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May 20
2010

Rookie Zach Germain Prepares for 200 Laps at Iowa with a Back to the Basics Attitude and New Sponsor JaxWax.com on Board

Posted by lori in Germain.com , Germain Racing

Media Contact: Lsmith@germain.com

 

Mooresville, N.C. (May 19, 2010) – Zach Germain, a rookie of the year candidate, is looking forward to the third race of the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedule—Iowa Speedway. Since his top-ten finish in his series debut at the season opener competing at South Boston, Germain has picked up a new associate sponsor, JaxWax, and he’s made the most of his affiliation with Germain Racing. The Columbus, OH, native travelled as a pit crew member, observed Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races and logged hours behind the wheel of a racing simulator and a pit stop practice car. Germain is anxious to pull these experiences together when he tightens his belts for the Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West Challenge on May 23rd.

 “Iowa’s K&N Pro Series East/West Challenge will be the longest race of my career, so I’m definitely anxious to get the race weekend started. It’s the biggest track I’ve raced on, but I’ve talked to several veteran drivers and they’ve told me that racing there is just about the basics—lift, set, turn, squeeze. Lift the throttle, settle the car in the corner, turn out of the corner and squeeze the accelerator. I’ve got that set of rules racing through my mind along with the best advice my parents can give me—patience,” said Germain, who will race on the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway for 200 laps.

Before the on-track activity begins, Zach Germain will have a busy week including an appearance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., and NASCAR Day Bowling Event.

“After six weeks ‘off’ between the K&N Pro Series races, May has become very busy. This week we have a lot of sponsor and fan visits at our Germain Racing headquarters, and my family will be in town for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Gala before we travel to Iowa for the race and the NASCAR Day Bowling Challenge at Bass Pro Shops in Altoona. Next week, the excitement continues in the Charlotte area as even more fans and guests visit the shop during the week of the Coca-Cola 600,” said Germain.

During the down-time in the NKNPSE schedule, Germain did his best to keep his focus on racing.

“Our team’s pit coach, Phil Horton, set me up with some opportunities to drive a pit stop practice car that has a manual transmission. We’ve been to pit road in the Germain.com Camry already this season, and I think the experience we had at Greenville was great preparation, but driving that car, and working with the racing simulator helped keep me focused on racing,” said Germain.

Germain added Columbus-based JaxWax to his No. 24 Germain.com Camry, which will featured an updated paint scheme starting at Iowa.

“I’m very happy thankful to have JaxWax join the team. The timing is great because we just updated the Germain.com Camry to match the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra. The new paint job adds a high gloss finish which will need JaxWax to keep it bright,” said Germain.

Zach Germain races the No. 24 Germain.com Camry Sunday, May 23rd, at 4:00 PM ET at Iowa Speedway. Qualifying is at 1:00 PM. Sunday’s race will air on SPEED on Thursday, May 27th at 1:00 PM ET.

Germain Racing is a championship-winning organization competing in all three of NASCAR’s national series. The team adds the K&N Pro Series East No. 24 Germain.com Camry to its lineup this year, and may add K&N Pro Series West and late model races. Sponsorship and branding opportunities are available. Visit GermainRacing.com for more information.   

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. Follow Zach Germain or Germain Racing on Twitter @ZachGermain, @GermainRacing, or on the web, Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

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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 , GEICOgarage , 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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May 19
2010

Bodine, Germain.com Tundra Head to Charlotte Motor Speedway Just 27 Points out of Truck Series Points Lead

Posted by im_admin in Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing

May 18, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Nearly 25-percent of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule is completed as the trucks are poised for racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night for 134 laps of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. Todd Bodine will drive the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra for Germain Racing. He and the team have captured five top-five finishes in six races this season, and currently rank second in the drivers’ championship standings.

“The No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team has done pretty well this season,” explains Bodine of the year-to-date performance. “We haven’t gotten to victory lane yet, but we’ve been running well and we’ve overcome some adversity to get good finishes. The 30th-place finish at Martinsville took us out of the points lead, but we’re gaining back. Every week we bring the Germain.com Tundra to the track with one goal in mind of winning the race. That’s definitely the goal at Charlotte. I’ve always run well there; I’ve won there, just not in a points race.”

Driver Todd Bodine has competed in 49 points races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in four of NASCAR’s divisions.

“I’m one of few drivers who can say they’ve run in four NASCAR series at Charlotte. I’ve raced in Cup, Nationwide, and Truck Series and also in what was called the Sportsman Series,” explained Bodine who has been to Charlotte’s Victory Lane after winning qualifying races for what is now called the All Star race.

Charlotte Motor Speedway is the home track for many race teams, and a home away from home for many race fans as there are nearly endless possibilities of things to do such as the downtown fan fest, two weeks of racing at Charlotte, race shops to tour and outlet shopping.

“There’s a lot to love about working for a competitive, championship team like Germain Racing. We currently compete in four NASCAR series and travel to many great cities. But Charlotte Motor Speedway has a special place in my heart because it means I get to see my wife and children in the morning before I go to the track, and I get to come home to them at night. With family time like that, it’d be hard to knock Charlotte off of the top of the list of my favorite tracks,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

Germain Racing has chosen chassis TRD-131 to race at Charlotte. The truck has raced this season at Nashville and Kansas earning two top-five finishes.

After six races, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra ranks fourth in Truck Series owner’s standings and Bodine ranks second in the driver’s standings.

Race number seven of the schedule is Friday night, May 21st, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Watch all of the Charlotte action live on SPEED – first practice at 9:00 AM, final practice at 10:20 AM, qualifying at 3:30 PM with racing coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET. The race will also be broadcast by your local MRN affiliate.

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.

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.

  • Bodine ranks 2nd in Truck Series Championship standings heading into Charlotte
  • Germain.com is the central website for the Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with locations in Ohio, Florida and Arkansas. As car and truck buying moves from being a local process to a regional process, Germain.com is seeing increased business from neighboring cities and states
  • Germain Racing has won two or more races each year in the Truck Series since its first race in 2004. The team has 18 wins, seven pole awards and one Truck Series championship
  • Bodine has earned 17 wins and five pole awards of Germain Racing’s Truck Series total of 18 wins and seven pole awards
  • Germain Racing competes in NASCAR’s three premier, national series, has earned top-ten finishes in each and consecutive top-ten points finishes in the NNS division. In 2010, Germain Racing expands its competition portfolio to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
  • Follow Germain Racing @GermainRacing on Twitter or become a fan of the team’s Facebook
  • Germain Racing is seeking team sponsors. Visit www.GermainRacing.com

QUOTES:  Todd Bodine on Charlotte Motor Speedway

What makes Charlotte Motor Speedway stand out from other tracks?

“Charlotte is a track where it is easy to over drive the corners, and the groove can move around a little bit, especially in turns three and four.  It’s a tricky race track. The thing that stands out the most is being able to sleep in my own bed at night – it might be my favorite feature.”

How many Series Have You Raced in at Charlotte?

“I’m one of the few drivers who can say they’ve run in four NASCAR series at Charlotte. I’ve raced in Cup, Nationwide and the Truck Series and also in the Sportsman Series. I ran four races in Sportsman with a best finish of second-place.”

QUOTES: Mike Hillman Jr. on Charlotte Motor Speedway

What’s the biggest factor in preparing for racing at Lowe’s?

“Family. Seriously, it’s knowing that when the racing is done, I’m going straight home to be with my family in my home.”

Bodine Stats: Charlotte Motor Speedway

  • 18 Sprint Cup Series Races; One Winston Open win, One No Bull Five Win
  • 21 Nationwide Series Races; Five top-five and 11 top-ten finishes
  • 4 Sportsman Series Races; three top-five finishes
  • Bodine has been the victor in the qualifying race for what is now called the All Star event

Todd Bodine, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Charlotte

Year                Start                Finish             Status             Laps

2004               16                    20                    Running        134/134

2005               9                      31                    Crash             78/136

2006               26                    3                      Running        134/134

2007               19                    3                      Running        136/136

2008               21                    12                    Running        138/138

2009               4                      25                    Crash             97/134

            6 Races (717 of 812 laps completed, 13 laps led)

            2 Top 5 Finishes      2 Top 10 Finishes            

 

May 18
2010

Bodine Captures Fifth Top-Five of Season at Monster Mile

Posted by lori in Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing

Mooresville, NC (05-17-2010) – Driver Todd Bodine scored his second top-five finish at Dover International Speedway in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Bodine started the race in 11th place and spent much of the 204 laps racing among the top-ten. The fifth-place finish kept Bodine second in Truck Series championship standings, just 27 points behind leader and Dover race winner, Aric Almirola.

 “We fought handling issues all day. We kept making adjustments and making it easier to drive but not making the Germain.com Tundra faster. Right at the end of the race, coming for the green-white-checkered, I had a problem with vapor lock and lost three spots. For as much as we struggled today, we’ll take fifth,” said Bodine.

 Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. and the No. 30 Tundra team of Germain Racing detour to Pocono Raceway before heading to Friday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 “We have a tire test with Goodyear at Pocono to test tire combinations for the first-ever Truck Series race at Pocono that’s coming up in July. Pocono is an exciting race track and it’s close to the New York roots that run deep on our race team,” said Hillman, who hails from Lockport, NY.

 The No. 30 Germain.com Tundra ranks fourth in Truck Series owner’s standings and Bodine ranks second in the driver’s standings. The next race on the Truck Series schedule is Friday night, May 21st, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Watch all of the Charlotte action live on SPEED – first practice at 9:00 AM, final practice at 10:20 AM, qualifying at 3:30 PM with racing coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET. The race will also be broadcast by your local MRN affiliate.

 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.

 Germain Racing competes in each of NASCAR’s three national divisions as well as the K&N Pro Series East. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit Germainracing.com for more information. To keep up with team news, follow on Twitter @Germainracing or become a fan on Facebook.

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May 17
2010

Michael Annett Battles at the Monster Mile for 15th Place Finish at Dover International Speedway

Posted by lori in Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing

Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

Dover, Del. (May 17, 2010) – The No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers team had to battle all day on Saturday at Dover International Speedway’s Monster Mile, but stayed focused and resolute to leave with a decent finish. In the 11th race of the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Michael Annett overcame hindrances to bring home a 15th place finish.

Starting the NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 33rd, the young driver worked hard the entire race and gained valuable track position each lap of the race. The Germain Racing team showed their determination and fought to the end.

“Although we faced some hits throughout the race, we didn’t let it stop us in our tracks. This No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team proved their strength and pushed to the end for our 15th place finish. Michael ran consistent fast lap times, as fast as the leaders, to race his way into the top-15 and the guys did a great job on pit road,” said crew chief Ryan Fugle.

Annett reiterated his sentiment, “I’m very proud of our team for pulling off the finish we did. We showed that nothing can stop us. We’ll continue to prove our ability throughout the season to push our way further into the championship point standings.”

While battling his way to the front, Annett was spun when the No. 20 made contact with him on lap 33, causing slight valence and fender damage. Annett made two stops on pit road under caution where the No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers pit crew was able to make repairs along with putting on four new tires and filling up with fuel, sending Annett back out on the track to restart in the 29th position.

Now one lap down, Annett was battling for the Lucky Dog Free Pass. On lap 104 when the third caution of six came out, Annett was back on the lead lap as the Lucky Dog and restarted the race 19th.

Back in a rhythm, Annett was running lap times faster than cars competing in the top-10, and by lap 166 had moved his was into the top-15.

When the fifth yellow flag came out on lap 193, pit strategy came into play. Calling the shots from atop the pit box, Fugle opted to change two tires and take no fuel when the No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry came to pit road. Annett restarted 15th.

When the flag dropped for a green, white, checkered finish, a nine car pileup caused a red flag delay.

In a second try at green, white, checkered finish to the Heluva Good! 200, Annett was working his way toward a top-10 finish when the No. 12 made contact with Annett’s No. 15 Toyota Camry, pushing him into the turn four wall coming to the checkered. Despite the collision, Annett was determined to finish and was still able to wheel his way to a 15th place finish, his second top-15 at Dover International Speedway’s Monster Mile.

The No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers team will now head to Daytona International Speedway to test the “New Nationwide Series Car” on Tuesday and Wednesday. The next race for the series will be on Saturday, May 29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Watch and listen live at 2 p.m. ET on ABC and PRN Radio.

For more information on Michael Annett, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

For information on sponsors of Germain Racing’s No. 15 Nationwide Series team, please visit www.Germain.com and www.PilotTravelCenters.com.

May 14
2010

“Monster Mile” is Home to Bodine’s First NASCAR Win, Germain Racing Wants Bodine Back in Dover’s Victory Lane

Posted by im_admin in Germain Racing

NASCAR Loop Data Says Bodine Posted 50 “Fastest Laps” in 2009 at Dover
Bodine Has Raced in 5 NCWTS Events at Dover
Bodine has Three NASCAR Wins at Dover in NNS
Bodine’s Best Truck Series Finish at Dover is Third
Bodine is Second in Truck Series Championship Standings

May 10, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Dover International Speedway has earned its reputation as the “Monster Mile” with Germain Racing. Just last year, the team had arguably the fastest truck in the field, but spent most of the race fighting back from falling laps-down due to unscheduled green-flag pit stops to replace some troublesome tires. In the 200 lap race, NASCAR Loop Data Statistics say the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra posted 50 of the race’s fastest laps, yet finished 18th, three laps down to the leaders. This year, driver Todd Bodine and crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. look forward to returning to Dover with the chassis setup that made their truck so fast there in 2009. But, both are curious about how the new tire compound will work for them this year.

“Well, I’m definitely looking forward to going to Dover but I’d say I’m cautiously optimistic because we are going with a new tire and that changes everything,” explained Bodine, whose first NASCAR career top-five and first victory both came at Dover. “Dover’s always been one of my favorite tracks. I’ve always run well there – it doesn’t matter what I’m in. If we can go back and get the Germain.com Tundra setup to handle as good as it did last year then we will have a real shot at getting a win.”

The setup, according to crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., is what makes Dover a “monster” for crew chiefs.

“The biggest challenge for Dover is that your chassis setup has to be perfect when the race truck rolls off the hauler. With the tire quantity limitations in the Camping World Truck Series, we basically get one set of tires for practice. At Dover, one set lasts about 30 laps before the tires are corded. Goodyear is bringing us a new tire for Dover this year which might give us a few more laps on each set of tires. But, as a crew chief, I can’t plan on those extra laps. I have to make sure the Germain.com Tundra setup is perfect when it unloads,” explains Hillman. “Thirty laps of tire wear doesn’t give us room for making a lot of changes. For a crew chief, that’s a ‘Monster’ part of racing at of Dover.”

Dover has been home to many huge memories for Todd Bodine, his first top-five, his first win, and, really, his performance at the concrete oval served as the foundation of his career. The track is a special venue for the 2006 Truck Series champion to return to each year.

“When you have a lot of success at a track and you always run well at it, then you always enjoy going there. Dover is a track that really suits my style – ‘get up on top of the wheel and go’ kind of style – I’ve just always enjoyed it. It’s always fun to go to Dover,” said Bodine.

After five races, Bodine is second in the Truck Series championship standings with four top-five finishes.
Look for Bodine in the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra starting with practice on Thursday, May 13th at 2:30 PM Eastern. Final practice follows at 4:15 with qualifying live on SPEED Friday morning, May 14th at 10:10 AM. Racing action is Friday afternoon at 4:45 PM with race coverage on SPEED at 8:00 PM. 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.
 
Notes: Bodine, No. 30 Germain.com Tundra, Dover Int’l Speedway

    * Bodine ranks 2nd in Truck Series Championship standings heading into Dover
    * NASCAR Loop Data Statistics show Bodine leads his Truck Series competitors in Passing on the Backstretch and in Turn Four
    * Bodine has four top-five finishes in five races this season
    * Bodine’s Average Running Position is 10.4 and his Average Driver Rating is 95.6, both rank fifth among Truck Series competitors
    * Germain.com is the central website for the Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with locations in Ohio, Florida and Arkansas. As car and truck buying moves from being a local process to a regional process, Germain.com is seeing increased business from neighboring cities and states
    * Chassis TRD–122 has raced this year at Martinsville and will get back to work at Dover. The truck has been a solid performer for Germain Racing and has one Pole award (Nashville, 2008).
    * Germain Racing has won two or more races each year in the Truck Series since its first race in 2004. The team has 18 wins, seven pole awards and one Truck Series championship
    * Bodine has earned 17 wins and five pole awards of Germain Racing’s Truck Series total of 18 wins and seven pole awards
    * Germain Racing competes in NASCAR’s three premier, national series, has earned top-ten finishes in each and consecutive top-ten points finishes in the NNS division. In 2010, Germain Racing expands its competition portfolio to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
    * Follow Germain Racing @GermainRacing on Twitter or become a fan of the team’s Facebook
    * Germain Racing is seeking team sponsors. Visit www.GermainRacing.com, “Become a Sponsor”

May 11
2010

No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers Team Keyed Up for 2010 Return to Monster Mile

Posted by im_admin in Germain Racing

Dover, Del. (May 11, 2010) - This weekend, Michael Annett will return to a track where he earned one out of a total of five 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Race awards. Hoping for another good run, his historical success at Dover International Speedway leads him into Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 with confidence.

Annett's 13th place finish in the September race at Dover last season not only gave him top finishing rookie honors, but marked his second top-20 finish on the one-mile oval in only two starts there. In the June race at the Monster Mile, he scored the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award for his 19th place run.

"Being named Rookie of the Race and Most Improved Driver in my only two races at Dover definitely gives me a lot of confidence heading into Saturday's race. We have a great baseline to start with this weekend and are carrying a lot of momentum from our good finish at Darlington last week. I'm excited to get back to Dover to compete and also to spend time thanking the many soldiers that serve and protect our country," said Annett.

While he'll be spending the majority of his time in Delaware on the track at Dover International Speedway, Annett will also take the time to thank those who serve our country. The 23 year old driver will join several of his NASCAR Nationwide Series competitors for a visit to the Dover Air Force Base on Friday, as well as hosting a soldier and his family as guests for Saturday's race.

This weekend at Dover International Speedway will mark only the second time this season that all three of NASCAR's top ranked series will be competing at the same racetrack. In addition to Annett's No. 15 Germain.com/Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry, Germain Racing will field Max Papis' No. 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup entry and No. 9 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry, as well as Todd Bodine's No. 30 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry. All four of Germain Racing's cars and trucks will sport the Autism Speaks puzzle piece logo this weekend at Dover in support of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title sponsor of Sunday's Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey's Milk and Milkshakes.

Friday marks the start of the race weekend at Dover International Speedway for the Nationwide Series with practice from 1:05 until 3 p.m. ET. Saturday's action begins with qualifying at 10:05 a.m. ET and the green flag drops for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on ABC and MRN Radio at 2 p.m. ET.

For more information on Michael Annett, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

For information on sponsors of Germain Racing's No. 15 Nationwide Series team, please visit www.Germain.com and www.PilotTravelCenters.com.

May 10
2010

PAPIS SPENDS AN EVENING WITH ‘THE LADY IN BLACK’

Posted by im_admin in Germain Racing

 

Darlington, SC (May 8, 2010) – Mother’s Day weekend is always special to family man, Max Papis, and with his wife and children in tow they set their sights on Darlington Raceway this weekend.  A year ago, Papis was taken out of the race by an anxious Scott Speed on Lap 3, so he hoped that 2010 would find him with favor as he made his second visit to the storied racetrack.

When the opening practice session ended there was cause for concern, as Papis rested 44th on the speed charts and was the slowest of the ‘go or go home’ cars.  Not to worry however, the second session found Papis shooting the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry to the top of the practice charts.  He sat as high as fourth before winding up 27th, and fourth fastest among the ‘go or go homers’.  

When qualifying got underway, Papis wheeled the #13 GEICO Camry around the 1.366-mile oval with a veteran’s calm.  When he completed his two qualifying laps, he was good enough to start 43rd in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Showtime Southern 500.  Given the challenges that ‘The Track Too Tough To Tame’ presents, it is an accomplishment for someone with limited stock car experience, such as Papis, to simply qualify for the race.  With that said, the 2004 Grand-Am Series champion headed into the race looking to rebound from a disappointing 2009 outing in Darlington and continue his progress as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver.

Steamy temperatures greeted the GEICO Racing team when they arrived at Darlington Raceway on Saturday afternoon.  By the time the green flag waved at 7:30 PM (EDT), the temperature had cooled, but only by a few degrees.  The racing on the track would get even hotter, and Papis and the Gecko would do all they could to avoid sustaining the legendary ‘Darlington Stripe’ down the right side of the #13 GEICO Camry.

No sooner than the green flag was displayed, Papis picked up three spots by the close of the opening lap.  He would continue to hustle the #13 GEICO Camry around the Track Too Tough To Tame, recording some of the fastest lap times on the track. Unfortunately, on Lap 71 Papis and the GEICO Camry would be forced down pit road under green flag conditions to replace a faltering front left tire.  Despite the green flag stop, Papis would remain just two laps down when he returned to the racing surface.  

Papis’ word of the day should have been ‘resilience’ because Lap 174 found him once again on pit road, this time repairing a hole in the nose of the GEICO Camry.  Despite the setbacks, he settled in and continued tearing around Darlington Raceway focused on completing his first race at the historic racetrack.  When the checkered flag was displayed after 367 laps of racing, Papis recorded a miraculous 29th place finish in the face of an evening of adversity.

“We had a tough night, but at the same time I also completed my first real race here in the GEICO Camry,” Papis said.  “Last year, I was taken out on the second or third lap, so in reality this was my first race here and I’m proud that we finished it.  I am also proud of this GEICO team for fighting and working hard to get the car fixed and keeping us out there in contention.  All things considered, 29th is a good finish and now we will head to Dover next week and drive the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra in the Truck Series race.”

Papis and the Gecko will next travel to Dover, DE, for the May 14th running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.  Located just 90-miles from the GEICO corporate office in Washington, DC, the Gecko will feel right at home at the high-banked racetrack.  

Papis and the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra will attempt to conquer the ‘Monster Mile’ when they hit the 1-mile oval of Dover International Speedway for their opening practice session at 2:30 PM (EDT) on Thursday, May 13th. Qualifying will follow on Friday at 10:10 AM (EDT).

The Dover 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Friday, May 14th, and it will be televised tape-delayed on SPEED beginning at 8:00 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast beginning at 5:00 PM (EDT).

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

 

May 10
2010

Michael Annett's Top-12 Finish at "Too Tough to Tame" Darlington Boosts Momentum for No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Team

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Darlington, S.C. (May 9, 2010) - On his second date with the "Lady in Black," 23 year old Michael Annett and the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team made a consistent performance on Darlington Raceway's challenging 1.366 mile egg-shaped oval resulting an 11th place finish.

Annett started the 147 lap NASCAR Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts in the 29th spot and was able to gain valuable track position throughout the night by passing cars from the time the green flag dropped for the start of the race. By lap 85, he had driven the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry into the top-15.

In close racing quarters all night, the chemistry built between Annett and his spotter Jason Jarrett proved to work as the young driver avoided mishap on the track with a total of nine caution flags for 42 laps under caution.

"We were consistent all night," said crew chief Ryan "Rudy" Fugle, "Bringing home this top-12 finish is exactly what we needed. Once again we showed our team's strength and that we are capable of competing in the top-10. Even though it wasn't a win, it was a small victory for our entire team. We'll take this momentum and head on to Dover next week."

"The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team worked hard all day and it paid off with a very respectable finish. We proved ourselves finishing 11th tonight. Darlington is one of the toughest and most challenging tracks on the circuit. "Too Tough to Tame" fits it well. To come out of here with the car in one piece and with a really good finish is awesome. We're ready to continue this success and head into the summer stretch of races," noted Annett.

"Tonight was fun. Michael did a great job behind the wheel, Rudy had some really good pit strategy and the guys did some great pit stops. I think choosing to take only two right side tires in the last pit stop really made it work. That was a good call on Rudy's part," said spotter Jason Jarrett, son of former driver Dale Jarrett and grandson of racing legend Ned Jarrett.

Annett was one of only three NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars to finish in the top-12 at the track "Too Tough to Tame" amongst a field made up of several double-duty drivers. His 11th place finish boosted his position in the point standings two places from 17th to 15th, just 72 points outside of the top-10.

The No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team will now venture to Dover International Speedway for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200. At a track where he received Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors in his last race there, Annett and his team will take the energy from their top-12 finish at Darlington and look for another respectable run at Dover. Watch and listen live to the Heluva Good! 200 on ABC and MRN Radio at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.

For more information on Michael Annett, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com

and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

Apr 22
2010

MAX PAPIS & THE GECKO TEAR INTO THE LONE STAR STATE

Posted by in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing

 

When Max Papis and the GEICO team arrived at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday it would have been easy to reflect on the negatives of their past visits to the 1.5-mile quad-oval.  After all, their first visit in November 2008 found them missing the race and returning to North Carolina prematurely.  The Spring of 2009 saw them sit near the top of the speed charts in practice only to end up finishing eight laps down in 35th place when the race concluded.  Then when November rolled around again, Papis and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry once again found themselves excluded from the race after failing to qualify. Once again, short-term memory is important because there is no getting past a racetrack that appears on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule twice yearly.
 
A world-class driver, 2004 Grand-Am Series champion Max Papis knows well the importance of moving forward and this would never be more evident than it was in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session on Friday.  Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry would quickly shoot to the top of the charts, sitting as high as 5th, which easily made him the fastest ‘go or go home’ car on the racetrack.  When the session concluded, he rested 25th on the speed charts and remained the fastest ‘go or go home’ racecar.  
 
Qualifying would follow suit, as he placed the #13 GEICO Camry 27th on the starting grid and was the 3rd fastest among the ‘go or go home’ cars. When Papis peered into his rearview mirror on the parade laps, he would see himself ahead of former Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin.  
 
Rain would set in on Saturday and remain in place until early Monday morning, causing the final practice sessions to be canceled and the race itself to be postponed until noon (EDT) on Monday.
 
When the race got underway, it was anyone’s guess how the #13 GEICO Camry would react in race conditions.  Aside from having a green racetrack, Papis had not turned a single lap in race trim in practice.  Crew chief Bootie Barker would be forced to guess and it seems as though he guessed right.
 
When the race got underway, Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry put forth a solid run and remained on the lead lap until late in the race.  At times Papis had to feel as though he was playing a video game, as he was forced to navigate his way through and around crashes that could have otherwise ended his solid run.  Notably, he wheeled the #13 GEICO Camry through a major crash that included nine cars with 17 laps to go in the race, resulting in a red flag.
 
When the green flag was displayed, Papis pressed forward as the race began to wind down.  He even passed two former Sprint Cup Series Champions on the final laps; beating both Bill Elliott and Bobby Labonte to the checkered flag to record a 22nd place finish.
 
“We had a really good day and I’m happy that we were able to get a good finish for GEICO and the Germain team,” Papis said.  “We’ve worked really hard and I’m so proud of Bootie Barker and this entire team.  Our work is paying off and I look forward to getting the #13 GEICO Camry to Talladega next week and running up front.”
 
Next weekend, Max Papis and the GEICO Racing team will travel to Talladega, Alabama, for NASCAR’s second restrictor-plate race of the season.  A year ago, Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry started 43rd and charged to an 18th place finish in his debut Sprint Cup Series race at the historic superspeedway.
 
Papis and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will make their way around the 2.66-mile tri-oval when their first practice session kicks off at 2:00 PM (ET) on Friday, April 23rd.  Qualifying will take place on Saturday afternoon at 11:35 AM (ET).
 
The Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 25th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET), while 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