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Nov 02
2015

Martinsville - Race Recap - October 2015

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STRONG 17TH PLACE FINISH FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM AT MARTINSVILLE
 
RIDGEWAY, Va. (November 1, 2015) - With four races remaining on the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, every lap carries importance to secure the best possible finish in the year-end point standings, while also building momentum to carry into the offseason. Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team entered Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway with confidence of their ability at the 0.5-mile paperclip-shaped track, having notched the sixth fastest speed in final practice. After running as high as 11th-place on numerous occasions during the race on Sunday afternoon, Mears would survive the beating-and-banging short track action to cross the finish line in the 17th position.
 
Mears and the No. 13 Germain Racing crew were prepared for action on Sunday afternoon, but instead were greeted with rain showers during final morning preparations. While many wondered if the teams would even get a shot at competing due to the looming forecast, the field was able to not only start on time, but to complete every lap of the scheduled 500-mile distance.
 
Despite rolling off from the 19th position, Mears quickly moved into 12th-place before the competition caution came on lap 50. The veteran driver radioed to his team that the GEICO Chevrolet was "loose on entry and tight in the center" of the corner, a handling condition that would plague the driver as he was a victim of being shuffled to the outside lane and fell to the 22nd position. A timely caution occurred on lap 170, as Mears skillfully maneuvered around a multi-car wreck in front of the No. 13 entry and was able to visit pit road for fresh tires, fuel and adjustments.
 
The Germain Racing team's solid performance throughout the race would garner much praise from the folks on the NBC Sports telecast team. They would continue to impress as the race wore on.
 
Mears recaptured the 11th position on lap 191, before once again being shuffled on the outside to 20th-place. Over the final 50 laps, the California-native charged to the front and was scored in the 12th position with seven laps remaining. As the race returned to green for the final time with just three laps to go, Mears was forced to restart on the outside, but pedaled hard and collected a 17th place finish when the checkered flag waved under the darkening skies. Mears' strong Martinsville run accounts for the GEICO team's 15th top-20 finish of the 2015 season.
 
"Our GEICO Chevrolet was better than where we finished today," said Mears. "It's both disappointing and frustrating, but I'm proud of how far we continue to grow as a team. To consistently run inside the top-15 and contend for a spot in the top-10 is huge as a single-car program. We were shuffled in the outside lane a couple times and battled back. If it hadn't been for that last restart, I think we could have made more progress."
 
Just three races remain in the 2015 season and Germain Racing will now turn their attention to the Lone Star state.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 6th, at 12:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The Texas NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 8th, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 2:00 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) 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 -

Oct 27
2015

Talladega Race Report - October 2015

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TOUGH BREAK LEAVES MEARS 31ST AT TALLADEGA
 
Talladega, AL (October 25, 2015) - Just five races remained in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season when driver Casey Mears and his Germain Racing team unloaded their No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS at Talladega Superspeedway for practice on Friday. Mears has experienced considerable success at the legendary facility and looked to continue his pattern of recording strong finishes at restrictor-plate racetracks. While his car would be fast in the race, Mears' day would be spoiled by unpredictable, external factors.
 
Mears and his GEICO Chevy got off to a quick start to the weekend when they shot up the speed charts during the weekend's opening practice session and ended up eighth quickest. He finished up happy hour 18th on the board on Friday afternoon before returning to the track on Saturday for qualifying, where he would collect a 28th place starting position.
 
Gray skies and mild temperatures set the backdrop for Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500. Mears started the race from the 28thposition, but by the conclusion of the opening lap, he had pedaled the No. 13 GEICO Chevy up to 15th, collecting 13 spots in a single whirl around the racetrack. He would back out of the draft and land as low as 33rd, but he piloted the GEICO Chevy back up to the top-10 at will. Armed with a fast racecar, Mears navigated the 2.66-facility with supreme patience in order to avoid any potential peril.
 
Mears was confident and his GEICO Chevy was fast, but he would face an unnecessary challenge as he looked to make a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 118. He waved his hand all the way through turns one and two, along with weaving his car, in order to alert his fellow drivers that he was preparing to pit. Despite the requisite signaling, the No. 38 car of David Gilliland made heavy contact with the right rear of Mears' No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet as he entered pit road. The result was Mears flying through the infield grass as he masterfully prevented a wreck that would have caused further harm to his racecar. He delivered his damaged GEICO Chevy to the Germain Racing pit crew, who immediately provided him with fresh tires, fuel and repairs. Soon after departing pit road, Mears was alerted that he was assessed a penalty for being too fast on entry to pit road. While the contact with Gilliland was the obvious cause of Mears' unwanted acceleration, he would be forced to serve the 'drive-thru' penalty nonetheless, leaving him two laps down to the field.
 
Despite the setback, Mears and the GEICO team continued to battle hard throughout the last 70 laps of the race. In uncharacteristic fashion at Talladega, the first caution flag of the day would not manifest itself until lap 131 when the engine expired on the No. 51 car of Justin Allgaier. This gave Mears and company the opportunity to take the wavearound and recover one of their two laps. When the race returned to green, the GEICO Chevy quickly moved into the free pass position, but a much-needed caution would not show up in time. When a green-white-checkered finished settled things on Sunday afternoon, Mears would be relegated to an undeserved 31st place finish.
 
"It was a long day all the way around," Mears said after the race. "Talladega is a track where we usually run really well, so days like today are additionally frustrating. The GEICO team worked hard and we got ourselves in position to get back on the lead lap so we could race to the front, but we never got the caution that we so badly needed. Everyone is excited to get to Martinsville next week because it's a place where we've been strong in the past."
 
The GEICO team will now journey less than 100-miles from Germain Racing's headquarters in Mooresville, NC, to do some short-track racing at the ½-mile paperclip-shaped oval in Martinsville, VA.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Martinsville Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, October 30th, at 11:30 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:20 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 1st, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 1:15 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 -

Oct 20
2015

Kansas Race Report - October 2015

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MEARS COLLECTS 20 POSITIONS EN ROUTE TO 23RD PLACE FINISH AT KANSAS
 
Kansas City, KS (October 18, 2015) - Casey Mears and his Germain Racing team arrived in Kansas fresh off of three top-20 finishes in the previous four races. The team has demonstrated significant improvement on intermediate-sized racetracks in 2015 and Kansas offered the opportunity to continue along that path.
 
Misfortune struck early for Mears during qualifying on Friday afternoon. He was in the middle of what would have been a top-10 qualifying run before his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS cut loose and made heavy contact with the outside wall. Mears would walk away from the hard crash unscathed, but Germain Racing would be forced to summon the back-up car from the team's transporter. This would be the first time in the seven year history of Germain Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program that they would unload the back-up car; nearly unheard of in NASCAR and a testament to Mears' expertise on the racetrack. He would be starting from the rear of the 43-car field when the race went green on Sunday.
 
Bright skies, a light wind and cool temperatures set the stage for 267-laps of racing on Sunday at Kansas Speedway. Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevy took the green flag from the rear of the field, but wasted little time making up ground. While a 'back-up' car may not be the ideal scenario, Mears pedaled around the 1.5-mile facility seemingly unfazed. Aside from the early handling issues and vibrations, the Bakersfield, CA, native made quick work of the field and hustled his way into the top-25. The Germain Racing pit crew made necessary changes during pit stops and assisted Mears with his rapid ascent up the scoring tower.
 
When the checkered flag flew after an exciting green-white-checkered finish, Mears pedaled the GEICO Chevy across the finish line in the 23rd position, netting 20 spots from where his journey began just three hours earlier. Mears' effort accounts for Germain Racing's 22nd top-25 finish of the 2015 season. He also continues to close the gap on points, where he now sits just 16 points removed Austin Dillon, who rests in the 21st position.
 
"It's certainly not how you want any weekend to start out, but the guys did a great job of getting the back-up car ready and making changes during the race," Mears said. "Everyone on the GEICO team worked really hard this weekend and I'm glad we were able to sneak out of Kansas with a 23rd place finish. We're looking forward to getting the GEICO Chevy on-track at Talladega next week. We've always had a strong restrictor-plate program here at Germain Racing and everyone is excited to get there and see what we can do."
 
Germain Racing will now head to Alabama to do battle at the historic 2.66-mile superspeedway located in Lincoln.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Talladega Superspeedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, October 23rd, at 2 PM (ET). Qualifying will take place on Saturday at 4:15 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 25th, 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 -

Oct 12
2015

Charlotte 500 Rain Delayed Race Report - Mears, GEICO

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MEARS FINISHES 18TH AT CHARLOTTE; THIRD TOP-20 IN LAST FOUR RACES
 
CONCORD, N.C. (October 11, 2015) - Persistence is a key component of any successful organization and Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team showed their never give up attitude once again this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS). Returning to a track that has not been kind to the No. 13 team in the past, Mears knew the tide could turn. And it did just that on Sunday afternoon during the running of the Bank of America 500, as the veteran driver crossed the finish line in the 18th position. This marked Germain Racing's best finish at the 1.5-mile speedway since the inception of its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program in 2009.
 
"I'm extremely proud of Bootie (Barker, crew chief) and all of the GEICO Racing guys," said Mears, after the race. "This was by far the best car we have brought to Charlotte in years. This place has not been kind to us in the past, but this weekend, and especially today, we were able to run consistently in the top-20 and bang on the door of the top-15. I hit the wall in turn two towards the end which hurt us a little, but overall it was a great effort for our Germain Racing team."
 
The team headed in the right direction from the moment they unloaded the GEICO Chevy on Thursday. Mears ended up 28th in the weekend's opening practice session before improving to 18thin the second session and finishing up ninth in happy hour. On Thursday evening, he qualified 21st, a 13 position improvement over his starting spot in May.
 
After rain postponed the 334-lap race on Saturday night, sunshine and warm temperatures welcomed the racing action on Sunday afternoon. Rolling off from the 21st position, Mears quickly moved up three spots to 18th-place by lap 10. On lap 55, Mears radioed to Crew Chief Bootie Barker that the GEICO Chevrolet was "loose in, loose off and the center is going away real bad", but he remained inside the top-20 despite his report. This wouldn't stop Mears from moving forward, as on lap 100, the No. 13 entry was scored in the 15th position.
 
Mears continued to hustle throughout the second half of the race, while Barker and the Germain Racing pit crew improved the handling of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet. Slight misfortune struck on lap 254 when Mears brushed the outside wall, but kept digging. "It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good," said Mears after the contact. After being assured the damage wasn't causing a tire rub, Mears pressed forward. He ultimately transcended the incident and crossed the finish line in the 18th position, netting Germain Racing's third top-20 finish in the last four races and their 14th of the season. The GEICO team departed the Charlotte Sprint Cup Series garage with an average finish of 20.2 over the previous five events, marking significant improvement from just a year ago.
 
Next up for Mears and Germain Racing team is a trip to the Sunflower state.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Kansas Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, October 16th, at noon ET. Qualifying follows at 6:15 PM ET and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 18th, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 2:15 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 -

Oct 05
2015

Dover September Race Report - GEICO Chevy, Casey Mears

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MEARS ESCAPES WET DOVER WEEKEND WITH 24TH PLACE FINISH 
Dover, DE (October 4, 2015) - Coming off of two top-20 finishes in the previous three races, Casey Mears and the GEICO team were looking to get the best of the Monster Mile when they arrived in Dover. They aimed to improve upon the 27th place finish they recorded at the high-banked oval in May. First, however, they would go head-to-head with Mother Nature and she would win the battle, but not the war.
 
All track activities, including qualifying, were canceled on Friday due to heavy rain in the Dover area, which would leave the starting field to be set according to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rulebook. Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS would start 22ndOn Saturday, the series was able to sneak in two practices between raindrops and Mears was 24th and 18th in the respective sessions.
 
While gray skies loomed and winds exceeding 20 miles per hour blew across the racetrack on Sunday, any rain that previously threatened the area would subside and allow a full day of racing.
 
The green flag flew at its scheduled time and Mears and his Sprint Cup Series counterparts would do battle for 400-laps/400-miles. Mears and the GEICO Chevy started from the 22ndposition and by lap six were up to 21st. Unfortunately, lap 31 heard him report to crew chief, Bootie Barker: "The frontend is terrible in the center. It's loose in, loose off." Aside from a handling condition, Mears also had to deal with a significant amount of trash and debris that populated the racetrack due to the omnipresent wind. Multiple times, he watched his engine temperatures climb, as trash would cling to the front of his No. 13 Chevy. In each instance, Mears found a way to rid himself of the problem, saving what could have been an unscheduled trip to pit road under green.
 
If the weekend was not already odd enough, the lap 192 caution was extended due to a baby duck that had wandered onto the racing surface while the yellow flag flew. NASCAR carefully and safely removed the duck from the track and racing continued on lap 204.
 
Mears continued to hustle throughout the back half of the 400-lap race, while Barker and the Germain Racing crew made necessary changes to the No. 13 GEICO Chevy. Despite getting behind early, the team managed to rally back and when the checkered flag was displayed, Mears crossed the finish line in the 24th position and netted his 20th top-25 finish of the 2015 season.
 
"It was a tough weekend for sure because we didn't get a lot of practice in, so it left a lot of unknowns when the race started on Sunday," Mears said. "The guys worked hard on the GEICO Chevrolet throughout the race and we were able to sneak out of there with a top-25 finish. Everyone is looking forward to being at home in Charlotte this week. It allows everyone to recharge a little bit and catch their breath as the season winds down."
 
The GEICO team will find themselves sleeping in their own beds this week when they travel just down the road to Concord, NC, to do battle at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
                                                     
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Thursday, October 8th, at 1:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 7:20 PM (ET).
 
The Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, October 10th, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 7:00 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) 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 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.
 
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Sep 05
2015

Farewell to Gracie

Posted by lori in Untagged 

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.