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Feb 26
2011

Max Papis Avoids Late-Race Cautions to Bring Home Top-15 at Phoenix

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AVONDALE, Ariz. (February 25, 2011) – One week after crossing the finish line in 12th-place at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Max Papis and the No. 9 GEICO Racing team trekked cross country to compete at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, the second stop of the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Numerous late race cautions plagued the field, but Papis used patience to bring home a solid 15th-place finish in the Arizona desert.

 

A normal schedule occurrence saw the Truck Series complete a one-day show on Friday, as practice, qualifying and the race all took place during the same day at the one-mile track. After dialing in the GEICO Toyota in the morning practice session, Papis laid down a respectable lap in qualifying to start the 150-mile race from the 18th position.

 

The beginning of the Lucas Oil 150 saw the 36-truck field complete laps under green-flag conditions. As Papis faced a loose handling Tundra, the Italian slipped back a few spots in the first 30 laps and was placed one lap down to the leaders. The yellow flag was displayed on lap 43, with the Gecko holding 22nd-place. Crew chief Randy Goss called his driver to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments to help tighten up the Toyota. Restarting on lap 49 from 23rd-place, Papis began fighting for the Lucky Dog award.

 

The second caution of the night was brought out on lap 59, with Papis in 22nd-place, two spots shy of receiving the Lucky Dog award to return to the lead lap. Papis reported to his GEICO crew that the adjustments made on the first pit stop helped but he was still loose. Remaining on the track, Papis restarted on lap 63 from the same position. Another 40 lap green-flag period ensued as Papis continued to run strong in the 22nd position.

 

On lap 101, the third caution slowed the pace, sparking a string of six cautions in 40 laps. Goss radioed for Papis to come back to pit road for the final stop of the evening, taking four fresh tires and fuel. Continuing to dodge accidents in front of his GEICO Toyota, Papis swerved and swayed to break into the top-20 by lap 119. Showing extreme patience and driving skills, the driver’s break finally came on lap 133 as he received the Lucky Dog award and regained his position on the lead lap.

 

The green flag waved for the final time on lap 140, setting up a 10-lap shootout in the Valley of the Sun. With six laps remaining, Papis battled his way into 15th-place. Never looking back, Papis crossed the finish line and recorded his second consecutive top-15 finish. Papis continues to hold the eighth position in the Camping World Truck Series Driver Championship Point Standings, only 10 points behind leader Matt Crafton.

 

“We battled hard tonight to get that Top 15 finish for GEICO and Germain Racing.  We took what the day gave us and we will move forward to the next race in Darlington,” Papis said.  “I was able to stay out of trouble and we are getting better one lap at a time.  We’re 8th in the point standings and just ten points out of first place, so we are in a good place and we are going to keep fighting and getting better each race.”

 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Darlington Raceway on Saturday, March 12.  The Too Tough To Tame 200 will be broadcast on SPEED Channel, Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio and MRN Radio beginning at 5:00 p.m. EST. Visit www.twitter.com/GEICORacing for news and updates throughout the weekend.

 

 

-PMI-

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sammjones1@gmail.com

Feb 20
2011

Max Papis Battles for 12th Place Finish in Season Opener at Daytona

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germain.com , Germain Racing , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 19, 2011) – The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season kicked off Friday night, under the lights of Daytona International Speedway. Max Papis and the No. 9 GEICO Toyota team prepared for battle as 36 competitors eyed the prestigious trophy at the track that is known for hard racing and big wrecks.

 

On Thursday evening under cool temperatures, Papis completed his two-lap qualifying attempt and placed his GEICO Tundra in the 36th starting position for the 100-lap race. The buzz around the 2.5-mile superspeedway on Friday night, prior to the green flag waving, was electric as the Truck Series began one of the most competitive seasons in its history of existence. Mad Max pulled the belts tight in his Germain Racing truck and was ready to draft to the front of the field.

 

The first lap of the race saw Papis gain 13 positions, to 23rd-place on the grid. The field settled in a single-file draft, while remaining caution-free. Crew chief Randy Goss called Papis to pit road under green flag conditions on lap 30 for right-side tires and fuel. Unfortunately, the Toyota didn’t get full of fuel, sending the No. 9 GEICO truck off sequence with the rest of their fellow competitors. A much-needed break for the team came when the first caution was brought out on lap 39. Papis returned to pit road to top off with fuel and restarted on lap 43 from the 25th position.

 

Papis patiently completed laps, keeping up with the draft but working to stay out of looming trouble. A second caution slowed the field on lap 55 as the Italian was scored in 24th-place. Goss once again brought Papis to the attention of his GEICO crew for Sunoco racing fuel. When the race went back to green on lap 58, Papis was inside the top-20 and the action started to heat up. By lap 65, the Gecko broke into the top-10 on the track.

 

The third caution came out on lap 67 and Papis returned to pit road for one additional can of fuel. A small issue on pit road with the new fueling system pushed Papis back to the 21st position for the restart on lap 70. The first “big one” happened a short six laps later and the GEICO Tundra received some damage to the right-rear quarter panel. A series of pit stops over the next few laps allowed the team to repair the damage, change four tires, and top off with fuel.

 

Restarting from 18th-place on lap 82, Papis only had three short laps before the yellow flag was waved for the fifth time. Remaining on the track and keeping his position, Mad Max was lined up in the draft with fellow Germain Racing teammate Todd Bodine. The two Toyotas hooked up nose to tail and worked their way back into the top-10 by lap 90. The drafting dance continued to shuffle with the laps quickly counting down.

 

The final caution and the second “big one” took place on lap 98, which collected Bodine and Papis. Bodine was unable to continue but Papis came to pit road for repairs and four fresh Goodyear tires. Once the debris and wrecked trucks were cleared from the track, the stage was set for a green-white-checkered finish on lap 102. In the final two laps, Papis gained four spots to bring home a 12th-place finish in the season opener.

 

“I’m very proud of everyone who works on this GEICO Toyota,” said Papis after the race. “All the guys never gave up and kept working on the truck when we would get some damage from the wrecks. We kept going and I’m very happy with a 12th-place finish, when you consider what type of finish we could have had. I feel very confident that we will contend for a win before this season is over.”

 

Papis and the No. 9 GEICO team will head to Phoenix International Raceway for the second race of the 2011 Camping World Truck Series season. The race can be seen live on SPEED, Friday, February 25, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

-PMI-


Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International

Email: sammjones1@gmail.com

Feb 19
2011

Gaughan Takes a Few Hits at Daytona, but Doesn’t Fold

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Mooresville, N.C. (02-19-2011) In Friday night’s 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Brendan Gaughan may have had the biggest smile of all his competitors. The 8-time Truck Series winner was racing at Daytona again, in the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra, with friend Bryan Berry calling the shots from the pits. Gaughan, a native of Las Vegas, understood his odds were good joining Germain Racing over the off-season that he would have fine equipment to race. He knew after two days on track at Daytona that the odds were spot on.

 

“The South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra was by far the best truck I’ve ever raced at Daytona. We knew when we went into this deal that Germain Racing has an incredible history at Daytona. The Toyota they gave me to run tonight was a really great race truck,” said Gaughan with all the enthusiasm that makes his fans love him.

 

Gaughan started and ended Friday’s 100-lap race in the 26th position. He said that’s just Daytona and it shouldn’t take the focus off of the real racing that will happen next week in Arizona.

 

“I wanted to run with my teammate, Todd Bodine, tonight. We were able to do that. We worked together with (Ron) Hornaday and we just got caught up in a wreck from someone having a tire go down. That’s just Daytona. It happens. But, the good news is that I’ve tested my Phoenix race truck twice and I can tell you that as good as my Daytona truck was, the South Point Hotel & Casino Tundra we have for Phoenix is even better. I’m looking forward to getting there so we can do some real racing,” said Gaughan.

 

The South Point Hotel & Casino driver is a two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, so he will be happy to make the westward flight next week.

 

Germain Racing has earned two championship titles in the Truck Series. The Toyota team owns 22 victories and 9 pole awards in the series that continues to grow ratings on SPEED. For more information on Germain Racing, visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.

 

Brendan Gaughan holds eight Truck Series victories to go along with his two K&N Pro Series West championship titles. Follow Gaughan at www.BrendanGaughan.com or on Twitter @Brendan62.

 

About South Point…The South Point (http://www.SouthPointCasino.com) is a 2,200-room resort in Las Vegas, Nevada providing affordable luxury while catering to visitors and locals alike. This casino destination features a world-class spa, bowling center, eight restaurants, showroom, equestrian arena, convention center, exhibit hall, bingo and all of the casino games that made Las Vegas famous. The South Point opened in December 2005.

 

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Feb 19
2011

Tire Kingdom Tundra Takes Two Big Hits at Daytona

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Mooresville, N.C. (02-19-2011) – Friday night, under the lights at Daytona International Speedway, Todd Bodine fired up the No. 30 Tire Kingdom Tundra for its maiden voyage. The sponsor is new to Germain Racing and the team was geared up to give Tire Kingdom a great night in the season opener for the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Unfortunately, the luck that had been so keenly on the side of Bodine and the No. 30 team at Daytona seemed to have run out. The No. 30 Tire Kingdom Tundra had a starring roll in two big crashes in the 100-lap event that resulted in a 23rd-place finish, four laps shy of the scheduled race distance.

 

“It’s not how we wanted to start this relationship with Tire Kingdom and Service Center or how we wanted to start the season with Valvoline. They’ve been a great sponsor for our team,” said Bodine who hadn’t finished worse than fifth in Trucks at Daytona prior to Friday night. “We’ll come back again, we’ll get them at Phoenix. It’s a new points system, so we’ll see how it shakes out.”

 

After the first crash, the Tire Kingdom pit crew did a repair job that should make the Service Center crowd cheer. The No. 30 Tire Kingdom Tundra suffered several hits to the nose and rear of the truck, but was able to go back on track and even work back toward the front of the field.

 

“Never give up is not just a saying for our pit crew, it’s truly how we feel. If the Tundra is still running, and has all four wheels on the ground, we’ll do whatever it takes to get the truck back out on the race track,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

 

Just before the SPEED broadcast booth announcers were marveling that there were only five race trucks left late in the race that had not yet been crashed, they were commenting on how aggravating it had to be to watch the beat up Tire Kingdom Tundra passing your truck, if you were one of the undamaged vehicles left in the fray.

 

“Our driver doesn’t quit until we tell him there’s no way the truck is safe to race. We put the Tire Kingdom Tundra back on track, and Todd did the best he could with it,” said Hillman Jr.

 

“It took two crashes today to finish us off. Travis had a tire go down and we had no where to go. At the end, there, it was just a big mess. It was good tight racing tonight, but the finish certainly isn’t what we’d like to have seen for our Tire Kingdom Toyota Tundra,” said Bodine.

 

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a fan on Facebook: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135.

 

ABOUT SERVICE CENTRAL:

Service Central® is the automotive service offering available exclusively at Tire Kingdom®, NTB-National Tire and Battery®, Merchant’s Tire and Auto®, and Big O Tires®. Available at nearly 1,300 locations nationwide, its trained and certified ASE technicians use state-of-the art equipment to provide quality service on cars or trucks. The nationwide warranty provides peace of mind while it protects consumers and their investment in over 40 states. (http://www.facebook.com/ServiceCentralRacing)

 

ABOUT TBC RETAIL GROUP

Headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, TBC Retail Group, Inc., a subsidiary of TBC Corporation, operates more than 800 tire and automotive service centers under the brands: Tire Kingdom®, NTB - National Tire and Battery®, and Merchant’s Tire and Auto Centers®, along with nearly 500 franchised Big O Tires® locations. The contingent of nearly 1300 stores has trained and certified ASE technicians who use state-of-the-art equipment to provide quality service on cars and trucks.  The nationwide warranty provides peace of mind while it protects consumers and their investment in over 40 states.  TBC Retail Group employs more than 300 associates at its Juno Beach, Fla. headquarters and approximately 10,000 associates nationally.  To locate a store near you, call 800-NEW-TIRE. TBC Corporation, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is one of the nation's largest marketers of automotive replacement tires through a multi-channel retail and wholesale strategy.

Feb 18
2011

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

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain.com , Germain Racing , GEICOgarage , 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

 

Jan 07
2011

MEARS AND GEICO GETTING A JUMP ON 2011

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker

Mooresville, NC (December 14, 2010) – While the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season wrapped up just three weeks ago in Homestead, the Germain Racing team has wasted no time in preparing for the 2011 season.  The front office staff is hard at work trying to secure additional funding to add to GEICO’s sponsorship of 18 of the 36 races, and crew chief Bootie Barker and the GEICO crew have been burning the midnight oil in the race shop.
 
After enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday, Casey Mears and Germain Racing are back at work and focused on the Daytona 500.  Mears and the GEICO team will be taking part in a tire test on December 15th and 16th at the newly resurfaced Daytona International Speedway; the first among NASCAR’s top series to test the new 2.5-mile superspeedway.
 
Mears’ reserved demeanor often betrays his aggressive on-track driving style, and if one would inquire with the soft-spoken driver as to how his presence has elevated Germain Racing to a Top 25 team, he will respond humbly.  Mears is happy to have improved the GEICO team’s performance, but he is not content with where they are right now.  He believes that something better awaits them.
 
“I’ve enjoyed the last few months and the opportunity to work with Germain Racing and our sponsor GEICO,” Mears said.  “It’s been fun to get out there and be competitive and beat some of the top teams each week, but I know we are just beginning.  As I’ve said in the past, I will put this team up against any team in the garage.”   
He continued, “I really can’t thank GEICO enough for their support of what we’re doing.  Aside from being the primary sponsor for 18 races, they’re also working with us to help secure additional sponsorship for the other half of the season.  It’s a great partnership and we’re all operating with big picture vision.”
 
Mears has given Germain Racing and GEICO cause for optimism and their collective efforts will surely create a viable path to success.  That path begins with the tire test this week in Daytona.
 
Just two months remain before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series arrives at Daytona International Speedway to get the 2011 season underway.   
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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Dec 14
2010

Germain Declares Future Looks Bright As Team Celebrates the 2010 Championship with Todd Bodine After 4th Finish at Homestead

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Bob Germain

Homestead, FL (11-19-2010) – Friday night, Todd Bodine put the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra where it has been so many times this season – at the front of the field. He led 18 laps and finished fourth in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The scenario might sound familiar to fans of Germain Racing and Todd Bodine as the No. 30 Tundra has led laps in 14 races this season and finished in the top-five on 17 occasions, including four victories. When the checkered flag waved the 2010 season to a close after 134 laps of racing at Homestead, the focus for Bodine and Germain Racing turned from winning races to celebrating a great season and their second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.

 

“Year after year, we consistently win and run up front. It shows the character of this Germain Racing team and what it’s about. To do this year in, year out it shows the character and what we’re all about. We never give up. We’ve had turnover in five years, but Mike Hillman Jr. (crew chief) and Mike Hillman Sr. (General Manager) have a knack for finding good people. We’ve lost good people and they find good people to replace them. In five years we never faltered, we never gave up. Last year, we should’ve given up, but we didn’t, and here we are, champions again,” said Bodine, who is the third driver in Truck Series history to earn multiple titles as well as the third driver to have clinched his title before the season ended

 

Team owner Bob Germain Jr. explained that this championship, certainly had a different feel than their first title win in 2006.

 

“In 2006 we were in a position where we were almost expected to win the championship. In 2009, we raced on a week to week basis and I really don’t think it worked very well. So, when we started 2010, we made a commitment to the team that we were going to run for a championship. We made the commitment to run every race. From that point, Todd, Mike Jr. and the guys took over and got it done,” explained Bob Germain, team owner of Germain Racing. “We weren’t expected to win in 2010. But these guys worked so hard every week. We went to the track each week with the best stuff we’ve had in a long time. Mike Hillman Jr. worked through so much this season with personal issues and his injury, but Todd and Mike stayed focused, worked hard every week and I appreciate it. This championship…Mike Jr. had a lot to do with it, I think.”

 

Bodine agreed with Germain but crew chief Hillman Jr. clarified that the results of this season were the result of a combined effort of team and driver.

 

“I’m the lucky guy that gets called a crew chief. I’m blessed to be surrounded by the people that I’m surrounded by. Todd drives his butt off every week and gives us 110 percent. It’s amazing what we’ve accomplished. We weren’t sure where Germain Racing was headed when we left Homestead last year. Bob, Steve and Rick told us to go get another championship. They put their faith in us, and we were able to do what they asked for. It’s really awesome to be able to sit here and do this again,” explained Hillman Jr. “My guys on the 30 truck, they poured their heart into every truck we built this season. The pit stops this season were nothing short of amazing and we had great support from people who work at the shop at Germain Racing. This championship is because of all their hard work and I appreciate it.”

 

Bodine talked about the sense of pride in racing a truck bearing the Germain name.

 

“We’re proud to be able to go out every week and represent the Germain family with Germain Motor Company on the side of that truck. To be able to come out of here champions, there’s nothing better than for us to be able to do that for them,” explained Bodine.

 

Team owner Steve Germain summarized the season expressing confidence that the celebration of this second Truck Series championship will not be the last of successes that Germain Racing will celebrate.

 

“We know the mistakes we made in 2009 and we didn’t repeat those in 2010. There’s no reason for us to go back to doing anything but having a championship team again next year. We’ve got a lot of momentum and we’ve got a great team. So next year I think you’ll see us do even better,” explained Germain. “I’ve never seen a team so determined as the 30 Tundra team this season. They were on a mission. Well, mission accomplished.”

 

Germain Racing scored four wins, 17 top five and 20 top ten finishes in the 2010 season. By winning four races, they became the second team in Truck Series history to earn multiple wins for seven consecutive seasons.

 

For more on Germain Racing, visit GermainRacing.com.

 

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Nov 24
2010

REAR GEAR THWARTS MEARS’ HOMESTEAD RUN

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain.com , Germain Racing , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker

Homestead, FL (November 21, 2010) – Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team arrived in Homestead looking to put GEICO in the field for their first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the south Florida season finale.  Mears and the Germain Racing team have proven themselves as a solid Top 25 team and looked to continue their run in Homestead.

 

On Friday, practice got off to a fast start and Mears would shoot to the top of the speed chart and run in the Top 20.  As the practice came to a close, the #13 GEICO Camry dropped to 39th as the team prepared to head into Sprint Cup Series qualifying late Friday afternoon.

 

A year ago, the #13 GEICO Camry was sent home after narrowly missing the race, but Mears’ qualifying lap of 30.948 seconds on Friday ensured that it would not happen twice.  The #13 GEICO Camry would line up three spots ahead of Denny Hamlin who would later spend his afternoon attempting to notch his first Sprint Cup Series championship.

 

When the season finale got underway under bright, clear skies and temperatures in the 80’s, Mears wasted little time moving forward.  Starting 34th, he moved the #13 GEICO Camry into 29th by the close of the second lap. 

 

When the event’s first caution flag waved on Lap 18, Mears was running in the 30th position and radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker: “There’s no front grip.  The front grip is terrible.”  Barker assured Mears that the team would go to work on the #13 Camry upon his arrival on pit road under the caution flag. 

 

The following lap, Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew and they furnished him with four fresh Goodyear Racing tires, a tank of Sunoco racing fuel and the necessary adjustments to assist with the front grip.  After coming down pit road in the 30th position, the Germain Racing pit crew returned Mears to the racing surface 27th, netting three positions on pit road. 

 

Just two laps after going back under the green flag, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry picked up three positions, moving into 24th before the caution flag reemerged when Denny Hamlin was sent for a spin through the infield grass.  Mears stayed out and did not come down pit road, given he had just made a visit two laps earlier.

 

Mears reached the 23rd position by Lap 28 and Lap 53 found him telling Barker that his GEICO Camry ‘feels tight in the center’. 

 

Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road on Lap 70 for a scheduled green flag pit stop.  He took on four tires and fuel and returned to the race in the 37th position.  Two laps later, Mears had picked up five positions and was sitting 32nd.  A lap later, on Lap 73, he was 31st and he informed Barker that his car ‘is a lot better in the center’. 

 

Mears reached 30th before the caution flag was displayed on Lap 98.  He visited pit road to receive four tires, fuel and adjustments, as he continued to battle an ill-handling racecar.  After restarting 33rd on Lap 103, he radioed to Barker on Lap 103, “It’s weird.  I’m a little tighter, but I’m not any better.”

 

Something must have gotten better because Mears began to move the #13 GEICO Camry through the field.  He reached 30th by Lap 124 and then found himself in 28th when Marcos Ambrose went for a spin on Lap 135, once again bringing out the yellow. 

 

After restarting 28th on Lap 140, Mears jumped to 27th before the caution flag waved just a lap later when Juan Pablo Montoya and Joey Logano found themselves tangled up. 

 

Mears spent a short time down a lap, but quickly hustled to 26th position on Lap 146 and put himself in the Lucky Dog position – the first car a lap down.  The racing gods showed mercy on Mears and the GEICO Racing team, as the caution flag was displayed on Lap 164, allowing Mears to return to the Lead Lap. 

 

Although he was a lap down, Mears had been consistently faster than the cars in front of him, so returning to the Lead Lap offered the opportunity to start gaining positions.  He wasted little time.  After restarting 26th on Lap 169, Mears had the #13 GEICO Camry 25th on the subsequent lap.  He then jumped to 24th on Lap 172, 23rd on Lap 181 and was running 21st when the cautionflag came out for debris on Lap 187. 

 

With 75 laps to go, he was running in the 20th position. 

 

After the caution came out on Lap 195 when Dave Blaney hit the wall, Mears came down pit road for four tires and fuel.  Barker informed Mears that he would be short on fuel and that he would need to pit one more time prior to the conclusion of the race.  72 laps remained and the #13 GEICO Camry would be able to travel 53 laps on a full tank of fuel.

 

After restarting 28th on Lap 199, the caution flag came out once again just two laps later when Jeff Gordon’s motor blew on the frontstretch.  Mears took the opportunity to bring the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road to top off with fuel. 

 

Mears restarted 29th on Lap 206 and began a run through the field.  On Lap 214, he passed both Bill Elliott and Bobby Labonte to move back into the Top 25. 

 

A week ago in Phoenix, Mears found himself stuck in fourth gear for the vast majority of the race beforehustling to a 24th place finish.  Homestead saw the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry once again battling a gear issue as Sunday’s race wound down.

 

While running 24th on Lap 233, Mears radioed to Barker that he felt like he lost the driveline and gears.  Barker instructed him to take the #13 GEICO Camry directly to the garage.  No one could have predicted what would happen next.  Upon inspection of the racecar it was determined that the rear gear broke, something that rarely, if ever, happens in racing. 

 

Mears was out of the race with just 34 laps remaining.  After starting 34th, Mears and the GEICO team would be relegated to a 33rd place finish, a colossal disappointment considering they had run solidly in the Top 25 for much of the day and appeared destined for a Top 20 finish.

 

While Mears was visibly disappointed, he spoke with big picture vision.

 

“Something like this is tough because these things just don’t happen; rear gears don’t normally break,” Mears said.  “But it’s racing and I’m sure we all think we’ve seen everything until we see the next crazy thing.  I’m heartbroken for this team because we have worked so hard to get to the point where we are now as a solid Top 25 team.  We have made tremendous improvement since August and I almost wish Daytona (2011) was next week because we keep improving and we feel we’re better than a lot of the teams out there.” 

 

He continued, “When the season ends it means that Thanksgiving is around the corner and I always think of our troops serving in forward areas.  What we do here at the racetrack each week is a sport, but what our troops do is life or death and they provide the blanket of freedom that we sleep under each night.  Our troops and their families are in Trish (wife) and I’s thoughts as we count our blessings this holiday season.”

 

Since Mears took over driving duties of the #13 GEICO Camry in August, the team has missed just one race and has consistently finished in the Top 25 each week.  The 2011 season will find GEICO as the primary sponsor for 18 races, leaving an exceptional opportunity for a company to come on-board and complete the season.  The names ‘Mears’ and ‘GEICO’ are synonymous with greatness and a company looking to expand awareness would benefit from a relationship with both. 

 

Less than three months remain before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series arrives at Daytona International Speedway to get the 2011 season underway. 

 

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

 

Nov 24
2010

MAX PAPIS BRINGS HOME TOP-20 FINISH IN SEASON FINALE AT HOMESTEAD

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO

 

HOMESTEAD, FL (November 19, 2010) – Max Papis arrived in south Florida looking to capture a solid finish in the season finale for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After starting from the rear of the field due to an engine change and making adjustments on his No. 9 GEICO Toyota throughout the event, Papis brought home a respectable 18th-place finish.

 

‘Mad’ Max and his Germain Racing team unloaded on Thursday afternoon, preparing for two practice sessions to tune in the handling on their Tundra. The first session showed the No. 9 GEICO truck in the 13th position, but as the green flag waved on final practice, Mother Nature brought an unexpected rain shower into the area. After washing out the night session, NASCAR allowed the teams to come in on Friday morning for a final 50-minute practice. This mid-morning time allowed the team to gain valuable information as they finished 16th on the speed charts.

 

At the conclusion of final practice, the GEICO team decided to change engines making qualifying strictly a time for Papis to lay down a solid lap, as one truck was being sent home based on speeds. The Italy native recorded a lap of 32.183 seconds, unofficially placing the Toyota in the 13th starting position.

 

Papis dropped to the rear of the field based on the NASCAR rulebook and took the opening green flag from 36th-place. Within nine laps, Papis gained 11 positions, placing the No. 9 Tundra in the top-25, despite reporting of a loose condition. The first caution of the night flew on lap 31 for a spin in turn two. Crew chief Chad Kendrick brought Papis to pit road for four tires, fuel, track bar and air pressure adjustments. A great stop by the Germain Racing pit crew boosted Mad Max in the 18th position on the lap 36 restart.

 

Continuing to fight changing handling characteristics, Papis dropped back to 22nd-place on lap 49, which is where the Italian ran until the next caution was displayed on lap 76. Kendrick radioed for Papis to come back to the attention of his pit crew for four tires, fuel, shock and air pressure adjustments. In addition, Papis also returned to pit road to top off with fuel before returning to green flag conditions on lap 81.

 

Quickly Papis reported that his No. 9 GEICO Toyota was still battling a loose in, tight off condition, hindering his ability to move forward. Papis continued to run in the top-20 despite these handling issues. A Timothy Peters accident on lap 90 brought out the third caution of the 134-lap event.

 

Showing their resilient attitude, the GEICO team continued to work on Papis’ Toyota, as two right-side tires, fuel, and wedge adjustments were made when the opportunity presented itself. The lap 94 restart showed Papis taking off from the 18th position. A 10-lap run allowed Papis to feel out his truck, reporting that the adjustments had made a little headway.

 

Using the opportunity to gain valuable track position, Papis remained on the racetrack when the next caution came on lap105. This strategy call – as the leaders came to pit road for fresh tires – allowed Papis to move into the top-five. After a brief red flag for a vicious hit by a fellow competitor, Papis continued to run inside the top-10.

 

By lap 122, the competitors with fresher tires caught Papis, pushing the GEICO Toyota back to 19th-place with only a handful of laps remaining. The final caution flew on lap 127 and Papis once again brought his Tundra to pit road for four tires and air pressure adjustments. In the closing four laps, Mad Max was able to pick up four positions to bring home a respectable 18th-place finish.

 

With the 2010 Camping World Truck Series season in the books, Papis and his GEICO team switch their attention to their full-time effort in the series next year, where they will take their shot at the championship. The Truck Series will return to action on February 18, 2011 for the kickoff race at Daytona International Speedway with SPEED carrying live coverage.

 

-PMI-

 

Contact: Samantha Jones

   Player Management International

   PMIfirm.com

                       

 

Nov 18
2010

With Championship Locked, Look for Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra to Race for Win in Homestead

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , Bob Germain

 

 • Bodine Clinched the NCWTS Championship Title Last Week in Phoenix

 • Bodine is Third Driver in Truck Series History to Win Multiple Titles, and Clinch Early

 • Germain Racing has 22 Truck Series Victories and Nine Pole Awards

 • Bodine Owns 21 Truck Series wins with Germain Racing and 36 NASCAR career wins

 • Bodine’s 2010 Season Stats include 4 wins, 2 poles, 16 top-fives and 19 top-tens


Mooresville, N.C. (November 16, 2010) - As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series steers toward Miami, Florida, Germain Racing has a unique ‘advantage’ heading into the 2010 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Todd Bodine has already been crowned the 2010 Truck Series champion; he’s the third driver in series history to earn the title before the season’s final race. The 2010 Champions are heading to Homestead with only one thing on their mind—win number three at the Miami track.

“We can take a deep breath and go race to win. We don’t have to watch the computer every lap. We can race to win, which is what we like to do. We want to cap off the season with the Germain.com Tundra in victory lane because that’s the best way we can thank everyone who’s poured their heart and soul into this 30 team this year,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. “We go to the track every week to win, We can go race to win 100% this week. No points racing. We’re the 2010 champions—and it feels great.”

The driver of the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra, Bodine agrees that going to Homestead this time around feels different.

“It’s nice to come to Homestead and not have to worry. The last time we ran for the championship, we had to race Johnny Benson at Homestead and it wasn’t quite as enjoyable at the time. It was pretty nerve-racking. To be able to come down here and enjoy it, the success this No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team has had this year, it means a lot,” said Bodine, who is now the third Truck Series champ with multiple titles (2006, 2010).

Bodine attributes his early clinch of this year’s series championship to the consistency and hard work from the Germain Racing team that fields the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra each week.

“Germain Racing has done such a great job. All the guys at the shop and Triad and the guys on the road crew. Mike Hillman Jr. has led this team to another championship. It shows his leadership skills and it shows how good a person he is.  We have a never give up attitude -- that’s what brought us to this point and got us here. We never give up.  We’ve been down and we’ve been laps down and come back and win races.  We don’t give up and I’m proud to be the guy that drives this Toyota Tundra for a great race team,” explained Bodine after he clinched the championship in Phoenix.

Mike Hillman Jr. explains that this championship has a different meaning for him and the members of his team.

“Your first one’s always special. It’s really awesome. But, to keep the core group of people together for five years like we have done here at Germain Racing, and to be able to keep our performance level up...This 30 Tundra team has won at least two races each season, we’ve stayed in the top-five in points. To get another championship, it just proves the never give up attitude of Germain Racing is what it’s all about,” explained Hillman.

Bodine is strapping into racing chassis TRD-131 for Friday’s season finale. The truck hasn’t finished outside the top-5 in any of its 11 races. This Toyota has earned three of the team’s four wins this year and two pole awards. Watch Bodine in the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra on Friday, November 19th, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. SPEED will cover Truck Series practice on Friday at 5 PM ET, and live racing at 7:30.

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a fan on Facebook: Facebook.com/pages/Germain-Racing/198863890135.

When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Germain.com is part of Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with 21 dealerships and more than 60 years of experience.

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