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May 09
2011

ADVERSITY NO MATCH FOR MEARS IN DARLINGTON; GIVES GEICO BUMP IN STANDINGS

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

ADVERSITY NO MATCH FOR MEARS IN DARLINGTON; GIVES GEICO BUMP IN STANDINGS

 Darlington, SC (May 7, 2011) – Mother’s Day weekend is special to everyone, but for Casey Mears it means a bit more this year.  Aside from having a three year old daughter, Mears’ wife Trisha is nearly nine-months pregnant with their first son.  While Mears spent the better part of Saturday night beating and banging with his fellow competitors on the racetrack, Trisha spent her evening at the racetrack in the couples’ motorhome battling the kicks of the forthcoming Mears.

 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took to the track ‘Too Tough To Tame’ on Friday for its opening practice session.  Mears was looking sporty in his #13 GEICO Toyota Camry and rested 26th on the speed charts at its conclusion.  Unfortunately, the final practice would be rained out, forcing the GEICO team to head into qualifying with a bit of uncertainty. 

 When qualifying got underway on Friday evening, Mears calmed the nerves of his GEICO team when he calmly paced the Lady In Black in just 27.879 seconds, at a rate of speed of 176.391 miles per hour.  His effort placed him 32nd on the starting grid for Saturday night’s Showtime Southern 500.

 A packed house and clear skies saw the field get underway when the green flag was displayed on a cool Saturday evening.  Starting 32nd, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry quickly jumped to the 30th position by the close of the event’s second lap.  When the evening’s first caution flag was displayed on Lap 5, Mears radioed to crew chief, Bootie Barker: “The car is so tight.”  Along with providing Mears with four tires and fuel, the Germain Racing pit crew made the necessary adjustments to free the car up when Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road under caution.

 Mears’ visit to pit road proved fruitful and the #13 GEICO Camry began strategically navigating its way through the field.  After reaching the 9th position on Lap 38, Mears eventually found himself as the leader, putting the Gecko at the front of the field for the second time this season. 

 As the Sprint Cup Series field continued to circuit the 1.366-mile oval, Mears would once again begin to battle his racecar.  On Lap 133, Mears radioed to Barker: “It’s terrible, I can’t go.  I can’t do anything because I’m too loose.”  When the caution flag was displayed on Lap 230 for a Brian Vickers/David Ragan crash, Mears took the opportunity to bring his #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew.  After furnishing him with four fresh Goodyear tires, a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel and much needed adjustments, the GEICO crew returned Mears to the racing surface in the 28th position. 

 Mears quickly moved the #13 GEICO Camry forward and landed back in the Top 25 on Lap 247.  Mears remained in hot pursuit of the field and for a series of laps he nipped at the bumper of Juan Pablo Montoya before the Columbian driver fell victim to the Gecko and surrendered the 24th position on Lap 279. 

 As the #13 GEICO Camry continued notching positions on the racetrack, Mears’ voice grew silent on the team’s radio frequency.  Mears’s progress continued until NASCAR placed the field under caution when Mark Martin scraped the wall on Lap 280.

 Sitting inside the Top 20, Mears’ night would take a challenging turn on the Lap 285 restart.  As the field went back under green with just 82 laps to go, cars began to bunch up giving Mears no other option but to check up, consequently causing David Reutimann to make contact with the rear of Mears’ #13 GEICO Camry.  The result was significant rear end damage to Mears’ machine, forcing him down pit road under green flag conditions on Lap 287 to repair the affected sheet metal and attempt to restore the racecar’s stability.   

 With just 80 laps remaining, Mears would spend the balance of his evening fighting to keep the car under control, but turned respectable lap times nevertheless.  His efforts would be rewarded when the checkered flag was displayed, as he was able to salvage a 30th place finish despite the heavy damage to the #13 GEICO Camry.  Mears finished just ahead of Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton and Brian Vickers and was able to solidify the #13 GEICO Camry in the Owner Point standings, jumping the team to 34th.   

 “Man, we had a nice run going, so it’s a little tough to take a 30th place finish,” Mears said after the race.  “The good thing is that we were able to work hard and run up front tonight.  Crashes happen in racing, so while it’s frustrating, it doesn’t take away from how well we did.  We were right there and we were definitely going to get a good finish for GEICO and the Germain Racing team.  We’re doing all of the right things and we’re getting better each week, so I know we’ll continue moving forward and making it happen.”  He added, “It’s great to see Regan (Smith) win because he, as well as the whole Furniture Row team, are good people.  It’s also encouraging to see a single car team win a race.  Those guys were sitting where we are sitting now about six years ago, so to see them make it to Victory Lane is very encouraging.  We will be there.”

 Next week will find the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series taking aim at the Monster Mile in Dover, Delaware. 

 Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the one-mile oval of Dover International Speedway for the opening practice session at 11:00 AM (EDT) on Friday, May 13th. Qualifying will follow on Saturday, May 14th, at 12:10 PM (EDT).

 The FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 15th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast. 

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

May 02
2011

RICHMOND TURNS ITS BACK ON MEARS; LOOKING FORWARD TO A DANCE WITH THE LADY IN BLACK

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

RICHMOND TURNS ITS BACK ON MEARS; LOOKING FORWARD TO A DANCE WITH THE LADY IN BLACK

Richmond, VA (April 30, 2011) – After a weekend off, an energetic Casey Mears was eager to arrive in Richmond, VA, to continue his assault on the Top 35.  First, however, he would make a pit stop at GEICO’s corporate office in Washington, DC, to visit with GEICO associates.  Aside from the normal autographs and photo opportunities, Mears took on GEICO’s best video game players in the NASCAR Wii game.  He prevailed, although it wasn’t without a challenge.

Fortunately, driving a real racecar comes easier for Mears, so he wasted little time in getting started when the team unloaded the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry on Friday at Richmond International Raceway.  While the first practice session saw Mears end up 39th on the speed chart, final practice showed vast improvement and the #13 GEICO Camry was 19th on the board when the session closed. 

When NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying got underway beneath the Richmond sunset on Friday evening, Mears was the 14th car to take to the track.  He immediately jumped to 5th after navigating the ¾-mile D-shaped oval in just 21.184 seconds, at a rate of speed of 127.455 miles per hour.  As cloud cover blanketed the raceway, times picked up and Mears would land 15th on Saturday night’s starting grid. 

Perfect weather welcomed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to the track for some Saturday night racing under the lights.  A big crowd was on-hand when the green flag turned the field loose for 400-laps of racing.

Starting 15th, Mears quickly moved the #13 GEICO Camry into the 12th position by the close of the event’s second lap.  He ran solidly in the Top 15 before Lap 14 heard him reporting to crew chief, Bootie Barker, that his GEICO Camry was “Tight in the center and loose off.”  Thus beginning an evening long battle that would slowly send Mears backwards through the field.

Mears continued to battle an ill-handling racecar until a scheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 84 allowed the #13 GEICO Camry to visit pit road.  Upon arrival in the GEICO pit stall, Mears was provided with four fresh tires, a tank of fuel and adjustments.  Although he entered pit road in the 33rd position, the Germain Racing pit crew completed their work quickly and returned Mears to the racing surface one position to the good, in 32nd.

The adjustments seemed to work and Mears’ lap times picked up until the caution flag was displayed on Lap 107 for debris on the racetrack.  Mears radioed to Barker: “I finally have some rear grip.  My entry and exit are way better.”  He would bring his #13 GEICO Camry down pit road during the caution and the Germain Racing pit crew would once again respond in a prompt manner.  After hitting pit road in the 32nd position, he exited in 30th, netting two positions during his visit.

Mears quickly moved into 29th and found himself flanked by Kurt Busch in 28th and Jimmie Johnson in 30th.  Unfortunately, he would once again find himself battling an ill-handling racecar.

While Mears was busy fighting his racecar, his evening took yet another turn when Bobby Labonte spun his tires on the Lap 265 re-start, causing the cars behind Mears to make contact with his #13 GEICO Camry.  The contact sent Mears into a spin between turns one and two, but he made an amazing save and sustained very little, if any, damage to his racecar.  The incident sent Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry back to the 36th position. 

Mears’ evening would not get any easier and after 300-miles of racing, the checkered flag waved over a very long night.  Despite the adversity presented him, Mears managed to hustle back and record a 28th place finish under the Richmond night sky. 

“We had a tough night, but rather than quit, we kept working on our #13 GEICO Camry and tried to make it better,” Mears said.  “The pit crew did a great job and helped me stay competitive.  Racing will humble you from time to time and tonight was one of those times.  We will put this race behind us quickly and get focused on Darlington.”

Next week will find the Germain Racing team traveling just a short distance to the legendary 1.366-mile oval of Darlington Raceway for the Sprint Cup Series’ 10th race of the 2011 season.

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the track ‘Too Tough To Tame’ for the opening practice session at 11:30 AM (EDT) on Friday, May 6th.  Qualifying will follow at 5:10 PM (EDT).

The Showtime Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, May 7th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

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

Apr 18
2011

MEARS MAKES BIG MOVES AT NASCAR’S BIGGEST TRACK

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

 

MEARS MAKES BIG MOVES AT NASCAR’S BIGGEST TRACK

Talladega, AL (April 17, 2011) – A week ago, the Lone Star state saw Casey Mears record a 26th place finish and put his GEICO team back in the Top 35, ensuring he would be locked into the Talladega race.  Mears and the Germain Racing team arrived in Alabama looking to extend their run of positive happenings.

 

After sitting 24th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session, Mears experienced a setback when qualifying saw him place the #13 GEICO Camry 40th on the starting grid.  Patience is a virtue for the California native and race day would find it on full display. 

On Sunday, the green flag turned the field loose for 188 laps of racing amid bright sunshine, cool temperatures and a slight breeze.  Rolling off the starting grid from the 40th starting position, Mears wasted little time in making his presence felt.  By the close of Lap 1, he had the #13 GEICO Camry in 34th, while Lap 5 saw him in 27th, quickly approaching the Top 25. 

Pacing the high-banks of Talladega Superspeedway’s 2.66-mile tri-oval is a task better tackled by two, so Mears quickly connected with Robby Gordon.  Gordon would end up being Mears’ drafting partner for the balance of the afternoon and they would spend their day slicing through the field picking up position after position.  Things would later go awry, but for most of the race it was a mutually beneficial relationship that saw the pair reach the front of the field on multiple occasions.

On Lap 27, Brian Vickers found the wall and brought out the event’s first caution flag of the day, allowing Mears to bring his #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew.  After outfitting Mears with four fresh tires and a tank of Sunoco racing fuel, they returned Mears to the racing surface where he restarted in the 17th position on Lap 32.

The dynamic duo of Mears and Gordon continued to collect positions and after cracking the Top 15 on Lap 103, Mears made his appearance in the Top 5 on Lap 107.  As restrictor-plate racing goes, the #13 GEICO Camry would vacillate up and down the scoring monitor until Lap 130 saw Mears put the Gecko at the front of the field, taking the lead and collecting much needed bonus points.

The Mears-Gordon partnership proved to be productive and the pair were inside the Top 10 with just eight laps remaining in the race.  It was then that Gordon made a decision to go it alone and pulled out of line and passed Mears, causing both cars to free-fall to 23rd position with just five laps left on the docket.  Mears would re-engage Gordon and attempt to make up positions lost, but it was too late.  Despite the setback, Mears still managed to hustle the #13 GEICO Camry to a 22nd place finish at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ second restrictor-plate race of the season.  Most importantly, Mears’ finish keeps the Germain Racing team in the Top 35 in the owner point standings.

“22nd is a decent finish, but it’s frustrating knowing that we should’ve been in the Top 5,” a visibly frustrated Mears exclaimed after climbing from the #13 GEICO Camry.  “We weren’t out there just racing today, we were out there competing for the win.  We had a great car and I’m proud of this GEICO team for all of their hard work.  The pit crew did a great job today and we did all we could to make it happen.  Unfortunately, you just can’t control what other people are going to do.  But we had a really good day and it was nice to be able to take GEICO to the front of the field.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take a weekend off before traveling to Richmond, VA, the weekend of April 30th. 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 3/4-mile D-shaped oval of Richmond International Raceway for the opening practice session at 12:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, April 29th. Qualifying will follow at 5:35 PM (EDT).

The Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, April 30th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

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

 

 

Apr 11
2011

PERSISTENT MEARS BOUNCES GEICO BACK INTO THE TOP 35

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

PERSISTENT MEARS BOUNCES GEICO BACK INTO THE TOP 35

Fort Worth, TX (April 9, 2011) – After a heartbreaking week in Martinsville, Casey Mears and the GEICO team eagerly anticipated their weekend in Texas.  A week ago, Mears drove the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry to the front of the field before a tire issue, followed by a transmission problem, dashed the hopes of the Germain Racing team.   

In the interest of moving forward, Mears climbed into the #13 GEICO Camry in Texas on Thursday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session and promptly took control of the ‘go or go home’ field.  The Gecko sat 28th on the speed chart and was the fastest ‘go or go home’ car, giving the GEICO team hope as they prepared for Friday’s qualifying session.

Mears would not fail to impress and would navigate the 1.5-mile quad-oval of Texas Motor Speedway in just 28.933 seconds, at a rate of speed of 186.638 miles per hour.  Mears’ effort landed the #13 GEICO Camry 22nd on Saturday’s Samsung Mobile 500 starting grid.

Amid heavy winds and 80-degree temperatures, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field took the green flag for 334 laps of racing.  Rolling off the starting grid from the 22nd position, Mears fell backwards as he began to immediately battle a loose condition. 

Mears would free-fall to 31st before the event’s first caution flag of the day was displayed on Lap 9.  After bringing the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment, Mears started to head north on the scoring chart.  By Lap 57, he was riding in 26th and on the rear bumpers of Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.  Eight laps later, Mears would pilot the #13 GEICO Camry around Kahne and Brian Vickers and move into the 24th position.

Following a scheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 95, Mears began to report a loose condition in the #13 GEICO Camry.  Casey radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker: “I’m way loose.  I’m sideways out here.  The back end is terrible.”  Barker assured his driver that the necessary adjustments would be made during the next pit stop.

The caution Mears so badly needed came out on Lap 113 when Ken Schrader cut down a tire.  Running in the 30th position, Mears brought his #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of his Germain Racing pit crew, who outfitted Mears with four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel and adjustments.  

Mears had moved into 29th when he found himself narrowly avoiding peril when a Lap 215 crash involving Martin Truex, Jr., Mark Martin and Regan Smith occurred just in front of the #13 GEICO Camry.  Mears carefully maneuvered through the carnage and began his march to the Top 25. 

When the checkered flag waved under a Texas night sky, Mears had hustled to a 26th place finish.  His effort returned GEICO and the Germain Racing team to the Top 35, ensuring they will be in the field next week in Talladega.

“Of course we want to be better, but we were able to work hard tonight, get a 26th place finish and get back in the Top 35,” Mears said after climbing from his #13 GEICO Camry.  “It certainly makes a difference when you can show up each week and be guaranteed a starting spot, so obviously our top priority is being in the Top 35 and we were able to make that happen tonight.  The crew worked hard during our pit stops and we were able to be persistent and achieve our goal.”

While Mears’ weekend ended on a good note, getting back in the Top 35 was not the only exciting thing that happened.  Mears’ new GEICO commercial began airing this weekend.  The commercial features the GEICO driver as a ‘golfer’ and he appears to be ‘driving’ a golf ball during the spot. 

Mears and the GEICO team will next travel to Talladega, Alabama, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ second restrictor-plate race of the 2011 season.

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 2.66-mile tri-oval of Talladega Superspeedway for the opening practice session at 2:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, April 15th.  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, April 16th at 11:35 AM (EDT).

The Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 17th and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.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 04
2011

Mears’ Top-20 Run Plagued by Tire and Transmission Issues at Martinsville

Posted by lori in Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears

Mears’ Top-20 Run Plagued by Tire and Transmission Issues at Martinsville

 

Date: April 3, 2011

Event: Goody’s Fast Relief 500 (Round 6 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location: Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (.526-mile oval)

Start/Finish: 30th/ 36th (Running, completed 457 of 500 laps)

 

Drivers love and love to hate short tracks. Early in his career, Casey Mears enjoyed racing on the intermediate circuits more than the short ones but as the years progressed, those less than a mile in length have provided numerous highlights for the veteran driver. Entering Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Mears looked to insert another positive run in the history books.

 

For the first 296 laps, all went as planned for the GEICO Racing team as Mears successfully competed inside the top-25. Then, one short lap later, the bad luck struck the No. 13 Toyota Camry as Mears’ right-front tire blew forcing the team to pit under green and lose four laps to the leader. Misfortune plagued Mears once again with less than 150 laps until the checkered flag, when the transmission blew. Once changed in the garage area, the Gecko returned to the track and brought home a 36th-place finish at the .526-mile paperclip-shaped oval.

 

“It was a frustrating day,” said Mears. “Every time myself, (crew chief) Bootie (Barker), and the guys get the No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry handling well and in position to have a solid finish, something happens. First, we had the bead melt on the tire and then fourth gear blew out of the transmission. Bad luck seems to be following us but we will just keep moving forward, try to fix the issues, and head to Texas.”

 

Mears qualified his GEICO Racing Toyota Camry in the 30th position on Saturday afternoon, as the Germain Racing team was locked in the top-35 in owner point standings for the first time this season. As soon as the green flag waved on Sunday, Mears didn’t waste any time before making moves through the field. In the first 50 laps of green flag competition, Mears picked up 12 positions to 18th-place.

 

Solid pit stops by the GEICO crew, paired with Mears’ patience behind the wheel, set the stage for a top-20 finish as the race passed the halfway mark. On lap 297, Mears radioed to his team that his right-front tire had blew. The field stayed under green flag conditions while Mears brought his car to pit road, putting the team four laps down and running in 28th-place.

 

As Mears was clocking laps to complete the race and gain as many points as possible, the transmission blew on lap 359, causing the GEICO Toyota to come to the garage for repairs. In a short 37 laps, the team rapidly changed the transmission and had Mears back on the track for the final 100 circuits. Despite the Camry handling decent in final stretch, Mears crossed the finish line in the 36th position, completing 457 of 500 laps.

 

With the sixth of 36 races complete, Mears dropped two positions to 37th-place in the owner championship standings. He currently sits two points behind the locked-in top-35 marker.

 

Next Saturday, April 9, the Sprint Cup Series will head to Texas Motor Speedway for the Samsung Mobile 500 in Fort Worth. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on FOX.

 

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

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

 

Mar 28
2011

MEARS’ FONTANA FINISH LOCKS GEICO IN THE TOP 35

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

MEARS’ FONTANA FINISH LOCKS GEICO IN THE TOP 35


Fontana, CA (March 27, 2011) – Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team arrived in Southern California with Top 35 visions in their minds.  For the first time in the three-year history of the GEICO NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program, both GEICO and Germain Racing have ventured into unchartered territory where they now find themselves sitting in the Top 35 in the Owner Point standings.  Top 35 status guarantees the Germain Racing team a position in each race, providing they maintain their position. 

They would need to record a decent finish in Fontana to maintain their current status and allow the GEICO team to be locked in at Martinsville next week. 

Friday’s opening practice session in Fontana proved unspectacular, as Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry sat 37th at the close of practice.  Undaunted, Mears took to the two-mile oval for qualifying on Friday afternoon and turned heads when he paced the two-mile facility in just 39.592-seconds, at a rate of speed of 181.855 miles per hour.  Aside from securing the 25th starting position in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Mears was the fastest ‘go or go home car’ in the qualifying session. 

Mears then tore into Fontana for final practice on Saturday and shot the #13 GEICO Camry to the top of the chart and sat 19th when the session concluded. 

Rain threatened the Fontana area on Sunday morning and drizzle plagued the area until around 10:00 AM (PT) when it finally dissipated and allowed for track drying to begin.  The racing gods would smile upon Southern California and allow for an on-time green flag at 12:16 PM (PT). 

Mears started 25th, but quickly began to battle the racecar.  By Lap 3, Mears had dropped to 27th and reported to crew chief Bootie Barker that his GEICO Camry was tight and would not turn.  He fell as low as 35th before scheduled green flag pit stops got underway and forced the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for service on Lap 34.  The Germain Racing pit crew quickly outfitted Mears with four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel and adjustments before returning him to the racing surface in the 32nd position. 

The adjustments would serve as little assistance to Mears, as just two laps later he once again radioed to Barker: “The front end just doesn’t want to work.”

Mears and Barker would win the occasional battle, but the war continued and Lap 163 found Mears still at odds with an ill-handling racecar while running in the 30th position.  As the laps wound down, Barker ordered Mears to pit road for the final pit stop of the day on Lap 185 after a caution came out for a Bobby Labonte crash.  Barker instructed the GEICO pit crew to make the necessary adjustments to give Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry a shot at a better finish.

Barker’s orders did not go unheeded and Mears restarted P32 with just nine laps remaining in the 200-lap race.  Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry made quick work of the cars of David Gilliland and Trevor Bayne in the final laps en route to a 29th place finish under gray skies and cool temperatures. 

Shortly after the checkered flag waved, Barker announced to the GEICO team that they were in the Top 35 in the 2011 Owner Standings, which means they will be locked into the race next week in Martinsville.  Barker also noted that this is the first time in GEICO’s three-year Sprint Cup Series involvement that the team would officially be ‘locked in’, a big stride for a team that three years ago did not even have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. 

“Today was frustrating, but we kept fighting and salvaged a decent finish,” Mears said after climbing from his #13 GEICO Camry.  “The nice thing is that we were able to give GEICO the opportunity to be locked into the race next week because we have worked really hard this year and put ourselves in the Top 35.  I am proud of all of these guys on this GEICO team because regardless of what happens we keep our heads and stay focused.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will go short-track racing for the second time in three weeks when they travel to Martinsville, VA, next weekend.

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the half-mile paper-clipped shaped oval for the opening practice session at 12:30 PM (EDT) on Friday, April 1st.  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, April 2nd, at 12:10 PM (EDT).

The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 3rd, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

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

 

Mar 21
2011

Tough Luck Strikes Casey Mears at Bristol Motor Speedway

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

Tough Luck Strikes Casey Mears at Bristol Motor Speedway

Mechanical Failure Relegates GEICO Racing Team to 37th-Place Finish

 

 

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 21, 2011) – Coming off the first off-weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Racing team were refreshed and ready to battle the bullring known as Bristol Motor Speedway – a short track known for bumping and banging. 

 

On Friday afternoon, after two solid practice sessions, Mears took to the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” for his qualifying attempt. The car of Dave Blaney, who qualified prior to Mears, blew an oil pump, causing oil fluid to cover the track. Unfortunately, Mears’ laps were hindered by this situation, relegating the GEICO Toyota Camry to the 43rd starting position for Sunday’s 500-lap race.

 

The green flag flew on The Jeff Byrd 500 under sunshine in the Tennessee Mountains. Mears patiently began his trek to the front of the field, understanding that to finish well, you must first finish. The first caution of the afternoon slowed the pace on lap 29 for a multi-car accident on the frontstretch. Mears did a great job of avoiding the wreck and moved into the 34th position. The California native was instructed to stay out by crew chief Bootie Barker, allowing Mears to restart from 22nd-place.

 

A competition caution came on lap 52 for the teams to check tire wear on their Goodyear rubber as a right-side tire change was mandated on Saturday, prior to the final practice sessions. Barker brought Mears to the attention of his GEICO crew for four tires, fuel, and adjustments as the No. 13 Toyota needed more rear grip. Restarting on lap 57 from the 27th position, Mears allowed the laps to clock off during a long caution-free run.

 

Mears drove his way into the top-25 as the third yellow flew on lap 130. The adjustments made during the previous pit stop helped the GEICO Camry, so Mears brought his Toyota to the attention of his crew for four tires and fuel, with no changes to the handling.

 

Despite holding his spot inside the top-25, problems struck Mears on lap 158, when his Toyota would shut off in the corners. Mears successfully switched batteries while continuing to make laps, but the problem was persistent forcing the team to come to the garage for repairs. After changing batteries and working on the electrical interiors, Mears returned to the track, however the issue was not fixed. The GEICO crew then changed additional mechanical parts before solving the issue.

 

Mears returned to track on lap 229.  Unfortunately, the tough luck cost the Germain Racing team 72 laps and placed the No. 13 in the 38th position. The team was unable to make up any spots, due to the number of laps down, until lap 410 when problems forced Dennis Setzer out of the race. The GEICO Racing team never gave up and continued to log laps and work on their Camry. Mears clocked lap times just as fast as the leaders in the final 100 laps of the race, despite damage to his machine. The checkered flag flew with Mears and the GEICO team in 37th-place.

 

The tremendous effort shown by the entire GEICO team allowed Mears and the No. 13 Toyota to remain inside the top-35 in the Owner Point Championship Standings, one point to the good over 36th-place owner Tommy Baldwin. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return to the West Coast, as the fifth race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2011.

 

 

-PMI-

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com

 

 

Mar 07
2011

TOP 25 IN VEGAS: CONSISTENCY KEY FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM

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

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Las Vegas, NV (March 6, 2011) – A week ago, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team departed Phoenix with a sense of achievement.  Aside of transforming a potentially disastrous day into an 18th place finish, they also bounced themselves into the Top 35 in the owner standings.  A spot inside the Top 35 will lock the team into races beginning with Martinsville, should they maintain their status. 

 

Las Vegas offered the opportunity to continue their effort to gain consistency and further solidify their Top 35 points position.

If one had watched the GEICO team in Phoenix last week, they would feel like Las Vegas was a mirror image of last week’s effort.  Upon arriving at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session, Mears and the Gecko once again out-hustled all other go or go home cars and sat well ahead of their next competitor on the speed chart. 

The opening practice would serve as indication of how both qualifying, as well as the final practice session would go.  In both, the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry sat atop the list of go or go home cars, leaving little doubt as to the ability of seasoned veteran, Mears, and his Germain Racing crew. 

Starting 27th on Sunday, amid cool temperatures and sunny skies, Mears immediately began to battle a loose condition in the #13 GEICO Camry.  Attempting to wheel his machine around the 1.5-mile tri-oval with very little rear grip, Mears quickly expressed his concerns to crew chief Bootie Barker. 

By Lap 55, Mears had hustled up to the 23rd position when a scheduled green flag pit stop sent the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road for service.  Aside from saddling Mears with four tires and fuel, the GEICO pit crew would also make a track bar adjustment in hopes of providing Mears with the necessary rear grip.

While the adjustments would make a difference initially, the racecar would fall off quickly.  However, despite the lack of rear grip, Mears would be faster than the leader on Laps 69 and 70. 

As the race began to wind down, the GEICO pit crew would continue tending to the car and making adjustments.  In the end, the pit crew’s efforts, along with Mears’ skill and patience, would allow them to reap the rewards of their hard work and persistence.  When the checkered flag waved over the Entertainment Capital of the World, Mears and the GEICO Racing team notched their second consecutive Top 25 finish.  More significantly, they maintained their position in the Top 35 in the owner standings.

“Sure, it was a tough day, but once again this GEICO team never gave up.  We all remained calm and just kept working hard trying to get the car right and get a decent finish,” Mears said.  “We could’ve very easily quit and just took a 35th place finish, but that’s not in us.  We have such a great group of guys and our sponsor GEICO offers unwavering support.”  He continued, “We’re in the Top 35 and we didn’t even race in Daytona; that’s something to be proud of.  We will enjoy a week off and then get to Bristol and look for another good finish.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes its first break of the 2011 season next week and the Germain Racing team will garner some much-needed rest.  A week of rest only seems appropriate prior to racing at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the World’s Fastest Half-Mile for the opening practice session at 12:00 PM (EST) on Friday, March 18th. Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EST).

The Jeff Byrd 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 20th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (EST).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

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

 

 

Feb 28
2011

RESILIENT MEARS REBOUNDS IN PHOENIX

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

Avondale, AZ (February 27, 2011) – Ten days ago, Casey Mears was dealt one of the worst hands in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing career when two motors broke in two days at Daytona, forcing him and the Germain Racing team to pack up the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry and head home.  While sitting on his couch watching the Daytona 500, Mears pondered long and hard the prospect of arriving in Phoenix to seek redemption.

 

Mears, whose wife, Trisha, played college basketball, saw Phoenix as a chance to rebound, but his performance in the first and second practices on Friday appeared more akin to a fast-break.  He quickly found himself among the fastest go or go home cars in both sessions, giving the GEICO team much needed hope heading into Saturday afternoon qualifying.

 

Qualifying would see more of the same out of the #13 GEICO Camry, as Mears worked his way around the one-mile tri-oval, out-hustling even Jimmie Johnson, to put the #13 GEICO Camry 27th on the starting grid for Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500.  While Mears’ effort was the fastest among the go or go home cars, it more importantly exposed the resilience of both Mears and his Germain Racing team after experiencing heartbreak just a week ago in Daytona.

 

On Sunday, the green flag turned the field loose under sunny skies and cool temperatures.  Starting 27th, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry made quick work of Matt Kenseth and Juan Pablo Montoya and promptly moved into the Top 25 by Lap 17. 

 

NASCAR informed the teams prior to the race that there would be a competition caution on Lap 40.  The green flag would not last that long, as debris would bring out the yellow flag for the first time on Lap 19.  Given that the teams were not allowed to refuel until the Lap 40 competition caution, crew chief Bootie Barker advised Mears not to visit pit road.  The result would be Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry restarting 7th on Lap 23.  Mears ran solidly in the 7th position for five laps before he fell victim to the fresh tires of cars behind him. 

 

He slid as low as 18th before the second caution of the afternoon was displayed on Lap 33 for a Robby Gordon spin.  Mears brought his #13 GEICO Camry down pit road to the attention of his Germain Racing pit crew for the first stop of the day.  After being outfitted with four fresh Goodyear tires and a tank of Sunoco racing fuel, Mears would sustain light fender damage while exiting pit road when a member of the #43 team inadvertently struck Mears’ car.  Consequently, Mears was forced to surrender 18th position and take another trip down pit road to have the fender pulled off of the tire.  Mears was relegated to restarting 38th on Lap 39, losing 20 positions due to the pit road incident. 

 

After narrowly avoiding two crashes earlier in the race, Mears soon found himself involved in one.  Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry restarted 19th on Lap 67, but before the field could complete a full sweep of the racetrack, a Talladega-like crash ensued, collecting thirteen cars, including that of Mears.  Mears radioed to Barker that the car was destroyed and that he was taking it to the garage, but Barker instructed him to limp the car down pit road so the pit crew could more properly assess the situation.  Upon seeing the heavy left side damage and right rear damage, the GEICO Racing pit crew promptly went to work.  Following a heavy investment of blood, sweat and Bear Bond tape, they returned Mears to the racing surface without causing him to lose a single lap. 

 

After restarting 18th on Lap 73, Mears settled the #13 GEICO Camry in for one of the longest green flag runs of the day.  He would dip in and out of the Top 20 through Lap 127 when David Ragan found himself crashing hard into the wall.  The caution flag provided Mears the opportunity to bring the GEICO Camry down pit road and let the Germain Racing pit crew continue to make repairs to the crash damage. 

 

Mears would travel down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop on Lap 255.  The GEICO crew supplied him with four fresh tires and a tank of fuel in a timely fashion, returning him to the track in the 23rd position.  Unfortunately, he would find himself two laps down.  Mears appeared undaunted and continued picking off cars one by one until he cracked the Top 20 on Lap 282. 

 

Mears had slipped to three laps down, but a caution flag provided a bit of relief on Lap 284.  Many cars had just visited pit road, which allowed Mears to recover one of the three.  Barker quickly radioed to Mears: “Because you were out there haulin’ butt, you actually made up a lap!”  Now the team was just a single lap down to the leaders and sitting in the 19th position as the race began to wind down. 

 

After going green for the final time on Lap 291, Mears would hustle through the final laps of the race and manage to record an 18th place finish.  Mears’ determination was evident, as he managed to track down and pass Montoya with just three laps to go. 

Despite sustaining heavy crash damage on Lap 67, Mears and the GEICO team displayed resilience and poise and delivered their first Top 20 finish of the season. 

 

“This is one of those races where we can think about what kind of finish we could’ve had if we didn’t get caught in that wreck, but these guys worked so hard today to keep this #13 GEICO Camry on the race track and it really paid off,” Mears said with a smile after emerging from the badly damaged GEICO Camry.  “This weekend says everything about this GEICO team.  We had a tough week in Daytona and everyone from GEICO’s corporate office down to the janitor at the race shop was heartbroken, but we came back this week and showed that Daytona was a fluke.  Today… this is who we are.”  He continued, “I can’t thank GEICO enough for their support over the last week and also for the Germain team for staying focused and giving us the opportunity to have a good weekend here in Phoenix.”

 

Next weekend, Mears and the GEICO Racing team will travel to Las Vegas for the series’ third stop on the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval of Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the opening practice session at 3:00 PM (EST) on Friday, March 4th. Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (EST).

 

The Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 6th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 PM (EST).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

 

 

Feb 18
2011

Two Engine Failures Create a Disappointing Week for Casey Mears and GEICO Team

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

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 18, 2011) – Entering Daytona Beach, Florida, Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Toyota team had high hopes of getting their 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season off to a quick start. Unfortunately, the stars weren’t lined up as two engine failures in two days created a very disappointing week for the GEICO Racing crew at Daytona International Speedway.

 

On Wednesday afternoon during final practice before the Gatorade Duels, the first engine expired on Mears, causing the driver to sit out the remaining practice time and the team to change engines in the No. 13 Camry.

 

The start of the second Duel on Thursday afternoon saw Mears starting from the rear of the field, because of the engine change on Wednesday. After three quick laps on the 2.5-mile legendary superspeedway, the second engine failure occurred, putting Mears and the GEICO team in the garage permanently and ending their hopes of making Sunday’s running of the Daytona 500.

 

“I don’t know, we didn’t even get a shot,” said Mears, after the second engine expired. “We’ll see, we have a good team and I know we are going to do good at some of the other races but you know the fact that we couldn’t run through practice on Wednesday and then run a few laps before the Duel didn’t help us. I don’t have to say what this feels like; obviously it feels terrible. But we will keep digging, look forward to next weekend and hopefully have a good day in Phoenix.”

 

Mears and the GEICO team will head to Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway next weekend, to attempt to make the second race of the 2011 season on February 27, 2011. Qualifying will take place on Saturday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. Eastern Time. Live coverage of the race can be seen on FOX, Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

  

-PMI-

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International

Email: sammjones1@gmail.com