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Jul 28
2010

PAPIS PADS RESUME WITH BRICKYARD START; POCONO ON DECK

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

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Indianapolis, IN (July 25, 2010) – It is not a secret that Max Papis is considered to be one of the top racecar drivers in the world, boasting a resume that consists of the most prestigious racing events globally.  This weekend, Papis was looking to add the Brickyard 400 to that list.  
 
A year ago, a dejected Papis departed Indianapolis Motor Speedway just shy of qualifying for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the famed Brickyard.  From the time his #13 GEICO Toyota Camry was unloaded this weekend, everyone knew that this year would tell a different tale.  Papis and the Gecko immediately established their presence in the opening practice session when they shot straight to the top of the speed charts and sat third, behind only Juan Pablo Montoya and Jimmy Johnson.
 
As the pressure mounted heading into the qualifying session on Saturday morning, Papis handled it with a veteran’s calm.  He climbed into the #13 GEICO Camry and promptly turned a lap that placed him comfortably in the field for Sunday’s Brickyard 400. He toured the historic facility in just 50.386 seconds, at a rate of speed of 178.621 miles per hour, making him the third fastest ‘go or go home’ car.  Papis and the GEICO Camry would start 35th on the grid, just behind Joey Logano and just ahead of 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Bobby Labonte.
 
After several extremely hot days in the Indianapolis area, Sunday presented the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with bright sunshine and temperatures in the mid-80’s.  While the weather was nice the opening lap of the Brickyard 400 would prove to be more harsh.  
 
After the green flag was displayed, the field headed into Turn 2 and quickly found themselves in a crash that involved nearly ten cars. Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry would escape nearly unscathed, but would sustain some damage to the left rear of the racecar.  Also, a large amount of grass was sucked into the radiator, causing the engine temperature to rise. After several trips down pit road, the Germain Racing crew would get the car repaired and return the engine to its normal temperature.
 
Restarting the race in the 37th position on Lap 8, Papis would quickly move the #13 GEICO Camry forward.  He reached 34th by Lap 10 and then dipped into the Top 30 by Lap 13.  After hitting the Top 25 on Lap 15, Papis was on fire…. literally.  The grass that had been sucked into the engine finally caused the engine to overheat and fire and smoke bellowed from the GEICO Camry forcing it to the garage for the remainder of the afternoon.  Papis would be relegated to a 43rd place finish.
 
“We do not deserve this, no one deserves this,” said an emotional Papis. “We worked so hard this weekend and the GEICO Camry was so fast.  We were definitely headed for a Top 10 today.  You could see how fast we were, so it’s frustrating to have this happen.  I feel bad for all the guys on this GEICO crew who have worked so hard.  We just don’t deserve this.”
 
Despite the setback at the Brickyard 400, Papis still places himself among racing’s elite with his start on Sunday.  He has now competed in the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Not bad for a guy from a small village in Northern Italy.  
Next up for Papis and the GEICO Racing team is Long Pond, PA.
 
Papis and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 2.5-mile tri-oval of Pocono Raceway for the opening practice session at 12:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, July 30th.  Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT).
 
The Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 1st, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network 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
 

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Jul 26
2010

Bodine Gains More Points after “Bad Night” at O’Reilly Raceway Park

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO

Mooresville, N.C. (07-26-2010) – Thirty-six trucks took the green flag for Friday night’s 200-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at O’Reilly Raceway Park.  Of those, 23 didn’t manage to complete all of the race laps, and seven couldn’t make it to take the checkered flag. They had bad nights. Truck Series champion and current championship points leader, Todd Bodine, drove the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra from a sixth place starting position to a seventh-place finish. For Bodine and the Germain Racing team, it was a ‘bad night.’ The top-ten finish they earned on the ‘bad night’ is a key ingredient in the recipe for Germain Racing's championship performance level.

“Our Germain.com Tundra was a solid top-five truck at O’Reilly Raceway Park but I don’t think we had what we needed to beat Ron (Hornaday  Jr., race winner).  For us, knowing we raced a truck that wasn’t capable of competing for the win means Germain Racing had a bad night. That attitude is what keeps our team on top of the Truck Series points and it’s why we were able to bring home a top-ten finish as a result of our ‘bad night.’ We never give up,” said Mike Hillman Jr., crew chief for Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra.

Bodine had said the race truck was loose in practice, and for much of the race, he had the same feedback. After the final pit stop, the adjustments made the race truck too tight.

“Our pit crew did another outstanding job on pit stops tonight for the Germain.com Tundra. On the last stop, we made some adjustments that worked too well. We got the truck too tight for Todd and he wasn’t able to drive it where he wanted to on the race track.  We’ll take the seventh-place finish, the points we gained over Aric (Almirola), and get ready for Pocono,” said Hillman, who’s led the team to 9 top-five finishes including one win, can now add an actual top-ten finish to the tallies.

The points look much the same leaving O’Reilly, with Bodine and Germain Racing leading the driver’s and owner’s championship standings. Fellow Tundra driver Aric Almirola remains second, but now trails by 177 points with 13 races remaining.

The Germain.com Tundra races next at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 31st. It will be the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the track which has played host to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for years. Watch the racing action on SPEED. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Germain.com is part of Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with 21 dealerships and more than 60 years of experience.

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Jul 19
2010

PAPIS 15TH AT GATEWAY; PREPARING TO SEEK REVENGE AT INDY

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

 

Madison, IL (July 17, 2010) – Max Papis rolled into Gateway International Raceway looking to make an impressive debut at the track that sits in the shadows of the historic St. Louis Arch.  While the majority of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took the weekend off, Papis hopped into the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra for this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race to gain additional seat time.
 
GEICO’s gecko must have felt at home given the high temperatures that blanketed the 1.25-mile oval.  The intense heat did not distract Papis, as he sat 16th and 19th in the two practice sessions.  He then qualified the #9 GEICO Tundra 21st after hustling around the uniquely shaped oval in just 34.418 seconds, at a rate of speed of 130.746 miles per hour.
 
Initially scheduled for Friday night, a power outage would force the CampingWorld200.com to be postponed to Saturday afternoon. While the night sky on Friday night would have shielded the track from the blazing temperatures, Saturday afternoon would present conditions that would drive the track temperatures upward near 140 degrees.
 
When the green flag was displayed on Saturday afternoon, things heated up quickly on the racetrack.  Papis and the #9 GEICO Tundra quickly picked up four positions and slid into the 17th spot by the close of Lap 3.  Soon thereafter, he narrowly avoided peril when Stacy Compton and Mario Gosselin got together on Lap 14, bringing out the yellow flag.  After restarting P15 on Lap 16, Papis and the GEICO Tundra soon found their way into 14th position by Lap 19.
 
While he dropped to 20th for a few laps, Papis quickly returned the #9 GEICO Tundra to the front of the field.  He ran solidly in the Top 15 and remained on the lead lap for the duration of the afternoon, even dipping into the Top 10 at one point.  When the race came to a close after a hot, grueling Midwestern afternoon, Papis and the GEICO team came home on the lead lap in 15th place.  
 
“We had a solid afternoon here at Gateway and it was good to get out of here with a Top 15 for the GEICO team,” Papis said.  “It was extremely hot, but that’s the reason I train so hard everyday, so I am prepared for days like this.  I’m looking forward to getting to Indy next week and redeeming myself from last year when we missed the race.  We’re focused on making it happen at the Brickyard for GEICO and for this Germain Racing team.”
 
Next up for Papis and the GEICO Racing team is the Brickyard in Indianapolis, IN.  Papis has had a love/hate relationship with the historic racetrack over the past few years. In 2006, he pulled off a remarkable finish driving for Eddie Cheever in the Indy 500, while 2008 found him missing the world’s biggest race after a devastating crash.  Then, in 2009, Indy got the best of him again when it precluded him from making his NASCAR debut after he fell short of qualifying for the Brickyard 400.
 
Papis and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will begin their road to redemption when they hit the 2.5-mile oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the opening practice session at 2:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, July 23rd.  Qualifying will take place on Saturday morning at 10:10 AM (EDT).
 
The Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, July 25th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT), while the IMS Radio Network 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
 

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Jul 12
2010

SPLIT DECISION: Germain Chases His NASCAR Dream With Determination

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

K&N Pro Series rookie embracing the stock-car challenge By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com
July 10, 2010 - 11:37am

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Decisions, decisions. For Zach Germain, there really was no decision to be made.

"Race cars or sell cars?" the Bexley, Ohio, native recalled of weighing his future options late in the summer of 2009. "It was the easiest decision I've ever had to make."

As the son of Steve Germain, who owns Germain Motor Company with his brothers, the 25-year-old Zach got a relatively late start in racing. Despite Germain Motorsports fielding entries in each of NASCAR's top three national series -- Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Trucks -- there was very little pressure on Zach Germain to pursue a racing career.

In fact, he says, there was none.

"It was definitely me putting the pressure on everybody else to get into racing," he said. "The more I've been around it, I've wanted to pursue it more and more."

2010_NKNPS_Feature_Zach_Germain_headshot_200As hard as it is to believe, Zach Germain -- a rookie in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2010 -- is just four years into his career as a driver. He spent parts of three seasons in Legends cars at Columbus Motor Speedway near his hometown, and then in 2009 competed full-time at that track in its Super Late Model division.

Germain said he only got started in racing when his family did. And despite Germain Racing's success in places like the Camping World Truck Series, the organization is still a relative newcomer to NASCAR.

"We're pretty new when you compare us to the other bigger teams in the sport," Germain said. "We got started in NASCAR in 2004, and I didn't start racing myself until 2006.

"It wasn't something that I set out to do when I was younger. But I saw my family getting into NASCAR and that got me thinking. I've always had a fascination with cars from very early on."

And while some of the other drivers he races against in the K&N Pro Series have been racing since they were seven or eight years old, Germain hasn't. Which is not to say he had no experience behind the wheel of a car.

It just wasn't a race car.

"I've been driving cars around the parking lot since I was a kid," Germain said as he started laughing. "When I was 12 years old, I could drive a manual (shift). I wasn't out racing go-karts like Cole Whitt or some of the others, but I was running '100-lap races' on a new car lot.

"Instead of running into walls, I was running into other new cars."

Germain always viewed his future in the family business of selling cars. When he headed off to Miami (Ohio) University, he'd still never turned a competitive lap behind the wheel of a stock car. In fact, it wasn't until he was well on his way to earning a political science degree that he ended up racing Legends.

Germain figured racing would be something fun on the side while he looked at heading to law school, following in the footsteps of his older sister.

In a strange twist of fate, though, a broken hand and wrist in 2008 -- suffered while racing his Legend car -- sidelined Germain for half that season. It was then that he realized how difficult it was to sit on the sidelines and not race.

The next season, he was in a Super Late Model. He finished seventh in Columbus Motor Speedway's standings in 2009. This year, he jumped into the deep end of a racing career with both feet.

"I just knew that if I was really going to do this, I needed to pursue it to a much greater degree than I  was," said Germain, who has one top-10 in five races this season in the No. 24 Germain.com Toyota. "I knew that if I hadn't have poured myself into it, I always would have looked back later on and wondered, 'What if?'"

This year, Germain packed up and moved to Mooresville, N.C., -- the NASCAR hub -- and cleared out a conference room above the race shop where his cars are prepared. That's where he lives now. Every morning, he's up at 6:45 and joins the guys 15 minutes later working on the team’s K&N Series cars.

For a driver sporting a trademark 'faux-hawk' atop his head -- a strip of hair spiked tall along the middle of his head -- image is, well, everything.

"I know that there are some drivers in the past in this sport who haven't had the best, well ..." Germain pauses, choosing his words carefully, perhaps to draw from that political science background. "Let's just say, some teams would rather not have drivers around because they're not the hardest workers in the world.

"I wasn't going to let them say that about me. I don't want people to ever be able to hold it against me that I'm the son of the team owner with all the money, and I'm lackadaisical and not approaching everything like it matters. ... Sometimes I think that makes me work even harder at this."

Germain feels that being older than most traditional rookies gives him a maturity to understand the bigger picture. That maturity also helps with a steep learning curve.

"It's definitely a learning curve," Germain said. "And I know I've made mistakes at a much higher level than I probably should have. Unfortunately, that's the truth -- I just haven't had the seat time at the local tracks over the years. But everyone's been really gracious with me and supportive, and I feel like as long as I don't make the same mistakes twice, they'll continue to help me and be supportive.

"Every type of car I've raced -- going from Legends to Super Late Models, from Super Late Models to the K&N cars -- it's been night and day different. Every lap I get more and more comfortable and learn a lot. I've learned a tremendous amount in five races. Look at Iowa Speedway -- the biggest track I'd ever been on and I wrecked early. But I learned a lot, and I wish I could go back now and try again."

Despite the trials and tribulations, Germain is as committed to racing as ever.

"There is nothing better than racing cars," said Germain, who has no timetable for a graduation from the K&N Pro Series but has an ultimate goal of racing a Camping World Truck. "The rush, the atmosphere, all of it is unbelievable to me.

"I told my dad the other day and he laughed at me, but I'm living the dream. I'm so fortunate to be able to put things on hold for a while and chase my dream like this. I'm just trying to do my part to make that happen."

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Original Article published at: http://hometracks.nascar.com/feature/SPLIT_DECISION_Germain_Chases_His_NASCAR_Dream

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Jul 08
2010

Germain Racing Looking Forward to Putting No. 30 Germain.com Tundra in Front of Iowa Race Fans

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO

 July 6, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Last season, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series joined the list of top-tier racing divisions competing in America’s heartland at Iowa Speedway. The .875-mile tri-oval is expected to again be lined with enthusiastic race fans for Sunday’s 200-lap race.  Todd Bodine will steer the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra around Iowa, hoping to continue his six-race top-five streak.

 “Last year we struggled a little bit with Iowa Speedway. This Germain Racing team has been putting in a lot of extra effort to make our Germain.com Tundra faster and better. We tested at Gresham and I’m really looking forward to putting the No. 30 truck in front of the Iowa race fans again,” said Bodine, who leads the Truck Series points and has six consecutive top-five finishes.

 Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. says the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra should be in shape to put on a great show for Iowa’s racing fans.

 “We tested at Gresham leading into this week’s Iowa race. The test went well and we’re hoping it will give us a chance to put on a great show for the Iowa race fans. It’s a great track and they have one of the biggest crowds we see on the Truck Series schedule. As a team, you definitely look forward to racing for fans like they have at Iowa Speedway,” said Hillman, of Lockport, NY.

 Bodine will race chassis TRD-122. The truck was last seen in the Truck Series at Dover in May where it started 11th and finished fifth.

 “We picked this chassis to race at Iowa because of it’s performance at Dover. The truck was fast enough to win the race, but a fuel pickup issue kept us out of position at the end,” explained Hillman.

 Bodine captured the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points lead following race seven at Charlotte. After nine races,  he has a 55-point lead over second-place Aric Almirola. In the Truck Series owner’s standings, Germain Racing has the lead over Kyle Busch Motorsports by 22 points.

 Watch the Germain.com Tundra at Iowa Speedway on SPEED. Racing coverage begins Sunday, July 11th at 1:30 PM Eastern on SPEED or tune in to your local MRN affiliate. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

 When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Germain.com is part of Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with 21 dealerships and more than 60 years of experience.

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Jun 21
2010

FOUR CAR CRASH ENDS GOOD RUN FOR PAPIS AND THE GEICO TEAM Blog title (click to edit)

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

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Sonoma, CA (June 20, 2010) – Max Papis and the GEICO Racing team arrived in Wine Country ready to capitalize on Papis’ road course experience.  While most people arrive in Sonoma to do wine tours, Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry would do a tour of their own around the 1.99-mile road course of Infineon Raceway.  This weekend posed the first of two road course races on the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.
 
A year ago, Papis and the GEICO Racing team were on the verge of recording their first Sprint Cup Series Top Five finish before Jeff Gordon made contact with the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry on the final lap, causing a punctured rear tire.  Nevertheless, Papis somehow gathered the car and salvaged a 12th place finish in the face of what could have easily been a disastrous result.  
 
Surrounded by hills and vineyards, Sonoma provides one of the most beautiful backdrops in all of auto racing.  Papis settled quickly into the majestic environment and quickly shot to the top of the speed charts during the opening practice session, putting the #13 GEICO Camry in the 12th spot, comfortably ahead of any other ‘go or go home cars’.  His closest threat was Boris Said in the 22nd position.  
 
Qualifying presented a unique set of challenges for Papis, as his wheels locked up multiple times during his trip around the racetrack.  Despite the setback, he was able to qualify comfortably for the Toyota Save Mart 350, resting 29th on the event’s starting grid, fourth fastest of the ‘go or go home’ cars, and four positions ahead of where he started a year ago.
 
Father’s Day welcomed Papis to the racetrack on Sunday and with his late father heavy on his heart, he looked to drive with great passion and take the #13 GEICO Camry to the front of the field.  Starting 29th, he picked up two positions on the opening lap of the race, but would quickly begin battling a loose racecar. Papis soon radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker, “When I go hard I feel like I’m going to fly off the track.” If Papis was handling a touch racecar no one could tell because by Lap 37 he had moved into 14th position.  
 
On Lap 43, things got interesting for Papis when Tony Stewart made contact with the rear of the #13 GEICO Camry, sending it spinning just after Turn 11.  Miraculously, Papis gathered the car and continued in the race.  On Lap 44, the GEICO Racing team made major adjustments and also outfitted the GEICO Camry with four fresh tires and a tank of Sunoco racing fuel during their scheduled green flag pit stop.  Upon leaving the pit box, Papis’ voice filled with intensity when he told his crew, “Let’s keep attacking!  I will give them hell, I promise you!”
 
By Lap 55, Papis’ lap times were nearly a second faster than the leader, Jimmy Johnson.  Unfortunately, Papis would not get the opportunity to challenge his good friend for the lead because the restart on Lap 67 found Papis being collected in a major four-car crash involving Martin Truex, Jr., Sam Hornish, Jr., and Denny Hamlin.  The #13 GEICO Camry sustained major damage and would be forced to retire with a 43rd place finish.  
 
“Today was tough because we were so much better than what you saw out there.  After that last stop, the #13 GEICO Camry was really fast, even faster than Jimmie (Johnson, the race leader),” Papis said.  “This is racing and these things happen, but the most important thing is that we were competitive and we were on our way to getting another Top 10 finish. I can’t thank the guys on this GEICO team enough for all of their hard work.  We’re getting there and we’ll keep pushing.”
 
To learn more about Max Papis and the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com <http://www.geicogarage.com>  
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/geicoracing <http://www.twitter.com/geicoracing>  

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Jun 07
2010

Valvoline, Germain Join in Business and NASCAR* Racing

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Bob Germain

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2010) -- Valvoline, one of the leading brands of automotive lubricants, announced today that it has entered into a technical partnership with Germain Racing and Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive dealership network with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.  

Valvoline® motor oil will be the official motor oil of both entities as well as a team sponsor for Germain Racing entries in NASCAR's three series -- Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck -- and the K&N Pro East Series. The driver lineup for Germain Racing includes Max Papis (Sprint Cup), Michael Annett (Nationwide), Todd Bodine (Camping World Truck) and Zach Germain (Pro East).

The agreement calls for Valvoline to be an associate sponsor at all races Germain Racing enters and a primary sponsor at two truck races and two Nationwide races. The truck races with Valvoline primary sponsorship will be Aug. 18 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Nov. 5 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The Nationwide primary-sponsored races will be Sept. 4 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Oct. 15 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.    The Valvoline/Germain Racing partnership will commence this weekend with Valvoline associate sponsorship on Bodine's No. 30 Tundra in Friday night's truck race at Texas Motor Speedway. Bodine is the points leader in the Camping World Truck Series with six top-five finishes in seven starts.     "Valvoline is very excited to be associated with Germain Racing and the Germain Motor Company," said John Scanlon, Valvoline's director of national accounts. "We have been impressed with Bob and Steve Germain's commitment to excellence and we are looking forward to a long relationship."   According to Automotive News, Germain Motor Company has grown to become a top-25 ranked automotive retail network. The company's dealerships are located in Ohio, Florida and Arkansas and cover 13 manufacturers, including four Toyota and three Lexus franchises.   "We are thrilled to represent Valvoline not only on the track but in all of the Germain dealerships," said Bob Germain Jr., president of Germain Racing and vice president of Germain Motor Company. "The quality of Valvoline products and the tremendous marketing support they offer will help us grow our automotive business on many levels. We also look forward to bringing Valvoline on board at Germain Racing. Their performance products and technical support will help us be even more competitive on the track and we look forward to taking them to victory lane."   Germain Racing joins Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports as Valvoline's NASCAR partners. The Valvoline Racing team on the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) circuit is equally impressive with partners Don Schumacher Racing, Alan Johnson Racing, Tim Wilkerson Racing and Ron Krisher Racing.     The Valvoline team of drivers, who showcase the iconic red and blue Valvoline V, are as follows:   Germain Racing, NASCAR  Max Papis  Todd Bodine  Michael Annett  Zach Germain   Richard Petty Motorsports, NASCAR  AJ Allmendinger  Kasey Kahne  Elliott Sadler   Roush Fenway Racing, NASCAR  Matt Kenseth  Greg Biffle  Carl Edwards  David Ragan  Colin Braun  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.   Alan Johnson Racing, NHRA   Larry Dixon, Top Fuel  Del Worsham, Funny Car   Don Schumacher Racing, NHRA  Tony Schumacher, Top Fuel  Cory McClenathan, Top Fuel  Antron Brown, Top Fuel  Jack Beckman, Funny Car  Ron Capps, Funny Car  Matt Hagen, Funny Car  Craig Treble, Pro Stock Motorcycle   Ron Krisher Racing, NHRA  Ron Krisher, Pro Stock   Team Wilkerson Racing, NHRA   Tim Wilkerson, Funny Car   About Valvoline Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil. The Valvoline family of products includes Eagle One® appearance products, Car Brite® car restoration products, Zerex® antifreeze, SynPower® performance products and MaxLife® products created for higher-mileage engines. With more than 850 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil Change® is a leader in serving the quick lube market.   ###  

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Jun 07
2010

RESILIENT PAPIS SCORES TOP 20 QUALY EFFORT IN POCONO DEBUT

Posted by lori in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Bob Germain

Long Pond, PA (June 6, 2010) – A prerequisite for being a champion is the ability to bounce back quickly when trouble strikes.  Max Papis, the 2004 Grand-Am Series Champion, rolled into Pocono Raceway this weekend looking to rebound from a disappointing weekend in Charlotte that found him not qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600.
 
Papis must have the resilience gene because he wasted little time shooting to the top of the practice charts when the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry took to the track for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session on Friday.  The last couple of weeks, Papis must have felt like he was fighting mountains, but this week he found himself among them.  As Papis wheeled around Pocono Raceway in the #13 GEICO Camry, he spoke to the mountains… and the mountains moved, as he was the fastest ‘go or go home car’ on the speed chart, where he rested in the 20th position.
 
His success in practice would lead to more of the same in qualifying, as Papis hustled the #13 GEICO Camry around the flat 2.5-mile tri-oval in just 53.674 seconds at a rate of speed of 167.679 miles per hour.  His time would be good enough to start 20th in Sunday’s Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500.  Papis’ qualifying performance turned heads, as he sat ten positions better than the next ‘go or go home’ car, Joe Nemechek, who qualified 30th.   He also outpaced many NASCAR notables, such as Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, just to name a few.  
 
Race day presented its own challenges, as impending bad weather hovered over the area causing concern for the NASCAR teams.  The Sprint Cup Series field would even turn a series of yellow flag laps before the heavy rain set in and caused the driver and teams to abandon their cars and seek shelter from the storm.  
 
In record time, however, the rain cleared, the blue skies came out and the track was dry and it was time to go racing.  Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry started in the 20th position, flanked by Sam Hornish, Jr, and Elliott Sadler.  Two hours after the advertised start time, the green flag was displayed in front of a full house in Long Pond, PA.  Papis would battle a tight condition early and it seems the #13 GEICO Camry would work against him for most of the afternoon.  
 
Due to the rain that blanketed the racetrack prior to the race, the racetrack was in green condition and presented multiple challenges to each of the drivers.  The same would apply to the GEICO Racing team, as they would make numerous changes to the GEICO Camry and attempt to adapt to the conditions of the racetrack.  Aside from the splitter hitting the ground at times, Papis, at one point, felt as though he was running low on brakes.  
 
After a challenging afternoon in the #13 GEICO Camry, his final hurdle came on the last lap of a green/white/checkers finish, when he narrowly avoided a crash that caused heavy smoke to cover the racetrack.  When the checkered flag was displayed, Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry would hustle to a 34th place finish in their debut appearance at Pocono Raceway.
 
“I’m proud of this GEICO team for coming here and rebounding well after a tough week in Charlotte last week,” Papis said.  “We showed we’re resilient and that we never quit. To come here to a track where I have never been before and qualify 20th is a huge accomplishment and I can’t thank Bootie (Barker, crew chief) and the Germain team enough for all of their hard work.  It was a tough day during the race, but we never quit and we kept making changes and working as hard as we could to compete.”
 
GEICO’s next race as primary sponsor of Max Papis’ #13 Germain Racing entry will come at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA, on Sunday, June 20th. During his 2009 visit to wine country, Papis started the race in the 33rd position before charging to the front and nearly scoring a Top 5 finish.  On the final lap of the race, Jeff Gordon got into Papis, causing a tire to go down on his #13 GEICO Camry.  Despite the damage, Papis drove the final lap with a flat tire and still managed to record a 12th place finish.
 
Papis and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will make their way around the 1.99-mile road course in Sonoma when their first practice session kicks off at 3:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, June 18th.  Qualifying will follow at 6:35 PM (EDT).
 
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 20th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 3:00 PM (ET), while the Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 

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May 20
2010

Max Papis Prepares for Charlotte’s Festival Atmosphere and Highly Contrasting Races—Sprint All Star and Coca-Cola 600

Posted by lori in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Bob Germain

Germain Racing Press Release

May 19, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Max Papis has raced the Nurburgring. He’s raced the Hockenheimring. He’s raced been to victory lane at Laguna Seca, Homestead and Portland. But the mention of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway sets the Italian from Como beaming with pride and anticipation. Papis calls the Charlotte metropolitan area home and a home must be vigorously defended. It might not be an all out turf war, but racing for bragging rights in front of the hometown crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway is as important to Max Papis as it is to his gas man and his crew chief and everyone on the Germain Racing No. 13 GEICO Camry team.
 
“Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 is one of the truly big events in NASCAR and in racing. It compares to the Daytona 500, to racing at the Brickyard and it compares to the Indianapolis 500 where my GEICO Racing teammate Paul Tracy will compete,” explains Papis. “We will race the GEICO Camry at Charlotte in two very different events. The All-Star Showdown structure is such that you have no worries about points positions—you are essentially equal to your competitors and you are there just to race and not worry about points during qualifying. The Showdown is very intense—it’s two 20-lap segments but it feels like the last 10 laps of the 600.”  
Papis and his family have called the Charlotte area home for several years, and he explained that racing before a hometown crowd is special not just for him, but because it’s home for his crew members, too.
 
“Charlotte Motor Speedway has a special feeling for me. It reminds me a little bit of when I raced in Monza. That track was 40 minutes from my house, as Charlotte is. It really gives me an extra sense of pride for me and for the GEICO Camry crew members who also have family and friends at the track to see them,” said Papis. “Everyone wants to have bragging rights from racing at Charlotte, and I want to give those to my GEICO Camry crew.”  
When Papis first came to Charlotte Motor Speedway, he was walking the infield to meet team owners and drivers. Now, he walks the infield in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver’s suit, preparing to race the GEICO Camry.
 
“So many times I have been to Charlotte just to watch the race and to meet people, that the track has very special meaning for me when I get to go back as a NASCAR driver in the GEICO Camry,” said Papis. “I finally have the  opportunity to participate in the Coca-Cola 600.  I have kind of looked on from the outside for so many races, it is pretty special to be able to compete there. I can see the pride in all of the Germain Racing guys. It’s just a very unique and important weekend for our team and for the NASCAR community.”
 
While the All Star Showdown is two twenty lap events followed by the All Star race which is four segments (50/20/20/10 laps), the Coca-Cola 600 is a grueling 400 lap event covering 600 miles—the longest event in NASCAR, and it’s at a very impressive venue.
 
“Getting around Charlotte is very intense. It is a driver’s race track, with multiple grooves and an almost overwhelming coliseum feeling. It’s a huge facility and the track is one of the best representations of what NASCAR is,” explained Papis.
 
SPEED Channel will cover the All-Star Showdown  practices, qualifying and race as well as the All Star Race. Practice coverage begins at noon Eastern, the Showdown begins at 6:00 PM.
 
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
 
Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or view the new team website at Germainracing.com. You can also become a Facebook fan of Germain Racing.
 
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