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Aug 19
2010

Papis Checks Into the Truck Series Top-Five, Finishes 14th at Bristol

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Bristol, TN (08-19-2010) – As Bristol racing goes, Wednesday night’s O’Reilly 200 was everything it should be. The air was thick with humidity and it electrified when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series took to the track for what ended up being a 206-lap race. Max Papis qualified the GEICO Tundra in 21st position and after 206 laps of highs and lows, finished 14th as fellow Toyota driver Kyle Busch took his third Bristol Motor Speedway win.

 

“I have to say, I am very proud of what we were able to accomplish tonight with our GEICO Tundra. At Bristol there are so many things out of your control. We managed to race the GEICO Tundra in the top-five, and we were very close to getting a top-ten finish. That was out of our hands, but, I am very proud of our performance and what we learned for the future,” said Max Papis, of Como, Italy, who will showcase the GEICO colors full-time in the Truck Series in 2011, making a run for the series championship.

 

 

The GEICO Racing team fought a tight handling condition with the racing chassis throughout both practice sessions and in qualifying. Once the O’Reilly 200 race began, the truck remained tight.

 

Papis and the GEICO crew brought the GEICO Tundra to pit road for service under the night’s second caution period to make adjustments that would combat the tight-handling condition. The lap-25 pit stop efforts paid off, as the GEICO Tundra steadily moved to the front of the field, making it as high as the runner-up position.

 

In second place just 14 laps after the pit stop, Max Papis followed veteran Truck Series racer Mike Skinner through a pair of restarts before returning to pit road at lap 54 for four fresh tires and fuel.

 

“Tonight we struggled with a tight handling condition with the GEICO Tundra, which was consistent with practice and qualifying. The truck was definitely better in clean air when we were running behind Skinner than when I was in traffic. This will be important for us when we are building our truck for Bristol next season,” said Papis, who has raced in 16 Truck Series events to date, and will add three more to his resume before next year.

 

Papis knifed his way back through traffic, flirting with the top-ten as the race was drawing to a close. Under the 12th caution flag of the night, Papis told crew chief Bootie Barker he was worried something was wrong with the GEICO Tundra.

 

“During the caution period, I told Bootie I felt something had gone wrong with the race truck. We pitted on lap 200 and it was a good thing we did. Our right rear tire was flat. After that, the GEICO Tundra was in ninth position. We thought we would finish in the top ten, but, at Bristol, there are many things you can’t control,” said Papis.

 

As the 36-truck field came to the green flag for the final time at lap 205, the GEICO Tundra was ninth, behind teammates Todd Bodine (fifth) and Miguel Paludo (seventh). It looked certain that Papis would be part of Germain Racing’s top-ten effort, but coming to the checkered flag, Papis entered turn four in the top-ten and was sent into the spin cycle. He came out in 14th-place after becoming a victim of circumstance.

 

“We are using tonight and our three remaining GEICO Tundra truck series races to prepare for a full season of racing in the Truck Series in 2011. Tonight was a great experience. We ran competitively and we learned a lot to build our team for the future,” said Papis.

 

Next up for Papis and the No. 9 GEICO Toyota Tundra will be New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

 

Papis and the GEICO Racing team will hit the 1.058-mile, low-banked oval in Loudon, NH, for the opening practice session at 10:00 AM (EDT) on Friday, September 17th.  Final practice follows at 1:15 PM (EDT), while qualifying will be on Saturday, September 18th at 10:05 AM (EDT).

 

The 175-lap/185.15 mile NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race begins on Saturday, September 18th, at 3:00 PM (EDT) and will be televised live on SPEED television network, and 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

 

 

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Aug 19
2010

Paludo Earns First Truck Series Top-Ten Finish in Debut Race at Bristol Motor Speedway

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Bristol, TN (08-19-2010) – Miguel Paludo ran his first race with Germain Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Brazilian champion wheeled his No. 77 Stemco Duroline Tundra to a ninth-place finish – an impressive result for a young driver making his Truck Series debut in the O’Reilly 200. Paludo said the finish was all about team work.

“Every person I talked with said, ‘Why Bristol, it’s tough.’ But to me, it was perfect. I’m real happy with the results of the Stemco Duroline Tundra tonight and it was a team effort. Germain Racing did a great job building this truck in one week and I’m so proud of all the guys. It was awesome. We had handling conditions. We had a tight truck, a loose truck, a lot of different trucks during practice and the race, but you can’t imagine how happy I am to finish ninth for Toyota and Stemco Duroline,” exclaimed Paludo, who competes in the K&N Pro Series East for fellow Toyota team Hattori Racing Enterprises.

Many drivers chose Martinsville Speedway as their entry point for their Truck Series debut. For Paludo, it was Bristol Motor Speedway. Crew chief Jamie Jones explains that Paludo made the most of his decision.

“Miguel did an excellent job. He worked hard all day long – through practice, qualifying and the race. For not seeing the place, he adapted really well to Bristol Motor Speedway. I think Germain Racing, Toyota and Stemco Duroline are very fortunate to have him as their driver. He has the ability to go forward,” said Jones.

Paludo was greeted by teammate Todd Bodine, driver of the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra, as the two were awaiting interviews with SPEED channel after the race.

“Todd Bodine helped me to get ready for this race. He is a great teammate to have. He has so much experience, and he really enjoys sharing that with young drivers,” said Paludo.

The next race for Miguel Paludo and the No. 77 Stemco Duroline Tundra will be at Kentucky Speedway on September 3rd. In the meantime, Paludo will drive the No. 77 Stemco Duroline Camry for Hattori Racing Enterprises in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on August 28th at Gresham Motorsports Park.

Follow Miguel Paludo at miguelpaludo.com or on Twitter @mpaludo77.

Germain Racing is a championship-winning organization competing in all three of NASCAR’s national series. The team adds the K&N Pro Series East No. 24 Germain.com Camry to its lineup this year, and may add K&N Pro Series West and late model races. Sponsorship and branding opportunities are available. Visit GermainRacing.com for more information.  Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing, or on the web, Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

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Aug 19
2010

Bodine Brings No. 30 Valvoline Tundra Home from Bristol in Sixth Place

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Bristol, TN (08-19-2010) – Todd Bodine drove the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra to a sixth place finish on Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in the O’Reilly 200. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has a reputation of exciting racing action, and the 206 laps last night were no exception. Bodine qualified 14th and finished sixth while fellow Toyota driver Kyle Busch took the win.

“Wow. The Valvoline Toyota Tundra was loose in, tight in the middle and tight off, loose off, loose in the middle, I mean I could never make it do the same thing twice.  We kept fighting it and adjusting and fighting and adjusting and I ended up sixth!  That’s what you have to do to win championships,” said Bodine, who remains atop the Truck Series championship standings, a position he’s occupied since May.

For Bodine and the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra crew of Germain Racing, the sixth-place finish on a ‘bad night’ produced the type of results they need to maintain their position as the powerhouse team in the Camping World Truck Series.

“I’ve said it all along.  If you have a bad night, just finish in the top-10 and get the best finish you can.  It’s not what we wanted for Valvoline or Toyota, but we only lost a few points to Aric (Almirola) and we will go get them at Chicago next.  I love Chicago,” said Bodine, who has collected three wins in his Germain Racing Toyota Tundra this season.

“The Valvoline Tundra team has been on an outstanding streak. We just won two races in a row, and we have been very competitive throughout the summer. We missed our setup a little with the Valvoline Tundra at Bristol, but, we never gave up. We dug in and made changes to make the truck work for a sixth-place finish. It was a good result for the points standings and we’re all ready for the next race on the schedule – Chicago,” said crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.

The depth of Germain Racing was also showcased in Wednesday night’s O’Reilly 200.

“Bristol showed the caliber of our race team. Germain Racing brought three Toyota Tundras with three uniquely talented, champion drivers and three great sponsors. In regulation time, we would’ve finished with the Valvoline Tundra, GEICO Tundra and Stemco Duroline Tundra all in the top ten. That shows sponsors and the competition that no matter who the driver is, they are getting great racing equipment here at Germain Racing. We couldn’t have that depth without support from Toyota, Triad and the extra effort put in by everyone at Germain Racing,” said Hillman, who was as excited about the results scored by Max Papis in the GEICO Tundra and Miguel Paludo in the Stemco Duroline Tundra as he was about the Valvoline Tundra’s 13th top-ten finish in 16 races this season.

Germain Racing’s Todd Bodine leads the Camping World Truck Series standings by 211 points heading into race no. 17 on the 2010 schedule, Chicagoland Speedway. Tune into SPEED to watch 150 laps/225 miles of Truck Series action on Friday night, August 27th, at 9:00 PM Eastern or listen in on your local MRN affiliate. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

Bodine is scheduled to drive the red, white and blue No. 30 Valvoline Tundra next in race no. 23 at Texas Motor Speedway, the track where he collected his first win of this season, and his sixth at the Fort Worth 1.5-mile oval.

About Valvoline: Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil. The Valvoline family of products includes Eagle One® appearance products, Car Brite® car restoration products, Zerex® antifreeze, SynPower® performance products and MaxLife® products created for higher-mileage engines. With more than 850 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil Change® is a leader in serving the quick lube market.

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Aug 18
2010

CASEY MEARS ASSUMES GEICO NASCAR SPRINT CUP DUTIES

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

 


Mooresville, NC (August 18, 2010)
– Beginning with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 5th, NASCAR star Casey Mears will slide behind the wheel of the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry.
 
Mears will be entered as the driver of the #13 GEICO Camry in the seven remaining GEICO sponsored races in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  The 2011 season will feature Mears and the Gecko in the #13 Germain Racing entry at 18 events.  
 
Effective immediately, Mears will put the Gecko on his chest and attempt to expand the Sprint Cup Series program that Max Papis and the Germain Racing team have worked hard to establish.
 
Mears carries with him one of the most recognized names in the sport of auto racing, while his resumé makes him the obvious choice to be the new wheelman of the #13 GEICO Camry.  He has experienced success at each of NASCAR’s top two levels, winning races in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series.  Versatility being a cornerstone for Mears, he has also won races in the Indy Lights Series, ARCA Series, and in 2006 he became the first full-time NASCAR driver to achieve an overall victory at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
 
While Mears boasts a distinguished resumé, his family dinner table features a banquet of successful careers.  He is flanked by father, Roger Mears, who is a championship off-road racer, while his uncle, Rick Mears, has netted four Indianapolis 500 wins.  
Germain Racing will most benefit from Mears’ experience at the top level of NASCAR.  Since making his NASCAR debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 10, 2001, Mears has been employed by NASCAR’s best and brightest, including Chip Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing.  
“I’m excited at the opportunity to drive the #13 GEICO Camry for Germain Racing,” Mears said.  “It’s a great opportunity and I believe with all the hard work that Germain Racing has put into their Cup program, as well as our relationship with Michael Waltrip Racing, that we’ll be able to do good things.  I’ve known Bootie Barker (crew chief) for a long time, so I think we’ll work well together.  I’m ready to get to work and do a good job for GEICO.”  
Mears’ experience combined with Germain Racing’s technical relationship with Michael Waltrip Racing should result in marked improvement as the GEICO Racing program heads into the 2011 season.
 
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
 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International
Email:
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Aug 18
2010

MAX PAPIS MOVES TO FULL-TIME ROLE WITH THE GECKO

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Mooresville, NC (August 18, 2010) – Max Papis, who has occupied the seat of the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will take a new opportunity to race full-time in NASCAR.  Papis will be piloting the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series beginning in 2011.  
 
The effort is fielded by Germain Racing, who, aside from winning the 2006 Truck Series championship, currently holds the points lead in the Truck Series with driver Todd Bodine.  
 
Papis will turn his attention to the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra effective immediately beginning this week in Bristol.  In addition, Papis will compete in three additional races of the remaining 2010 Camping World Truck Series season in an effort to lay a solid foundation heading into 2011.  
 
Papis has spent the previous year and a half piloting the #13 GEICO Camry, which was slated to compete in 18 races each season.  ‘Mad Max’ has taken full advantage of his opportunity, notching an 18th at Talladega, a 12th at Infineon Raceway and he recorded his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 10 when he finished 8th at Watkins Glen last year.  
 
Aside from NASCAR, Papis is known to be one of the most versatile racecar drivers in the world. He sits among racing’s elite, as he has competed in the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  In addition to recording three wins in the former CART Series, Papis has posted wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000 and 2002, as well as a Grand-Am Series championship in 2004.  As a member of GM’s Corvette Racing team, Papis has recorded two wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans, as well as two runner-up finishes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
 
It only makes sense that Papis will now try his hand at Truck Series racing where he has already experienced considerable success.  Along with a Top 10 at Fontana and an 8th place finish at Martinsville, Papis nearly recorded his first Truck Series victory at Daytona in February 2010.  Unfortunately, Nelson Piquet, Jr, ended his day late in the race after Papis led his first laps as a NASCAR driver.

"Since I came to NASCAR one of my goals has been to have the opportunity to run a complete racing schedule. When GEICO and Germain Racing, a Truck Series championship team, approached me with an offer to represent them for a full season in the Camping World Truck series, I saw it as a unique opportunity that I simply could not turn down,” Papis said.  “I am very proud to have been part of the development of a brand new Sprint Cup team that has already made their mark when we recorded our first Top 10 finish at Watkins Glen last year, while running only part time over the last year and a half.”  
 
He continued, “I look forward to watching the #13 team continue to grow and mature, while being a special part of GEICO’s expanded commitment to NASCAR through their Truck Series sponsorship.  I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all the fans, both new and old, who have supported me throughout my career and who are an important part of the success I have experienced.  I am very excited by this opportunity and you can bet on my doing everything I possibly can to bring success to GEICO and Germain Racing."
 
Beginning with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Atlanta on September 5th, Casey Mears will take over driving duties of the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry fielded by Germain Racing.
 
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
 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International
 Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 


Aug 16
2010

Germain Racing, Bodine Take the Win at Historical Darlington Raceway

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

Mooresville, NC (08-16-2010) – Todd Bodine went into Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race with a sincere ‘understanding’ of the track “Too Tough to Tame” and also hailed as the “Lady in Black.” Darlington Raceway, located in Darlington, SC, has been a part of NASCAR’s history for years and Bodine had scored one win there and more top-ten finishes at Darlington than any other NASCAR track. Saturday night, Bodine added another historical statistic to his championship-winning Truck Series career. Bodine put the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra out front in the “Too Tough to Tame 200” for the final 47 of 147 laps. He took the win, his second victory at Darlington and his 35th NASCAR career win.

“It’s awesome. The history behind Darlington and the great drivers that have raced here... The list of drivers is incredible and to be part of that and to be able to be in victory lane here again – I was fortunate to get one win in Nationwide – and now we got one in the Germain.com Tundra. It’s incredible. It’s a great feeling to be able to win at Darlington, for sure,” said Bodine, who leads the 2010 Truck Series championship standings and has amassed 20 of Germain Racing’s 21 victories.

Bodine says his years of experience working with the “Lady in Black” helped on Saturday, but noted that the youthful drivers of the Truck Series did just fine.

“Experience here is a huge advantage, but with that said, look at Justin Lofton. He was having a great run. I gotta stop helping him. I told him the trick to getting around here and he learned it too well. Unfortunately he got caught up in a wreck,” said Bodine, tipping his cap to up and coming fellow Tundra driver Lofton. “Timothy (Peters) is another great example. He did a lot of testing here but he’s never raced here. To come out here and be able to do what he did tells you what kind of driver he is. Experience of knowing the little things that make you go fast and the little things that make you go slow, that means a lot. Timmy (Peters) had a good truck that allowed him to go fast. But, yes, experience is definitely a big part of running well at Darlington, along with great Toyota race trucks.”

This season, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team has had only three “bad” weekends. This consistency, earning three victories, eleven top-fives and twelve top-tens in 15 races has been the driving force behind Bodine’s lock-down on the series championship standings since May. However, the 2006 Truck Series title-winner is quick to point out, that there are too many variables to count this 2010 “title match” as over, despite his 231-point lead.

“There’s just too many variables in racing. Too many things that you can’t control that can take you out of it. Here at Germain Racing, we concentrate on controlling our own fate of what happens within our grasp. You can’t control everybody else’s truck and where you are on the track if you get caught up in somebody else’s mess. It’s never over. We’re not going to approach it that way. We gotta keep doing the things we know how to do and control the things within in our control and try to control our destiny,” said Bodine, who has driven for Germain Racing’s No. 30 team for all of his 20 Truck Series wins, including the 2006 championship.

If you blink, you’ll miss it. Bristol Motor Speedway is next on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule – Wednesday, August 18th. Watch the coverage live on SPEED! Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

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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Aug 16
2010

Germain Racing is Gearing up for Bodine to Race the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra at Bristol on Wednesday Night

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

 - Bodine Leads Truck Series Championship Battle by 231-point margin

 - Has Earned Three Wins this season, 20 in his Truck Series Career

 - Germain Racing has 21 Truck Series Victories and Eight Pole Awards

August 16, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - In June, when Germain Racing was heading to Texas, the team announced their new partnership with Valvoline. To give that announcement some extra energy, Todd Bodine drove the Valvoline logo into victory lane at Fort Worth, capturing his first win of the 2010 season. Since then, Bodine and the No. 30 Tundra team of Germain Racing have collected two more victories and they are looking very forward to having the Valvoline logo back on board this week at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“Having Valvoline join the Germain Racing team has been a great partnership. Bristol is our first race with Valvoline as the primary sponsor on the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra. The truck looks great and we think it will look even better running up front, under the lights, at Bristol ,” said Bodine, who has competed in 37 NASCAR races at Bristol, scoring two victories in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and three top-five finishes in five Truck Series starts.

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. will lead the Germain Racing team into battle on Wednesday at Bristol. The team will race chassis TRD-106, which last saw action this season at O’Reilly Raceway Park.

“What this team has accomplished this season has been a testament to the commitment of everyone that works at Germain Racing, Toyota and Triad. We hope to continue to get results that truly measure up to the extra efforts that everyone has put in to make this No. 30 Valvoline Tundra team what it is today. We are heading to Bristol with one thought in mind, and that is to get the Valvoline logo back into some victory lane photographs,” said Hillman.

With a 231-point lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, two wins in a row and three wins total along with a pole award this season, Hillman has been asked if it’s time to start focusing on winning the Truck Series title rather than being aggressive and going for the wins.

“With the equipment we have, it would be a shame to tell our driver he can’t put his Toyota Tundra out front. So, no, we aren’t changing our strategy. Germain Racing will put the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra on track at Bristol with the goal to win the race. It’s the best way to get the most points and the best way to thank Valvoline, Toyota, Triad and everyone back at the shop for all the work they put into this truck,” said Hillman.

Watch Bodine the No. 30 Valvoline Tundra on Wednesday, August 18th at Bristol Motor Speedway. Qualifying will be on SPEED at 4:30 PM ET, with race coverage starting at 7:30 PM. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

About Valvoline: Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil. The Valvoline family of products includes Eagle One® appearance products, Car Brite® car restoration products, Zerex® antifreeze, SynPower® performance products and MaxLife® products created for higher-mileage engines. With more than 850 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil Change® is a leader in serving the quick lube market.

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Aug 09
2010

PAPIS HONORS MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER WHILE RACING THE GLEN

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

#13 GEICO Camry ends up 22nd in NASCAR’s final road course race of the 2010 season

Watkins Glen, NY (August 8, 2010) – A year ago, Max Papis left Watkins Glen smiling ear-to-ear after recording an 8th place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. He was all business when he arrived back in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York for practice on Friday, hoping to once again put the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry up front.  
 
In addition to his attention to racing, he also carried a heavy heart, as he honored United States Marine Corporal Jason Dunham, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for diving on a grenade in Iraq to save members of his unit in 2004.  The Marine’s name appeared on a decal located on the C-Post of Papis’ #13 GEICO Camry.  Corporal Dunham’s father was also in attendance during the entire weekend and when Papis saw him, he immediately gave him a hug and thanked him for what his son had done for our country.
 
Papis showed visible emotion when speaking of Corporal Dunham.
 
“What we’re doing this weekend is just racing, but what these guys are doing in Afghanistan and Iraq is life or death.  It is serious and it affects so many of our families in the U.S., and it moves me to see this man be so strong after his son gave his life to protect our country.” Papis said.
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session found Papis shooting straight to the top of the speed charts.  By its conclusion, the #13 GEICO Camry rested 24th on the chart, and third among the ‘go or go home’ cars.  The GEICO team would experience a setback when a transmission issue forced the team to rebuild a transmission in the middle of the final practice session.  The Germain Racing team masterfully returned Papis to the racetrack in record time.  Despite the setback, Papis put the #13 GEICO Camry 16th on the speed chart, and fastest among the ‘go or go home’ cars, when the session ended.
 
After qualifying 28th, Papis quickly picked up four positions before the close of the opening lap of the race.  Papis then made his way into the 23rd position before he radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker that the car was tight and that he had some ‘wheelhop’.  Barker assured Papis they would make adjustments to the #13 GEICO Camry during the first pit stop.
 
Papis brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road under green flag conditions on Lap 26 for the team’s first stop of the day.  The Germain Racing pit crew quickly provided Papis with four fresh Goodyear racing tires, a tank of Sunoco racing fuel and adjustments before returning him to the racing surface.  Unfortunately, just two laps later, the event’s first caution flag of the day would be displayed, causing the GEICO team to go a lap down. Barker would order Papis to take advantage of the ‘wave around’ rule and the #13 GEICO Camry quickly returned to the lead lap.
 
The adjustments must have favored Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry because by Lap 61 they had moved into 10th position, while just a lap later they were sitting in 7th.  On Lap 70, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin found themselves tangled up, bringing out the caution flag.  Papis received rear end damage to the #13 GEICO Camry in the melee. Consequently, he was relegated to restarting 19th on Lap 75.  With just 15 laps remaining, Papis fought hard to hold his position, but would ultimately record a 22nd place finish under perfect skies in upstate New York.  
 
“Our GEICO team worked really hard this weekend and we were competitive, but we battled a few issues,” Papis said.  “All things considered I’m happy to get out of here with a 22nd place finish.  I can’t thank Bootie (Barker, crew chief) and the guys on this Germain Racing team enough for all of their support and hard work this weekend.  We kept fighting and never quit, so I’m proud of what we accomplished.”
 
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
 

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Aug 02
2010

Pocono Race Just Too Short for Bodine and Germain.com Tundra

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

 

Mooresville, N.C. (08-02-2010) – With the love Todd Bodine has for the area and the race track, 500 laps might not have been enough for him to get his fill of “The Tricky Triangle” known as Pocono Raceway. Certainly, the 50 scheduled race laps for Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the Long Pond, PA, tri-oval were far too few for the division points leader.

 

“The Germain.com Tundra was really good today. We ran up front and were able to lead some laps. I think the race was just way too short. It was a good show for the fans, it just needed to be longer,” said Bodine, who led the Pocono Mountains 125 and spent the majority of the 50-lap event racing among the top-five trucks.

 

Pocono Raceway produced intense, high-speed battles throughout the 125-mile event. At lap 42, Bodine was in a heated battle for 5th-place. After some bumping and rubbing, Bodine found himself sliding through the infield grass and bringing out the fourth caution flag of the race.

 

“It was just a racing deal.  We had a good truck and were running up front with a shot to win. We had some contact with the 3 truck.  I know Austin (Dillon) didn’t mean it, it’s just one of those deals -- racing accidents,” said Bodine, who restarted in 24th place, narrowly missed a huge crash with three laps to go, then finished 12th.

 

As thrilling as Bodine’s bumpy slide through the grass was, the wreck he narrowly missed was what people were talking about with him after the race.

 

“All I was thinking about was getting the Germain.com Tundra back up front with the leaders. I thought, if I had 75 laps, I could do it. I guess while I was driving and thinking I had a very close call. It happened behind me, so I didn’t see it, but a few people have told me we were very close to getting caught up in someone else’s wreck with three to go,” said Bodine, who picked off an easy dozen trucks in the final laps of the race to finish 12th.

 

Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. was pleased with the Truck Series debut at Pocono.

 

“There were a lot of unknowns going into this race because Pocono was new to the Truck Series and we had some rules changes for the event. The race turned out to be a great race for the Truck Series fans, and our No. 30 Germain.com Tundra was a contender for the win. We were able to recover from the spin through the grass and get a decent finish, which is a great testament to how Germain Racing works as a team and we never give up,” said Hillman.

 

The 12th place finish at Pocono kept Bodine 149 points in front of his nearest competitor in the Truck Series championship standings. Fellow Tundra driver Aric Almirola still trails Bodine as the Truck Series heads into race no. 14 at Nashville Superspeedway on August 7th. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

 

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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Jul 28
2010

PAPIS PADS RESUME WITH BRICKYARD START; POCONO ON DECK

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

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Indianapolis, IN (July 25, 2010) – It is not a secret that Max Papis is considered to be one of the top racecar drivers in the world, boasting a resume that consists of the most prestigious racing events globally.  This weekend, Papis was looking to add the Brickyard 400 to that list.  
 
A year ago, a dejected Papis departed Indianapolis Motor Speedway just shy of qualifying for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the famed Brickyard.  From the time his #13 GEICO Toyota Camry was unloaded this weekend, everyone knew that this year would tell a different tale.  Papis and the Gecko immediately established their presence in the opening practice session when they shot straight to the top of the speed charts and sat third, behind only Juan Pablo Montoya and Jimmy Johnson.
 
As the pressure mounted heading into the qualifying session on Saturday morning, Papis handled it with a veteran’s calm.  He climbed into the #13 GEICO Camry and promptly turned a lap that placed him comfortably in the field for Sunday’s Brickyard 400. He toured the historic facility in just 50.386 seconds, at a rate of speed of 178.621 miles per hour, making him the third fastest ‘go or go home’ car.  Papis and the GEICO Camry would start 35th on the grid, just behind Joey Logano and just ahead of 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Bobby Labonte.
 
After several extremely hot days in the Indianapolis area, Sunday presented the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with bright sunshine and temperatures in the mid-80’s.  While the weather was nice the opening lap of the Brickyard 400 would prove to be more harsh.  
 
After the green flag was displayed, the field headed into Turn 2 and quickly found themselves in a crash that involved nearly ten cars. Papis and the #13 GEICO Camry would escape nearly unscathed, but would sustain some damage to the left rear of the racecar.  Also, a large amount of grass was sucked into the radiator, causing the engine temperature to rise. After several trips down pit road, the Germain Racing crew would get the car repaired and return the engine to its normal temperature.
 
Restarting the race in the 37th position on Lap 8, Papis would quickly move the #13 GEICO Camry forward.  He reached 34th by Lap 10 and then dipped into the Top 30 by Lap 13.  After hitting the Top 25 on Lap 15, Papis was on fire…. literally.  The grass that had been sucked into the engine finally caused the engine to overheat and fire and smoke bellowed from the GEICO Camry forcing it to the garage for the remainder of the afternoon.  Papis would be relegated to a 43rd place finish.
 
“We do not deserve this, no one deserves this,” said an emotional Papis. “We worked so hard this weekend and the GEICO Camry was so fast.  We were definitely headed for a Top 10 today.  You could see how fast we were, so it’s frustrating to have this happen.  I feel bad for all the guys on this GEICO crew who have worked so hard.  We just don’t deserve this.”
 
Despite the setback at the Brickyard 400, Papis still places himself among racing’s elite with his start on Sunday.  He has now competed in the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Not bad for a guy from a small village in Northern Italy.  
Next up for Papis and the GEICO Racing team is Long Pond, PA.
 
Papis and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will hit the 2.5-mile tri-oval of Pocono Raceway for the opening practice session at 12:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, July 30th.  Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT).
 
The Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 1st, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT), while the Motor Racing Network 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
 

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