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Aug 20
2014

Southern Classic Auto Wash and Lube Back at Bristol

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Southern Classic Auto Wash and Lube Center

Returns with Germain Racing to Bristol Motor Speedway on the GEICO Chevrolet SS

 

August 19, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) - Germain Racing today announces the return of Southern Classic as an associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Casey Mears for the 2014 “Irwin Tools Race Night” at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 266.5-mile race will be held on Saturday night, August 23rd, at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Southern Classic Auto Wash and Lube Center, has four locations in the Tri-City Tennessee community. Southern Classic proudly features the liquid engineering found in Castrol oil changes and preventive maintenance for your vehicle.

This weekend, the GEICO Chevy hits the track at Bristol at 11 a.m. ET for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice airing live on FOX Sports 1. This is followed promptly by final practice at 1:30 p.m., also airing live on FOX Sports 1. Qualifying kicks off at 5:40 p.m. and airs on ESPN2 while Saturday night’s race airs on ABC starting at 7:30 p.m. The Irwin Tools Night Race is 500 laps, 266.5 miles, and is also broadcast on PRN and Sirius/XM radio.

Find out why “a blue roof is an awesome thing” at www.SouthernClassicWash.com.

It’s more than just oil. It’s liquid engineering. Learn more at Castrol.com.

Germain Racing is on Twitter @GermainRacing or check GermainRacing.com for news.

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

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

You can also follow GEICO Racing for photos and updates from the race track on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing.

To learn more about KMC Wheels, please visit: www.KMCwheels.com.

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Germain Racing Media Contact: Lori Smith, lsmith@germainracing13.com

 


Aug 20
2014

Seminole Pride (TM) Noble (R) Juice Brand on No. 13 GEICO Chevy at Bristol

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Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., Together with its Seminole Pride™ Noble® Juice Brand

To Be Associate Sponsor of No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS Driven by Casey Mears in Bristol Race

 

Mooresville, NC (August 20, 2014) – The Seminole Pride™ Noble® juice brand, which is majority owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., has signed on to be an associate sponsor of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by Casey Mears for Germain Racing at the upcoming Sprint Cup Series.  The NASCAR race is slated for Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. at 7:30 p.m.

 

The race marks the first time the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. has sponsored a car in a NASCAR race.  The Seminole Pride™ Noble® juice brand and its website, www.noblejuice.com, will appear on the trunk of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS during the Bristol race, which will be broadcast nationally on ABC television and PRN and Sirius/XM radio.

 

“Sponsoring major events, such as NASCAR, is a great way to reach consumers and educate them about our growing Seminole Pride™ brand and the Seminole Tribe of Florida,” said Tony Sanchez, President of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., the business development arm of the Tribe.  “We are proud to be associated with such a prestigious team like the Germain Racing No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS and driver Casey Mears. O.B. Osceola's involvement with the team gives the Tribe a special reason to celebrate the team's accomplishments.”

 

About the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., and Seminole Pride™ Noble® Juice

The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., partners with Florida families to manage the Seminole Pride™ brand, which includes beef, seafood, Noble® juice, and OWV® Natural Spring Water.  The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. and W.G. Roe & Sons have partnered to create fresh tasting, naturally pure and purely organic juices under the Seminole Pride™ Noble® brand.  The citrus is hand-picked from their own groves or partnering groves at the height of season to ensure that Seminole Pride™ Noble® is the purest, sweetest juice, with no added flavors, artificial colors, artificial ingredients or preservatives.

 

Germain Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, NC. For information on the team and team sponsors visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.

 

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Aug 19
2014

MEARS MUSCLES TO 17TH-PLACE FINISH AT MICHIGAN

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MEARS MUSCLES TO 17TH-PLACE FINISH AT MICHIGAN

 

Brooklyn, MI  (August 17, 2014) - What started out as a misty, damp and dreary morning finally gave way to sunshine in Michigan at the conclusion of Sunday's 200-lap Pure Michigan 400. Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS crew had worked together to put a setup under the car that they felt would work well in race conditions - it seems the efforts paid off.

 

In Friday's practice session and qualifying, crew chief Bootie Barker and Mears worked through a variety of adjustments, but the general consensus was that the car was tighter than Mears would like it to be. He posted 26th place times in both the opening practice and in qualifying.

 

Sunday's race was scheduled for a competition caution, but it proved a bit anti-climactic since the first yellow flag waved just five laps in after the 18 car slammed into the outside wall. When the time came for the competition caution at lap 22, the handling of the GEICO Chevy played well into Barker's race strategy. The car was a bit too loose for Mears, and Barker called for two tires and four rounds down on the track bar - an adjustment he'd discussed with the crew that morning. The field went back to green for one short lap at 25 and the team radio chatter took a chaotic then celebratory tone.

 

"We made it! And didn't lock up any tires," exclaimed Mears from 22nd position after spotter Ron Lewis had frantically guided him through a huge crash that unfolded in turn one on the restart. The melee sent nine to the garage or pits for repairs.

 

Mears was 19th when the field made a clean restart at lap 30 - only to have debris slow the field again after six laps of racing. The green flag run was a long enough run to let Mears build some feedback for Barker on the trackbar adjustment the crew had made under the competition caution.

 

"The car doesn't have enough rear grip. In traffic, it's just way too loose. The adjustment gave me about 75-percent of what I need," explained Mears.

 

During the second time in for service, Barker called for four tires and had the pit crew add a spring rubber in the left rear. Initially, the changes seemed to be opposite of the intended result, but after tire pressures built up, Mears said the handling came in. He logged his fastest lap of the race at lap 59, clocking a 37.131. That time would later be bested several times over, but it let the driver and crew know they were on the right path with the adjustments.

 

Just past 50 laps remaining, and about four laps shy of where Barker had hoped to pit, Mears radioed from 19th position that he thought he had a flat tire. The worries came along with a loud bang as if something hit the car, or broke off the car, and a subsequent vibration, Mears told Barker. The crew put on four tires at lap 154 and returned Mears to the track in 23rd place under the green flag.

 

"I don't know what the noise was that I heard," Mears told Barker after the GEICO Chevy seemed fine with the new tire set. Barker replied, nonchalantly, "You're crazy." Barker then discussed the handling of the racecar, plotting the remainder of the race.

 

The crazy, however, didn't seem to stop there. As the race rolled on, a series of cautions produced a restart at lap 174 that looked every bit like a green/white/checkered finish. The field was three and four cars wide and wrecking everywhere. Mears made it through, in 18th place, and, earned the Free Pass to get back on the lead lap.

 

From there, the GEICO Racing pit crew gave Mears his final set of tires, twice, because the first effort at lap 174 had such a bad vibration it had to be replaced while still under caution. The second set was installed at lap 176 in a blistering 12.39 seconds but Mears had to hustle the GEICO Chevy around the track for the restart at lap 178.

 

With 17 laps remaining, sun was still nowhere to be seen and spotter Lewis announced it was misting in turn four. No worries - the green flag waved at lap 183 and the field roared to life for a final green flag race to the finish. Mears finished the race in 17th place and with that collected the team's 13th top-20 finish of the 2014 season. He now sits tied with Kurt Busch for the 23rd position in the point standings.

 

"Good job on pit road today, boys. Way to get it done," said Barker to the crew as the checkered flag waved.

 

"The GEICO pit crew did a good job on pit road today and we were able to stay out of trouble with the GEICO Chevy. We made the car better throughout the race," said Mears. "What we learned today should be very useful for us in the future."

 

Right around the next left turn...it's the thrills and spills of Bristol Motor Speedway. The GEICO Chevy hits the track on Friday, August 22nd, at 11 a.m. ET for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, which will air live on FOX Sports 1. This is followed promptly by final practice at 1:30 p.m., also airing live on FOX Sports 1. Qualifying kicks off at 5:40 p.m. and airs on ESPN2 while Saturday night's race airs on ABC starting at 7:30 p.m. ET The Irwin Tools Night Race is 500 laps, 266.5 miles, and is also broadcast live on Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius/XM NASCAR radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about KMC Wheels, please visit: www.KMCwheels.com

 

 

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Contact: Lori Smith, Player Management International

Email: prlorismith@gmail.com  


Aug 13
2014

Michigan's Corrigan Back with GEICO Chevy Again at MIS

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Corrigan Propane Returns as Sponsor on GEICO Chevrolet SS Driven by Casey Mears

 

August 13, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is poised to return to Brooklyn, MI, Germain Racing’s No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS is ready to again share the Michigan International Speedway experience with local company Corrigan Propane. Corrigan Propane first sponsored Casey Mears and the No. 13 Germain Racing entry in June at MIS. Corrigan, headquartered in Brighton, MI, will again appear as an associate sponsor for this Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at MIS.

 

Corrigan Propane is the residential arm of a family of Corrigan companies that began in 1958 with a single service station and one tow truck. Today Corrigan 24-hour Towing, Corrigan Construction, Corrigan Lubricants, Corrigan Transportation, Corrigan Propane and Technical Environmental Services are all brands owned by Mike and Tim Corrigan. Corrigan’s five Michigan locations provide solutions for commercial and residential customers in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

 

In Michigan, Castrol Automotive & Heavy Duty Lubricants are authorized for sale only by Corrigan. The Corrigan sales team staff has had hundreds of hours of training to be able to assess customers’ needs so that they can provide innovative solutions that deliver profitability combined with the highest quality Castrol products and services available. This goes for all lines of Corrigan’s business, including Corrigan Propane.

 

Friday August 15th the GEICO Chevy SS featuring the Corrigan Propane logo will be on track for practice at noon ET with Qualifying at 4:40 PM on Fox Sports 1. Saturday fans can see Mears on track for practice at 8:30 AM and final practice at 11 AM on ESPN2. Sunday’s 200-lap, 400-mile race begins at 1:00 PM ET. Watch live on ESPN or tune your radio to your local MRN affiliate or Sirius/XM Channel 90.

 

Learn more about Corrigan Propane at www.CorriganOil.com.

 

It’s more than just oil. It’s liquid engineering. Learn more at Castrol.com

 

Germain Racing is on Twitter @GermainRacing or check GermainRacing.com for news.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com.  You can also follow GEICO Racing for photos and updates from the race track on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about KMC Wheels, please visit: www.KMCwheels.com

 

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Aug 11
2014

Watkins Glen Result Is Another Strong Road Course Showing for GEICO Chevy

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MEARS' STRONG RUN AT WATKINS GLEN RESULTS IN TOP 15 FINISH 

Watkins Glen, NY (August 10, 2014) - The Germain Racing team arrived in Watkins Glen, NY, fresh off of a busy week that saw them head straight to Atlanta for a two-day test just after posting a strong run at Pocono, where they finished 12th. Spirits were high when they unloaded the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for practice on Friday.

 

The weekend got off to a quick start when Mears ended the opening practice session 16th before improving to 14th in happy hour. In qualifying, he would tour the 2.45-mile upstate New York road course in an expeditious 69.273-seconds, placing him 22nd on Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting grid.

 

Ideal weather and packed grandstands watched on as the green flag got the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen underway on Sunday. Mears rolled off from the 22nd position, but made quick gains, moving up to 15thby lap 14. The No. 13 GEICO Chevy was strong all day and was scored as high a s 4th, but ran solidly in the top ten. Mears' heart rate escalated on lap 56 when he narrowly avoided the hard crashing cars of Ryan Newman and Michael McDowell. The incident resulted in an 80-minute red flag that saw track personnel rebuilding the safety barriers. When the race returned to green, Mears was in the fourth position, but a few laps later settled into ninth.

 

With just 17 laps remaining in the race, Mears' GEICO machine began to wheelhop as he entered the bus stop portion of the racetrack, sending him for a spin that caused the loss of valuable ground. Fortunately, he was able to immediately dive down pit road where the Germain Racing crew quickly refreshed his car with four tires and fuel and, most importantly, kept him on the lead lap. Mears returned to the racing surface in 27th and began hustling through the field and recapturing lost positions. When Denny Hamlin and Alex Kennedy got together with three to go, it left the race outcome in the hands of a green-white-checker finish. Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevy survived the wild final laps and crossed the finish line in the 15th position, accounting for the team's eighth top-15 finish of the 2014 season.  

 

"We had a solid day and it's nice to have two top-15 finishes in a row," Mears said. "Once we were able to get the brakes cooled down, it helped a lot. We also did a nice job of recovering from the spin and finding our way back to the front. I'm proud of everyone on this GEICO team for hanging in there and making good things happen. We've had two strong races in a row, so we hope to continue the roll at Michigan next week."

 

The next stop for Mears and the GEICO Racing team will be the Irish Hills of Michigan.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Michigan International Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, August 15th, at 12:00 PM (EDT). Qualifying will follow at 4:40 PM (EDT) and will air live on FoxSports1.

 

The Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 17th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about KMC Wheels, please visit: www.KMCwheels.com

 

- PMI -

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

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

Aug 06
2014

Castrol Premium Lube Express Associate Sponsor at The Glen

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Castrol Premium Lube Express on GEICO Chevrolet SS at The Glen

 

August 6, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at The Glen always brings a lot of excitement to the Finger Lakes region of New York. Along with the thrills comes the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by Casey Mears. The GEICO Chevy has turned in some great road course performances and this weekend at Watkins Glen International, Mears and the team are poised for another. Castrol Premium Lube Express will be featured on the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS as an associate sponsor and race fans at The Glen need not travel far to experience the liquid engineering of Castrol.

 

New York features several Castrol Premium Lube Express (CPLE) locations – the nearest one to the action at The Glen is just around the corner in Corning, NY. 

 

CPLE is Castrol’s top-tier branded quick lube program that leverages the strength of the Castrol brand and focuses on partnership between Castrol and its operators. Every Castrol Premium Lube Express is individually owned and operated, and they are all held to the highest standards of customer service. Customers at Castrol Premium Lube Express continue to return for a variety of reasons ranging from feeling Castrol is the best oil available for their car, to enjoying the professional, speedy service and friendly informative staff at the CPLE locations.

 

Over 100 years of Castrol marketing and technological leadership were combined with extensive research to ensure CPLE locations have the best tools and resources available. 

 

Here’s a lineup of the No. 13 GEICO Chevy’s schedule for the weekend at The Glen: Friday, August 8th, Practice on Fox Sports 1 from 12:30-2 p.m., Final Practice on Fox Sports 1 from 4:30-5:55 p.m., Saturday, August 9th, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying on ESPN2 at 11:40 a.m., and Sunday, August 10th, 90 laps/220.5 miles of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing in the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen on ESPN, MRN and Siriux/XM Ch. 90 at 1p.m..

 

Castrol Premium Lube Express.  Premium Brand.  Premium Partnership.  To learn more and find a location near you, visit www.castrolpremiumlube.com

 

It’s more than just oil. It’s liquid engineering. Learn more at Castrol.com

 

Germain Racing will feature live commentary via Twitter @GermainRacing or check in at GermainRacing.com for news and information on the team.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com.  You can also follow GEICO Racing for photos and updates from the race track on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about KMC Wheels, please visit: www.KMCwheels.com

 

 

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Aug 04
2014

12th for GEICO Chevy SS at Second Trip to Tricky Triangle

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NOTHING TRICKY ABOUT THE TRIANGLE FOR MEARS AT POCONO 

Germain Racing scores top-12 finish and jumps two positions in the point standings

 

Long Pond, PA (August 3, 2014) - As the second half of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season gets in full swing, Casey Mears and his GEICO Racing team pulled into Pocono looking to rebound from tough races in New Hampshire and Indianapolis. They proved that short-term memory is most effective as they turned their back on the past and reached for what was ahead when track activities got underway on Friday.

 

When the weekend's opening practice session came to a close, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS rested 24th on the board. They later matched that effort in qualifying when Mears paced the Tricky Triangle in just 50.26-seconds, at a speed of 179.069-miles per hour.

 

Rain threatened on race day, but never developed. When the green flag set the field underway on Sunday afternoon, Mears quickly charged from the 24th position, moving up ten spots to 14th by lap 12. The GEICO Chevy was in the top 5 before having to dive down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 44. Aside from a bad vibration that would later subside, and the narrow miss of crashing racecars, Mears' day was smooth and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet was strong all afternoon. When the checkered flag halted racing action at Pocono Raceway, Mears scored a 12th place finish, picking up 12 spots from his starting position and handing GEICO and Germain Racing their seventh top-15 finish of the 2014 season. Mears' effort also resulted in a two-position jump in the point standings, bumping him up to 24th as he departed Pocono.

 

"We had a solid day and everyone on the GEICO team did a nice job and Bootie (Barker, crew chief) made some good calls that put us in position to have a strong finish," Mears said after climbing from his GEICO machine. "After two bad races, this is exactly the type of finish we needed. We were strong all day and it felt good to run up front and be competitive. Hopefully, we can keep the momentum rolling at Watkins Glen next week. We appreciate the support of GEICO, KMC Wheels, Castrol and all of our partners."

 

Mears and the GEICO team will now travel to upstate New York for the season's final road course race. A year ago, the Germain Racing team exited Watkins Glen with a 12th place finish after starting 30th.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Watkins Glen International for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, August 8th, at 12:30 PM (EDT). Qualifying will follow on Saturday, August 9th, at 11:40 AM (EDT) and will air live on ESPN2.

 

The Cheez-It 355 at the Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 10th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about KMC Wheels, please visit: www.KMCwheels.com

 

- PMI -

 Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

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

Jul 29
2014

"CarSense" Along as Associate Sponsor for Pocono Race Again

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Philadelphia Area’s “CarSense” Rides Along on GEICO Chevrolet at Pocono Again

July 29, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – Earlier in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet featured Philadelphia-area car sales and service specialists, CarSense, as an associate sponsor on the race car driven by Casey Mears. In the back-to-back weekends of sponsorship of the GEICO Chevy, CarSense was part of two top-25 finishes, one at Dover and one at Pocono. CarSense returns to the No. 13 Germain Racing entry this weekend at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA for Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400.

CarSense has earned back-to-back “Top Place to Work” awards from Philly.com. The company proudly delivers liquid engineering in Castrol oil changes for car owners of all makes and models of vehicles, meanwhile CarSense makes the used car buying process easier for shoppers with features such as CarSense Certified and the CarSense Lifetime Engine Guarantee.

At CarSense, selling a used car is nearly as easy as buying one. Visit CarSense on the web at CarSense.com or at one of their five locations across Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The Pocono race weekend kicks off with opening practice at 11:00 AM ET on Friday, August 1st followed by qualifying at 3:40 PM. Saturday the 2nd the GEICO Chevy SS featuring the CarSense logo will be on track for practice sessions at 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM while Sunday’s 160-lap, 400-mile race is set to begin at 1:00 PM ET.

CarSense does things differently – the CarSense Way. Visit CarSense.com or Like CarSense on Facebook.com/CarSense.

It’s more than just oil. It’s liquid engineering. Learn more at Castrol.com.

Germain Racing will feature live commentary via Twitter @GermainRacing or check in at GermainRacing.com for news and information on the team.

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com.  You can also follow GEICO Racing for photos and updates from the race track on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing.

To learn more about KMC Wheels, please visit: www.KMCwheels.com.

 

 

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Jul 28
2014

Brickyard Race Recap

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MEARS PERSEVERES THROUGH CHALLENGING DAY IN INDIANAPOLIS

Casey Mears makes 400th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at the Brickyard

 

Indianapolis, IN (July 27, 2014) - Casey Mears and his GEICO team returned to action in Indianapolis after enjoying the last off-weekend of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Indianapolis Motor Speedway has always been a favorite of the Mears family for the obvious reasons, but for Casey in particular, as he held the track qualifying record for nine years before Ryan Newman beat his time in 2013. Given the history of the Mears family at the famed speedway, it only made sense that Casey's 400th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start would fall on Sunday at the Brickyard, a place where the Mears name is omnipresent. 

 

While the Germain Racing crew arrived for practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday refreshed and ready to get to work, they were taken aback when they found themselves behind the eight ball early in the weekend.

 

The result of the opening practice session was cause for concern after Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS sat 34th on the board at its conclusion. It was discovered that there was a problem with the ride height sensor, which left crew chief Bootie Barker and his engineering staff with inaccurate information. Despite the setback, Barker and his engineers managed to gain some control of the car and when qualifying rolled around, Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevy sped around the historic 2.5-mile oval in just 48.986-seconds, placing him 26th on the starting grid, a considerable improvement over practice.

 

Weather threatened the Indianapolis area on race day, but, aside from some intermittent light rain, Mother Nature did not play a role in Sunday's event. Mears rolled off of the starting grid in the 26th position, but immediately began losing positions in bulk and found himself in the 33rd position by lap two and just five laps later he bottomed out in 42nd. A splitter issue hindered Mears' progress early on, causing him to lose significant ground at the start of the race. The splitter was too high, aggravating the handling of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS. Mears welcomed the competition caution on lap 20 and quickly traveled down pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires, a tank of Sunoco Racing fuel and major adjustments. He restarted 41st when the race went back to green on lap 26.

 

Mears continued to battle his GEICO Chevy until halfway through the 160-lap race when the car seemed to come around and soothe the nerves of a frustrated driver. He had moved up to 31st and, after being two laps down to the leader, he had regained a lap to the field and now sat just a single lap removed from rejoining the lead lap cars. The sun would come out later, causing the car to experience a tight condition that would plague the team for much of the afternoon. While the 400-mile race started out as a challenge for the Germain Racing organization, Mears and his crew would persevere and salvage a 33rd place finish, which continues their run of races completed. The GEICO team has now taken the checkered flag at all 20 races in the 2014 season, an accomplishment in and of itself.

 

"We got behind early in the weekend when we had the issue with the ride height sensor, but recovered enough to qualify better than we practiced," Mears said. "It was frustrating today because somehow the splitter was too high when we started the race which made the No. 13 GEICO Chevy hard to handle. I lost a lot of positions, but fortunately the guys kept working hard and we were able to make up some ground later in the race. We're ready to put this one behind us and get to Pocono."

 

Mears and the GEICO team will visit Pocono for the second time this season when they arrive in Long Pond, PA, next week.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Pocono Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, August 1st, at 11:00 AM (EDT). Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT) and will air live on Fox Sports 1.

 

The GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 3rd, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

 

To learn more about KMC Wheels, please visit: www.KMCwheels.com

 

- PMI -


 Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Mobile: +1.317.903.0043

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

Jul 14
2014

Loudon July Post-race Recap

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CHALLENGES FACED, LESSONS LEARNED FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM AT LOUDON 

Loudon, NH (July 13, 2014) - Just a week removed from a memorable visit to Daytona that saw Casey Mears and the GEICO team depart the rain-soaked event with a top-5 finish, the team arrived in New Hampshire for the Camping World RV Sales 301. The weekend in Loudon, NH, would betray that of Daytona and leave Mears and Germain Racing ready for the upcoming off-week.

 

Beginning with the moment they unloaded the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS off of the hauler, the Germain Racing team found themselves challenged through three practices and a qualifying session. After dealing with a clutch issue and flat tire in the opening practice on Friday - which saw them end up 38th in practice - they ended the qualifying session in the 31st position, leaving Mears with a cumbersome workload on Sunday.

 

When the green flag turned the field loose for 318.46-miles of racing, Mears rolled off the grid 31st. He quickly picked up two positions and moved his GEICO Chevy into the 29th position on the opening lap. By lap 21, he was in the 19th position and ultimately ran as high as 17th before an issue with the car manifested itself later in the race.

 

On lap 108, Mears indicated that he might have a problem with the car, at which point crew chief Bootie Barker put the GEICO crew at the ready. While he continued to pedal along, Mears would be subsequently proven right when the caution flag was displayed for debris on lap 112. It was discove  red that the camber shim fell out of the right-front upper control arm. The issue would cause him to remain on pit road as the race returned to green on lap 119. Once he rejoined the field, Mears was 11 laps down to the leader, in the 40th position.

 

While the extended visit to pit road left the team out of contention, the Germain Racing engineering staff used the balance of the afternoon to gather data for their return visit to the 1-mile oval in September. Of note, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet began turning lap times comparable to cars in the top-20 as the race wore on. On lap 211, Mears reported that the car was better than it had been all day. When the checkered flag closed out 301-miles of racing, Mears and the GEICO team were credited with a 38th place finish.

 

"Really, the weekend as a whole was a challenge for us and it just seems like we struggled to get the GEICO Chevy right," Mears said. "I felt like we were getting better and then we had the control arm issue and that alleviated any hope of a strong finish. I'm really proud of the crew because they worked extremely hard this weekend and we never quit and even at the end of the race, we were much faster and showed a lot of progress. We took some good notes and we're excited to get back here in the fall."

 

Mears and the GEICO team will now enjoy the final off-week of the 2014 season before returning to action in Indianapolis.           

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, July 25th, at 11:35 AM (EDT). Qualifying will follow on Saturday, July 26th, at 2:10 PM (EDT).

 

The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, July 27th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT). The IMS Radio Network will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

 

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

 

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