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Sep 28
2015

New Hampshire Race Report - September 2015

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18th PLACE FINISH AT LOUDON FOR HEAVY HEARTED MEARS AND GEICO TEAM 
Loudon, NH (September 27, 2015) - Casey Mears and Germain Racing scored strong finishes at Richmond and Chicago and viewed Loudon, NH, as an opportunity to continue their effort to finish the 2015 season in strong fashion. Just nine races remained when they arrived for practice on Friday.
 
Aside from the normal racing schedule, Mears would also bear the affect of the loss of his grandmother, Mae Louise Mears, known to most as 'Grandma Skip', who passed away on Wednesday. While she would ride with Mears in his heart at Loudon, her name would also take the place of his own above the window on the racecar.
 
With Grandma Skip on-board, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS took to the one-mile oval and sat 21st on the charts when the opening practice session ended on Friday. Qualifying got underway late Friday afternoon and Mears continued to show speed, advancing to the second round before notching a 19th place starting position for Sunday's Sylvania 300. He zipped around the Magic Mile in a brief 27.943-seconds, at a speed of 136.306 miles per hour en route to his top-20 qualifying effort.
 
Perfect fall weather welcomed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to the racetrack on Sunday. Mears and his GEICO Chevy rolled off of the starting grid from the 19thposition when the green flag set the field underway for 300-laps of close quarters racing action. He appeared strong and ran solidly in the top-20 for the front half of the race. His sole setback would come as the event approached the midway point. The caution flag flew on lap 120, whereupon Mears brought his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet to the attention of his pit crew. A broken jack and uncontrolled tire would force the Bakersfield, CA, native to restart at the rear, from the 27th position, when the race returned to green on lap 125.
  
He soon developed a handling issue after the race entered the back half of the 300 scheduled laps. While the car became tougher to drive, Mears continued to pedal the GEICO Chevy forward, slowly gaining ground and collecting positions. The Germain Racing crew took advantage of each pit stop to make adjustments to the No. 13 Chevy and assist Mears in his ascent up the scoring tower. On lap 205, the mindful veteran made a sharp right hand turn before making a sharp left to narrowly avoid a spinning Danica Patrick, who had just made contact with the No. 55 car of David Ragan. Mears was unscathed and continued to make progress as the race wound down.
 
When the checkered flag waved after 300-miles of exciting racing action, Mears had hustled his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to the 18th position and posted his second top-20 finish in the last three races. Today's result is Germain Racing's 13th top-20 finish of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
 
"It's been a tough week for sure, so it was good to get to the track this weekend and have speed in the GEICO Chevy," Mears said after the race. "It was nice to have my grandma's name on the car and I'm glad we were able to get a strong finish. The guys worked really hard today and we were able to battle back and get another top-20. We are looking forward to Dover next week because we always have a lot of folks from GEICO, as well as service members from Dover Air Force Base."
 
Germain Racing will now pack up and head to Dover, DE, to do battle with the high-banked Monster Mile.
                                                     
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Dover International Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, October 2nd, at 11:00 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 3:45 PM (ET).
 
The Dover NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 4th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 2:30 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com
 
- PMI -

Sep 21
2015

Chicagoland Race Report, Mears, GEICO Chevrolet SS

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MEARS BLOWS OUT OF WINDY CITY WITH TOP-20 FINISH
Joliet, IL (September 20, 2015) - Entering Chicago this weekend, Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team had never finished better than 26th at the 1.5-mile facility. They aimed to put that statistic behind them and continue their improvement on intermediate racetracks. Their aim was true and the team departed the Windy City with a top-20 finish.
 
Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS appeared consistent in practice during the weekend, finishing up 25th, 26th and 24th in the respective sessions. After inclement weather forced the cancellation of qualifying, he would start 24th when the field was set according to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rulebook.
 
Taking the green flag under blue skies and in front of a packed house, Mears began his journey from the 24th position. He was quickly at odds with an ill-handling racecar and ultimately dropped as low as 29th on the scoring chart. As the race approached halfway, crew chief Bootie Barker and the GEICO pit crew had found the answer and Mears began picking off cars one-by-one until he found himself running in the top-20. Mears excitedly shared the good news that the car was "way better". The result was evident and the team's hard work paid off, as he would run solidly in the top-20 for the balance of the event.
 
When the checkered flag concluded 267-laps of intense racing action, Mears and his GEICO Chevy crossed the finish line in the 20th position, handing Germain Racing their best ever finish at Chicagoland Speedway, while also collecting the team's 12th top-20 finish of the 2015 season.
 
"We started off a little slow, but Bootie (Barker, crew chief) and the guys did a nice job of making changes to the GEICO Chevrolet," Mears said. "I was able to take off and pass a lot of cars. It's nice to see our improvement on these types of tracks and I'm proud of the guys and all of their hard work. We're looking forward to getting to New Hampshire next weekend."
 
The GEICO team will now travel to Loudon, NH, to do battle at the Magic Mile.
 
Mears and the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, September 25th, at 12:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:45 PM (ET).
 
The Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 27th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 2:00 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you can save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -

Sep 14
2015

Richmond Race Report - September 2015

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MEARS AND THE GECKO FINISH STRONG AT RICHMOND 
Richmond, VA (September 12, 2015) - Casey Mears and Germain Racing always look forward to the opportunity to play in the Gecko's backyard. With Richmond International Raceway located just 100-miles from GEICO's corporate office in Washington, DC, the driver and team looked to turn in a solid weekend.
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' first practice session looked favorably upon Mears, as he immediately went on a torrid run that sent the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS straight to the top of the scoring tower. He landed in the second position, where he spent the balance of the practice. Aside from finishing up second fastest, the sporty veteran also turned in the fastest five-lap average.
 
Qualifying saw Mears continue to make quick work of the ¾-mile D-shaped oval. He advanced to the second round of qualifying before scoring a 15th place starting position in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400, 10 spots better than their starting position at the spring race in Richmond . Mears navigated the facility in a prompt 21.395-seconds, at a speed of 126.198-miles per hour.
 
Rain threatened the Richmond area on Saturday evening, but ultimately gave way to a majestic sunset and perfect temperatures. Mears and his GEICO Chevy took the green flag from the 15th position and wasted little time in making progress. He took over the 13thposition by lap six and would climb to 11th on lap 49. Mears ran solidly in the top-15 while the team worked hard on pit road.
 
The Germain Racing over-the-wall crew was efficient during Mears' visits at each caution period, as they turned 11.9 and 12-second pit stops that would often see Mears gaining spots upon his departure from pit road. The Bakersfield, CA, native thanked the crew for their prompt work on pit road over the team's radio frequency multiple times throughout the race.
 
The midway point of the 400-lap event found Mears battling a handling condition as the team went head-to-head with a 95 lap run that saw the frontend go away and also leave the right front tire with cords showing. The result was a drop in positions that left him as low as 27th before he rallied back and hustled to a 21st place finish when the checkered flag waved late into the Richmond night. Mears' effort accounts for Germain Racing's 17th top-25 finish of the 2015 season and is nine positions better than their finish at Richmond International Raceway in April.
 
"We started out really strong this weekend and had a fast racecar. It was fun to have some speed in the GEICO Chevy, but the long runs hurt us," Mears said following the race. "We were able to come back and get a solid finish, which is good. The pit crew did a great job tonight and I appreciate their hard work during our pit stops. This is a track that has been challenging for us in the past, so it was nice to have a solid weekend here and know that we have speed."
 
Next week, Mears and Germain Racing will head to the Windy City.
                                                     
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Chicagoland Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, September 18th, at 12:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET).
 
The MYAFIBRISK.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 20th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 3:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com
 
- PMI -

Sep 08
2015

Lady In Black Proved Mysterious in Southern 500

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LATE-RACE VIBRATION DERAILS MEARS' SOLID RUN AT DARLINGTON
 
DARLINGTON, S.C. (September 6, 2015) - Along with the excitement of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returning to Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend came heavy hearts for Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team. On Saturday morning, Gail Sommer Germain, wife of team owner Bob Germain, passed away after a long hard fought battle with cancer. Carrying a special decal on the deck lid of the No. 13 Chevrolet honoring Gail's life and courageous journey, the entire Germain Racing crew wanted to finish strong on Sunday night in her memory.
 
As the 70s throwback weekend unfolded, storylines of old school racing returned, with tire management and the low down force package taking center stage. Crew chiefs up and down pit road knew fresh tires were going to be key towards the end of the Bojangles Southern 500 and with a significant fall off after 40 laps of racing, drivers wanted rubber as often as possible.
 
Despite rolling off from the 32nd position, Mears quickly moved into 26th-place with in the first five laps of green flag racing. The veteran driver radioed to his team that the GEICO Chevrolet was "plowing" in the corner and this tight handling condition plagued the driver until lap 90 when Mears reported the car was much freer than before. A timely caution, one of a total 18 yellow flags, came on lap 119, as Mears was able to receive the Lucky Dog Award and return to the lead lap while holding the 26th position.
 
Just past the halfway point of the race, while consistently running inside the top-25, Mears was on the move in the 22nd position. Crew chief Bootie Barker strategically made calls of whether to take fresh or scuff tires, managing a limited amount of sets before the final run. Unfortunately, the Lady in Black delivered misfortune with just 27 laps of racing remaining when Mears felt a vibration inside the GEICO Chevrolet. With the condition worsening, Mears visited pit road under green for four tires and fuel, as he radioed a gear issue was taking place. Even with the loss of second and third gears, Mears manage to regain a lap and cross the finish line in the 29th position.
 
"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Bob," said Mears. "Gail was a strong woman and will be missed. Tonight's race felt like a Darlington of old with tires wearing out though. We had ourselves in position to make a final charge at the end but then I felt a vibration, which ended up being the transmission. I was left with only first and fourth gears. Tough break for us at Darlington, but you can't help to still love this place."
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Richmond International Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, September 12th. The green flag will wave shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Network will carry live television coverage. The Motor Radio Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, channel 90 will also provide live radio analysis of the final race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com.
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing.
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com.
 
-PMI-
Sep 05
2015

Farewell to Gracie

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For Immediate Release:

 

Best Friend, Wife of Team Owner Has Passed

She Forged a Legacy for Future Cancer Warriors

 

Mooresville, NC (September 5, 2015) – After a long, courageous and inspiring fight with breast cancer, the wife of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Bob Germain Jr. has passed away at the age of 45. Gail Sommer Germain bravely and openly shared her struggles, victories and experiences as she fought through the disease. Mrs. Germain made it her mission, her legacy, to help other women who are also struggling with the emotional and physical strains of fighting against cancer.

 

Mrs. Germain made her battle with cancer very public in an effort to inspire other women to keep their grace and dignity throughout the challenges of cancer. Gifts to The Gracie Foundation Inc. (TheGracieFoundationInc.org), named after her nickname, “Gracie,” are used fully to fund comfort gift bags for women undergoing cancer treatments. The Gracie Foundation is formed so that 100-percent of donations are used for creating thoughtful “gifts that boost positive energy in women undergoing chemo or radiation treatments.”

 

In honor of Mrs. Germain and her gracious battle, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS race car has long featured a pink ribbon on the C-post and a nod to Gracie on the B-post. This tradition, along with a special message on the decklid of the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS will be continued at Darlington Raceway for Sunday’s “Bojangles Southern 500.” Germain Racing crew members will also wear pink arm bands in honor of Mrs. Germain.

 

The family will hold a private memorial for Mrs. Germain.

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About The Gracie Foundation Inc.:  The Gracie Foundation creates pretty little packages that include fabulous items to make an individual feel pampered, happy, and truly special...even on a really bad day. The mission is to emit positive energy and hope through the gifts.  The Gracie Foundation wants brave women to know they are special. (www.TheGracieFoundationInc.org)

About Germain Racing:  Germain Racing (www.germainracing.com) joined NASCAR at the Camping World Truck Series competition level in 2004. After earning two championship titles and 22 victories, the team has moved all its attention into Sprint Cup Series racing. Germain Racing has fielded cars for GEICO in each of the top three NASCAR divisions, including racing the No. 13 car for GEICO in the Sprint Cup Series since 2009. The 2015 GEICO Racing program features driver Casey Mears.

Aug 23
2015

Bristol Race Report - GEICO Chevy, Mears

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MEARS HUSTLES TO 23RD AT BRISTOL AND JUMPS A SPOT IN POINTS
 
BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 22, 2015) - Known as the World's Fastest Half Mile, Bristol Motor Speedway always provides close racing and ample amounts of action with drivers completing 15-second laps around the 1/2-mile short track. Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team knew a challenge was before them, but after much preparation, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was ready for a 500-lap battle under the lights on Saturday evening.
 
Mears qualified his GEICO Chevrolet in the 28th starting position and aimed to maintain a clean racecar at the fast, cereal bowl-shaped oval. As the sun set at the Tennessee short track, Mears saw the green flag wave and quickly reported to his Germain Racing team that the front end of the car wouldn't turn in the corners. The veteran driver continued to complete laps and fight through the ill handling, while crew chief Bootie Barker made air pressure, wedge and rubber adjustments to the GEICO machine.
 
On lap 225 while running in the 26th position, Mears reported to Barker that the GEICO Chevrolet was much better during the beginning of a long run, but after 50 laps the front-end plag  ue would resume. With perseverance, the team fought to improve the handling for Mears and by lap 375, their efforts prevailed as the California native radioed to the crew that his car was much better and he was able to gain ground.
 
Mears was running in the top-25 with 100 laps remaining, but the final restart of the evening came on lap 437 and saw him collect two spots and move into the 23rd position. When the checkered flag slowed an aggressive field, Mears and his GEICO Chevy crossed the finish line in the 23rd position, accounting for Germain Racing's 16th top-25 finish of the 2015 season. Mears departs Bristol one spot to the good in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings, as he moves up to 22nd. He now sits just 35 points removed from the top-20 and only nine points out of 21st.
 
"It was a long night, but we worked hard and were able to get a decent finish," said Mears after the race. "I'm proud of the GEICO Racing team for sticking with it and working to get the car better over the course of the race. We were able gain a position in the points, which helps. The upcoming off-week will be nice and it will allow everyone to catch their breath before making the final run to Homestead."
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take a well-deserved week off before returning to racing action at Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles Southern 500 on Sunday, September 6th. The green flag will wave shortly after 7:00 p.m. ET and NBC will carry live television coverage. The Motor Radio Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, channel 90, will also provide live radio analysis of the historic event.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com.
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing.
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com.
 
-PMI-
 

Aug 17
2015

Michigan Race Report - August - GEICO Chevy, Mears

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HARD-CHARGING MEARS GOES UP IN SMOKE AFTER COLLECTING 21 POSITIONS AT MICHIGAN 
Brooklyn, MI - (August 16, 2015) - The weather for this weekend's "Pure Michigan 400" couldn't have been more opposite than what the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS team experienced during their June visit to Michigan International Speedway. Sunday's temperatures were warm and the sun was bright over the lively crowd that gathered in the Irish Hills to watch Casey Mears and 42 other drivers race through 200 laps of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action.
 
Mears and the Germain Racing crew entered Sunday's race confident in the changes they made to the GEICO Chevy during Saturday's two practice sessions, which saw them find the much desired speed that would assist in their trek to the front on race day. The confidence was welcome following a frustrating Friday at the Brooklyn, MI, track that saw the car tighten up in qualifying and relegate Mears to a 40th place starting position.
 
As the Sprint Cup Series field approached the green flag, Mears radioed to the crew that he was going to be cautious in an attempt to avoid any potential calamity in the opening laps. He, like fans, TV crews, teams and officials alike, wanted to see how the pack of 43 racecars featuring the high-drag aero package would react.
 
As it turned out, when the event got underway, the field failed to complete even a single lap of green-flag racing before David Ragan brought out the day's first yellow flag. During the subsequent caution laps, the television broadcast partner, NBC Sports Network, showed that the in-car temperature for Mears inside the GEICO Chevy was at 109 degrees Fahrenheit and climbing. Simultaneously, the scoreboard indicated that Mears betrayed his intention of a conservative race start and instead rocketed forward and gained seven positions on the opening lap.
 
Mears continued his charge from 40th before the competition caution took place at lap 20. The team pitted under the yellow flag for two tires and pulled a piece of tape from the nose of the racecar. Mears told the crew he didn't want the chassis to be any looser, and that overall he felt it was good. His only note would be that his temperatures had been a bit high during the early laps.
 
Crew chief Bootie Barker asked Mears, "Is the racing as fun as it looks?" Mears said it was. He was a bit frustrated that the car ahead can control some of the moves available for the trailing car, but it was fun nonetheless.
 
Mears' on-track racing and the pit crew's quick work had moved the No. 13 GEICO Chevy up to P26 for the restart on lap 25. Mears had collected an attention-grabbing fourteen positions and aimed to reach the leaders.
 
At lap 47, he was in 19th place after moving up 21 positions from the start of the race, but Mears said his water pressure gauge indicated he had no water pressure. He continued turning quick lap times and let the crew know that the car was running great with the only exception being the absence of pressure on the water pressure gauge. He reset his gauges and relayed to crew chief Bootie Barker that they showed a water temperature of 210. Mears hoped the gauge was registering low due to the tape having been pulled from the grill of the GEICO Chevy.
 
By lap 50, unfortunately, it was clear that pulled tape was not the culprit. Mears radioed to the team, "No, something is wrong. I'm coming in." He then drove to pit road where the crew assessed the problem with the water pressure and surmised that the race day was over after having witnessed Mears lead a charge that saw the GEICO Chevy collect 21 positions and consistently log top-12 lap times in just the opening 50 laps.
 
"From what I understand, it was a clamp," Mears explained as the crew prepared the GEICO Chevy for the ride back to North Carolina. "The motor didn't break per se, it did eventually, but there is a Wiggins clamp that is on one of the lines that comes out of the radiator.  The clamp itself actually broke (at the water pump). So the motor wasn't getting water to cool off and it just burned up and broke.  It's unfortunate.  We had a really rough weekend to start here, but got it turned around. We made up some ground in happy hour...and then they made good calls to start the race. The GEICO car was really fast and I was able to pass a lot of cars pretty quick, so I thought we were going to have a really competitive day."
 
With the lap times Mears was logging, it appeared certain the GEICO Chevy would finish in the top-15 rather than the 42nd place finish that was recorded. Mears slipped to 23rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers Points Standings, but sits a mere 38 points out of the top-20.
 
Next up for the team is Bristol Motor Speedway. On Friday, August 21st, tune in to NBC Sports Network for live coverage of practice at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET, followed by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 5:45 p.m. ET.  Racing action happens on Saturday night, August 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit:www.caseymearsracing.com. You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter:www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
Germain Racing is online at www.GermainRacing.com or on Twitter @GermainRacing or Facebook.com/GermainRacing.
 
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Aug 10
2015

Watkins Glen Race Report - Mears, GEICO Chevy

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MEARS ON THE MOVE: 18TH AT WATKINS GLEN AND 20TH IN THE POINT STANDINGS 
Watkins Glen, NY (August 9, 2015) - Germain Racing arrived in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York on Friday looking to continue logging solid finishes. Casey Mears hit the track on Friday sitting 21st in the point standings, but flirted with the thought of breaking back into the top-20 with a strong run at Watkins Glen International.
 
Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS darted off of the truck and shot straight to the top of the scoring tower, where they were the fifth fastest car at the conclusion of the weekend'  s opening practice session. Qualifying proved frustrating after a fellow driver inadvertently blocked the run of Mears in the first round, relegating him to 29th on Sunday's starting grid.
 
Despite rolling off of pit road from the 29th position on Sunday, Mears was seemingly unfazed and spoke only of the cars he would pass when the event got underway. The crafty veteran had his work cut out for him, but began collecting positions the moment the green flag started the second road course race of the 2015 season. He reached the top-20 by lap 24 and had ascended to the eighth position by lap 56.
 
As the race began to wind down, the caution flag made way for what would be the final restart of the day with 30 laps to go. After making a fuel-only pit stop under yellow, Mears took off from the 15thposition on old tires, a strategy that would assist with track position. The Cheez-It 355 would go on a surprisingly long 30-lap green flag run to the checkered flag.
 
Over the final laps, Mears would hold on, despite battling competitors with fresh tires, and hustle to an 18th place finish at Watkins Glen International. Today's result is Germain Racing's 11th top-20 finish of the 2015 season and their sixth in the last nine races. With his solid performance, Mears also re-enters the top-20 in the point standings after a brief hiatus. A strong season to date, the single-car team of Germain Racing continues to command the attention of the Sprint Cup Series garage.
 
"It's nice to get another top-20 finish and also to be back in the top-20 in the standings," Mears said. "I'm proud of the guys on this GEICO team and I'm appreciative of the work they did on pit road today. We executed well and got a decent finish. We're looking forward to getting to Michigan and getting on the track. We've done a nice job this year of gaining some consistency in our on-track performance, so next week is another opportunity for us to keep moving forward."
 
Next week, Germain Racing will return to the Irish Hills of Michigan for the second time this season. They recorded a 13th place finish during their visit in June.
                                                     
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Michigan International Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, August 14th, at 11:00 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 5:05 PM (ET) live on NBC Sports.
 
The Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 16th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 2:30 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com
 
- PMI -

Aug 03
2015

Pocono Race Report - Casey Mears, GEICO Chevy

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TRIANGLE FULL OF TRICKS FOR MEARS AND GERMAIN RACING

Long Pond, PA (August 2, 2015) - When Germain Racing arrived in Pocono for practice on Friday, they aimed to continue their string of solid runs that saw them score five top-20 finishes in the previous seven races.

 

Casey Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS started off strong at the Tricky Triangle and posted a consistent 20th in all three practice sessions. In qualifying, he paced the 2.5-mile tri-oval in just 51.614-seconds, landing him 26th on Sunday's starting grid.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was pleased with the sunshine and 70-degree temperatures that were present as the green flag approached on Sunday. When things got underway at Pocono Raceway, Mears started 26th, but wasted little time in gaining ground, as he captured the 22nd position after collecting four positions on the opening lap. In a race that featured 8 caution flags for a total of 32 laps, Mears kept the GEICO Chevy solidly in the top-20 and top-15 for much of the day, while also logging laps in the top-10 and top-5. The Germain Racing crew would do their part and, during a pit stop under yellow on lap 91, Mears returned to the racing surface eight positions to the good after a quick service on pit road.

 

Mears' No. 13 GEICO Chevy was strong and he was poised for a top-15 finish before a questionable call by NASCAR left him penalized after a scheduled green flag pit stop with just 34 laps remaining in the event. A fireman positioned between pit stalls inadvertently made contact with a Germain Racing crew member and knocked him over the wall, resulting in a penalty for too many crew members over the wall during a pit stop. Mears' sentence would be a trip down pit road during green flag conditions, which would leave him a lap behind the field and all the way down in the 26th position with the checkered flag just 30 laps away. He would gain a spot and move into 25th, but with only two laps to go, Mears, along with a host of his fellow Sprint Cup Series competitors, would run out of fuel and be forced to visit pit road under green on the final lap. He rejoined the field and crossed the finish line a single lap down in 28th place.

 

Despite the strange happenings, Mears remains in the 21st position in the point standings, just 17 points removed from the top-20.

 

"Well, that was an interesting race. We had a good car today and had a solid run going until that penalty with 34 to go," Mears said. "Everyone on the GEICO team did a nice job and we obviously didn't get the finish we deserved. Days like this are frustrating because we were fast and were going to at least get a top-15 finish. The good news is that we were consistent all weekend and the GEICO Chevy was strong in the race. Things happen in racing that you can't control, so we have to put Pocono behind us and shift our focus to Watkins Glen next weekend."

 

Next up for the GEICO Racing team is the second road course race of the 2015 season.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Watkins Glen International for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, August 7th, at 11:30 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow on Saturday, August 8th, at 1:15 PM (ET).

 

The Cheez-It 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 9th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 2:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com

 

- PMI -


Jul 26
2015

IMS Race Report - Casey Mears, GEICO Chevy

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MEARS AND GERMAIN RACING CONTINUE ROLL WITH TOP-20 AT THE BRICKYARD 

Speedway, IN (July 26, 2015) - Armed with a new aerodynamics package that featured a nine-inch spoiler on the rear of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS, Germain Racing headed off to a place where the Mears family has experienced considerable success. Casey Mears' father, Roger, and uncle, Rick, have raced at the famed speedway which saw Mears' uncle score four Indianapolis 500 wins. Casey himself has history with the speedway, as he captured the pole at the 2004 Brickyard 400 while breaking the track qualifying record.

 

Mears has notched four top-16 finishes in the last six races, while also catapulting himself into the top-20 in the point standings. He looked to Indy to continue his run of strong results.

 

The new aero package was a mystery as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series opened up practice on Friday morning. Three scheduled sessions would allow Germain Racing ample opportunity to familiarize themselves with the new high-drag spoilers.

 

Crew chief, Bootie Barker, and the team's engineering staff began making gains almost immediately and established consistency throughout the weekend. Mears landed 18th on the speed chart in the first two practices, while finishing up 16th in happy hour. The optimism remained during qualifying on Saturday when the GEICO team continued to impress after Mears navigated the 2.5-mile Brickyard in just 49.270-seconds, at a speed of 182.667-miles per hour. His hustle placed the No. 13 GEICO Chevy 16th on Sunday's starting grid.

 

Steamy temperatures welcomed drivers to the track on Sunday for the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. Mears and his GEICO Chevy started the 160-lap event from the 16th position and looked strong throughout the afternoon. While he ran solidly in the top-15 for the bulk of the race, Mears also dipped into the top-5 and top-10 on occasion; a vast difference from a year ago when the team scored a 33rdplace finish at the Brickyard.

 

Aside from an in-car temperature that climbed to an uncomfortably warm 142-degrees, Mears' lone setback would come on lap 126 when the No. 95 car of Michael McDowell, which was two laps down, cut across the nose of the No. 13 GEICO machine as they both attempted to avoid the loose car of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. The contact resulted in right-front nose and fender damage to Mears' racecar. At a track where aerodynamics play a significant role, the car would suffer, but it would be minimized, as a persistent Mears aggressively wheeled his Chevy around the 2.5-mile speedway despite the aero challenge.

 

Following a late-race caution, the event returned to green under the first attempt at a green-white-checkers finish. Mears restarted from 22nd, but managed to collect two spots in the final two laps, crossing the finish line in the 20th position when the checkered flag was displayed late Sunday afternoon. His result accounts for Germain Racing's 10th top-20 finish of the 2015 season and their fifth in the last seven races. While Mears drops a spot in the point standings to 21st, the margin narrows, as he now sits just 11 points out of 18th and 87 points removed from the top-15.

 

"We were solid all weekend and that's good to see considering that we've really struggled at Indy in the past," Mears said after climbing from the GEICO Chevrolet. "What I find most important is that we came here with a new aero package that was a total unknown and Bootie Barker and our engineers got it figured out pretty quick and we had solid practice times and a strong qualifying effort. A year ago at Indy, we qualified 26th and finished 33rd, but this weekend we qualified 16th and finished 20th. That's quite a difference. I am proud of all of the guys on this GEICO team and we will continue working hard to get strong finishes."

 

The Germain Racing team will pack up the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and head back to the Pocono Mountains where Mears recorded a 16th place finish at the Tricky Triangle in June.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Pocono Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, July 31st, at 11:00 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:45 PM (ET).

 

The Windows 10 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 2nd, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 1:30 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit www.GermainRacing.com

 

- PMI -