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Jan 11
2014

Daytona Testing 2014 - GEICO Chevy SS

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2014 OFF TO FAST START FOR MEARS; LANDS SIXTH ON THE CHART AT DAYTONA TEST

 

Daytona Beach, FL (January 10, 2014) – It seems as though Casey Mears and his GEICO team just departed Homestead, but in reality it has been nearly two months and much has changed in the world of Germain Racing.  The winter saw the team make a manufacturer change to Chevrolet, which found crew members working through the holidays to prepare racecars, update equipment and rebrand their team.  In addition, crew chief Bootie Barker and his engineering staff had to accelerate the learning process with Richard Childress Racing, who will be providing the team with engineering and technical support in the upcoming season.  

 

This week saw their hard work come to fruition when the team rolled into Daytona International Speedway for the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test of the 2014 season.  Mother Nature caused a washout at the speedway after a full day of rain on Thursday, but that didn’t stop Mears from interacting with fans and doing a series of media interviews at FanFest in the Sprint Fanzone later that evening.

 

The teams on-hand were hopeful when they arrived at the track on Friday morning, but weather again set them back.  Several times, the rain would stop only to start again after track-drying efforts were underway.  The skies would ultimately clear around lunchtime and by 1 PM (ET), Casey Mears and his #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS were recording their first laps of the new season.  Doing only single-car runs, Barker and the Germain crew focused on learning more about their new Chevrolet.  Sitting 19th about halfway through the session, Mears began to pick up speed as his team made favorable changes that sent him inching up the scoring tower.

 

When the test came to a close on Friday evening, Mears and his GEICO Chevrolet had found their way to the top of the speed chart and sat sixth overall after wheeling around the 2.5-mile high-banked superspeedway in just 46.547-seconds (193.353 miles per hour).  With two of the top five cars (Aric Almirola and Kyle Larson) recording their speeds in the draft, it leaves Mears fourth fastest in single-car runs, a stat that sent the Germain Racing team home with smiles abound as they eye the upcoming Daytona 500.

 

Germain’s new alliance with Richard Childress Racing and switch to Chevrolet is a familiar feel for Mears, who piloted the #07 Chevrolet for legendary team-owner Richard Childress during the 2009 season.

 

“It was nice to finally get on the track and turn some laps.  The test went really well and our #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS felt great,” Mears said.  “All of the guys on our Germain Racing team did a great job in the off-season getting prepared to start 2014.  It was nice to see some familiar faces at RCR (Richard Childress Racing) and that relationship seems to be working out well.  I can’t wait to get back to Daytona for Speedweeks.”

 

The 2014 Daytona 500 is on Sunday, February 23rd, at 1 PM (ET), but first Germain Racing will continue their testing efforts at the 1.33-mile concrete oval of Nashville Superspeedway at the end of January.   

 

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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

 

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

Nov 20
2013

2014 Season Recap

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CONSISTENCY, PERSEVERANCE FAVOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM AS THEY HEAD INTO 2014

 

Mooresville, NC (November 20, 2013) – After qualifying 40th for Sunday’s season finale at Homestead, Mears hustled around the 1.5-mile racetrack and, after picking up 12 positions, he recorded a 28th place finish.  When the checkered flag ended the race, it marked the close of Germain Racing’s first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  With the 2013 season behind them, Casey Mears and his GEICO team look to the bright future that lies in wait.

 

Mears and company experienced considerable improvement in the 2013 season, leaving them hopeful as they head into what will be a busy winter.  The key to Germain Racing’s success is that they keep moving forward.  Since entering NASCAR’s elite series in 2009, after two championships in five years in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the organization has improved with each passing season and this year is no different.  Team owner Bob Germain wraps up the season 26th in the Owner Point standings after being 30th a year ago, while driver Casey Mears finishes up 2013 in the 24th position in Driver Points, a five spot improvement over 2012, which saw him 29th.  Mears and the GEICO team also recorded 20 Top 25 finishes in 2013.

 

Many organizations will take time off after returning from Homestead, but the GEICO team went scurrying back to the race shop where they are anxious to get their hands on the new #13 Chevrolet SS, which will come rolling in any day now.  On October 11th, Germain Racing announced a new alliance with Richard Childress Racing, which will see them transitioning to Chevrolet in the off-season.  Switching manufacturers is something that will demand all hands on deck as everyone begins celebrating the holidays.  With very little employee turnover, the Germain Racing team provides a family atmosphere that serves as a platform for growth and success.       

 

The term ‘off-season’ is a bit of a misnomer, as the hours committed by the team will actually increase at different times in an effort to be prepared for a rapidly approaching 2014 season.  While the green flag for the 2014 Daytona 500 is not scheduled to wave until 1:19 PM (ET) on Sunday, February 23rd, the GEICO team will visit the historic Daytona International Speedway for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test on January 9th and 10th.  Subsequent testing will also take place in January, leaving very little downtime for crew members to enjoy the comfort of their own bed.

 

“It’s been a nice year of improvement and growth in our GEICO program and next season should continue to help us to expand and elevate our status in the Sprint Cup Series,” Casey Mears said.  “I’m so proud of the guys on this Germain Racing team and thankful for the hard work they put into making sure we have cars ready to go and are prepared each week.  They spend a lot of time away from their families, so I hope they can enjoy some time at home over the holidays.”  He continued, “We are all very appreciative of the support of our sponsor GEICO and our team owner Bob Germain because it’s their commitment that will allow us to keep building our program.”

 

Armed with a full-season sponsorship commitment from GEICO and a driver under a multiyear agreement, consistency should favor the Germain Racing team as they quickly begin to eye the upcoming 2014 season.  As they leave what’s behind and reach toward what’s ahead, Mears and his team members are focused on growing a program that has already experienced considerable success.

 

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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

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Nov 11
2013

Phoenix Race Report

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MEARS RUNS IN TOP 10 IN PHOENIX; BETRAYED BY LATE-RACE GAMBLE

Final Pit Stop Sequence Saw Team Finish 27th

 

Avondale, AZ (11-10-2013) – Phoenix International Raceway was the site of a huge display of muscle by the Germain Racing crew and GEICO driver Casey Mears in the Spring race earlier this season. At that point, the team was looking for vindication from rough luck at Daytona. This weekend, the team could have used a reprieve following the deflating flat tire experience of last week’s race at Texas. Just as earlier in the year, any beacon of light at Phoenix would be one hard-earned, not handed out.

The GEICO Ford Fusion ranked 33rd in first practice and landed 30th in the starting lineup for Sunday’s 312-lap race. In the final practice sessions, Mears was again 30th and 32nd.  The lap times throughout the sessions were within a half-second. From his qualifying position of 30th, Mears moved up to 26th in the opening laps of the race and settled into 27th by lap 15.

“I can’t really put the power down coming off the corners,” said Mears as he fought to find a line that might work better for the GEICO Ford, 15 laps into what would be a long race, slowed by several long caution periods.

“Good job, you are pulling away now,” called crew chief Bootie Barker from the pits at lap 18, while he made plans for adjustments to the GEICO Ford.

The chance to work on the No. 13 car finally came following the lap 49 caution brought out by Denny Hamlin’s spin. The GEICO Racing crew went to work on lap 50 on the 26th place GEICO Ford, installing four tires, fuel and making a couple of adjustments to help Mears fight the loose handling condition of the car. Thanks to the quick work of the Germain Racing pit crew, Mears restarted the race one spot to the good in the 25th position at lap 56.

Loose was the term that echoed up and down pit road on Sunday. Many drivers complained of their cars not having enough grip off the corners. Barker and the crew managed to make some headway fighting this condition for Mears, but, according to Mears, the adjustments might have hurt the handling through the center of the turns. He shared this information with Barker while racing in 22nd position at lap 75.

Over the remaining laps, the crew made changes to the car and fought their way into the top ten during the race’s long, 82-lap green flag run. As the final green flag pit stops were completed, Mears was shown in 24th position, one lap down, on lap 273. He pulled to 22nd before the final caution flag of the race flew at lap 283, and restarted in this position, in line to be the Lucky Dog if another quick caution flew. For this reason, the team stayed out, and didn’t take fresh tires, hoping for another quick caution to allow them to get fresh tires while back on the lead lap.  The yellow didn’t wave again and the cars that pitted under the final caution, showed fresh rubber was much faster at Phoenix.

The GEICO Ford was credited with a 27th place finish after a day of consistent lap times, strong pit work from the Germain Racing pit crew and a worthwhile gamble. Next up for Mears and the GEICO team is the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway!

Watch the racing from Homestead, FL, on Sunday, November 17th, on ESPN at 3:00 PM Eastern, or tune into MRN/SiriusXM Radio Channel 90.

Qualifying is Friday, November 15th at 6:10 PM on ESPN 2 or listen live online at motorracingnetwork.com. Happy Hour airs Saturday, November 16th at 3 PM on Fox Sports 2.

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

 

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Nov 05
2013

Texas Race Recap - Mears, GEICO Ford

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FLAT TIRE DERAILS MEARS’ STRONG RUN IN THE LONE STAR STATE

 

Fort Worth, TX (November 3, 2013) – Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team have been closing out the season on a strong note, scoring four top-25 finishes in their last six starts.  Texas offered the GEICO team another opportunity to continue their run as the end of the season sits just around the bend.  Historically, the team has struggled in the Lone Star State, but that served as little deterrence when practice got underway at the 1.5-mile speedway.

 

Mears was 27th in the opening practice session on Friday before later matching his effort in qualifying, where he would land 27th on Sunday’s starting grid, just behind Clint Bowyer and Elliott Sadler.  The picture of consistency, the first practice on Saturday also saw Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion 27th on the speed charts.  The Germain team hustled, made changes and crunched numbers before sending Mears out for the final practice where he ultimately rested in the 17th position when the session closed.  Ten spots to the good, the GEICO team was hopeful when raceday arrived.

 

Bright sunshine and reasonable temperatures kicked off Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, where Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion rolled off the starting grid from the 27th position.  501-miles of racing awaited the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field.  Mears had no sooner approached the top 25 on lap 15 before the event’s first caution flag was displayed for debris.  It was a welcomed break, given that he had been in debate with the handling of the car since the waving of the green flag.  Mears said to crew chief Bootie Barker: “It’s a handful.  As soon as I try to touch the gas, I’m sideways.”  Mears delivered his #13 GEICO Fusion to the attention of his pit crew who provided him with four fresh tires, a tank of fuel and much needed adjustments.  He restarted 30th when the race went back to green on lap 18, but quickly jumped to 26th while making continued progress on the field.

 

Things appeared to go smoothly until lap 53 when Mears reported that his GEICO Ford had a bad vibration.  Barker quickly ordered his driver to pit road under green to rectify the issue.  Mears departed the pit stall with four new tires and fuel and left behind the nagging vibration, but was now one lap down to the field.  Upon his return to the racing surface, Mears said, “The vibration is gone, but I don’t think it was a tire issue; it felt more like a loose wheel.”  Mears would soon suffer an additional setback when the caution flag waved just one lap after he visited pit road, now sending him two laps down.  Rather than pitting, Barker instructed Mears to stay out and take the wavearound, which would return him to being just one lap down.  He restarted the race in 40th place on lap 64, but promptly found himself in the Lucky Dog position by lap 79.

 

While Mears continued to make his way through the field, lap 85 saw the skies suddenly darken while winds picked up and temperatures sharply declined.

 

Mears was on-track to record another solid finish before lap 175 heard him anxiously report to Barker, “The car feels sloppy and it won’t turn in.  It feels like the tires are flat.”  A lap later he communicated that the right rear tire was indeed flat and he expeditiously made his way to pit road before chancing a crash or damage to the racecar from an upset tire carcass.  The GEICO crew replaced all four tires and sent him back out to do battle with a field that was now three laps ahead of him.  Although his hopes for a strong finish were dashed, Mears and his crew went about their work in the same competitive fashion, allowing the GEICO driver to dash from 40th to 33rd by the time the checkered flag waved under the lights in Fort Worth, Texas.  Their persistence and effort allowed the team to salvage an otherwise challenging day.              

 

“Today was tough because we really wanted to get a good finish here in Texas; this place has always presented us with a challenge,” Mears said.  “We made good progress in final practice and thought we would be okay in the race, but that flat tire really set us back and we were never able to recover.  I’m really proud of the guys on this GEICO team because we all kept working hard and we were able to make up some positions before the race was over. We’re looking forward to getting to Phoenix because we were strong there in March and we feel like we’ll have a good shot there again next week.”

 

The Germain Racing team will now journey west to Phoenix for the second to last race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  In March, Mears and his GEICO team taught the Arizona track a lesson when they started 42nd and passed 28 cars en route to a 14th place finish.                                                   

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the opening practice session on Friday, November 8th, at 1:35 PM (EST).  Qualifying will follow at 5:40 PM (EST).

 

The Advocare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 10th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 3:00 PM (EST).  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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

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Oct 28
2013

Martinsville Race Recap - GEICO Ford Fusion, Mears

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STRONG 21ST PLACE FINISH FOR MEARS AT CAUTION-RIDDLED MARTINSVILLE

 

MARTINSVILLE, V.A. (October 27, 2013) - Every time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series enters a short track event, beating and banging in close corners is the norm. While this is standard, classic racing at a track under a mile in length, each driver and team hopes they will be the one who keeps their car free from the expected madness. Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing crew set out to do just that – avoid being collateral damage, manage tires and pit strategy, and be in a good position in the final stages of the 500-lap event.

 

Shortly after the green flag flew under beautiful weather conditions on Sunday afternoon, Mears fell victim to front end damage as the field checked up in front of the No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion to avoid a spin on lap eight. Crew chief Bootie Barker called his driver to pit road prior to the pits opening in order to have additional time to make necessary repairs to the hood and top of the grill. Unfortunately, these damage repairs cost Mears a lap, as the leaders passed by while work was still being done to the Germain Racing entry. As the field returned to green flag conditions, Mears was scored in the 41st position, as one of the only cars one lap down.

 

Mears continued to lay down solid lap times, while trying to place himself in a position to receive the Lucky Dog Award and return to the lead lap. As the second caution came on lap 89 for a spin in turn four, the veteran driver had moved into the 37th position and brought his GEICO Ford to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel. An excellent pit stop by the Germain Racing crew allowed Mears to gain five positions and restart from 32nd-place on lap 95.

 

Over the next 100 laps, Mears steadily gained ground on the racetrack to move into the top-25 and be the Lucky Dog recipient as the caution slowed the pace on lap 205. The pit crew changed four tires, fuel, and made minor adjustments to the GEICO Fusion before returning to green flag racing. Two quick cautions allowed the teams on pit road to play strategy, as some chose to stay out and others chose to come in for fresh rubber. Barker instructed his driver to stay out under both cautions, in order to save tires for the second half of the race. Despite moving into the 13th position on lap 235, Mears quickly radioed to Barker asking for "tires please" on the next opportunity, as the drivers who had new Goodyear’s were passing those with older tires.

 

Another caution came on lap 285, allowing Mears to once again receive the Lucky Dog Award as the GEICO machine had just been lapped prior to the yellow being displayed. The California native reported the No. 13 Fusion was "loose on entry and exit" and Mears brought his Ford to pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments before returning to green on lap 291 from the 25th position. Seven caution flags were displayed between lap 299 and 386, slowing the pace every five to eight laps for on-track clean-up. Mears successfully maneuvered his way through numerous spins right in front of the GEICO Ford and was scored in 21st-place by lap 400. 

 

The 17th and final caution flag was shown on lap 417 and Barker brought Mears to pit road for the last time. Equipped with four fresh tires, fuel and a minor adjustment, Mears took off from the 21st position. Hard-nosed racing ensued over the last 70 laps, but with the field separating with a green flag run, Mears crossed the finish line in 21st-place.

 

"It was a hard fought race for our GEICO Racing team," said Mears. "We got behind early with going a lap down on pit road but thankfully our damage wasn't too bad. There were a couple tough calls but I was able to avoid a few wrecks that happened right in front of me. Overall I'm proud of the effort the Germain Racing busy put in all weekend and we will head to Texas."

 

Next up for Mears and the No. 13 GEICO team is a trip to the Lonestar State for Sunday's event at Texas Motor Speedway. The green flag will wave shortly after 3 p.m. ET on November 3rd, 2013, with live television coverage on ESPN. The live radio broadcast can also be heard on the Performance Racing Network (PRN).

 

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

 

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Oct 21
2013

Talladega Race Recap - Bashed Up Again

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AFTER LEADING AT TALLADEGA, MEARS FALLS VICTIM TO LAST LAP CRASH

Talladega, AL (10-20-2013) – When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes on Talladega Superspeedway, much of the spectacle of the event is the escalating anxiety over the possibilities of what could happen next. With racecars roaring around the track in tight quarters at top speeds, any slight bobble can result in mayhem. Sunday’s mayhem was relatively minute, but, it hit squarely at home for No. 13 GEICO Ford driver Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team. 

“That was an interesting race. The GEICO Ford ran real good all day and we were hoping for a good finish and, obviously, we didn’t quite get it,” said Mears of the 500-mile event that slowed for only three, short caution periods taking up just 10 of the 188 laps.

Mears took the green flag for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 500 in tenth position. The 43-car field was lined up based on first practice times from Friday since a persistent mist washed away the qualifying window on Saturday morning. Just as the cars had hit full stride, the racing action ground to a slow crawl for caution number one at lap 4.

Back under the green flag by lap 8, the field roared back to life and right into the first pit stop sequence. Many teams had hoped to pit as early as lap 35, but waited, hoping for another caution period. Crew Chief Bootie Barker called Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion to pit road for four tires and fuel on lap 42. Unfortunately, the stop wasn’t business as usual for the Germain Racing crew. Maybe it was a residual effect from Friday’s full moon, but a problem with an air hose cost the crew a couple valuable seconds and put Mears back on track near the tail end of the lead lap.

“Casey, you’re making great lap times and staying even with the leaders. Just stay in line with your group. We’ll get caught back up,” assured Barker from atop the pit box as Mears spent the next 40 laps in a small pack of cars racing about half a lap behind the leaders.

Just in time for the next round of pit stops, the second caution of the race flew. It was a welcome opportunity for the GEICO team to sort out some static issues with Mears’ in-car radio. The team came to the pits at lap 80 before pit road was open, knowing they needed to address the radio issue.

After pitting twice under caution, taking two tires, fuel and getting radio repairs, the GEICO Ford was shown in 25th place, but had to fall to the tail end due to pitting too soon. This proved to be a very temporary setback. Mears was 18th just five laps after the green flag waved at lap 85, and spent the next fuel run knocking on the door to the top-ten as he worked his way through traffic.

“I don’t feel like have any speed, like I’m pulling a parachute,” Mears told Barker just before he burst into the top-five and held the lead at lap 123. Mears brought the car to pit road for service from second place, and as the field got settled in after the pit sequence at lap 124, the GEICO Ford held the 4th spot before getting caught in the inside lane.

As the laps drew to a close at Talladega, Mears kept asking spotter Ron Lewis to get him back into the outside line. He’d knife his way through the field, reaching the top five and top ten, then get shuffled down low and have to start the process over again.

The final laps saw the lead pack fall into a single file line that held through the waving of the checkered flag – except for a very few cars. Mears was holding position 12 on the white flag lap as he exited turn two. Just ahead, the 14 car of rookie Austin Dillon was chucked out of line and sent for a spin. Lewis saw the 14 car clearing the track to the inside and told Mears to hold his line. Unfortunately, the car unexpectedly turned back across the nose of the GEICO Ford. Mears hit hard and day’s labors came to a screeching halt on the backstretch, a half a lap shy of a rewarding finish.

Mears spoke with pit road reporter Jamie Little after leaving the infield care center at Talladega,“I’m OK, but that was strange being in the infield care center with only myself usually there’s about ten of us in there together.”

The GEICO Ford was credited with a 27th place finish after overcoming an early pit road hang up, radio problems, and a long day’s worth of a high-speed traffic jam. Next up for Mears and the Germain Racing crew is a trip to the slowest, but one of the most exciting tracks on the Sprint Cup Series schedule – Martinsville Speedway. The lap times aren’t blistering, but the action is!

Watch the racing from Martinsville, VA, on Sunday, October 27th, on ESPN at 1:00 PM Eastern, or tune into MRN/SiriusXM Radio Channel 90.

Qualifying is Friday, October 25th at 3:40 PM on Fox Sports 1 or listen live at 3:30 PM online at motorracingnetwork.com. Happy Hour airs Saturday, October 26th at noon on Fox Sports 1.

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

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Contact: Lori Smith, Player Management International

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Oct 11
2013

Germain Racing Moving to RCR, GM for 2014

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Richard Childress Racing Forms Technical Alliance with Germain Racing

 

WELCOME, N.C. (October 11, 2013) -- Richard Childress Racing and Germain Racing have agreed to form a technical alliance in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, beginning with the 2014 season.

 

The partnership includes technology sharing, engineering, research and development provided to Germain Racing as they switch their No. 13 GEICO Cup Series cars to Chevrolet next season. The partnership also includes Germain Racing utilizing the highly reliable and powerful engines of ECR Engines. 

 

This will also be a homecoming of sorts for the team’s driver, Casey Mears, as he drove for RCR in 2009.

 

“We are very pleased to have a team like Germain Racing become our partner,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “Bob (Germain) and his team have worked very hard to become one of the better single-car teams over the past few years and we are looking to build on what they’ve already achieved.

 

”They’ve proven they can be winners by what they did in the Camping World Truck Series. Bob is an asset to this sport for wanting to improve the team’s performance and take them to the next level. We also look forward to having Casey back in the RCR family.”

 

Located in Mooresville, N.C., Germain began competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2004, and won championships in both 2006 and 2010. They entered the Nationwide Series in 2007, making 113 starts through the end of 2011. Their full-time Sprint Cup Series endeavors began in 2009.

 

“Richard Childress and RCR have an extremely competitive program with a long history of winning races and championships. They have great people and tremendous resources which will allow us to continue to improve our GEICO team’s performance in 2014 and beyond.,” said Bob Germain Jr., team owner.

                                                                       

About Richard Childress Racing:

Richard Childress Racing (www.rcrracing.com) has earned more than 200 victories and 14 championships, including six in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. RCR was the first organization to win championships in the Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Its 2013 Sprint Cup Series lineup includes Paul Menard (No. 27 Menards Chevrolet), Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s/Rheem Chevrolet) and Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar/Cheerios Chevrolet). Its Nationwide Series program includes Brian Scott (No. 2 Shore Lodge/Armour Vienna Sausage/Fast Fixin’/Charter/Husky Liners Chevrolet), 2012 Nationwide Series rookie of the year Austin Dillon (No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet) and an all-star driver lineup on the No. 33 Menards/Rheem/WESCO/Armour Vienna Sausage/Hunt Brothers Pizza/Fast Fixin’ Chevrolet team. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series program features 2012 Camping World Truck Series rookie of the year Ty Dillon (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet) and Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet).

 

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 2013 GEICO Racing program features driver Casey Mears.

 

 

Contact Info: Tim Packman                                             Lori Smith

Director, Corporate Communications                                   Media Relations Manager

Richard Childress Racing                                                    Germain Racing

tpackman@rcrracing.com                                                  lsmith@germainracing.com 

 

Oct 07
2013

Kansas Post-Race Recap

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MEARS AND THE GECKO ESCAPE WILD KANSAS RACE WITH 21ST PLACE FINISH

 

Kansas City, KS (October 6, 2013) – Casey Mears and his GEICO team rolled into Kansas hoping to continue their string of solid finishes.  While the weekend started off in challenging fashion, they were able to turn in a solid day and, after leading the race, running solidly in the top 20 and overcoming crash damage, they turned in a strong 21st place finish.

 

Friday found the Germain Racing team scratching their heads after the opening practice session saw Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion land 33rd on the speed chart.  After later qualifying 37th, crew chief Bootie Barker and his engineers hunkered down in a Kansas City hotel lobby and put their heads together.

 

When race day rolled around, Mears and company felt confident in their bid to move forward.  Armed with new information and ideas for adjusting the car, any nerves had subsided when the team took to the starting grid for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.  The green flag waved amid bright skies and cool temperatures.  While he qualified 37th, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion began to make quick work of the field before the caution flag flew just moments after the race got underway.  Danica Patrick hit the wall bringing out the event’s first yellow of the day, but Mears made the most of his time under green, moving up seven spots to 30th.  Given the tire issues prevalent at Kansas Speedway, Mears took the opportunity to visit pit road and take on four fresh tires, leaving the previous set to be used as scuffs later in the race.

 

The race would turn into a caution-riddled event that kept the Germain Racing pit crew busy throughout the afternoon.  They never faltered in their work and Mears’ #13 GEICO Ford Fusion continued to improve as the race wore on.  He ran solidly in the top 20 for much of the day while also making appearances in the top 15 and was the race leader on lap 45.  While cautions flew repeatedly, Mears continued his trek to the front being interrupted only by a caution that was brought out as his GEICO bumper lay across the racetrack.  On lap 179, Mears radioed to Bootie Barker that he was “really loose coming out of turn two”.  A lap later, he found himself against the outside wall in the aforementioned turn, leaving his rear bumper as victim.  The GEICO crew made repairs to his racecar and quickly returned him to the event without the loss of even a single lap.  And their work was true, as Mears said to Barker on lap 187, “The car’s driving fine.  It doesn't really feel any different.”  Even with damage, Mears continued to get faster and lap 210 saw him turn his quickest lap of the day.

 

After a record setting 15 caution flags caused a ruckus, one of which was triggered by a burning bush in the grandstand area, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion notched a 21st place finish, a 16 position ascension from where his journey began 400-miles earlier.  This is Mears’ 19th top 25 finish of the 2013 season.

 

“The weekend started out rough, but the GEICO crew worked hard to get things turned around and it paid off today.  I’m really proud of these guys and the effort they’re putting in each week,” Mears said.  “The season is beginning to wind down and it’s been great to close it out with solid finishes.  We’re looking forward to continuing the run this weekend in Charlotte.  Charlotte is special to me because I won a race there and the memory is still fresh in my mind.”  He joked, “I’m glad we got out of Kansas with a 21st place finish.  I mean when you have 15 caution flags and a burning bush, it’s time to go home.”

 

Next weekend will feature Mears returning to the place where he visited victory lane in 2007 when he won the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend.                                                    

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Thursday, October 10th, at 3:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 7:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, October 12th, and it will be televised live on ABC beginning at 6:30 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) 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

 

 

Sep 30
2013

Dover Fall Race Recap

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MEARS FEARS NO MONSTER; TURNS IN TOP 25 IN DOVER

 

Dover, DE (September 29, 2013) – As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season begins to wind down, Casey Mears and his GEICO team were anxious to get to Dover, Delaware, to play a home game of sorts.  With GEICO’s corporate office located a short 100-miles from the speedway, the Germain Racing team feels a sense of pride when they race in the Gecko’s backyard.

 

Consistency was the word of the weekend, as Mears was 26th in the opening practice, 27th in the second practice and 24th in final practice.  In qualifying on Friday afternoon, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion toured the one-mile concrete oval in just 22.697-seconds, landing him 26th on Sunday’s starting grid.

 

While the two previous weekends featured rain in the raceday forecast, Sunday in Dover saw 70-degree temperatures and bright sunshine as the green flag got the race underway.  400-miles of racing at the high-banked Monster Mile can be a daunting task, but Mears and his GEICO team remained focused on continuing their run of solid finishes.  Mears started out strong and was sitting in 27th place when a debris caution slowed the field on lap 36.  “It’s really tight through the center and all the way off.  The biggest thing slowing me down is waiting for the frontend through the center,” Mears said to crew chief Bootie Barker under caution.  The Germain Racing pit crew made quick changes and returned the #13 GEICO Fusion to the racetrack two spots to the good in 25th.   

 

As the race wore on, Mears would work his way into the top 15 before a scheduled green flag pit stop sent his GEICO machine down pit road on lap 115.  The GEICO crew continued working on the car and on lap 160, the Bakersfield, CA, native informed Barker that his car was improving: “I have more grip than on my previous runs.”  As the race grew closer to the checkered flag, teams were stretching out their runs as long as possible, hoping they would need only a single pit stop to complete the event.  As Mears was approaching his pit window, he was riding solidly in the 23rd position when his car lost fuel pressure on lap 311 of 400.  Fortunately, he was able to work his way to pit road where he was quickly refreshed with tires and much needed Sunoco racing fuel.  The pit crew once again made quick work of Mears, as they lost just two positions while pitting under green.  Despite the setback, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion crossed the finish line in the 24th position and scored the team’s 18th top 25 of the 2013 season.

 

“The guys did a good job working on our GEICO Ford Fusion and getting me on and off of pit road today,” Mears said.  “It’s nice to get another solid finish as we try to end the season on a strong note.  I am proud of everyone on this GEICO team and look forward to getting to Kansas and finishing what we started there in April.”

 

Just seven races remain on the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series calendar.  Next week will find the GEICO team in the Sunflower State of Kansas, where David Gilliland collected Mears on lap 183 of April’s STP 400.  Mears was enjoying a solid, top 20 run before finding himself in the garage.  The Germain Racing team looks forward to returning to the track and turning in a much-deserved good finish.

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Kansas Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, October 4th, at 12:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 5:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 6th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 2:00 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

 

 

Sep 23
2013

Loudon - Fall Race Report - GEICO Racing

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MEARS AND THE GECKO RIGHT THE SHIP IN LOUDON

 

Loudon, NH (September 22, 2013) – After weather wreaked havoc on Casey Mears and his fellow racers a week ago, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was happy to arrive in Loudon, New Hampshire, for the Sylvania 300.  Mears and his GEICO team were looking to rebound from a 30th place finish in Chicago where a five-hour rain delay and subsequent cold weather caused an angry racecar to battle Mears for most of the night.

 

Friday in New Hampshire proved challenging for Mears and the Germain Racing crew when they ended up 31st in practice and later qualified 34th.  Saturday, however, took a turn for the better when Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion looked much quicker in practice and left the team hopeful for Sunday’s 300-lap race.

 

Rain once again threatened this weekend, but did not prevail.  Track dryers had the racing surface clear in time for the race to get underway with an on-time start.  Mears would roll off 34th, but appeared confident in his bid to move forward.  While he experienced handling issues early on, the lap 30 caution allowed him to bring his #13 GEICO Ford to the attention of his pit crew for tires, fuel and much needed adjustments.  He recovered quickly and by lap 48 eyed the top 25, as he sat solidly in 26th place.  Mears continued making progress and was in 21st position on lap 59. 

 

On several occasions, the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion was the fastest car on the track and Mears would regularly produce lap times consistent with the leaders.  The Germain pit crew was also impressive, twice gaining positions during pit stops.

 

After 317.4-miles of racing concluded, Mears and his GEICO team rebounded well and recorded a 25th place finish, moving up nine positions from where they departed the starting grid.  Mears’ finish is Germain Racing’s 17th top 25 result of the 2013 season.

 

“The weekend started off rough, but I’m pleased with how well our GEICO team did during pit stops today, making changes to the car, getting me out quickly; it helped get everything turned around,” Mears said.  “It was nice to come here and get a decent finish after a tough race last week.  We’re looking forward to getting to Dover because it’s so close to GEICO’s corporate office and we always have associates come down for the race.”

 

The Germain Racing team will now play in the Gecko’s backyard when they travel to Dover, Delaware for next week’s race.                                                     

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Dover International Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, September 27th, at 11:00 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:10 PM (EDT).

 

The 400-mile Dover NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 29th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 2:00 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