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Jul 06
2010

Germain Finished 16th in Road Course Debut at Lime Rock

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

 

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 Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

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 28
2010

Germain Tackles Tough Oval with Best Qualifying Effort of Season

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

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

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

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , 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)

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For Immediate Release

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 14
2010

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

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida

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.

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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Jun 09
2010

Zach Germain Earns 15th Place Finish in Martinsville

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing

Mooresville, NC (06-08-2010) – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East rookie Zach Germain raced Sunday afternoon in the rain-shortened event at Martinsville Speedway. The Ohio native raced his way through the field to ninth-place before getting caught on pit road by the rainfall and then finishing 15th in his fourth NASCAR career start. The weekend was a unique and intense learning experience for Germain who had what he considered to be an all-star crew.

“Our Germain.com Camry team learned and accomplished more than I could have hoped for this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. A lot of that is due to our teammates on the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra crew that came straight to Martinsville on Saturday after winning the race in Texas on Friday night. For me and my team, having them there allowed us to learn in very controlled steps throughout the practice sessions, qualifying and the race. We achieved our team goal of completing all of the laps and we really competed this weekend. It was wild. There was a lot of beating and banging but that’s Martinsville,” said Germain.

Germain received driver-coaching from Truck Series champion Todd Bodine and learned that sometimes different setups simply require different driving styles.

“At first, I had a tough time figuring out my braking and throttle points through the corners. Todd Bodine was generous enough to come out first thing after his Texas win and help me. He was very helpful when it came to a fast line around the track. Mike Hillman Jr. made great changes to the Germain.com Camry and during the last five laps of the first practice I finally figured out my style of driving around Martinsville. It was a great feeling,” explained Germain.

Mike Hillman Jr. didn’t plan to go to Martinsville Speedway to handle the crew chief role for the rookie driver and young team, but, Hillman loves being a crew chief and doing anything he can to make Germain Racing a success on the race track. Hillman explained that he used a different approach with Germain than he does with his regular driver, Bodine.

“The way I approached Saturday and Sunday was a lot different than the way I approached Thursday and Friday because then I was working with Todd Bodine, and I know by the tone of Todd’s voice what he needs changed. Working with Zach, in my first K&N Pro Series East race, I knew that it was our first race together, and I knew that what’s most important is completing all of the race laps, all of practice – every lap possible. With Zach being a rookie driver at a Cup Series facility like Martinsville, track time is extremely valuable. I listened to Zach’s feedback, made changes and listened to hear him react to and understand those changes. It worked great and we improved the car every time,” said Hillman.

Hillman and his crew members had been anxious to work a K&N Pro Series race since the season began, but Martinsville was the first time the scheduling worked out.

“I love racing. I love being a crew chief. Working with Zach and the 24 crew, and our sister team, the No. 77 Camry with Jeff (McClure) and Miguel (Paludo) in the East Series was really fun. We have two great teams competing in the K&N Series and this weekend made me even more proud to work for Germain Racing,” said Hillman.

Watch Sunday’s race on SPEED on June 10th at 6:00 PM Eastern.

Zach Germain races the No. 24 Germain.com Camry next on Friday, June 25th at another Sprint Cup Series track – New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Qualifying is at 3:15 PM ET on June 24th. The New Hampshire race will air on SPEED on July 1st at 6 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.

Jun 07
2010

Bodine Claims Texas Victory Number Six with Germain Racing

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germain.com , Germain Racing

 Mooresville, NC (06-07-2010) – Todd Bodine might need to change his nickname from “The Onion” to “The Lonestar Legend.” Bodine, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader, kept the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra out in front of the Truck Series field for 106 of 169 laps, collecting his sixth win at Texas Motor Speedway, the 18th victory in his Truck Series career. Germain Racing now has seven Texas victories as part of the team’s total count of 19 wins. The No. 30 Valvoline Tundra team leads all Tundra teams in total victories. A great race truck and strong teamwork were the key ingredients in Friday’s winning performance.

 “Tonight’s win felt great. We’ve been struggling all year to make the trucks drive well and (Mike Hillman) Junior and the team went to work and figured it out. The No. 30 Valvoline Tundra was driving well and it was fast. It was wide open. It was fun to drive, it really was.,” said Bodine, who’s struggles have resulted in top-five finishes in seven of eight Truck Series races this season.

 Just past halfway, Bodine was struggling with a tight handling condition when he was running in second-place. The crew helped Bodine fix the problem the best way possible.

 “The difference that got us back up front in clean air where we could run well late in the race was our last pit stop. The crew did an unbelievable job. They beat everybody out by a second or two. You have to have everything go right and that’s what happened tonight. We had a great Tundra and with it being the first race for Valvoline with the team…to come out of here with a win…I think that’s the second time we’ve done that with a new sponsor. It was an awesome night all the way around,” said Bodine.

 Winning at Texas has become a bit of an annual tradition for Germain Racing. Since opening shop in 2004, the team has only been winless at Texas one season, 2008, but in that season, the team still earned a pole award and the No. 30 Tundra scored two top-five finishes.

 “It’s great to come out of Texas with the win, obviously. Everybody talks about momentum and what it does for your team. Our guys, it wouldn’t matter if we came out of here finishing 30th, they’re going to go home and work just as hard for the next race and prepare the best they can. That’s the one good thing about our race team -- we don’t ever give up. To come out of here with a win for the stretch, it’s awesome but it’s just one win, it’s one track and we have to go to Michigan next week and beat them up there,” said Bodine.

 While “everything in Texas is big,” winning in a Toyota Tundra in Texas is huge. The state is home to Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Texas (TMMTX), a production facility located in San Antonio that produces the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks. The facility directly employs nearly 2,000 Toyota team members and indirectly another 2,000 people are employed at area suppliers.

 “Germain Racing puts a lot of pride into preparing our race vehicles every weekend, but when we send the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra to a place like Texas Motor Speedway, there’s extra pride and there’s a lot of extra pressure we place on ourselves. We know what we are capable of so we work that much harder. The fans at Texas are great, the folks at the race track are wonderful and we love winning in the state that’s the home state for the Tundra manufacturing plant,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

 Germain Racing puts the No. 30 Tundra back on track this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, a track where Bodine has two victories in NASCAR’s number two division and two top-five and four top-ten finishes in the Trucks.  Watch Saturday’s race live on SPEED starting at 1:30 PM Eastern.

 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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Jun 07
2010

Valvoline, Germain Join in Business and NASCAR* Racing

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

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

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

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