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Mar 09
2011

Gaughan And Team Have Aggressive New Strategy for Darlington

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

 

 - Gaughan drives the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra

 - He is an 8-time winner in the Truck Series

 - He holds two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship Titles

 - Gaughan won in the GT class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year

 - Last Raced at Darlington Raceway in Truck Series in 2003

 - Currently 19th in Truck Series points after two races

 - Has one top-five finish in two starts at Darlington

Mooresville, N.C. (March 9, 2011) - Germain Racing driver Brendan Gaughan says that there’s no race track in the world that compares to Darlington Raceway. He loves the track Too Tough to Tame, he’s earned plenty of stripes there and can’t wait to unleash his No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on the track when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competes there on Saturday evening.

“Darlington Raceway, no matter the pavement, the tire, it’s still the same place. You’re always running on the edge, up against the wall, very aggressive, every lap. It’s just a really fun track to race,” explained Gaughan with a smile.

Gaughan and crew chief Bryan Berry agree have a new team strategy for Darlington that goes along with the aggressive style of the South Carolina track. They will unload a brand new race chassis, GR-016, to match their fresh philosophy.

“Bryan Berry and me are trying a new strategy at Darlington. When we unload the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra at Darlington, we’re going to start practice with a qualifying run and work from there,” said Gaughan, who hopes to combat a personal battle with the new strategy and Germain Racing’s wealth of data and experience. “One of the problems I’ve had in my career is I don’t get up to speed fast enough in practice. I need to start being faster earlier in practice instead of testing the truck for three or four laps and wearing the good off the tires. With Germain Racing, the team has such engineering information and experience in the Truck Series, that when we show up at the race track, there’s no question what kind of Tundra you have.  So, we are going to start practice with a qualifying run and build from there. Darlington is a track you have to drive it hard when the tire is good and as it wears out you have to go lap to lap on the tire and drive it accordingly.”

Watch Gaughan in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra on Saturday, March 12th, at Darlington Raceway. Watch the excitement on SPEED starting with qualifying at 3:30 PM ET followed by racing at 5 PM. Can’t get to a television? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate.

Germain Racing has earned two championship titles in the Truck Series. The Toyota team owns 22 victories and 9 pole awards in the series that continues to grow ratings on SPEED. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.

Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. He currently ranks 19th in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s points standings.  Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

About South Point…The South Point (http://www.SouthPointCasino.com) is a 2,200-room resort in Las Vegas, Nevada providing affordable luxury while catering to visitors and locals alike. This casino destination features a world-class spa, bowling center, eight restaurants, showroom, equestrian arena, convention center, exhibit hall, bingo and all of the casino games that made Las Vegas famous. The South Point opened in December 2005.

 

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Mar 09
2011

Bodine and Germain.com Team Are Anxious to Return to the Lady in Black to Defend Their Race Win

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO

 - Bodine is the Reigning Truck Series Champion after earning his 2nd title in 2010

 - Bodine is Third Driver in Truck Series History to Win Multiple Titles, and Clinch Early

 - Bodine Owns 21 Truck Series wins with Germain Racing and 36 NASCAR career wins

 - He owns one Truck Series (2010) and one NNS win (2003) at Darlington Raceway

 - Last year’s win at Darlington was the third of four 2010 victories

March 9, 2011 (Mooresville, N.C.) - For the Germain.com Tundra team the old racing adage holds true—the most important race is the next one on the schedule. Darlington Raceway is next, and, it is important to the No. 30 team and Germain Racing driver Todd Bodine. Bodine led 47 of 147 laps last August to capture the victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ return to the track Too Tough to Tame.

“We won the race there last year in the Germain.com Tundra. I’ve always run well at Darlington in everything I’ve driven there, ever. I’ve got a win in our Toyota truck, a win in the Nationwide Series.  It’s a driver’s track that’s a lot of fun. It’s real technical. Hopefully I can give our teammates some pointers and help them speed up their learning curve a little,” said Bodine.

The No. 30 Germain.com Tundra will be chassis TRD-131. Before last weeks’ race at Phoenix, the truck had never finished outside the top-five and owned three of Germain Racing’s four 2010 wins. Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. said he and his crew are anxious to see what their best Tundra will do in South Carolina.

"I wish we didn't have a weekend off before Darlington,” said Hillman Jr. “We are ready to defend our race win.  We are planning on returning to championship form after a slow start. Darlington is a place where the Germain.com Tundra team is definitely looking to get back on top."

After two of 25 races, Bodine ranks 12th in the Truck Series standings. This is unfamiliar territory for a team and driver that sat atop the standings for the majority of last year. The focus, however, is on overall team performance at Darlington.

“I hope that my biggest challengers at Darlington are my Germain Racing teammates. I hope we are 1, 2, 3, 4. Brendan, Max and Justin have all been to Darlington. There’s no reason they can’t be competitive. Darlington’s a very technical track with a lot of little things that can make you go fast. If there’s anything I can do to help them, I will do it,” said Bodine.

Bodine has competed in two Truck Series events at Darlington, both behind the wheel of the No. 30 Tundra. He has one win and one 20th place result. This Saturday night, he’ll compete in his 168th Truck Series race when he fires up the Germain.com Tundra for the third race of the 2011 season. Bodine has 730 NASCAR career starts to date.

Watch Bodine in the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra on Saturday, February 25th, at Darlington Raceway with coverage on SPEED starting with qualifying at 3:30 PM ET  followed by racing at 5 PM. Can’t get to a television? Tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a fan on Facebook: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135.

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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Mar 07
2011

TOP 25 IN VEGAS: CONSISTENCY KEY FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Las Vegas, NV (March 6, 2011) – A week ago, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team departed Phoenix with a sense of achievement.  Aside of transforming a potentially disastrous day into an 18th place finish, they also bounced themselves into the Top 35 in the owner standings.  A spot inside the Top 35 will lock the team into races beginning with Martinsville, should they maintain their status. 

 

Las Vegas offered the opportunity to continue their effort to gain consistency and further solidify their Top 35 points position.

If one had watched the GEICO team in Phoenix last week, they would feel like Las Vegas was a mirror image of last week’s effort.  Upon arriving at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session, Mears and the Gecko once again out-hustled all other go or go home cars and sat well ahead of their next competitor on the speed chart. 

The opening practice would serve as indication of how both qualifying, as well as the final practice session would go.  In both, the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry sat atop the list of go or go home cars, leaving little doubt as to the ability of seasoned veteran, Mears, and his Germain Racing crew. 

Starting 27th on Sunday, amid cool temperatures and sunny skies, Mears immediately began to battle a loose condition in the #13 GEICO Camry.  Attempting to wheel his machine around the 1.5-mile tri-oval with very little rear grip, Mears quickly expressed his concerns to crew chief Bootie Barker. 

By Lap 55, Mears had hustled up to the 23rd position when a scheduled green flag pit stop sent the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for service.  Aside from saddling Mears with four tires and fuel, the GEICO pit crew would also make a track bar adjustment in hopes of providing Mears with the necessary rear grip.

While the adjustments would make a difference initially, the racecar would fall off quickly.  However, despite the lack of rear grip, Mears would be faster than the leader on Laps 69 and 70. 

As the race began to wind down, the GEICO pit crew would continue tending to the car and making adjustments.  In the end, the pit crew’s efforts, along with Mears’ skill and patience, would allow them to reap the rewards of their hard work and persistence.  When the checkered flag waved over the Entertainment Capital of the World, Mears and the GEICO Racing team notched their second consecutive Top 25 finish.  More significantly, they maintained their position in the Top 35 in the owner standings.

“Sure, it was a tough day, but once again this GEICO team never gave up.  We all remained calm and just kept working hard trying to get the car right and get a decent finish,” Mears said.  “We could’ve very easily quit and just took a 35th place finish, but that’s not in us.  We have such a great group of guys and our sponsor GEICO offers unwavering support.”  He continued, “We’re in the Top 35 and we didn’t even race in Daytona; that’s something to be proud of.  We will enjoy a week off and then get to Bristol and look for another good finish.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes its first break of the 2011 season next week and the Germain Racing team will garner some much-needed rest.  A week of rest only seems appropriate prior to racing at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the World’s Fastest Half-Mile for the opening practice session at 12:00 PM (EST) on Friday, March 18th. Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EST).

The Jeff Byrd 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 20th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (EST).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

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

 

 

Mar 04
2011

Zach Germain Energized for His Sophomore Season in No. 24 Germain.com Camry

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Zach Germain Energized for His Sophomore Season in No. 24 Germain.com Camry; Earned Six Top-10’s at New Smyrna in Off-Season

 

Mooresville, N.C. (03-04-2011) – Germain Racing’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver, Zach Germain, did all the off-season things racers normally do. He tested with his team, he vacationed with family and made plans for his 2011 racing season. In February, he and his crew, led by Jamie Jones, headed to New Smyrna Speedway to shake the cobwebs off at the Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. The experience exceeded the expectations of Germain and his crew. The Columbus, OH, native competed in NKNPSE as a rookie in 2010. He is confident the seven days of racing in Florida were a great precursor to the 2011 season which kicks off March 26th at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

“The best word to describe my mindset, and that of my team’s, after our World Series experience is ‘excited.’ We are all ready to go back to the race track with our No. 24 Germain.com Camry. New Smyrna showed how much I’ve grown since my rookie season. I can’t wait to get to Greenville-Pickens to see if we can improve on last year’s season opener,” said Germain, who finished tenth in his NKNPSE debut at Greenville last March.

Germain and his crew of three had a simple goal for their New Smyrna trip this year. The plan was to shake the dust off after the two months of the off-season. The results, however, far exceeded the goal.

“The World Series was seven races over ten days. Our team worked great together. The car was awesome. We had two second-place finishes and six top-ten finishes in seven races. We had one night where we had carburetor issues and had to take some green flag laps to fix the problem. But, other than that problem, we raced competitively every night. It turned into a real confidence-builder for this Germain Racing team,” said Germain.

Continuity has played a part in the huge strides Germain feels he has made coming into his second year in NASCAR. He is starting this season with the same crew from last year. Another part of the equation has been the opportunity to learn key lessons from NASCAR champion driver David Green. Green stood in on the spotter stand for five of the seven New Smyrna races and Germain says the champion’s coaching has given him a complete sense of preparation for the 2011 racing season.

“Running all seven races gave me the opportunity to put the lessons I was learning from David to use. He really worked with me to improve my confidence in passing cars. In the crate late models, it’s similar to restrictor plate racing. It’s all about momentum and car control. The World Series schedule gave me the unique opportunity to get the lessons, apply them, then discuss the results and go back and apply them again night after night,” said Germain, who also worked with long-time spotter and coach BJ McLeod throughout the New Smyrna experience.

Looking ahead to the NKNPSE season opener in South Carolina, Germain says his perspective has changed and his goals have been altered.

“Greenville was a great way for our team to kick off our rookie year. We completed all 156 laps. I’m looking for that again, but, I want those laps to come from me racing in the top-five all night. I see 2011 as a great opportunity for the Germain.com Camry team to improve our results. We have been to many of the tracks on the schedule at least once. I’ve even raced at Columbus – it was my home track,” said Germain. “When we get to each race track, we’ll immediately be working on making our Toyota faster instead of spending time on me learning the race tracks. We’re looking at the season differently. We know we can finish races, now we want to run competitively each week.”

Of the tracks new on the NKNPSE schedule for 2011, Germain and his crew are particularly curious about how the Bowman Gray weekend will go.

“A couple of our guys have been there to watch weekly racing. I just can’t believe it’s 150 laps of racing and only 37.5 miles! It’ll be a crazy race. I’ve heard the Bowman Gray fans are awesome. I’m looking forward to that race, and, of course, I can’t wait to return to my home track fans at Columbus,” said Germain.

In addition to watching race broadcasts on SPEED this season and following updates at NASCARHomeTracks.com, NASCAR.com’s official home for touring and weekly series news and results, the NKNPSE will have several live radio broadcasts provided by the team from Speed 51 Radio, which is led by SPEED announcer Bob Dillner. The broadcasts will feature flag-to-flag coverage of many of the top events in NASCAR’s touring series, including the NKNPSE season opener at Greenville, championship season finales in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

Zach Germain is on Twitter @ZachGermain and Facebook (facebook.com/pages/Zach-Germain-Racing/117537741607395). Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a fan on Facebook: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135.

When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com where you will 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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Mar 03
2011

Georgia Boot Joins Germain Racing

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Georgia Boot, America’s Hardest Working Boot,
Aligns with Reigning Truck Series Champ Todd Bodine & Germain Racing for 2011

 

Mooresville, N.C. (March 2, 2011) - Germain Racing proudly announces a new team sponsorship for the 2011 season. The team has partnered with America’s Hardest Working Boot, Georgia Boot. The brand is a perfect match for Germain Racing’s strength and competitive reputation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“To have a company like Georgia Boot come on board with us is just a perfect fit. Germain Racing is the hardest working team in the Truck Series, I am absolutely convinced of this. Georgia Boot is made for the hardest working folks in America—the kind of people that have a work ethic strong enough that they could be part of our racing team,” said Todd Bodine, the two-time Truck Series champion who will sport the Georgia Boot paint scheme this season.

Georgia Boot has signed on as primary sponsor of the No. 30 Georgia Boot Tundra at Kentucky Speedway in July and the No. 30 Germain Racing team will proudly wear the Georgia Boot logo as an associate sponsor for the entire 2011 season.

“Georgia Boot is a sponsor that’s been in front of the Truck Series fans for years. They know that race fans love the Truck Series because it’s tough. It’s competitive.  It might be the best racing around.  We love the fact that Georgia Boot is headquartered in Central Ohio, just down the road from Germain Motor Company headquarters.  We are looking forward to having Georgia Boot on Todd's Tundra as he defends his Championship in 2011," said team owner Bob Germain Jr.

Earning back-to-back titles has proven an impossible feat in the Truck Series. In fact, only three drivers have earned more than one title, and Bodine is one of them.

We are excited to join forces with Germain Racing for the 2011 season. Todd Bodine and Germain Racing are great examples of consistency, performance, and a drive for excellence that make them a great fit for our brand. The team is coming off a winning season and we are excited to be a part of their quest to win it all this season. We look forward to supporting Todd and the team and look forward to a great year,” said Jared Oviatt, Georgia Boot vice president of sales.

Germain Racing is only the second team in Truck Series history to earn multiple wins in seven consecutive seasons. Germain Racing has 22 wins, nine pole awards and two championships. Follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a fan on Facebook: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135.

Georgia Boot is a manufacturer and marketer of quality work and outdoor footwear. It is a division of Rocky Brands, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ® under the symbol: RCKY. For more information, visit www.georgiaboot.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @GeorgiaBoot
Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/GeorgiaBoot

  

Contact:

Mike Alday

Alday Communications for Georgia Boot

615-791-1535


Lori Smith

Germain Racing

704-799-4300

 

Feb 28
2011

Throttle Stop Issue Slows Lofton in Phoenix

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

// February 28th, 2011

Phoenix International Raceway is one of Justin Lofton’s favorite race tracks. He entered the event weekend with high hopes at the one-mile facility, but an issue with his No. 77 Lofton Cattle Toyota Tundra early into the Lucas Oil 150 on Friday night left him with a 30th place finish.

“It’s disappointing because I had some family come from California and I always look forward to racing here. I knew something wasn’t right pretty early, but it is something that gradually gets worse and you can’t tell right off what it is,” Lofton said. “Once we figured it out, the truck ran pretty good. We’ll shake it off this week and be back at it in Darlington.”

At the start of the race, Lofton dropped his No. 77 Toyota to the rear of the field after the crew made adjustments to the truck following qualifying. Initially, Lofton grabbed the 24th starting spot. With just under 20 laps on the board however, the 25-year-old radioed to crew chief Ryan Fugle that the truck seemed sluggish on the front stretch.

Shortly after the race hit the lap 40 mark, the first yellow flag of the night waved, allowing Lofton to make a trip down pit road. The crew raised the hood, investigating the problem. The field returned to green flag conditions, but the Lofton Cattle machine remained on pit road. While looking their machine over, the crew found that the throttle stop backed out, fixed the problem, and sent Lofton back on track.

Despite rejoining the race with a 10 lap deficit, Lofton did his job, running a clean race and clicking off lap times that equaled other trucks within the top-10.

On lap 104 Fugle and Lofton agreed to drop to the rear of the field following a restart, since “cautions breed cautions.” And they were right. Five more caution flags waved during the course of the final 40 laps. Spotter Mark Green called Lofton through the action, allowing the California native to drive his Toyota home to a 30th place finish.

After a week off the No. 77 Lofton Cattle crew will next head to Darlington Raceway on March 12th.


Amanda Brahler

Justin Lofton Media Relations

Email: mandy@justinloftoninc.com

LoftonRacing.com - twitter.com/jlracing  

Feb 28
2011

Germain.com Tundra Has Top-Five Performance with Top-15 Result in Phoenix

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

Mooresville, N.C. (02-28-2011) – On Friday, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team unleashed a new chassis setup on their Toyota truck for driver Todd Bodine. The setup came as a result of off-season testing and it seemed to work very well. Bodine qualified in the seventh position and spent more than 110 laps of the 77th Annual Lucas Oil 150 running in or near that same spot.  Things changed for the team when the fifth caution of the night flew at lap 113 in the second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of the season.

“We probably unloaded our best Germain.com Tundra at Phoenix in three or four years,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.  “We had a great practice session, a good qualifying position and good pit stops. If we didn’t have the racing incident, we were a top-five truck.”

The Germain.com Tundra pit crew had some crash repair practice at the season opener in Daytona. At Phoenix, unfortunately, it was more of the same.

“We were able to bring the truck into the pits, get it repaired, and stay on the lead lap. The Germain.com Tundra took a pretty big hit, so, salvaging a 14th-place finish was a good result for us. We’re all looking ahead to Darlington,” said Hillman.

After two of 25 races, Bodine ranks 12th in the Truck Series points standings. Bodine races the No. 30 Tundra next at Darlington Raceway on March 12th, where they will be defending their 2010 victory at the track “Too Tough to Tame.”

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a fan on Facebook: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135.

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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Feb 28
2011

Gaughan Finishes 17th at PIR

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Mooresville, N.C. (02-28-2011) – Heading into the second race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Brendan Gaughan and his No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino team were excited about the possibilities of racing at Phoenix International Raceway. Gaughan qualified 12th and raced among the top-15 trucks for much of the 150-lap event.

“When race time came, the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra was very loose getting into the corners. We were able to make some adjustments on the first pit stop that helped Brendan, but we lost some track position and it was hard to make it up on Friday night,” said crew chief Bryan Berry.

Gaughan was in the top-15 for most of the night and in the final 40 laps, he began working his way toward the top-ten before ending the night with a 17th-place finish.

“I think we had a truck that was a top-ten Tundra, but the brush with the wall on lap 129 took us off the lead lap,” explained Berry.

Brendan Gaughan is currently 19th in Truck Series points standings. His next Truck Series race is March 12th, at Darlington Raceway.

Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

Germain Racing has earned two championship titles in the Truck Series. The Toyota team owns 22 victories and 9 pole awards in the series that continues to grow ratings on SPEED. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.

About South Point…The South Point (http://www.SouthPointCasino.com) is a 2,200-room resort in Las Vegas, Nevada providing affordable luxury while catering to visitors and locals alike. This casino destination features a world-class spa, bowling center, eight restaurants, showroom, equestrian arena, convention center, exhibit hall, bingo and all of the casino games that made Las Vegas famous. The South Point opened in December 2005.

 

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Feb 28
2011

RESILIENT MEARS REBOUNDS IN PHOENIX

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker

Avondale, AZ (February 27, 2011) – Ten days ago, Casey Mears was dealt one of the worst hands in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing career when two motors broke in two days at Daytona, forcing him and the Germain Racing team to pack up the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry and head home.  While sitting on his couch watching the Daytona 500, Mears pondered long and hard the prospect of arriving in Phoenix to seek redemption.

 

Mears, whose wife, Trisha, played college basketball, saw Phoenix as a chance to rebound, but his performance in the first and second practices on Friday appeared more akin to a fast-break.  He quickly found himself among the fastest go or go home cars in both sessions, giving the GEICO team much needed hope heading into Saturday afternoon qualifying.

 

Qualifying would see more of the same out of the #13 GEICO Camry, as Mears worked his way around the one-mile tri-oval, out-hustling even Jimmie Johnson, to put the #13 GEICO Camry 27th on the starting grid for Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500.  While Mears’ effort was the fastest among the go or go home cars, it more importantly exposed the resilience of both Mears and his Germain Racing team after experiencing heartbreak just a week ago in Daytona.

 

On Sunday, the green flag turned the field loose under sunny skies and cool temperatures.  Starting 27th, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry made quick work of Matt Kenseth and Juan Pablo Montoya and promptly moved into the Top 25 by Lap 17. 

 

NASCAR informed the teams prior to the race that there would be a competition caution on Lap 40.  The green flag would not last that long, as debris would bring out the yellow flag for the first time on Lap 19.  Given that the teams were not allowed to refuel until the Lap 40 competition caution, crew chief Bootie Barker advised Mears not to visit pit road.  The result would be Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry restarting 7th on Lap 23.  Mears ran solidly in the 7th position for five laps before he fell victim to the fresh tires of cars behind him. 

 

He slid as low as 18th before the second caution of the afternoon was displayed on Lap 33 for a Robby Gordon spin.  Mears brought his #13 GEICO Camry down pit road to the attention of his Germain Racing pit crew for the first stop of the day.  After being outfitted with four fresh Goodyear tires and a tank of Sunoco racing fuel, Mears would sustain light fender damage while exiting pit road when a member of the #43 team inadvertently struck Mears’ car.  Consequently, Mears was forced to surrender 18th position and take another trip down pit road to have the fender pulled off of the tire.  Mears was relegated to restarting 38th on Lap 39, losing 20 positions due to the pit road incident. 

 

After narrowly avoiding two crashes earlier in the race, Mears soon found himself involved in one.  Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry restarted 19th on Lap 67, but before the field could complete a full sweep of the racetrack, a Talladega-like crash ensued, collecting thirteen cars, including that of Mears.  Mears radioed to Barker that the car was destroyed and that he was taking it to the garage, but Barker instructed him to limp the car down pit road so the pit crew could more properly assess the situation.  Upon seeing the heavy left side damage and right rear damage, the GEICO Racing pit crew promptly went to work.  Following a heavy investment of blood, sweat and Bear Bond tape, they returned Mears to the racing surface without causing him to lose a single lap. 

 

After restarting 18th on Lap 73, Mears settled the #13 GEICO Camry in for one of the longest green flag runs of the day.  He would dip in and out of the Top 20 through Lap 127 when David Ragan found himself crashing hard into the wall.  The caution flag provided Mears the opportunity to bring the GEICO Camry down pit road and let the Germain Racing pit crew continue to make repairs to the crash damage. 

 

Mears would travel down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 255.  The GEICO crew supplied him with four fresh tires and a tank of fuel in a timely fashion, returning him to the track in the 23rd position.  Unfortunately, he would find himself two laps down.  Mears appeared undaunted and continued picking off cars one by one until he cracked the Top 20 on Lap 282. 

 

Mears had slipped to three laps down, but a caution flag provided a bit of relief on Lap 284.  Many cars had just visited pit road, which allowed Mears to recover one of the three.  Barker quickly radioed to Mears: “Because you were out there haulin’ butt, you actually made up a lap!”  Now the team was just a single lap down to the leaders and sitting in the 19th position as the race began to wind down. 

 

After going green for the final time on Lap 291, Mears would hustle through the final laps of the race and manage to record an 18th place finish.  Mears’ determination was evident, as he managed to track down and pass Montoya with just three laps to go. 

Despite sustaining heavy crash damage on Lap 67, Mears and the GEICO team displayed resilience and poise and delivered their first Top 20 finish of the season. 

 

“This is one of those races where we can think about what kind of finish we could’ve had if we didn’t get caught in that wreck, but these guys worked so hard today to keep this #13 GEICO Camry on the race track and it really paid off,” Mears said with a smile after emerging from the badly damaged GEICO Camry.  “This weekend says everything about this GEICO team.  We had a tough week in Daytona and everyone from GEICO’s corporate office down to the janitor at the race shop was heartbroken, but we came back this week and showed that Daytona was a fluke.  Today… this is who we are.”  He continued, “I can’t thank GEICO enough for their support over the last week and also for the Germain team for staying focused and giving us the opportunity to have a good weekend here in Phoenix.”

 

Next weekend, Mears and the GEICO Racing team will travel to Las Vegas for the series’ third stop on the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval of Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the opening practice session at 3:00 PM (EST) on Friday, March 4th. Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (EST).

 

The Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 6th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 PM (EST).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

 

 

Feb 26
2011

Max Papis Avoids Late-Race Cautions to Bring Home Top-15 at Phoenix

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

 

 

AVONDALE, Ariz. (February 25, 2011) – One week after crossing the finish line in 12th-place at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Max Papis and the No. 9 GEICO Racing team trekked cross country to compete at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, the second stop of the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Numerous late race cautions plagued the field, but Papis used patience to bring home a solid 15th-place finish in the Arizona desert.

 

A normal schedule occurrence saw the Truck Series complete a one-day show on Friday, as practice, qualifying and the race all took place during the same day at the one-mile track. After dialing in the GEICO Toyota in the morning practice session, Papis laid down a respectable lap in qualifying to start the 150-mile race from the 18th position.

 

The beginning of the Lucas Oil 150 saw the 36-truck field complete laps under green-flag conditions. As Papis faced a loose handling Tundra, the Italian slipped back a few spots in the first 30 laps and was placed one lap down to the leaders. The yellow flag was displayed on lap 43, with the Gecko holding 22nd-place. Crew chief Randy Goss called his driver to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments to help tighten up the Toyota. Restarting on lap 49 from 23rd-place, Papis began fighting for the Lucky Dog award.

 

The second caution of the night was brought out on lap 59, with Papis in 22nd-place, two spots shy of receiving the Lucky Dog award to return to the lead lap. Papis reported to his GEICO crew that the adjustments made on the first pit stop helped but he was still loose. Remaining on the track, Papis restarted on lap 63 from the same position. Another 40 lap green-flag period ensued as Papis continued to run strong in the 22nd position.

 

On lap 101, the third caution slowed the pace, sparking a string of six cautions in 40 laps. Goss radioed for Papis to come back to pit road for the final stop of the evening, taking four fresh tires and fuel. Continuing to dodge accidents in front of his GEICO Toyota, Papis swerved and swayed to break into the top-20 by lap 119. Showing extreme patience and driving skills, the driver’s break finally came on lap 133 as he received the Lucky Dog award and regained his position on the lead lap.

 

The green flag waved for the final time on lap 140, setting up a 10-lap shootout in the Valley of the Sun. With six laps remaining, Papis battled his way into 15th-place. Never looking back, Papis crossed the finish line and recorded his second consecutive top-15 finish. Papis continues to hold the eighth position in the Camping World Truck Series Driver Championship Point Standings, only 10 points behind leader Matt Crafton.

 

“We battled hard tonight to get that Top 15 finish for GEICO and Germain Racing.  We took what the day gave us and we will move forward to the next race in Darlington,” Papis said.  “I was able to stay out of trouble and we are getting better one lap at a time.  We’re 8th in the point standings and just ten points out of first place, so we are in a good place and we are going to keep fighting and getting better each race.”

 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Darlington Raceway on Saturday, March 12.  The Too Tough To Tame 200 will be broadcast on SPEED Channel, Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio and MRN Radio beginning at 5:00 p.m. EST. Visit www.twitter.com/GEICORacing for news and updates throughout the weekend.

 

 

-PMI-

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sammjones1@gmail.com