil fluid to cover the track. Unfortunately, Mears’ laps were hindered by this situation, relegating the GEICO Toyota Camry to the 43rd starting position for Sunday’s 500-lap race.

 

The green flag flew on The Jeff Byrd 500 under sunshine in the Tennessee Mountains. Mears patiently began his trek to the front of the field, understanding that to finish well, you must first finish. The first caution of the afternoon slowed the pace on lap 29 for a multi-car accident on the frontstretch. Mears did a great job of avoiding the wreck and moved into the 34th position. The California native was instructed to stay out by crew chief Bootie Barker, allowing Mears to restart from 22nd-place.

 

A competition caution came on lap 52 for the teams to check tire wear on their Goodyear rubber as a right-side tire change was mandated on Saturday, prior to the final practice sessions. Barker brought Mears to the attention of his GEICO crew for four tires, fuel, and adjustments as the No. 13 Toyota needed more rear grip. Restarting on lap 57 from the 27th position, Mears allowed the laps to clock off during a long caution-free run.

 

Mears drove his way into the top-25 as the third yellow flew on lap 130. The adjustments made during the previous pit stop helped the GEICO Camry, so Mears brought his Toyota to the attention of his crew for four tires and fuel, with no changes to the handling.

 

Despite holding his spot inside the top-25, problems struck Mears on lap 158, when his Toyota would shut off in the corners. Mears successfully switched batteries while continuing to make laps, but the problem was persistent forcing the team to come to the garage for repairs. After changing batteries and working on the electrical interiors, Mears returned to the track, however the issue was not fixed. The GEICO crew then changed additional mechanical parts before solving the issue.

 

Mears returned to track on lap 229.  Unfortunately, the tough luck cost the Germain Racing team 72 laps and placed the No. 13 in the 38th position. The team was unable to make up any spots, due to the number of laps down, until lap 410 when problems forced Dennis Setzer out of the race. The GEICO Racing team never gave up and continued to log laps and work on their Camry. Mears clocked lap times just as fast as the leaders in the final 100 laps of the race, despite damage to his machine. The checkered flag flew with Mears and the GEICO team in 37th-place.

 

The tremendous effort shown by the entire GEICO team allowed Mears and the No. 13 Toyota to remain inside the top-35 in the Owner Point Championship Standings, one point to the good over 36th-place owner Tommy Baldwin. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return to the West Coast, as the fifth race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2011.

 

 

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