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Jun 14
2012

No. 13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion - MIS Preview

Posted by lori in WIX Filters , Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Naplesusedcars.com , Lincoln Welders , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain

Michigan Winner Casey Mears Racing No. 13 Valvoline™ NextGen™ Ford Fusion for Germain Racing on Sunday

 

·        - Mears won at MIS in the ARCA Racing Series in 2003, leading 55 of 100 laps

·        - Germain Racing has competed in 3 series at MIS earning a best Sprint Cup Series finish of 15th, NNS of 8th and 2nd-place in NCWTS

·        - MIS ranks 10th for Casey Mears on list of NSCS tracks by average finish

·        - Mears has 321 NSCS starts heading into MIS with 46 top-ten finishes, 12 top-fives, one win and 3 poles

·        - Bootie Barker is crew chief for the Valvoline NextGen Fusion and has been with Germain Racing since 2009

 

 

Mooresville, N.C. (June 14, 2012) - Germain Racing is proud to race a Valvoline™-sponsored entry for the first time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Previously, the team sported the Valvoline colors in NASCAR’s other two premier divisions. Sunday, veteran driver Casey Mears will wheel the No. 13 Valvoline NextGen™ Ford Fusion around the freshly repaved 2.0-mile oval.

 

“The Germain family has had a long-standing relationship with Ashland and the Valvoline products in our automobile dealerships. Valvoline has been a long-time supporter of Germain Racing,” explained team owner Bob Germain Jr. “So it's very exciting for us to run the Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion to help promote the NextGen recycled oil products to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans.”

 

In addition to Michigan, Germain Racing will carry the Valvoline NextGen paint scheme at Ashland’s hometown race track, Kentucky Speedway.

 

"I'm very glad to have Valvoline NextGen on and in our Ford Fusion this weekend. Valvoline has supported Germain Racing since 2010 but this will be the first time we have run this paint scheme in the Sprint Cup Series. It's also the first of two races for this partnership, in Michigan and Kentucky so I hope that we will be able to have a couple good runs for them,” said Mears. “The NextGen oil is 50-percent recycled so it comes from a better base stock which makes it a better oil as well as a green product to help our environment."

 

Mears is looking forward to racing at Michigan, although the California native is not sure what his past experience there will bring to the table given the track’s fresh pavement.

 

"I’ve always enjoyed racing at Michigan,” explained Mears. “I liked driving it in the past because of the way it was paved; you could run the top, middle and bottom. But I don’t know how the repave is going to change that. It has been a decent track for me though and I’ve had some really good runs there—finished 2nd two years in a row in Indy Lights and won a race in ARCA. I’m looking forward to going back.”

 

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, MaxLife™ products created for higher-mileage engines and NextGen™ motor oil, created with 50 percent recycled oil. With more than 867 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil Change™ is a leader in serving the quick lube market. Follow Valvoline on Twitter @Valvoline.

 

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at GermainRacing.com. Driver Casey Mears is also on Twitter @CJMearsGang.

 

GEICO Racing is on Twitter: @GeicoRacing.

 

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Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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Jun 12
2012

Pocono Post-Race Recap

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POCONO FAVORS MEARS AND GEICO TEAM; VALVOLINE ON-BOARD FOR TWO RACES

 

 

 

Mooresville, NC (June 12, 2012) – Although sponsorship funding eluded the Germain Racing team for last weekend’s Pocono race, that doesn’t mean they didn’t enjoy a productive visit to the Tricky Triangle.  In fact, if you rest within earshot of GEICO driver Casey Mears and his crew, you will even hear enthusiasm flowing through their voices.

 

Aside from the normally scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, the Pocono weekend also provided the GEICO team the opportunity to test for the first time since the 2012 season got underway in February.  Pocono Raceway afforded the series a test on Wednesday and Thursday due to the repaving that took place during the off-season.  Mears experienced vast improvement throughout both days, winding up 30th in the week’s first session, before bettering his position to 16th when the final day of testing concluded. 

 

The test allowed the Germain Racing team to collect much needed information from the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion via its data acquisition system, which helps assess the car’s reaction in certain situations.  Mears’ GEICO machine was riddled with sensors that ultimately provided crew chief Bootie Barker and his engineers with data necessary to help make proper adjustments, which, in turn, would provide Mears with additional speed.  Their efforts were successful and the results became evident as the race weekend got underway.

 

While Mears ended up 21st and 15th in Friday’s respective practice sessions, the results would not be indicative of his success.  He spent the bulk of both practices in the top five and top ten, garnering significant television exposure and giving the GEICO team a much needed confidence boost after a tough week at Dover. 

 

With Pocono in their rearview mirror, the Germain Racing team now eyes an upcoming test this week at Michigan International Speedway, another facility that has experienced a repaving in the off-season.  To a single-car team on the rise, each test session serves as a valuable opportunity to gather much needed data and information that will ultimately translate into speed for Mears and his Ford Fusion.

 

Good news is abound after the Pocono test and now Mears and his Germain team welcome a new sponsor in Valvoline for this weekend’s Quicken Loans 400.  Valvoline will also fly their corporate colors on the #13 Germain Racing Sprint Cup Series entry at Kentucky Speedway on June 30th.  While Mears and his Germain team started the season with 22 races sponsored, the number has now grown to 25. 

 

“Pocono was a weekend of mixed emotions because the test and the practice sessions went really well, but we didn’t have a sponsor for the race so that cut our Sunday short,” Mears said.  “We made a lot of progress and were able to learn some things and gather much needed data.  We had a great weekend and it’s also exciting to learn that Valvoline will be on our car for Michigan and Kentucky.  We’ve made a lot of progress this year and things continue to head in the right direction.”

 

This week, Mears and the Germain Racing team will be looking to get the party started quickly when they travel to Motown for race number 15 of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. 

 

Mears and his #13 Valvoline Ford Fusion will hit the track at Michigan International Speedway for a one day test on Thursday before the opening practice session on Friday, June 15th, at 12:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday at 1:10 PM (EDT). 

 

The Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 17th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 12:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

- PMI -

 

 

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

 

Jun 04
2012

Dover Race Report - June 2012

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TOUGH DOVER DAY DOES LITTLE TO DETER MEARS AND GEICO TEAM

 

Dover, DE (June 3, 2012) – Casey Mears entered Dover on a positive note after a near Top 20 finish a week ago in Charlotte, and nine Top 25’s in his first twelve starts.  With positive momentum carrying the GEICO Racing team, Dover served as further opportunity to continue a successful run. 

 

While Dover is not without its challenges, Mears’ first challenge came in the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice when he ended up 39th on the speed chart.  Seemingly undaunted, Mears took to the track for Happy Hour and landed the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion a resilient 11th on the board, improving a stunning 28 positions from the earlier session.  Hope was abound, but qualifying provided more fuel for the team’s rollercoaster ride when the GEICO Fusion bottomed out during qualifying and left Mears starting 40th on Sunday.

 

Bright sunshine and reasonable temperatures greeted Mears and his teammates when they took to the starting grid for Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks.  When the green flag turned the field loose, Mears made quick work of his competition, netting five positions before the conclusion of the opening lap.  He navigated his way up to 32nd before the Monster Mile reared its ugly head.  Just nine laps into the 400-lap event, Mears was collected in the largest crash of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  A seasoned veteran who rarely falls victim to crashes, Mears was collected along with twelve others, including Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya and Regan Smith.  For all of his efforts, he was relegated to a 41st place finish. 

 

Mears was quick to point out that although Sunday proved frustrating, it hasn’t negated the success the team has experienced in the 2012 season. 

 

“This is racing.  It’s not fun, but it’s racing and these things happen.” Mears said as he surveyed the damage to his #13 GEICO Fusion.  “It’s frustrating because I had a clear line through the crash and then I got hit from behind and ended up in the wall.”  He continued, “We keep getting better and better and just because this happened doesn’t change anything.  We’re not the only team sitting in the garage right now; a lot of guys got caught up in that mess.  We’re in good shape.  You saw the improvement from the first practice to Happy Hour and you saw how fast we were moving up in the race.  I feel really good about our effort and how we came together this weekend.”

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

- PMI -

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

 

 

May 29
2012

Charlotte 600 - Post Race Report - May 2012

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600-MILES NO MATCH FOR PROVEN ENDURANCE RACER CASEY MEARS; NOTCHES 9TH TOP 25 IN CHARLOTTE

 

 

CONCORD, N.C. (May 27, 2012) – The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competes at 23 tracks throughout the 10-month season. However, when the series comes to Charlotte Motor Speedway, every driver and team has an extra pep in his or her step. Instead of sleeping in hotels and being away from family, the GEICO Racing team gets to be home, competing only miles away from the Mooresville, N.C. race shop.

 

Casey Mears relishes the opportunity to race in front of the ‘home’ crowd for another reason as well. Exactly five years ago to the day, the California native won the Coca-Cola 600, recording his first premier series victory. Heading into the weekend, Mears vividly remembered that special night and hoped to add another to his resume.

 

After three practice sessions and qualifying in the 25th position, the GEICO Racing team was prepared for the longest race of the season. Under warm and sunny skies, the green flag flew and quickly Mears reported his Germain Racing entry wouldn’t turn at the top of the track. The first round of green flag pit stops came on lap 42, as Crew Chief Bootie Barker brought his driver in for four fresh tires and fuel.

 

The laps continued to pass by, as Mears ran consistent lap times in his No. 13 GEICO Ford. On lap 113, the first caution was displayed for debris. Barker called Mears to pit road twice – once for tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment and again for a bump stop adjustment to help raise the splitter off the ground.

 

The bump stop adjustment helped the handling of the GEICO Fusion, allowing Mears to make strides on track. Over the next 100 laps, the track began to cool off as the sun set in the Carolina sky, positively helping the veteran driver. During every pit stop that Mears made, Barker continued to tweak the set-up, setting the stage for the final 100 laps.

 

As the race began to wind down, business started to pick up on the track. While there was only one caution, side-by-side racing filled the mile and a half oval and Mears moved his way into the 24th position by lap 350. Solid pit stops throughout the evening placed Mears in position to gain another spot during the final fuel run. As the checkered flag flew, Mears crossed the finish line in 22nd-place, collecting his ninth Top 25 of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

 

“I wasn’t sure what we were going to have starting the race,” said Mears. “We struggled with getting the GEICO Ford to turn this weekend and while it wasn’t perfect, Bootie and the guys made a lot of progress throughout the race tonight. Once we made the bump stop adjustments, the car seemed to handle a lot better. This Germain Racing team is making strides each week and we are going to keep moving in the right direction.”

 

Germain Racing remains 28th in the Owner Point standings, just 33 points outside the top-25. 

 

Mears and the GEICO Racing team now head to Dover (Del.) International Speedway for the FedEx 400 on Sunday, June 3rd. Watch all coverage on FOX beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

 

To learn more about the GEICO racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com <http://www.caseymearsracing.com>

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing <http://www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing>

 

 

-PMI-

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com

 

May 13
2012

Darlington Post Race Report - May 2012

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LADY IN BLACK NOT TOO TOUGH FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM

The GEICO Racing Team Records Eighth Top-25 Finish of the 2012 Season

 

 

 

DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 12, 2012) – There is a reason Darlington Raceway is known as ‘The Lady in Black.’ In one moment, a driver can be conquering the lady and in the next, she has reared her ugly head. This is why many drivers love going to the prestigious South Carolina track. GEICO Racing driver Casey Mears is no different and lists Darlington as his favorite racetrack on the Sprint Cup Series circuit.

 

Coming off a strong run at Talladega, which saw the No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion lead laps and run at the front of the field, Mears and the Germain Racing team looked forward to the battle in Saturday night’s Southern 500. While their 31st place qualifying effort fell short of expectations, Mears had been 16th in the weekend’s final practice session earlier the same day, giving hope to the GEICO team.

 

As the 368-lap event began, Mears quickly knew that the handling of the GEICO machine was off. A long green flag run forced the crew to compete through three pit cycles before the first caution flag was displayed on lap 173. The California native reported to Crew Chief Bootie Barker that the Ford was loose in turns one and two and tight in turns three and four. Barker instructed Mears to take the wave around under the first yellow period to regain a lap.

 

The field restarted on lap 180 with Mears scored in the 25th position. The report from the driver’s seat over the next 100 laps was that the GEICO Ford Fusion was too tight to turn well off the center of the corner. Despite this handling condition, Mears continued to push through and climb up to the 23rd position by lap 300.

 

Over the final 68 laps, four cautions slowed the pace as the action heated up on the track. Mears and the GEICO team relished every opportunity to make adjustments on their Ford Fusion, which resulted in a 22nd-place finish, nine positions ahead of where they started. This was the team’s eighth top-25 effort of the 2012 season.

 

“We didn’t have the handling right on our GEICO Ford Fusion for most of the night, but I’m proud of these guys for not giving up,” said Mears. “Bootie kept making adjustments every chance we could and it was definitely better towards the end. Darlington is one of my favorite tracks to race at but you have to hit the set-up just right to run with the leaders. Overall, another top-25 finish for our team is nice and we will focus on Charlotte for the next couple weeks.”

 

Germain Racing remains 28th in the Owner Point standings, just 29 points outside the top-25. 

 

Mears and the GEICO Racing team will now spend the next two weeks at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600. Watch all coverage of the Sprint Showdown and All-Star Race live on SPEED Channel on Saturday, May 19.

 

To learn more about the GEICO racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com <http://www.caseymearsracing.com>

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing <http://www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing>

 

 

-PMI-

 

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com

May 08
2012

Talladega Post Race

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

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MEARS LEADS LAPS AT TALLADEGA; CUT TIRE DOESN’T DETER TOP 20 FINISH

 

 

Talladega, AL (May 6, 2012) – Talladega has a reputation for being one of the most exciting race venues on the NASCAR schedule.  After recording their best finish of the 2012 season in Richmond a week ago, Casey Mears and the GEICO team looked to provide excitement of their own when they unloaded at Talladega Superspeedway. 

 

Less than five minutes had elapsed in Friday’s opening practice session before Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion notched the top spot on the practice charts.  Mears ultimately rested in the 7th position when practice concluded.  On Saturday, he took to the high-banks of the legendary speedway for qualifying and after pacing the 2.66-mile facility in just 50.539 seconds, at a rate of speed of 189.477 miles per hour, he landed the #13 GEICO Fusion 25th on Sunday’s starting grid.

 

188 laps of racing awaited Mears and his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series counterparts on Sunday.  After the rain cleared, and the heat and humidity descended upon the Talladega area, the green flag set the field underway for an exciting afternoon of restrictor-plate action.  Mears paced himself throughout the first half of the Aaron’s 499 while organizing a strategy for the final 94 laps.  Mears’ spotter Jason Jarrett stayed busy and was too often forced to rattle off the words ‘Three-wide, you’re in the middle’; a phrase that makes any racer nervous.  As the race intensified, that phrase would sometimes be substituted with ‘Four wide’, bringing the tension to a palpable level in the pit area. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Fusion worked their way to the front of the field, landing in the eighth position by lap 122.  With 46 laps to go, Mears narrowly escaped peril when cars began crashing just above him in turn three.  Jarrett calmly guided his driver through the chaos, as they continued their march to the front.  Mears visited pit road under the caution and, after taking on four fresh tires and a tank of racing fuel, he restarted in the sixth position with 38 laps to go in the race. 

 

It wasn’t long before Mears took command of the Aaron’s 499 and became the leader with just 26 laps remaining in the advertised distance.  He led the race in solid fashion, even pulling away from the field, before surrendering to a hard charging Denny Hamlin. 

 

Mears then settled into the top ten and seemed poised to challenge for the win before a cut tire changed his fate.  As the #13 GEICO Fusion entered turn two, its left rear tire went down, and Mears found himself careening toward the outside wall with just 13 laps to go in the race.  He did a masterful job of saving his racecar from any significant damage and was able to deliver his GEICO Fusion to the attention of his pit crew.  The Germain Racing team quickly provided Mears with four fresh Goodyear racing tires and pulled out the fenders to prevent any potential tire rubs before returning him to the racing surface in the 22nd position.  More remarkable, is that the pit crew’s quick work during Mears’ visit also allowed him and his #13 GEICO Fusion to remain on the lead lap.

 

When the race came to a close with the ever famous Green-White-Checker finish, Mears managed to hold on to a damaged racecar and record an 18th place, lead lap finish.  It was the team’s best result of the young 2012 season, and marks the second consecutive week that they have posted their top effort of the year.  Mears also posted the race’s fastest lap on three different occasions.  Clearly, Mears and his GEICO team have their ship headed in the proper direction.

 

“We obviously had a great day and it was fun to get the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion up front and lead some laps,” Mears said in the garage after the race.  “Unfortunately, the tire caused us some problems, but the Germain pit crew did a great job of getting the car repaired and getting me back in the race without losing a lap.  I think you can see everything coming together week in and week out now.  We’re getting there and people are taking notice.  On the flight home, everyone was talking about how great we ran.”  He continued, “Darlington has always been one of my favorite tracks, so I’m excited about getting there next week and continuing our run.”

 

Germain Racing remains 28th in the Owner Point standings, but now sits just 28 points removed from the Top 25.  They also pad their lead over Richard Childress in 36th, where Germain now enjoys a solid 82-point cushion in the always important Top 35. 

 

Mears and his #13 GEICO team will next dance with the Lady in Black when they visit Darlington, SC, for race number 11 of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. 

 

Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Darlington Raceway for the opening practice session on Friday, May 11th, at 11:30 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 5:10 PM (EDT). 

 

The Bojangles’ Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, May 12th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 6:30 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

- PMI -

 

 

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

 

 

Apr 16
2012

Texas - Post Race Recap

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

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MEARS TAKES GECKO FOR FAST RIDE IN TEXAS

 

 

 

Fort Worth, TX (April 14, 2012) – A week of rest always does the body good.  This has never been more evident than it was in the Lone Star State on Thursday when Casey Mears took the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion on a tear around Texas Motor Speedway.  He ended up 13th on the speed chart at the end of the opening practice session before providing an encore performance on Friday when he was 12th in Happy Hour and later qualified 22nd.

 

When Mears took the green flag on a humid, breezy Saturday evening, he started 22nd, but quickly began navigating the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion to the front of the field.  Mears was the class of the field and routinely turned lap times faster than the leader.  His efforts landed him in the top 10 before crew chief Bootie Barker ordered the #13 GEICO Fusion down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 46.  The Germain Racing pit crew quickly outfitted Mears with four fresh tires and a full tank of fuel before returning him to the racing surface to continue his mission. 

 

As the skies darkened and the winds picked up, track conditions were drastically altered causing sudden changes in Mears’ #13 GEICO Fusion.  Aside from atmospheric conditions, a lap 66 pit stop would also put the team further behind.  Despite the challenges, Mears and the GEICO team continued on in resilient fashion, making up ground and hustling to a 25th place finish.  Mears’ effort accounts for Germain Racing’s fourth consecutive Top 25 finish of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

 

“Our first run was great, the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion was definitely one of the best cars on the racetrack,” Mears said.  “But then the track changed so much and we began battling the car.  The key is how well we did on that first run because it shows how good of a team we are and the potential of our program.  We had a few people from different teams stop by before the race and comment on our improvement.  We’re getting there.  Each race gets better.”

 

The GEICO Racing team will next visit the Heart of America when they travel to Kansas City, KS, for race number eight of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Kansas Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, April 20th, at 1:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, April 21st, at 12:10 PM (EDT).

 

The STP 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 22nd, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 12:30 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicoracing13.com

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

- PMI -

 

 

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

 

 

 

 

Apr 02
2012

Martinsville - Race Recap

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MEARS DELIVERS FOURTH TOP-25 AND CONTINUES POINTS CLIMB AT MARTINSVILLE

 

 

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 1, 2012) – Entering the sixth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team looked to continue their string of top-25 performances and establish a solid position within the coveted owner point standings. High hopes were set, as the Germain Racing team had recorded a 12th-place finish during the most recent event at the Virginia short track (October 2011).

 

Shortly after unloading the No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion for Friday’s practice sessions, the team realized things weren’t going to be as easy as planned. While in race trim, a tight-handling condition plagued Mears, which hindered his ability to turn through the corners. This would prove to challenge the team during the 500-lap race on Sunday.

 

Starting the event from the 25th position, Mears moved up four spots in the opening 10 laps. But soon thereafter, the tight condition returned. The California native was scored in 30th when the first caution was displayed on lap 98. Crew chief Bootie Barker brought Mears to pit road for four tires, fuel, and major adjustments, putting the Ford in 29th for the lap 105 restart.

 

The GEICO team capitalized on every opportunity that was presented to help Mears, as four cautions took place over a span of 150 laps. Despite the ill-handling continuing, Mears continued to work his way through the field and by lap 350, the No. 13 Fusion was inside the top-25. There was no looking back from that moment on.

 

While the on-track action picked up as the laps counted down, Mears kept all the fenders on his GEICO Ford during two attempts at a green-white-checkered flag finish to bring home a 25th-place finish. This is the driver’s fourth top-25 effort of the 2012 season. The No. 13 entry also picked up two positions in the owner championship point standings, to take over 27th-place.

 

“We struggled this weekend,” said Mears. “But even though we were off, the guys on this GEICO team never gave up and kept trying different adjustments to make it better. We got it a little better towards the middle of the race but then ended somewhere around where we started. Hopefully today will help us when we come back here in the fall. I know this team has potential and to finish top-25 is a positive to carry into the off-weekend.”

 

Next week, Mears and his fellow competitors will take a well-deserved week off before returning to racing action at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 12. The Samsung Mobile 500 will air live on FOX beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Performance Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicoracing13.com <http://www.geicoracing13.com>

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing <http://www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing>

 

 

-PMI-

 

 

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com  Web Site: PMIfirm.com

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 26
2012

California Speedway - Race Recap

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM ON RIGHT TRACK WITH FONTANA FINISH

 

 

 

Fontana, CA (March 25, 2012) – Coming off of a Top 25 finish in Bristol, Casey Mears and the GEICO team viewed Fontana as a way to continue building both their new Ford program and their status in the Top 35 in the owner point standings.  Germain Racing entered this weekend 33rd in the standings and with Martinsville being the first race based on 2012 owner points, it was critical for Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion to post a solid finish in Fontana.

 

The weekend started off rough with Mears 29th in the first practice and later posting a qualifying effort of 33rd.  Final practice on Saturday saw a change of fortune when Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion jumped from 30th on the chart to 17th, where they ultimately concluded the session.  Crew chief Bootie Barker made changes to the GEICO car that filled Mears and his teammates with optimism. 

 

Although inclement weather loomed over southern California on Sunday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took the green flag at the advertised start time.  Rolling off the grid from 33rd, Mears and the #13 GEICO Fusion began their ascent through the field and quickly picked up nine positions in the first seven laps. 

 

Mears cracked the Top 20 and then made his first scheduled green flag pit stop of the day on Lap 34.  After his GEICO pit crew outfitted him with four fresh Goodyear tires and a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel, Mears rejoined the race and ran solidly in the 23rd position until he reported a flat left front tire on Lap 55.  He quickly directed the #13 GEICO Fusion down pit road where his pit crew provided him with four new tires and returned him to the racing surface two laps down in the 35th position. 

 

Mears quickly began to make up ground and by Lap 68 had returned to the Top 25 before nipping at the Top 20 on Lap 70.  Barker radioed to Mears: “You’re doing great, Casey.  Those are Top 10 lap times you’re running.”  Lap 105 saw Mears recover a lap and sit in the Lucky Dog position as weather threatened the area.  While running in the 22nd position on Lap 123, Mears reported to Barker: “It’s raining pretty hard in turns three and four.”  The caution flag waved for rain on Lap 124.  Getting close on fuel, Barker ordered the #13 GEICO Fusion down pit road for service.  Joined by several other cars, including his close friend Jimmie Johnson, Mears quickly took on four tires and fuel before returning to the track in the 23rd position.  A subsequent red flag sent the field to pit road as rain blanketed the two-mile D-shaped oval. 

 

A short time later, NASCAR announced that the race was officially over with just 71 laps remaining.  In a display of unwavering resiliency, Mears and his GEICO team recorded a 23rd place finish after a noble recovery from an early race flat tire.  Their finish accounts for their third Top 25 of a young 2012 season.  Also, after entering Fontana 33rd in the owner point standings, Germain Racing exited SoCal sitting 29th.

 

“It feels great to have horsepower in this #13 GEICO Ford Fusion and this is probably the best intermediate car we’ve had this year,” Mears said with his trademark grin.  “When I hit the gas pedal it goes and there is nothing that feels better.  We had a setback early on with the flat tire, but we were able to hustle and get back towards the front.  I really believe that if the race would’ve went back to green, we could’ve challenged the Top 10 and maybe the Top 5.”  He continued, “We’re definitely on the right track and now we’re right in the mix with the big teams.  We’re excited to get to Martinsville and then to Texas.”

 

Next week, Mears and his GEICO team go short track racing when they visit the ½-mile paperclip-shaped oval of Martinsville, VA. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Martinsville Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, March 30th, at 12:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, March 31st, at 11:40 AM (EDT).

 

The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 1st, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 12:30 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicoracing13.com

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Web Site:  www.pmifirm.com

 

 

 

 

Mar 19
2012

Bristol Post-race Recap

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MEARS AND THE GECKO REDEEM THEMSELVES WITH TOP 25 AT BRISTOL


Bristol, TN (March 18, 2012) – As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series descended upon Bristol Motor Speedway for the fourth race of the 2012 season, Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team were looking to seek redemption after tough breaks in each of the first three races derailed the team’s efforts. 

 

While the official race results would indicate otherwise, Germain Racing’s improvement has not gone unnoticed.  Mears and the GEICO team qualified fifth for the Daytona 500, were making quick work of the field in Phoenix and, just a week ago, were running lap times consistent with the leader.  Unfortunately, in all three cases, misfortune darted their hopes for good finishes.  Despite the setbacks, everyone from media members to other teams in the garage has taken notice of the ‘new and improved’ Germain Racing.   

 

Bristol offered Mears the opportunity to hit ‘reset’ and get his season started.  When qualifying got underway on Friday afternoon, Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion toured the World’s Fastest Half-Mile in just 15.547 seconds, landing him 24th on the Food City 500 starting grid.  A year ago, Mears and the GEICO team qualified 43rd at the Bristol spring race, so his lap on Friday also served as further confirmation of the drastic improvement the team has experienced from the previous season.

 

When the rain cleared on Sunday morning and the green flag waved, Casey Mears settled in for 500 laps of racing.  While the team was able to finish the race and record their second Top 25 finish of the season, the day did not come without its challenges.  Mears jumped as high as 19th on lap 24, but spent the majority of the afternoon battling his racecar.  The #13 GEICO Ford Fusion was hard to turn and Mears voiced his frustration clearly over the team’s radio frequency.  He would slide up and down the scoring chart throughout the race and ultimately record a 25th place finish when the checkered flag ended an afternoon of racing in Bristol. 

 

“Obviously, I’m glad we finished the race and I’m glad we got a Top 25, but we’re better than that,” Mears said standing next to his GEICO machine after the race.  “We’re working hard to gain ground and get this #13 GEICO Ford where it needs to be, but I’ve been out here ten years and I know this team is good, so it gets frustrating when we’re out there running 25th.  We’ll get it figured out and when we do, I have no doubt we’ll be running up front.”  He continued, “I appreciate the commitment from GEICO and from Germain Racing.  We have a solid program and it won’t be long until you see the results of our hard work.”

 

Next week, the Germain Racing team will head back out west for race number five of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track in Fontana, CA, for the opening practice session on Friday, March 23rd, at 3:00 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 7:10 PM (ET). 

 

The Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 25th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 2:30 PM (ET).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about the GEICO racing program, please visit: www.geicoracing13.com

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com