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Aug 29
2010

Germain.com Tundra Continues Stretch of Strong Finishes While Bodine Adds to Points Lead at Chicagoland

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

 Mooresville, N.C. (08-29-2010) – Chicagoland Speedway hosted a repeat of its inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night. Germain Racing’s Todd Bodine earned the Keystone Light Pole Award, and put the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra out front on three different occasions during the 154-lap EnjoyIllinois.com 225. As the laps drew to a close, Truck Series fans were treated to another outstanding showdown between fellow Toyota Tundra drivers Bodine and Kyle Busch. Bodine took the runner-up position for the second consecutive Chicagoland race and added 25 points to his lead in the Truck Series championship battle.

 “It was a pretty good race for our Germain.com Tundra tonight. We would start the runs a little loose and then get a little tight at the end of the run. On the last run we were really good. The pit crew adjusted the air pressure in the tires and got the truck handling really good. The one time I got outside of Kyle (Busch) he pinched us up in the wall. Then I got under him going into turn three and got loose. That’s just a function of the way the aero package is,” explained Bodine. “We had a great Tundra. Second-place stinks, but we’ll take it. It’s another good points night and another good run. It shows how solid this Germain Racing team is every week and what kind of trucks that they bring to the race tracks. It was just another good night.”

 Since Germain Racing’s Bodine has been atop the Truck Series points, the question from the media ranks that persists is “when will it be time to do some points racing?” Bodine hopes the hard racing with race winner Busch at Chicagoland will put an exclamation point on the answer that he and crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. have given out since May.

 “I would hope that Friday night shows we aren’t points racing. I actually had a guy say that to me outside. He said, ‘You didn’t look like you were points racing when you stuck it on the outside of Kyle (Busch).’ And we’re not. We’re here to win. That’s what we’re paid to do. That’s what burns in each one of us. Every guy that walks through that garage area wants to win and we’re no different. We come here every week, we unload that Germain.com Tundra and our goal is to win the race. If we can’t win then we evaluate the situation and do the best we can with what we’ve got and get the most points that we can. That’s points racing. Our first goal is to get to victory lane and get the checkered flag,” said Bodine, who has been atop the Truck Series championship standings since May.

 Hillman says the team’s commitment to getting the best finish possible is what has made the 236-point lead possible.

 “All the hard work from everyone at Germain Racing, Toyota and Triad showed this week in Chicago. The Germain.com Tundra was excellent and with what we learned, our team is very much looking forward to racing at Kentucky Speedway next,” said Hillman.

 Bodine, Hillman and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra crew race next at Kentucky Speedway on September 3rd. Watch the action on SPEED, Friday night, at 7:30 PM, Eastern, or tune in to your local MRN affiliate.

  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 26
2010

Gresham Will Be Another New Experience for Germain and No. 24 Germain.com Camry Team

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

 Mooresville, N.C. (August 25, 2010) – With three races remaining on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule for 2010, Germain Racing’s rookie driver Zach Germain and his No. 24 Germain.com Camry team are ready to put to use all they’ve learned when the series rolls into Gresham Motorsports Park for the American Fence Association 150 Presented By Mayfield Ice Creamier on Saturday night.

 “Our Germain.com Camry team was able to test at Gresham last week and it gave us all a big confidence boost. Gresham Motorsports Park is a first-class facility. The track is super fast with great banking. I think the testing we did will help our team because I’ve had a chance to figure out the line and we have a good baseline for our chassis setup,” said Germain, who captured a tenth-place finish in his first NASCAR career race at the season opener in Greenville, SC.

 Continuous improvement was a primary goal of the No. 24 team at the start of the season. After 6 races, a top-ten finish and a 14th-place rank in the championship standings, it remains the most important goal on the weekly checklist.

 “For the Germain.com Camry team to say we’ve had a good weekend at Gresham, we will want to see continued improvements in our qualifying effort and competitive racing with a strong result. We are still a young team and we’ve learned a lot together this year. We want to keep improving,” explained the 25 year-old Columbus, OH, native, who earned his best starting spot of the season in the last K&N Pro Series race at Lee USA Speedway where he lined up 12th.

 In addition to testing with the No. 24 team, Germain has been able to learn from his fellow Germain Racing teammates in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.

 “Germain Racing competes in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions. During the off-weeks, I’ve been able to utilize some of the resources we have here for a rookie driver. I observed our other race teams and listened to team radio communications. My perspective has evolved,” said Germain, who will be part of Funopolis Fanfest at Funopolis Family Fun Center on Friday night in Commerce.

 Jamie Jones will call the shots for Germain and the No. 24 Germain.com Camry again this weekend. Jones is looking forward to racing at Gresham after what the team learned in last week’s test session.

 “We had a good test at Gresham last week and I feel we’ll have a good, competitive day,” said Jones, who will lead the No. 24 Germain.com Camry team for the second race this season.

 The Germain.com Camry races 150 laps at Gresham Motorsports Park on Saturday, August 28th at 8:30 PM Eastern. The American Fence Association 150 Presented By Mayfield Ice Creamier race will be broadcast on SPEED on Thursday, September 2nd at 6:00 PM Eastern.

 Germain Racing is a championship-winning organization competing in all three of NASCAR’s national series as well as the K&N Pro Series East. Sponsorship and branding opportunities are available. Visit GermainRacing.com for more information.   

 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.

 Follow Zach Germain or Germain Racing on Twitter @ZachGermain, @GermainRacing, or on the web, Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

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Aug 26
2010

Michael Annett and the No. 15 Flying J Travel Plaza Toyota Camry Compete North of the Border at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Montreal, Canada (August 25, 2010) – Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 Flying J Travel Plaza team will make their one and only stop outside of the United States this weekend as the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit ventures to Montreal, Canada for the Napa Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The 74 lap race will be the third and final road course race for the Nationwide Series before their final ten races of the 2010 season.

 

Annett’s trip to Montreal for Sunday’s race will be the second time he’s competed in a NASCAR event north of the border after he finished 18th in last year’s Nationwide Series race on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve’s 2.71 mile road course. But stock car racing hasn’t been the only sport that the 24-year-old driver has competed in outside of the United States. The former AAA ice hockey defensemen for Team Illinois performed on the rink in games versus Canadian teams in Calgary and Toronto at the age of 16.

 

Annett’s transition from the rink to the racetrack at the age of 18 has allowed him four previous road course starts. Although he was plagued with transmission issues in both of this year’s previous road course races, Annett battled to finish 24th at the inaugural Nationwide Series race at Road America and 19th at Watkins Glen International this season in his No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry.

 

With international ties to Pilot Flying J and HYPE Energy, Annett will pilot the No. 15 Flying J Travel Plaza Toyota Camry in Sunday’s Napa Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge. With loyal sponsor Pilot Travel Centers’ recent acquisition of Flying J, Sunday’s Nationwide Series event will be the first ever appearance of the No. 15 Flying J Travel Plaza Toyota Camry. Over 60 of Pilot Flying J’s 550 locations are centered in Canada. HYPE Energy, an associate sponsor of the No. 15 Germain Racing team, will feature their HYPE Energy Organic product on the deck lid of the car.

 

“I’m really excited to have Flying J on our No. 15 Toyota Camry for the first time this weekend. It’s an honor to have an excellent company with two great brands behind me,” said Annett. “I appreciate all the support that the Pilot Flying J team provides me. They have truly fueled my dream of building a successful career in motorsports. I’m looking forward to getting on track this weekend and giving Pilot Flying J and Germain Racing a great finish.”

 

The No. 15 Flying J Travel Plaza Nationwide Series car will hit the road course at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Saturday for practice at 9 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m. Qualifying will follow at 5:05 p.m. The Napa Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge begins at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tune to ESPN 2 for live coverage of final practice, qualifying and the race. A live race broadcast begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

 

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

Visit www.hype.com for the latest HYPE Energy buzz and product information.

 

Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

 

Aug 26
2010

Germain Racing Looking for More than Second in the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Friday Night

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

 

- Bodine has earned Two Pole awards at Chicagoland, one in Cup, one in NNS

- He Leads the Truck Series Championship Battle by a 211-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 24, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - As Chicagoland Speedway shows itself on the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, one race team may be more excited to see the mile and a half this weekend than the rest. Germain Racing last year had a very competitive runner-up finish in the inaugural race. Since that time, the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra has been to victory lane three times and captured two pole awards—all on intermediate race tracks.

 

 “Chicago is a mile and a half track, which is Germain Racing’s strong area as far as different tracks go. We’ve always run well at Chicago, even when we used to test there. We should be able to go back there and be even better with our Germain.com Tundra than we were last year,” explained Bodine, who says the teamwork has been responsible for his results this season. “Mike Jr., Tom Ackerman and the crew have really done a great job with the trucks this season and it shows in the results we’ve been able to get.”

 

 In the inaugural race in 2009, few would question that Bodine and his crew had hit on a winning chassis combination unless those few were within the Germain Racing circle. Bodine kept the No. 30 Tundra up front for 39 of 150 laps before finishing second.

 “Last year we still didn’t have the No. 30 Tundra driving as well as we needed to. We’ve got that part figured out and it will allow us to go even faster with the Germain.com Tundra this year. We are looking forward to putting on a good show for the Truck Series fans again at Chicagoland,” said Bodine.

 

 The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points leader since May, Bodine says the record-setting 211-point lead can’t change Germain Racing’s approach to preparing their trucks.

 

 “Our performance is good, but we can’t stop doing what we’re doing. We have to just go out to win races and do the best we can to control the things that we can control. We can’t worry about what other people are doing,” explained Bodine, who is vying for his second Truck Series title in five years.

 

 Since joining the Truck Series full-time in 2005, Germain Racing has finished in the top-five in the Truck Series standings every season, including earning Toyota its first manufacturer’s title and series championship in 2006.

 

 Watch Bodine drive the Germain.com Tundra on Friday, August 27 at Chicagoland Speedway. Qualifying will be on SPEED at 4:30 PM ET, with race coverage starting at 8:30 PM.

 

 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 23
2010

Bumping and Banging at Bristol Motor Speedway Brings Michael Annett Home with 18th Place Finish

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Bristol, Tenn. (August 23, 2010) – Friday night under the lights of Bristol Motor Speedway’s .533 mile bullring, Michael Annett and the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team looked to score a repeat of their top-10 finish in last year’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250. But faced with bad luck on pit road and a bite of the hard racing that Bristol’s famed for, Annett and the team left Thunder Valley with an 18th place finish.

 

The Germain Racing driver made a 23rd place qualifying effort and raced in the top-25 until the first caution of the event was thrown on lap 55, marking the longest green flag stretch in the last 23 Nationwide Series races. Annett reported being too tight on the bottom and loose in, but one lap down, he opted to stay out on the track to get the wave around rather than coming to pit road.

 

Restarting 22nd, Annett maintained his position until the second yellow flag of the night waved on lap 81. Making their first visit of the night to pit road, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers pit crew changed four tires, made track bar and air pressure adjustments and refueled. Annett restarted 18th.

 

Battling Bristol’s high banked track, he worked his way closer to the front of the pack and was running 12th when the third caution was called on lap 116. Adjusting race strategy, crew chief Ryan Fugle opted for a two tire stop this time through allowing Annett to restart ninth on lap 123.

 

With track position on their side and confidence that the they were working their way towards a strong finish on Pilot Travel Center’s home track, the No. 15 team looked to make their third pit stop of the night after the caution flag flew again on lap 157. In an attempt to change four tires during the stop, a pit gun broke allowing only right side tires to be changed. The broken pit gun was exchanged for a new one and Annett was ordered to reenter pit road for left side tires before the restart. The team’s misfortune forced the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Camry to restart 23rd.

 

The next caution came out on lap 186 and Annett stayed out on the track.

Rebounding from the team’s previous tough luck on pit road, he restarted 19th. Still working on gaining back track position, Annett had worked his way to 16th when he was caught in the tail end of a wreck on the front stretch bringing out the seventh caution of the night on lap 225. The Germain Racing driver made a trip to pit road as the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers pit crew changed four tires and fuel, as well as surveyed and repaired the damage to the car. Annett restarted 22nd and drove through the checkered flag in 18th.

 

Up next, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team will compete in their only race outside of the United States this season as they trek to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal for the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge. The 74 lap road course race will air live on ESPN 2 and MRN Radio at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.

 

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

 

About Pilot Flying J:

Pilot Flying J is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has more than 550 locations in North America. The company employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest retail operator of travel centers in North America.

 

Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

 

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.

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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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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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