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May 02
2016

GEICO 500 Race Report from GEICO Racing

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MEARS ENDS UP COLLATERAL DAMAGE AFTER TOP-5 RUN AT TALLADEGA 
Talladega, AL (May 1, 2016) - A restrictor-plate specialist of sorts, Casey Mears always eagerly anticipates the opportunity to race at Talladega Superspeedway. This weekend's GEICO 500 gave the Bakersfield, CA, native the opportunity to do just that. Coupled with Germain Racing's prowess at restrictor-plate facilities, Mears seemed poised for success when his sponsor's marquee weekend got underway on Friday.
 
Mears wasted little time settling in at the legendary superspeedway and by the time the weekend's first practice session came to a close, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was sitting seventh on the speed chart. Qualifying followed suit, as Mears zipped around the high-banked tri-oval in just 50.196-seconds, at a speed of 190.772-miles per hour. A heavy wind picked up on the backstretch during his qualifying run, thwarting an otherwise top-10 qualifying effort and placing him 20th on Sunday's GEICO 500 starting grid. Cars that immediately followed Mears during the qualifying session would also fall victim to the conditions and find themselves far below Mears in the starting lineup, serving as further evidence of the strength and speed of the No. 13 GEICO Chevy heading into Sunday's event.
 
When the GEICO 500 went green at 12:02 PM local time on Sunday, Mears and his GEICO Chevy rolled off of the starting grid from the outside of row 10, in the 20th position. Just four laps into the 188-lap event, he reported a heavy vibration to crew chief Bootie Barker and quickly dropped out of the draft, freefalling to the 33rdposition. He relayed to Barker that it felt like a driveline or motor issue. However, just four laps later, Mears made a sudden charge to the front of the field, picking up 15 spots in a single lap and taking over the 18th position. While the vibration persisted, Mears did as well, making quick work of the field and landing in the 8th position by lap 15.
 
Mears ran solidly in the top-10 before lap 29 saw him break into the top-5 and take over the fourth position. His ascent up the scoring tower continued, as he moved the GEICO Chevy into third on lap 37, inching closer to the lead. Mears' afternoon was going as planned until lap 59 when Michael Waltrip went down onto the apron and then shot back up onto the racetrack making contact with Mears and sending the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS into the outside wall. The incident caused heavy damage and sent the Germain Racing team behind the wall for significant repairs.
 
Despite the carnage, the GEICO pit crew worked efficiently, made quick repairs and returned Mears to the race just 24 laps in arrears. He was scored in the 38th position, but continued to hustle around the 2.66-mile tri-oval in an attempt to recover positions. As the caution flags flew in what seemed like a demolition derby, Mears managed to recover three laps and five positions before crossing the finish line and recording a hard-fought 33rd place finish.
 
"We come out of this weekend with mixed emotions because the GEICO Chevy was solid and had a lot of speed and we were clearly running strong at the front of the field, but we got clipped by Michael (Waltrip) and ended up with a torn up racecar," Mears said in the garage after the race. "We were fast all weekend and definitely had a shot to win this thing, which is the silver lining, I guess. I was pleased with the crew and how fast they got the car fixed and got me back in the race. We hustled and were able to get some laps back and also pick up five positions. The guys on this GEICO team never quit and I appreciate their commitment and hard work." He continued, "We appreciate GEICO and their support of our sport. Few sponsors do as much as they do and they truly care about NASCAR and its fans. I'm proud to represent them and appreciate the opportunity to drive the No. 13 GEICO Chevy."
 
Germain Racing will now journey to the Sunflower State.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Kansas Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, May 6th, at 11:30 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET).
                                                     
The GoBowling 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, May 7th, and it will be televised live on FS1 beginning at 7:30 PM (ET). 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 Duracell, please visit: www.duracell.com
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
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Apr 25
2016

Richmond Spring Race Report - GEICO Chevrolet SS, Mears

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GERMAIN RACING DEPARTS RICHMOND WITH 29TH PLACE FINISH 
Richmond, VA (April 24, 2016) - Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team arrived in Richmond, VA, fresh off of two solid runs and a new sponsor announcement that saw Duracell climb aboard their No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for the 2016 season. While they looked to turn in another strong performance, Richmond International Raceway would put up resistance and send the team home with a 29th place finish.
 
"We struggled all day and just couldn't get the car where we needed it to be," Mears said. "It's been a tough year so far, but not from a lack of effort. We're hoping we can get it turned around next week at Talladega, where we've always been strong. It's also the GEICO 500, so everyone's excited to get there and get the No. 13 GEICO Chevy on-track."
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hit the track on Friday, but so did Mother Nature, causing the cancellation of qualifying after heavy rain blanketed the ¾-mile oval. Mears and his GEICO Chevy would be forced to start from the 25th position when the ninth race of the 2016 season went green on Sunday afternoon.
 
When the racing action got underway on Sunday, Mears quickly encountered a handling issue that would plague him for most of the afternoon. After going a lap down to the leaders, he would hustle throughout the day and work his way back onto the lead lap by lap 364. After a long day of racing, Mears and Germain Racing would be credited with a 29th place finish.
 
Mears and Germain Racing will now head to Talladega Superspeedway where they will take part in their sponsor's namesake race, the GEICO 500.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Talladega Superspeedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 29th, at 2:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow on Saturday, April 30th, at 12:30 PM (ET).
                                                     
The GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 1st, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). 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 Duracell, please visit: www.duracell.com
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -
Apr 21
2016

Duracell Joins as Associate Sponsor

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DURACELL TO POWER GERMAIN RACING IN THE 2016 SEASON 
Mooresville, NC (April 21, 2016) - Germain Racing is excited to announce that battery market leader Duracell has signed on to become an associate sponsor of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and driver Casey Mears in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Duracell will be a full-season associate sponsor and will appear on the car beginning this weekend at Richmond International Raceway.
 
"Duracell is a leader in their industry and we're excited to have them on-board and look forward to working with them to help build their brand through NASCAR," team owner Bob Germain said. "We've worked hard to develop our Sprint Cup Series program over the last eight years and adding a company like Duracell only serves to assist in our growth. We're also proud to have two Berkshire Hathaway companies as partners and I think it says a lot about the progress we've made. We appreciate the relationship with Duracell and are thankful for their support."
 
Germain Racing entered the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with a host of sponsorcommitments. Most notably was a three-year extension from primary sponsor GEICO that will see the Gecko on the hood of the No. 13 entry through at least the end of the 2018 season. Now, Duracell will ride along with Mears on the B-post of the GEICO Chevy and will appear on the decklid during the races where the GEICO Military livery adorns the racecar. GEICO and Duracell are both members of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. 
 
Duracell has a long history with the military and is looking to continue to build upon their relationship through their partnership with Germain Racing and GEICO Military. The trio will be hosting service members at the racetrack during race weekends, while also featuring the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS showcar at various military exchange and commissary locations. 
 
"Duracell is extremely excited about partnering with Germain Racing to raise awareness of the sacrifices our military men and women undergo on a daily basis. This is another great opportunity to bring honor to our country's soldiers," said Jeff Jarrett, SVP of Marketing for Duracell. "Our history is rooted in the military - providing batteries that powered walkie-talkie's used in military operations during WWII. Just as then, Duracell is trusted to deliver long-lasting power when needed most."
"Adding Duracell as a sponsor is exciting news and the opportunity to deepen our work with the military is something we all look forward to," said Mears, who drove a National Guard Chevrolet to victory lane at the Coca-Cola 600 in 2007. "Duracell is the most recognized and trusted battery brand by consumers and I'm honored to be able to represent them on the racetrack." 
 
About Duracell
 
Started in the 1920's, the Duracell brand and company was recently acquired by the Berkshire Hathaway Company (NYSE-BRK) and has grown to be the leader in the single-use battery market in North America.  Its iconic brand is known the world over. Our products are trusted in the devices that keep people connected, protect their families, entertain them, and simplify their increasingly mobile lifestyles. Berkshire Hathaway is a $210B holding company owning subsidiaries that engage in diverse business activities. Visit www.duracell.com for more information; follow us on Twitter.com/Duracell and like us on Facebook.com/Duracell. 
Germain Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, NC. For information on the team and team sponsors, please visit www.GermainRacing.com or follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.
 
- PMI -
Apr 18
2016

Bristol Spring Race Recap - GEICO Chevrolet SS, Mears

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MEARS 24TH AT BRISTOL DESPITE DAMAGE FROM LATE-RACE CONTACT
 
BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 17, 2016) - Bristol Motor Speedway, proclaimed as the World's Fastest Half-Mile, is a short-track that drivers either love or love to hate, as the high banks can cause havoc and tempers to flare at a moment's notice. As the Sprint Cup Series entered the race weekend in the Tennessee Mountains, Casey Mears and his Germain Racing team were optimistic.
 
After consistently running inside the top-20 for the first half of the 500-lap race, Mears received contact from a fellow competitor on lap 340, sending the GEICO Chevrolet spinning down the embankment, where he made a masterful save and avoided oncoming racecars. Despite the unseen damage underneath the car hindering the handling in the final stages, Mears crossed the finish line in the 24th position.
 
"We battled really hard today," said Mears after the 500-lap race. "I felt our GEICO Chevrolet was pretty good all weekend leading up to the race and then especially on that first run. It's frustrating because we deserved a better finish but after that spin, something was off with the car; whether it was the tow or another issue, we will figure it out once we are back at the shop. We never gave up though which is a credit to this team. I'm looking forward to hitting the track in Richmond."
 
Mears qualified in the 16th position and quickly moved the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet up three spots into 13th-place within the opening 15 laps on Sunday afternoon. As the first caution flew on lap 53, Mears found himself in the 12th position. The Bakersfield, California native would consistently run inside the top-15 for the initial 95 laps.
 
The handling began to fade by lap 117, when Mears radioed the car was "bouncing like a pogo stick" while still running directly outside the top-20. With the ability to play strategy on pit road, crew chief Bootie Barker called his driver to pit road for left side tires only, allowing Mears to restart 13th on lap 194. The strategic call allowed Mears to stay inside the top-20, although tightening up the handling on the GEICO machine.
 
Misfortune arrived on lap 340, as Mears received contact from another competitor, sending the GEICO Chevrolet spinning down the 24-degree embankment. However, the veteran driver made a dirt-tracking slide save to forego making contact with the walls or fellow cars. "I'm glad we aren't torn up too bad and still have time to get back up there," radioed Mears before returning to racing action from the 27th position. Despite not seeing any cosmetic damage, Mears felt something off underneath the car as the subsequent green flag run continued. The Germain Racing team battled through the final 100 laps and Mears was able to cross the finish line just behind his close friend Jimmie Johnson, in the 24th position.
 
The Sprint Cup Series now heads to Richmond International Raceway in Virginia for another short track racing event. Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track on Friday, April 22nd for opening practice at 11:00AM ET. Qualifying will follow at 4:15PM ET.
 
The 400-lap race will take place on Sunday, April 24th, with FOX carrying live television coverage beginning at 1PM ET. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio channel 90 will also have the live radio broadcast.
 
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 Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
-PMI-

Apr 10
2016

Texas Spring Race Recap - GEICO Chevrolet, Mears

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM BOUNCE BACK WITH STRONG TEXAS RUN 
Fort Worth, TX (April 9, 2016) - After struggling through Martinsville a week ago, Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team aimed to right the course with a strong weekend in Texas. While practice and qualifying proved frustrating, crew chief Bootie Barker and his crew set a strategy for Saturday night's race and when all was said and done, the GEICO team had a solid night and departed the Lone Star State with a 23rd place finish.
 
"It was a solid result; the kind of race we needed to get things going in the right direction. The pit crew was on it tonight and they did a nice job of getting me on and off of pit road quickly," Mears said. "You're going to have struggles in this sport, but this GEICO team proves time and time again how resilient they are and we always seem to rise up and bounce back whenever we're faced with challenges. I'm proud of everyone on the team and we're excited to get to Bristol next week."
 
Rain delayed the start of the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway by nearly two-hours, but when the green flag turned the field loose late Saturday night, Mears made immediate progress and began collecting positions. After qualifying 32nd, he quickly moved the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS into the 27thposition before penetrating the top-25 on lap 38. Mears would run as high as 18th and the Germain Racing pit crew was efficient in their effort on pit road, routinely executing pit stops in the 11-second range.
 
When the dust settled after a long night of racing, Mears and the Gecko took the checkered flag in the 23rd position and were back on solid ground when they exited the garage in the early morning hours on Sunday. The Germain Racing team left the track four positions better than they did a year ago when they finished 27th.
 
The GEICO team will now head to Bristol, TN, for some close-quarters racing action at the World's Fastest Half-Mile.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Bristol Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 15th, at 11:00 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:15 PM (ET).
                                                     
The Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 17th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) 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 Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
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Apr 05
2016

Martinsville Spring Race Recap - GEICO Chevrolet, Mears

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MEARS RELEGATED TO A 31ST PLACE FINISH AT MARTINSVILLE 
RIDGEWAY, Va. (April 4, 2016) - After a three-week stint on the west coast and a well-deserved weekend off, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned to the east coast and short track racing action at the historic Martinsville Speedway. Casey Mears and Germain Racing had high hopes of building off their solid performance in California; however a late-race green flag pit stop for a loose wheel would leave the GEICO team with a 31st-place finish.
 
"Today was frustrating to say the least," said Mears after the 500-lap race. "Our GEICO Chevrolet was strong most of the weekend and into the first run of the race. But once we got shuffled out of position and got back in the field, the car became way too loose and wouldn't drive off the corner. This team battled hard all race long but we have a lot of work to do from pit road to handling. We will just learn from this one and move on Texas. The great part about this sport is there is always next week to turn it around."
 
After advancing to the second round in qualifying on Friday, Mears was fast enough to nab the 18thstarting position for Sunday's STP 500.
 
When the race went green, Mears quickly had the GEICO Chevrolet inside the top-15 within the opening five laps on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately on lap 25, the Bakersfield, California native was shuffled to the outside lane and freight-trained by the bottom single-file line of competitors. Over the course of 20 laps, Mears fell from the 14th position to 33rd-place, while also fighting a loose handling condition with no drive off the corner, hindering his ability to gain maximum speed on the straightaway.
 
As the first caution flew on lap 92, crew chief Bootie Barker called his driver to pit road for fresh tires, fuel, wedge and air pressure adjustments. A loose right front wheel forced Mears back to pit road before returning to racing action.
 
Mears reassured his GEICO team each set of adjustments was improving the handling, but with uncharacteristically few cautions at the .526-mile paperclip shaped track, the veteran had to battle hard for a spot back inside the top-25, which he achieved by lap 312. With less than 50 laps remaining, what had been a turbulent outing looked to turn into a solid finish. However, on lap 480, another right-front loose wheel forced Mears to pit road under green flag conditions for right-side tires, relegating the team to a 31st-place finish.
 
The Sprint Cup Series now heads to the Lone Star State for night racing in Fort Worth, Texas. Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway on Thursday, April 7th for opening practice at 5:30PM ET. Qualifying will take place a day later at 2:45PM ET.
 
The Duck Commander 500 will take place on Saturday, April 9th, with FOX carrying live television coverage beginning at 6PM CT. The Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio channel 90 will also have the live radio broadcast.
 
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 Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
-PMI-
Mar 21
2016

California GEICO Racing Race Report 2016

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM BACK ON TRACK WITH 17TH PLACE FINISH AT FONTANA
Fontana, CA (March 20, 2016) - The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series arrived in Fontana, CA, this weekend for their third and final installment of March's west coast swing. It was a homecoming of sorts for Casey Mears, who hails from Bakersfield, CA, which sits approximately 150-miles away.
 
Racing in his backyard is a favorite of the GEICO driver and his effort in practice indicated so. Mears hustled the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS around the 2-mile D-shaped oval fast enough to end up 8th on the board when the weekend's opening practice session came to a close. He later qualified 23rd after touring the facility in just 38.757-seconds, at a speed of 185.773-miles per hour. Saturday saw Mears and the GEICO Chevy in the top-10 in the morning practice session, where they finishedup ninth quick.
 
On Sunday, Mears started the race from the 23rdposition. After dropping to 27th on the third lap, he quickly rebounded and soon had the No. 13 GEICO Chevy back in the top-20. A frightening moment occurred during the lap 120 caution, when the crew found themselves face-to-face with fire after a hot lugnut made contact with gasoline, causing flames to erupt on the left rear of the racecar. It was extinguished quickly and no one was injured. Shortly after his dance with fire, Mears went on a tear with 56-laps to go in the 200-lap event that saw him charge up to 11th place before tires got the best of him as the race wound down. The race would extend into overtime after a yellow flag was displayed with just two laps remaining in the advertised distance. On the final restart of the day, Mears took off from 21st, but collected four positions in the final two laps of the overtime finish to take the checkered flag in the 17th position.
 
Atop Mears' pit wagon during the race was the unified middleweight champion, and pound-for-pound best boxer in the world, Gennady Golovkin, a fighter whose spirit matches that of the Germain Racing team.
 
"The GEICO Chevy was fast today and it really took off there in the last 50 or so laps. It was fun to drive through the field and get to the front," Mears said. "The tire fall-off was huge, so about 18-laps into a run I found myself sliding all over the place. My focus today was to keep the car off of the wall because a lot of guys were hitting the outside wall and I knew if I could avoid that, we would be competitive. The guys did a nice job on pit road today and it feels good to have a solid finish after a tough couple of weeks in Vegas and Phoenix." He added, "It was great having Gennady (Golovkin) on the pit wagon and supporting us during the race today. Our team always fights really hard and it was nice having a guy there who is a champion and has that same type of toughness. He's a great guy and we appreciate his support."
 
After three weeks of touring the west coast, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will enjoy a week off before returning to action in Martinsville, VA.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Martinsville Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 1st, at 11:00 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:15 PM (ET).
                                                     
The STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 3rd, and it will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). 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 Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
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Mar 14
2016

Phoenix Race Recap - Mears, GEICO Chevrolet SS

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MEARS' PHOENIX RUN TRIPPED UP BY MELTED MASTER SWITCH 
Avondale, AZ (March 13, 2016) - As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series continued its west coast swing, Casey Mears and Germain Racing entered Phoenix International Raceway looking to get back on-track after a challenging visit to Las Vegas. Unfortunately, a faulty master switch would melt and leave Germain Racing with a 35th place finish in the valley of the sun.
 
"We had a tough weekend and this year has not gotten off to the start that we would've liked. We've had a lot of speed, but just need to put a whole race together," Mears said. "Everyone on this GEICO team is working hard and I feel certain we will break through, but we need to keep pushing and working hard and we'll be fine. We can get it back in Fontana, it's just hard to swallow right now."
 
Mears qualified 25th on Friday and when the race went green on Sunday afternoon, he looked to move the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS forward through the field. After celebrating his birthday a day earlier, the Bakersfield, CA, native stood hard on the gas, as he attempted to gain ground while battling a handling condition. While Mears persevered initially, a faulty master switch would later betray him after he reported on lap 127 that his GEICO Chevy had lost power. He was able to get the car re-fired, but just four laps later, he again lost power and found himself scrambling down pit road.
 
After an attempt to fix the issue in the pit stall, the team would be forced to pull behind the wall on lap 154. The Germain pit crew worked feverishly to repair the car and even Mears would assist, as he held tools while car chief Billy Plourde climbed through the passenger-side window to install a new switch. The team acted quickly and Mears rejoined the field on lap 169, where he was scored 37 laps in arrears, in the 37th position. The GEICO team continued to work hard and managed to gather two positions before the checkered flag closed out the racing action at Phoenix International Raceway.
 
NASCAR's west coast tour continues and the No. 13 Germain Racing team will next pay a visit to southern California. The 2-mile D-shaped oval in Fontana sits just 150-miles removed from Mears' hometown of Bakersfield, CA.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track in Fontana, CA, for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 18th, at 1:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 7:45 PM (ET).
                                                     
The Fontana NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 20th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:30 PM (ET). 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 Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
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Mar 07
2016

Vegas Wild Times Not What One Would Expect

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RESILIENCE KEY IN MEARS' 23RD PLACE LAS VEGAS FINISH 
Las Vegas, NV (March 6, 2016) - Casey Mears and Germain Racing unloaded their No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS in Las Vegas a week after recording their best-ever result at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team has clearly made progress on intermediate racetracks and that trend would continue as practice got underway at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would be afforded a test session on Thursday prior to the start of the race weekend. Crew chief Bootie Barker and his team took full advantage, as they sharpened their pencils and took good notes. On Friday during qualifying, Mears advanced to the second round, hustling his GEICO Chevy around the high-speed racetrack in just 27.989-seconds, at a speed of 192.933-miles per hour, placing him 22nd on Sunday's Kobalt 400 starting grid.
 
Mears and his GEICO team wasted little time getting to work on Saturday morning , where they not only recorded the third fastest time in practice, but also ended up with the third fastest 10-lap average. Just a couple of hours later, Mears and his GEICO Chevy went on another tear around the fast 1.5-mile oval and sat at the top of the board, in the eighth position, when the weekend's final practice session concluded.
 
A series of different weather conditions were on-hand for Sunday's race. Heavy winds and rain provided a short delay before drivers climbed into their cars and headed out to the racing surface to battle door-to-door for 267-laps. Mother Nature would soon turn it into a chamber of commerce day before reverting to the heavy winds and rain as the race came to a close. Mears and the GEICO Chevy rolled off of the starting grid from the 22nd position, but made immediate progress, picking up four positions in the opening four laps before taking over 17th place on lap 11.
 
Mears was charging hard before the competition caution came on lap 31. Scored in the 18th position, he traveled down pit road, where his GEICO machine received four fresh tires and a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel. Unfortunately, he would lose three positions during the stop and restart the race from 21st when it returned to green on lap 35. At a facility where passing is at a premium, Mears did his best to recapture lost real estate and would work his way back into the top-20, in the 19th position, before the next round of pit stops. On lap 83, Mears brought the No. 13 GEICO Chevy to pit road for a scheduled green flag stop. The Germain Racing pit crew provided him with four tires and fuel and returned him to the racing surface in the 24th position. When the race returned to green, Mears would once again be forced to regain ground after losing five positions on pit road. This time, however, passing would become even more challenging and Mears struggled to pick up positions as the race wore on.
 
Problems would strike the team on pit road for a third time during a scheduled green flag stop on lap 143 when Mears' car wheel-hopped on entry to pit road, causing him to accidentally pass the GEICO pit stall and forcing him to travel down pit road at the pit road speed limit before coming around again and making it in for his service on lap 144. The crew sent him off with four new tires and fuel, but the team was left three laps down to the field.
 
Despite the setback, the GEICO crew and driver remained focused and talked calmly and intently about how to recover from the setbacks. Barker and Mears chatted confidently over the team's radio frequency about potential adjustments to the car, as well as a strategy for getting back on the lead lap.
 
While it seemed like a longshot to return to the lead lap, Barker continued to employ a strategy that saw Mears and the GEICO Chevy take multiple wavearounds, as well as a pit stop on lap 218, where the team gambled and took just two tires. Their resilience was rewarded and the team had Mears running in the free pass position by lap 223. While at one point it seemed unlikely that Mears would be able to return to the lead lap and chase a solid finish, with just 42 laps to go, the yellow flag waved, returning the GEICO Chevy to the lead lap and marking an improbable comeback by the Germain Racing team.
 
Their persistence paid off and after turning in two strong pit stops as the race wound down, team and driver had recovered and departed Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a lead lap, 23rd place finish, improving upon their effort a year ago when they ended the race three laps down and finished 25th.
 
"Obviously, we had a tough day on pit road, but we worked hard and never quit and were focused on getting back on the lead lap. When you're three laps down, it can seem overwhelming, but these guys never give up and the entire time we just kept talking strategy and how we were going to make it happen; there was never any negative talk," Mears said. "I can't thank everyone on this GEICO team enough for their hard work and persistence. We've always been resilient and today we showed the heart of Germain Racing. There were some negatives today, but there were way more positives that we'll take with us when we leave here and head to Phoenix. The GEICO Chevy was fast all weekend, just as it was in Atlanta last week, and you could see the speed in the car and the gains we're making on these intermediate tracks. We're focused on Phoenix and know we can go there and perform well. Adversity always shows you who you are and today we showed, once again, that we never quit and fight to the end, and it paid off. I'm proud of these guys."
 
The Mears Gang will continue their west coast swing when they head to Phoenix, AZ, next week.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 11th, at 12:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET).
                                                     
The Good Sam 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 13th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:30 PM (ET). 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 Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -

Feb 29
2016

Atlanta Low Down Force Package Yields P14 Finish for GEICO Chevy, Mears

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM TRIUMPH AT ATLANTA WITH TOP-15 FINISH
 
HAMPTON, Ga. (February 28, 2016) - With a new low down force package on display for the first mile and a half race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Racing team knew the race would come down to tire management. But no one on pit road expected the opening 211 laps to be caution free, forcing numerous green flag pit stops. Mears took care of his fresh rubber, while the Germain Racing pit crew turned in a strong day on pit road, combining for a solid afternoon that saw the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS cross the finish line in the 14th position.
 
When the race weekend got underway, the Germain Racing team got off to a quick start at a track that previously caused them headaches. On Friday evening, Mears qualified his GEICO Chevrolet in the 15th starting position after advancing to the second round and zipping around the 1.54-mile oval in just 29.156-seconds, at a rate of speed of 190.150-miles per hour. He provided an encore performance on Saturday by posting the eighth fastest time during final practice.
 
As the sun heated the Georgia intermediate track, Mears saw the green flag wave and quickly collected a position and moved to 14th before reporting to his Germain Racing team that the car was plowing tight in the center of the corners. The veteran driver continued to complete laps while crew chief Bootie Barker encouraged his driver to give the GEICO machine time to come around. Barker's advice rang true and Mears continued to run strong in his GEICO Chevy as the laps clicked off.
 
The first 211 laps were caution-free, forcing Mears to make five green flag pit stops before the first yellow flag was displayed for debris on the track. During this long stretch of racing, Barker never made any substantial handling adjustments to the GEICO Chevrolet, as Mears consistently clocked times faster than his competitors while running inside the top-20. As the field restarted on lap 218, only 11 cars remained on the lead lap, leaving Mears battling a handful of other cars for the lucky dog award.
 
With 40 laps remaining, Mears delivered the GEICO Chevy to his crew for the final pit stop of the afternoon and soon after reported to his team that he felt a vibration inside the cockpit. "You're doing good man, just hang on to it until the end," encouraged Barker. The veteran driver did just that as he ran solidly in the 16thposition, but he collected two spots on the final lap to bring home a 14th place finish and record the team's best-ever result at the fast, high-banked oval. This is also Mears' best finish at Atlanta since 2008, when he piloted the No. 5 entry for Hendrick Motorsports.
 
"The GEICO Racing team worked hard all weekend and we were rewarded with a solid finish today," said Mears after the race. "I didn't think we would go caution-free for as long as we did in the beginning, but our car was actually pretty good during that stretch. The clean air during the stops helped our car stay loose with the air on the nose. Once we had to restart in the traffic, the car would get tight. But overall, this is a great way to start the season and hopefully we continue to build off this."
 
After a tire came apart and ruined his day in Daytona and left him 31st in the point standings, Mears rebounded well in Atlanta and jumped eight spots to now rest in the 23rd position.
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will now head to the west coast for three weeks of racing action, beginning with the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 6th.
 
Prior to the race weekend getting underway, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be afforded a test session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday from noon - 6 PM (ET).
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 4th, at 1:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 7:45 PM (ET).
                                                     
The Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 6th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:30 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) 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 Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -