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Jul 06
2010

Historic NNS New Car Race Yields 12th Place Finish to Michael Annett and No. 15 Germain Racing Team

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Daytona Beach, Fla. (July 3, 2010) At the halfway mark in his second full-season in NASCAR’s second tiered Nationwide Series, Michael Annett currently stands 12th in the points race after the Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. In the historic first race in the Nationwide Series new car, Annett qualified 17th and scored a 12th place finish after recovering from an early race spin.

Under the lights at the World Center of Racing, Annett pushed his way from his 17th place start into the top-10 by lap 14. Running in the seventh position, the former Daytona winner in the ARCA Racing Series got loose off of the exit of turn four on lap 32, bringing out the second caution of the event. Fortunately, no damage was caused to the No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry.

Coming to pit road twice under yellow, the No. 15 took four tires, fuel and put in a new right rear window to replace one that was blown out during the spin. Restarting 33rd on lap 36, Annett didn’t lose his determination and again shuffled his way through the pack and back into the top-20 by lap 42. Moving up 20 spots from his restart by lap 61, he continued to rebound and gain track position, although he was fighting a loose handling condition.

The caution was again displayed on lap 69 for debris, allowing Annett to come to pit road for service to his No. 15 Toyota Camry. He restarted 14th for a 25 lap shootout.

Still reporting the car being extremely loose, Annett held steady in the top-20 until relief came on lap 95, bringing out the final caution of the night. With a four tire change, air pressure adjustment and wedge adjustment, Annett was back on the track and ready to race for the green, white, checkered finish to the Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola.

The No. 15 Germain.com Camry restarted 20th and crossed the finish line recording a 12th place finish, his second consecutive 12th place finish on Daytona’s legendary 2.5 mile tri-oval. His finish moved him two places in Nationwide Series championship point standings to 12th, 117 points outside of the top-10.

"I think every team out there wasn’t sure what to expect in the first Nationwide Series new car race. We were good in single car runs and in the draft during practice, so I felt good leading into Friday’s race," said Annett, "We had a good race car and we were really good through turns one and two. I’m glad we were able to salvage a respectable finish after that early spin and bring home a 12th place finish in our No. 15 Germain.com Camry. I’m so proud of all the guys for their hard work on getting this new car ready. They’ve put a lot into this. I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the new No. 15 Toyota at Michigan."

The second of four Nationwide Series new car races on the schedule for 2010 will be at Michigan International Raceway on August 14. In addition to Daytona and Michigan, the Nationwide Series events at Richmond International Raceway on September 10 and Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 15 will be Nationwide Series new car points races before the new car’s full integration into the series in 2011.

Next up on the Nationwide Series schedule is the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola. Live race coverage from the Windy City can be seen and heard on ESPN and MRN Radio beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out

 

 

www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com

. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

www.Germain.com and www.pilottravelcenters.com.

 

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

Jul 06
2010

Germain Finished 16th in Road Course Debut at Lime Rock

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

 

Mooresville, N.C. (07-05-2010) – In his first road course race, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East rookie driver Zach Germain finished 16th in the No. 24 Germain.com Camry. The results were a handsome payoff for the 25 year-old from Columbus, Ohio, who finished just a couple spots behind some of the instructors that had tutored him on the mechanics of racing at the 1.54-mile Lime Rock Park circuit in Lakeville, CT.

 

“I really enjoyed my first road course race. It was an extreme challenge for my physical endurance and mental stamina, but I think our finish showed that the driver and the crew were up for the test. I prepared for the K&N 100 by attending the Skip Barber Racing School. Getting to know the course helped so that I could focus on technique and getting the car adjusted for the race. Tom Ackerman, our shock specialist on the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra, came to Lime Rock with us this weekend. He and the No. 24 Germain.com Camry team made some great adjustments to the car. It handled the right-hand turns very well,” said Germain who ranks 15th in the K&N Pro Series East points standings after six races.

 

The weekend kicked off with Germain hearing a new but very familiar voice on his team radio as he put the No. 24 Germain.com Camry in the top-20 on the practice charts.

 

“My dad did a great job in his spotting debut. He had no idea he was getting put to work when he got to the track, but we needed extra spotters for practice. He did a great job. When I heard his voice, it reminded me of the virtue that he and my mom preach to me when they are at the race track – patience,” smiled Germain. “After the first run in practice, I had a lot of confidence in our team and in what I’d learned about getting around the course. At other new tracks we’ve gone to, I’ve had to commit time in first practice to learning the lines around the track. At Lime Rock, I already knew the line from the Skip Barber school and it worked very well for the Germain.com Camry. I was comfortable in the car and could focus on pedal technique and positioning the car for each corner.”

 

The 66-lap race was slowed by only three cautions for a total of eight yellow-flag laps. The long green-flag runs allowed the 29-car field to space out over the mile and a half circuit.

 

“The long green flag runs worked out great. The field spaced out pretty quickly and I was able to get in the zone so well that the cars around me didn’t bother me at all,” explained Germain. “We had one bobble. I didn’t get the Germain.com Camry slowed down heading into the chicane on lap 35. I spun but was able to keep the car on course. It wouldn’t re-start and it cost us a couple laps waiting for a push-start. If there was a disappointing moment in the race weekend, I guess that was it. But, the weekend was a great experience. The guys did a great job with adjustments and we’re all anxious to get to our next race at Lee.”

 

Watch Saturday’s Lime Rock Park NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Thursday, July 8th at 6:00 PM on SPEED. The next race on the K&N Pro Series East schedule is July 30th at Lee USA Speedway. 

 

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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Jun 30
2010

Lime Rock Will Be First Road Course Race for Zach Germain

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Mooresville, N.C. (June 30, 2010) – Zach Germain is very pleased with the variety of race tracks that are represented by the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The rookie driver will make his road course debut this weekend at Lime Rock Park, just a week after racing on the second of three Sprint Cup Series race tracks on the K&N Pro Series. Germain thinks his team is ready for the challenge of turning right and left at Lime Rock.

“With what this Germain.com Camry team has been able to accomplish in the last two races, I am very confident that we can have a good race weekend at Lime Rock. The track is another unique race course that is part of why the K&N Pro Series East has such a strong field of rookie contenders. Driving in this series gives sponsors exposure on SPEED and it gives drivers and teams experience with a wide variety of race tracks to prepare them for their NASCAR careers,” said Germain.

In preparation for the Lime Rock race weekend, Germain, a graduate of Miami University of Ohio,  has gone back to school.

“I’ve enrolled in the Skip Barber Racing School at Lime Rock and the program has been amazing. All of the tracks we race in the K&N Pro Series are new to me, so usually I will try to prepare on a simulator, or to go through notes from our Germain Racing teams.  For Lime Rock, the experience has been much different. We had classroom time, then ride-along time before we drove on the course. One of the Skip Barber instructors is a former East Series driver who has competed at Lime Rock, so the information I’ve been able to learn has given me a lot of comfort heading into the race weekend,” said Germain.

With Germain Racing’s No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team off this weekend, Tom Ackerman, shock specialist for the points-leading truck, will travel to Lime Rock to work with the No. 24 Germain.com Camry team.

“This will be the second time Tom has been a part of our race team this season. He came to Martinsville Speedway along with several of our teammates from the 30 truck. Tom has been a crew chief in the Truck Series, he’s won races, and he’s a tireless team player. I know the guys are excited about having him along this weekend at Lime Rock,” said Germain.

The Germain.com Camry races at Lime Rock Park on Saturday, July 3rd, at 2:15 PM Eastern. The race will be broadcast on SPEED on July 8th at 6:00 PM Eastern.

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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Media Contact: Lori Smith, Germain Racing 704-651-0606 (M) or Lsmith@germain.com

 

 

Jun 29
2010

Michael Annett Looking Forward to Nationwide Series New Car Debut at Daytona International SpeedwayBlog title (click to edit)

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Daytona Beach, Fla. (June 29, 2010) The NASCAR Nationwide Series new car will make its debut this weekend at legendary Daytona International Speedway in Friday’s Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola. Michael Annett, a former winner at Daytona in the ARCA Racing Series, will pilot the No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry for the inaugural Nationwide Series new car race, one of four on the Nationwide Series schedule for 2010.

In addition to this week’s Subway Jalapeno 250, the Nationwide Series events at Michigan International Speedway on August 14, Richmond International Speedway on September 10 and Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 15 will all be Nationwide Series new car points races before the new car’s full integration into the series in 2011.

In preparation for Friday’s race, the No. 15 Germain Racing team participated in NASCAR’s two day test of the new car at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, May 18th and Wednesday, May 19th. Of the 24 cars that completed the test, Annett was third fastest in the Tuesday morning session, 12th in the Tuesday afternoon session and sixth in the Wednesday morning session.

In response to the successful new car test in May, Annett said, "Overall, we had a productive test at Daytona back in May. We learned a lot about the new car, and it was really fun to drive. I’m excited about the new car bringing more tightened competition among all of the teams in the Nationwide Series. One of the best features about the new car is its look. Each manufacturer’s model has created a signature look, so the Toyota Camry now has its own identity. On the competition side, we unloaded a really comfortable and fast race car."

Statistically, Annett has shown great success on superspeedways with two wins tallied in the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona International Speedway

(2008) and Talladega Superspeedway (2007). In five career qualifying attempts at Daytona, Annett has started third (ARCA, 2008), fourth (ARCA, 2009), 18th (Nationwide Series, 2009), ninth (Nationwide Series, 2009) and 18th (Nationwide Series, 2010). He heads to Daytona on the heels of a 12th place finish in his most recent run on the 2.5 mile tri-oval in February’s Drive4COPD 300.

"Daytona has always been one of my favorite tracks, so I’m looking forward to the first race in the new car being on a superspeedway. We’ll be racing the new car on a variety of tracks this season, but Daytona will be our only superspeedway run," said Annett. "Not only have I run well at Daytona, but I enjoy everything about racing there. I’m really excited to get back on the track this week in the new No. 15 Toyota Camry."

An additional day of practice from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday will enable teams to have more time on the track in the Nationwide Series new cars to prepare for Friday’s race. Practice on Thursday begins at 2 p.m. and final practice gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Nationwide Series qualifying starts at 1:05 p.m. on Friday, and engines fire up for the Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola at 8 p.m. Watch and listen live on ESPN and MRN Radio beginning at 7:30 p.m. All times are ET.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out

 

 

www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com

. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

www.Germain.com and www.pilottravelcenters.com.

 

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

Jun 28
2010

Germain Tackles Tough Oval with Best Qualifying Effort of Season

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Mooresville, N.C. (06-27-2010) – Zach Germain has completed competition on two very tough NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  race tracks and has earned a wealth of experience to use for his budding NASCAR career. In race number five on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule, Germain raced the No. 24 Germain.com Camry at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He earned his best qualifying spot of the season, 18th, and finished the 125-lap race in 17th.

 

“First of all, this Germain Racing team turned in another great performance. The Germain.com Camry we brought to the race track handled very well and we were able to earn our best qualifying effort of the season on a challenging, Sprint Cup Series race track. We ran through a 55-lap green flag run, which was a new experience for me. The car was very loose at the start of the race, then it got tight. The crew made good adjustments and kept making the Germain.com Camry better. All in all, it was a great effort and I’m very proud of this No. 24 team,” said Germain, who ranks 15th in the series standings after five races.

 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway provided rookie driver Germain and his team with another weekend of solid gains and solid experience.

 

“This weekend we knew there would be many opportunities to learn, and we were able to gain positive experience from every one of them. Our pit stops were very good. Whether we took fuel-only or tires, my team did great stops. I experienced several three-wide restarts, a lot of beating and banging and the long green flag run. We worked through a variety of handling conditions and I learned a lot about how my input into the steering wheel affects the handling of the car. New Hampshire is a track that is very ‘line-sensitive.’ I can’t wait to unload our Germain.com Camry at Lime Rock,” said Germain.  

 

See the Germain.com Camry on national television. Friday’s K&N Pro Series East race from New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be broadcast on SPEED on Thursday, July 1st at 6:00 PM Eastern.

 

Lime Rock Park, the next race on the K&N Pro Series East schedule, is the only road course race of the season. Germain will race the No. 24 Germain.com Camry at the Connecticut facility on Saturday, July 3rd.

 

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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Jun 23
2010

Michael Annett and No. 15 Team Head to the “Magic Mile” for New England 200

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

 

Loudon, N.H. (June 23, 2010) Following three consecutive weeks of non-companion races, the NASCAR Nationwide Series will again join with NASCAR’s No. 1 ranked Sprint Cup Series this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the New England 200 on Saturday.

Often described as "Martinsville on steroids", New Hampshire Motor Speedway can really be compared to no other track that NASCAR competes on.

Its unusual 1.058 mile oval is said to be the most unusual on the circuit.

Germain Racing will field three NASCAR sanctioned entries at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this week. In addition to Michael Annett’s No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry, Max Papis will pilot the team’s No. 13 Camry in the Sprint Cup Series and Zach Germain will compete in Friday’s K&N Pro Series East race in the No. 24 sponsored Camry.

After celebrating his 24th birthday (June 23), Annett will be making his third appearance on the New England track where he finished 19th in last years Nationwide Series Camping World RV Sales 200 presented by Turtle Wax. Heading into Saturday’s 175 lap race at the "Magic Mile," Annett is 14th in Nationwide Series points, just 104 markers outside of the top-10. Annett, who finished 10th in the Nationwide Series championship point standings in 2009, is focused on earning a top-10 finish and gaining valuable points to help move him into the top-10 points race.

Nationwide Series cars get on-track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday at 10:30 a.m. for practice. Final practice follows at 1:40 p.m.

Race day activities kick off with qualifying at 10:05 a.m. and the green flag waves for the start of the New England 200 at 3:30 p.m. Watch live coverage of Saturday’s race on ESPN beginning at 2:30 p.m. Practice, final practice and qualifying can be seen live on SPEED. All times are ET.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out

 

 

www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com

. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

www.Germain.com and www.pilottravelcenters.com.

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

Jun 23
2010

For Zach Germain, His First Trip to New Hampshire Is About His Next

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Mooresville, N.C. (June 22, 2010) – Germain Racing driver Zach Germain is looking forward to taking his first ever trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. The 25 year-old Columbus, Ohio, native, sees his debut on the 1.058-mile oval as an opportunity to learn and prepare for the team’s return to the Sprint Cup Series race track in September. With momentum from a strong performance at Martinsville, the No. 24 Germain.com Camry NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team plans to rack up another top-15 finish and build a strong play-book for the New Hampshire race track.

“The focus for me and this No. 24 Germain.com Camry team this entire season has been on education. We want to gain the most from each race weekend that we can. Going to New Hampshire to race Friday means we have a chance to test, practice and prepare for our return in September. It makes every lap this weekend more valuable because we will get a chance to reuse everything we learn in Friday’s New England 125,” said Germain, a 2007 graduate of Miami University of Ohio. 

Germain and the No. 24 crew carry some extra confidence into New Hampshire. Along with their top-15 finish at Martinsville Speedway still fresh on their minds, the crew gets to work again with Mike Hillman Jr., crew chief of the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra.

“We don’t get the chance to work with Junior every weekend, so, having him with us at New Hampshire is a bonus. The team really enjoyed his help in Martinsville and I know I was able to learn a lot from him. I think it will be a great experience for us and his experience at New Hampshire will help build our notes for when we return in September,” said Germain.

Hillman could race every weekend if he didn’t enjoy spending time with his family so much. He is looking forward to sneaking in another K&N Pro Series East race weekend.

“Germain Racing’s goal with our K&N Pro Series East program is to let younger drivers gain experience at race tracks that will benefit them in the future. I think at Martinsville from where we started to where we ended we made big gains. If it was up to me we could race our truck 36 times a year like the Cup cars but since we don’t, it gives me an opportunity to work with our other teams and drivers. I had a blast at Martinsville. Hopefully this weekend at New Hampshire we can make more steps in the right direction, improving our K&N team and our driver development program,” said Hillman.

The Germain.com Camry races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, June 25th, at 5:00 PM Eastern. The race will be broadcast on SPEED on July 1st at 6:00 PM Eastern.

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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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 16
2010

Midwestern Native Michael Annett Heads to Inaugural Road America RaceBlog title (click to edit)

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

 

Elkhart Lake, Wis. (June 16, 2010) NASCAR will make its inaugural appearance at Road America this weekend as the Nationwide Series competes in the Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards. With an open weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule where The Milwaukee Mile was formerly inserted, Road America jumped on board to host one of three road course races on the 2010 Nationwide Series schedule.

New to the 2010 Nationwide Series lineup, the 14 turn, 4.048 mile road course will be new and different to most of the 43 competitors on the entry list for the Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards.

Second year Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett made his road course debut at Watkins Glen International earning a 20th place finish in the August 2009 Zippo 200 at the Glen, while finishing 18th in his No. 15 HYPE Energy Toyota in the 2009 road course event at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

"My experience at Watkins Glen and Montreal last year definitely helped me get a better grasp for road course racing. Every course is different though, so Road America will be a whole new experience having never been there before," said Annett. "Our goal in both of last season’s road course races was to stay smooth and keep all four wheels on the track. Sticking to that objective paid off in two top-20 finishes, so I think if we follow through with that goal again at Road America, we’ll come out with a respectable finish."

Road America is an exclusive venue to the Nationwide Series this season, so it’s race that will spotlight the series, setting it apart from the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series.

When Annett was asked about the series’ debut at Road America, he commented, "It’s exciting to see a new track added to our schedule this season. It says a lot for our sport to have so many great facilities spaced all throughout the country. I’m a Midwestern native from Des Moines, Iowa, so I’m excited to see another race in the Midwest added. I’m really looking forward the Road America event."

Road course racing at Road America begins on Thursday with practice from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and again from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Cars hit the track for another day of practice sessions on Friday from 2-3 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. Road course qualifying begins on Saturday at 10:35 a.m. and the green flag waves for the 50 lap Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards at 3:30 p.m. Watch and listen to live coverage of the race beginning at 3 p.m. on ESPN 2 and MRN Radio. All times ET.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out

 

 

www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com

. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

www.pilottravelcenters.com

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

Jun 14
2010

Bodine Finishes Runner-up after Intense Michigan Truck Series RaceBlog title (click to edit)

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Mooresville, NC (06-13-2010) – Whether the racer was strapped in behind the wheel of a race truck, or the racer was perched atop pit wall waiting for the race truck to slide into the pit stall for service, Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway was chock full of the action that racers live for. Todd Bodine, current Truck Series points leader, led the most laps in a Germain.com Tundra that was the class of the field. Following a series of restarts in the closing laps that produced some extremely intense racing among the top four drivers, Bodine finished second to fellow Tundra driver Aric Almirola.

“We had a great Tundra today and our Germain Racing pit crew did a great job. Aric (Almirola) was just good at the end when he needed it. We had a great race truck. Today was Camping World Truck Series racing at its finest. That’s what it’s about and that’s why people love to watch our races and come to the races. It’s hard-nosed, go get ‘em every lap racing and it’s a lot of fun,” proclaimed Bodine, driver of the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra, following the 100-lap race that concluded with two cautions in the final 20 laps, capping off the event with the feeling of a heat race or showdown.

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. enjoyed the racing action and is excited about how Germain Racing’s No. 30 Tundra team has been performing as of late. The effort is bigger than just the pit crew, the race team, the guys at the shop or TRIAD…it’s about everyone.

“We had the best truck in Texas. We had the best truck again in Michigan. I couldn’t be more proud of all the guys that work on our 30 truck. The job these guys do is more than just great pit stops. It’s what they do all week long, working with everyone in the Germain Racing shop. All the guys at TRIAD work really hard to put us in position to win every week. I am very proud of the effort going into this team and the results we’ve been able to get,” said Hillman Jr.

The Germain.com Tundra started the race in seventh position, and Bodine locked it into the top-five a few laps into the race, and credited his pit crew with playing a huge role in keeping him up front all day.

“I said it all along and I say it every week, I have the best crew on pit road. They do a great job and they got us off pit road first. On the second run, our Germain.com Tundra was too tight in the middle, then during the last run, it was too tight on exit. That’s why I just couldn’t roll up outside of Aric there at the end. The crew builds great trucks that are fast off the hauler every week and, knock on wood, we’ll keep doing it and keep plugging away and keep getting these top-fives,” said Bodine, who has scored eight top-five finishes including one victory in nine races this season.

For all the hard work that Bodine and the Germain.com Tundra crew put into preparing for and executing the VFW 200 race this weekend at Michigan, Bodine says his competitors have been working hard, too, which makes it easier for him to be happy about finishing second rather than taking home the victory.

“We didn’t come here to finish second, but we finished second and you have to look at it as a points day. Aric gained a few points on us because he won. We’re back in our form. At the beginning of the year we were struggling pretty hard. (Mike Hillman) Jr. and the crew got it figured out and now the trucks are driving incredibly well. It was a good day. Nobody likes to lose. But, unlike a lot of people, I’m not a sore loser. I’m happy for Aric and Billy (Ballew, team owner) and Richie Wauters (crew chief) and the whole bunch. They worked hard. They’ve proved that they can put any driver in there and win now. That means a lot to a race team and a group of guys that work their guts out every week to put these things on the race track. I’m proud of them to go out there and be able to do that,” said Bodine.

The next race on the Truck Series schedule is at Iowa Speedway on July 11th. To keep yourself busy in the coming off-weeks, be sure to look for Germain Racing drivers Zach Germain in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Michael Annett in NNS and Max Papis in the Sprint Cup Series.

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