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Feb 19
2016

Big Performance in Can AM Duel Shows GEICO Chevrolet SS Strength at Daytona

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COMMAND PERFORMANCE BY MEARS IN THE DUEL 150'S DERAILED BY EMPTY FUEL TANK 
Daytona Beach, FL (February 18, 2016) - Heading into the 2016 season, Casey Mears sits second in points in the last five Daytona races; a considerable achievement for any organization, especially a single-car team such as Germain Racing. The GEICO team has once again started off Daytona Speedweeks in quick fashion. After scoring a top-5 finish in the Sprint Unlimited on Saturday night, Mears turned around on Sunday and outhustled the majority of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field to end up 13th in Daytona 500 qualifying. Wednesday saw Mears' trend of speed continue when the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS shot to the top of the board where it finished up practice in the fifth position.
 
The Can-Am Duel 150's would offer the Bakersfield native the opportunity to keep his momentum rolling. Starting from the 6th position in Duel number two, Mears and his GEICO Chevy aimed to notch a strong starting position in Sunday's Daytona 500. A year ago, Mears was relegated to a 41stplace starting spot after an engine gave way early in the opening Duel 150. Despite starting at the rear of the field, the GEICO driver rallied to a 6th place finish in the Great American Race.
 
When Can-Am Duel number two got underway at the World Center of Racing on Thursday night, Mears and his GEICO Chevy started the event from the sixth position. From the moment he took the green flag, it all seemed elementary to Mears, as he quickly collected two spots and jumped to fourth on the second of 60 laps. The front cars began to break away in a single-file formation and the No. 13 GEICO Chevy would continue to run solidly in the fourth position, even through a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 38. When Mears brought his GEICO Chevy to the attention of the Germain Racing crew for a fuel-only stop, they promptly returned Mears to the racing surface, allowing him to retain his spot in the running order where he continued to hold the fourth position.
 
As the laps wound down, drivers became antsy and the ever alert Mears took full advantage when he rocketed by Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth to take over the second position behind Kyle Busch with just five laps remaining. Challenging for the lead, the GEICO driver seemed poised to collect a win on Thursday. Unfortunately, with just under two laps to go in the event, Mears fell off the pace when his fuel tank ran dry, leaving him 17th on the scoring tower, but also allowing him to avoid a massive last lap crash that sent a handful of drivers to back-up cars for the Daytona 500.
 
On Sunday, when the drivers take to the starting grid for the 58th annual running of the Daytona 500, Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will begin their 200-lap journey on the outside of row 16, in the 32nd position.
 
"The Daytona 500 will be good. The GEICO Chevy is fast; the car is right, so we will be strong, but I really wanted to win this thing tonight," Mears said in the garage after the race. "These guys at Germain Racing have done a great job getting this car ready for the Daytona 500 and we have had a lot of speed since we got here. I'm proud of our team and all of the hard work they put in to make sure we were in a position to be able to win the race when we got to the track. It was fun to run up front all night and we definitely had a chance to win this thing. I guess the silver lining is that we avoided that big crash at the end and will be able to use our primary car, which has been a rocket this week. Our guys are resilient and we're already thinking about Sunday. We are here to win the Daytona 500 and that's what we are focused on right now."
                                                     
The Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, February 21st, 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 Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -

Feb 15
2016

Mears Earns P13 in Daytona 500 Time Trials Sunday

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SWEET DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING RUN FOR MEARS ON VALENTINE'S DAY 
Daytona Beach, FL (February 14, 2016) - In last night's Sprint Unlimited, Casey Mears was quick on the track and skillful in the closing laps, which ultimately resulted in a top-5 finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' season-opening event. He woke up this morning and turned his attention to Daytona 500 qualifying. All along pit road and across media channels, one could hear the chatter about Mears' skillful talent for navigating restrictor-plate tracks. Today's qualifying session also proved that the GEICO driver is pretty fast in single car runs, as well.
 
With 44 entries in the Daytona 500, Mears would be the 33rd car to take to the high-banked tri-oval to throw his hat in the ring for this year's Great American Race. He charged out of the gate and after laying down a brisk lap of 46.332-seconds, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS sat an impressive 13th on the scoring tower when the session was complete.
 
When the Can-Am Duel 150 qualifying races get underway at the World Center of Racing on Thursday, February 18th, Mears and his GEICO Chevy will start from the sixth position. These races will decide the official starting lineup for the 58th running of the Daytona 500.
 
"It was great to have some speed out there today and 13 is a strong number; it has been good for us. I'm real proud of the guys because they put a lot of work into this race and we wanted to show our speed," Mears said. "It's a great opportunity to show what a team is made out of and I think everyone paid a lot of attention to detail and the work that the GEICO guys did was awesome. To be running in the groups that we're running with here, the guys are doing a really good job back at the shop. We built our own body in-house at Germain Racing with a lot of information from RCR; but the fact that we're able to repeat that and get that close is a testament to how hard those guys work. I appreciate everything they do. Last night was a great time and obviously we've got some speed, so I'm looking forward to the 500."
 
While the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will enjoy a two-day break before returning to the track for practice on Wednesday, Mears' schedule is full. He will make an appearance at a GEICO regional office on Monday before taking part in Daytona 500 Media Day on Tuesday.
 
The Can-Am Duel 150 qualifying races will be held on Thursday, February 18th, beginning at 7 PM (ET). They will be televised live on FoxSports1.
                                                     
The Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, February 21st, 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 Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -
Feb 14
2016

Mears Scores Fifth Place Finish in Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

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MEARS PLAYS ROLE OF MR. EXCITEMENT, COLLECTING A TOP-5 FINISH AT SPRINT UNLIMITED 
Daytona Beach, FL (February 13, 2016) - Casey Mears and Germain Racing are coming off of their best season since entering the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2009. The winter was productive for the GEICO team, as evidenced by the speed they have exhibited in the opening days of 2016 Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS finished fourth in last year's Sprint Unlimited and aimed to top that effort as they took to the starting grid for last night's season-opening 75-lap shootout.  
 
Starting sixth, Mears and his GEICO Chevy quickly jumped to fourth when the green flag got the 2016 season underway. He seemed to run effortlessly at the front of the pack for most of the night. Only once did he find himself descending through the field and that came on lap 35 when he was caught on the bottom and shuffled back to the 19th position. He recovered quickly and pedaled his way back up to the eighth position with 35 laps to go in the event.
 
On lap 43, Mears and his best friend Jimmie Johnson got even closer after Johnson's No. 48 car made contact with the GEICO Chevy, bringing out the yellow and forcing Mears to make a brilliant save, as he traveled nearly sideways down the racetrack. Having sustained damage from the incident, the No. 13 machine visited pit road for tires, fuel and the opportunity to survey the affects of the contact. The Germain Racing crew quickly returned Mears to the racing surface where he reported that his Chevy SS felt out of balance. The car may have been out of balance, but Mears was not. When the race returned to green on lap 48, the Bakersfield, CA, native was forced to restart from the 16th position, but just four laps later was up to eighth, appearing to be unfazed by the damage to his car.
 
With 20 laps left to be contested, Mears took over the sixth position and remained there until the race took an unfavorable turn for Germain Racing with just two laps to go. Racecars began colliding around Mears and he sustained heavy damage to the splitter of his GEICO Chevrolet SS. Once hopeful for the win, he now found himself on the outside looking in. He quickly delivered his GEICO machine to the attention of a ready and waiting pit crew that paid prompt attention to the damage. They would pit a total of three times before returning to the track and restarting from the rear of the field as the Sprint Unlimited headed into overtime.
 
When the green flag restarted the race for the final time, Mears quickly began to charge around the 2.5-mile high-speed tri-oval looking to recover lost ground. He was also hoping the heavy splitter damage to his GEICO Chevy would not prohibit him from turning in the corners. The Germain Racing pit crew made perfect repairs, allowing Mears to regain real estate and make a mad dash to the front. Mears exercised his restrictor-plate racing prowess when in the final laps, he managed to pick his way through the field and hustle to a fifth place finish, marking an improbable comeback that converted tragedy to triumph. For the second consecutive year, Mears and the GEICO Racing team scored a top-5 finish to kick off their season.
 
"I'm so proud of the team and all of the hard work they put in over the winter to make sure we were ready for this season. Germain Racing is as prepared as we've ever been and it showed here tonight when we were able to remain calm, get the car fixed and have a chance to make a run there at the end," a visibly happy Mears reported after climbing from his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS. "It's a great way to start the year. So much of the credit goes to our general manager Larry Rogers, Bootie Barker (crew chief) and everyone on the team that made it a point to work on the little things in the off-season and make sure we were moving to the next level; that we were ready for whatever may come our way. I'm happy for GEICO, Bob Germain, everyone on the team and all of our sponsorship partners. Now, we're focused on Daytona 500 qualifying and having a strong run at the Duels and the 500 itself."
 
The Germain Racing crew will get very little shut-eye before returning to the historic racing facility, where Daytona 500 qualifying will commence on Sunday at 1:15 PM (ET), live on FOX.
 
The Can-Am Duel 150 qualifying races will be held on Thursday, February 18th, beginning at 7 PM (ET). They will be televised live on FoxSports1.
                                                     
The Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, February 21st, 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 Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -
Feb 11
2016

Sprint Unlimited is Season Opener for GEICO Chevrolet SS, Mears

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GEICO Chevy Driver Casey Mears Ready to Knock Cobwebs Off and Get Racing in Sprint Unlimited

Germain Racing Finished 4th in Team’s First Unlimited in 2015

Mooresville, NC (February 11, 2016) – Germain Racing will enter the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS in Saturday night’s 75-lap Sprint Unlimited. Driver Casey Mears wheeled the GEICO Chevy to a fourth-place finish last February in the team’s first-ever appearance in the pre-season, exhibition race. He is looking forward to running the 187.5-mile race again this year.

"Racing in the Sprint Unlimited - it is nice to get to go through some of the motions of coming down pit road and letting the guys jump over the wall in a live race situation before the big Daytona 500 weekend,” Mears explained.

This year’s Unlimited provides the GEICO Chevy team with another technical advantage.

“We are running the new digital dashboard for the first time in the GEICO Chevrolet SS and it will be nice to work though some of that. The Unlimited is a great way to start the season! With no testing in the off season it's great to knock the cobwebs off and get a feel for what we will need in the 500,” said Mears who will be making his fourth Sprint Cup Series career start in the Sprint Unlimited.

As it did last year, chassis 387 will serve as the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS for Mears. The car was formerly the primary chassis for superspeedway races before being moved to the Sprint Unlimited duties in 2015.

Crew chief Bootie Barker is looking forward to racing in the Sprint Unlimited again this year. He agrees with Mears – it’s a great way to shake the dust off. “It is a good experience to be part of the Sprint Unlimited. Drivers and crew get a chance to get into the groove after the off-season.”

The No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS, as part of the Sprint Unlimited field, is on track twice on Friday the 12th for practice sessions at 5 and 6:30 PM ET. Both sessions will air on FoxSports1, with Saturday night’s race going live at 8:00 PM ET on FOX. MRN and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Ch. 90 will carry the live radio broadcast of the event.

Daytona 500 practice begins on Saturday morning at 10:30 AM and again at 1:30 PM (aired on FS1) in preparation for Sunday’s 1:15 PM qualifying which airs on FOX.

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

For team information follow @GermainRacing on Twitter or Facebook.com/GermainRacing.

Track updates can be found on Twitter @DISUpdates or on the web at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.

 

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Nov 23
2015

2015 Season Finale - Homestead Race Report

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MEARS ENDS UP AS COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN SEASON FINALE AT HOMESTEAD
 
Homestead, FL (November 22, 2015) - When the season finale rolled around in Homestead, FL, Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team were about to conclude their most successful year as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. Impending weather threatened for the second consecutive week, but Mears was able to get the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS on track for practice and qualifying.
 
Mears was 25th in the opening practice session and ended up a deceiving 27th in qualifying after a fellow competitor thwarted an otherwise strong qualifying run. Saturday saw Germain Racing show their real strength when Mears quickly hustled around the 1.5-mile oval and land 14th on the board in the final practice session of the 2015 season. Both team and driver eagerly anticipated Sunday's green flag.
 
Inclement weather set in on Sunday afternoon, which would find the Sprint Cup Series in its second rain delay in as many weeks. Unlike Phoenix, however, the rain cleared quickly and after track drying was complete, Mears buckled into his GEICO Chevy on the starting grid, where cars got rolling with only a minimal delay.
 
When the green flag turned the field loose for the final time this year, Mears rolled off from the 27thposition and almost instantly found himself going head-to-head with a loose condition. It is rare that such a problem would wreak havoc so early, so when Mears noticed that his trackbar was all the way up at 14, he knew something was awry. He noticed his display going in and out and that his trackbar was stuck and by lap seven, Mears had dropped to 31stand his display was gone completely. Fortunately, the first caution flag of the day waved on lap 13, allowing him the opportunity to bring his GEICO Chevy down pit road. The Germain Racing pit crew attempted to rectify the problem by making a manual trackbar adjustment, but it wouldn't budge and it was determined that the problem was the trackbar motor.
 
When the race returned to green on lap 18, Mears would be forced to start from the 41st position after the lengthy pit stop under yellow to work on the car. He had worked his way up to 35th by lap 21, when he informed crew chief Bootie Barker that the trackbar worked momentarily and he was able to get it down to 11 before it quit working again. The change helped and Mears immediately began charging forward, collecting 14 positions in 12 laps, moving into the 27th position by lap 30. "It feels like I'm on ice," Mears said, while passing cars and continuing his ascent up the scoring tower. He had worked his way up to 19th by lap 44, but two laps later, the tides would turn.
 
On lap 46, a handful of racecars began making contact, leaving spotter Ron Lewis to help Mears navigate the carnage and smoke present as sheet metal flew. His efforts were successful and Mears was able to clear the incident before a fellow competitor came out of nowhere to make contact with the rear of the No. 13 GEICO Chevy. The result was a hard hit for Mears and heavy damage to the racecar. He was able to drive away slowly, allowing him to pull into the garage where the Germain Racing team went to work repairing the significant damage in hopes of returning Mears to the race.
 
The GEICO team was expeditious in their efforts and, despite the severe damage to the No. 13 Chevy, Mears was able to rejoin the field on lap 150, where he was scored in the 43rd position. After collecting as many points as possible and moving up to 42nd place, Mears delivered his badly damaged racecar to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage on lap 210 of 267, closing out a tough evening of racing. While Mears' race ended prematurely, it did not spoil the fact that the Germain Racing team turned in a solid season that saw them record their best year since entering the Sprint Cup Series in 2009.
 
With GEICO and Mears both extended for at least the next three seasons, Germain Racing is excited about the prospects, as this week will find them back at the shop working on the 2016 cars.
 
"Tonight was tough because once I was able to get the trackbar down to 11, I was able to pass cars and make up ground," Mears said. "The GEICO Chevy was strong and it's a shame we got taken out like that. I'm so proud of the guys on this team; they always work hard and never quit. They could've easily packed up the car when I came to the garage, but they were committed to getting it back on the track. We have a great group of people and we're all excited about 2016. I just can't thank GEICO and our team owner Bob Germain enough for all of their support."
 
The next item circled on the Germain Racing calendar is their trip to Daytona in February. The Daytona 500 is on Sunday, February 21, 2016.
 
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 -

Nov 17
2015

Fall Phoenix Race Report - GEICO Military Chevy, Casey Mears

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RAIN-SHORTENED PHOENIX LEAVES MEARS WITH 22ND PLACE FINISH
 
Avondale, AZ (November 15, 2015) - As the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season continues to wind down, Casey Mears and Germain Racing entered Phoenix looking for a solid run to hang their hat on. They had an exciting week, announcing a three-year contract extension with primary sponsor, GEICO, and their arrival at the racetrack was met with the expected buzz.
 
Skies were clear and temperatures were warm when Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS took to Phoenix International Raceway for practice and qualifying on Friday. Mears finished up a solid 24th in the weekend's opening practice session before moving into qualifying, where he would advance to the second round and score a 24th place starting position.
 
While navigating a fast one-mile racetrack in tight quarters is challenge enough, the Sprint Cup Series would first go head-to-head with Mother Nature on Sunday. While initially losing the battle again intermittent rain showers that would blanket the facility for most of the day, dry weather and the NASCAR's track dryers would ultimately prevail. Nearly seven-hours after the scheduled start time, Mears climbed into his No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy and got to work.
 
When the green flag cut the field loose for 312-laps of racing, the grandstands remained full of dedicated race fans that withstood the uncharacteristically poor Phoenix weather. Mears rolled off from the 24th position and found himself battling a loose condition on lap 13. It served as little consequence, however, as he would pedal the GEICO Military Chevy up to 12th place by lap 49.
 
Mears' evening was going well, but he would experience a minor setback on lap 192, when he made a scheduled green flag pit stop. The Germain Racing crew turned in a quick stop, but the yellow flag would wave as the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy was departing pit road, causing Mears to lose a lap. He took the wavearound, recovered the lap, and was scored in the 22nd position. Mears was seemingly unconcerned, as 120 laps remained in the race, allowing him plenty of time to reclaim lost ground. Unfortunately, the rain returned and the field found itself being ordered down pit road just 27 laps later, on lap 219, as the red flag was displayed. With rain continuing to fall on the Avondale, AZ, area, NASCAR called the race complete 93 laps shy of the scheduled distance and Mears would get the short end of the stick and be credited with a 22nd place finish.
 
"It was such a long day of sitting in the cold and rain and we're appreciative of all the fans that hung around to watch us race," Mears said. "We were proud to run the GEICO Military paint scheme again this weekend to celebrate Veterans Day and we were going to get a good finish, but the rain got the best of us, as it had most of the day. We'll take 22nd and look to finish strong at Homestead next week. We've had a really good year, so we are hoping to end the season on a solid note."
 
The season finale awaits Mears and the Germain Racing team in south Florida.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 20th, at noon (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:15 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 22nd, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 3 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 -
Nov 12
2015

GEICO Inks Multiyear Extension with Germain Racing and Casey Mears

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GEICO INKS MULTIYEAR EXTENSION WITH GERMAIN RACING AND CASEY MEARS 
 
Mooresville, NC (November 12, 2015) - Longtime partner, GEICO, announces that they have extended their relationship with Germain Racing as the primary sponsor of the No. 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry through at least the end of the 2018 season. GEICO is wrapping up their 15thseason as a team sponsor and their eighth with Germain Racing. Along with the sponsorship extension comes a new primary paint scheme, as well as new GEICO Military livery that will appear at select races during the season.  
 
Additionally, Germain Racing and driver Casey Mears have agreed to a three-year extension that will continue Mears' status as the driver of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS through the 2018 racing season.
  
Since the inception of Germain Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program in 2009, GEICO has been alongside the organization every step of the way, from a part-time program to a full-time team that now consistently performs in the top-20, while also finding itself in contention for wins at both Daytona and Talladega. The sponsorship extension further solidifies and expands an already rock-solid relationship that has seen GEICO's famous gecko adorn the hoods of Germain Racing's NASCAR Xfinity Series entry in 2008 and Camping World Truck Series entry in 2011.
 
Aside from its team support, GEICO has become synonymouswith the sport of auto racing, establishing itself as an entitlement sponsor at Talladega Superspeedway with the GEICO 500, while also blanketing many racetracks across the country with the GEICO logo, including campgrounds where fans make their home during each race weekend. Their ever-present GEICO banner can also be spotted flying overhead at nearly every NASCAR event. GEICO's support of NASCAR and its fan base is unwavering and they look forward to their continued engagement of fans in America's greatest spectator sport.
 
"NASCAR is a natural fit for us and it has provided access to a brand-loyal fan base that now has a clear line of sight into GEICO's multiple product lines and the many ways that we can service their insurance needs," said GEICO vice president of marketing, Ted Ward. "We've enjoyed our partnership with Germain Racing and Casey Mears and the character of their organization is in line with our corporate values. We are excited about the extension and look forward to building upon our successful relationship in the sport of NASCAR."
 
Germain Racing is in its 12th year of NASCAR competition and boasts two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships. The opportunity to further expand its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program with GEICO has team owner Bob Germain excited about the future.
 
"I'm thrilled to be able to extend our partnership with GEICO thru 2018. We are proud to be associated with a company that supports our sport in so many ways and we feel fortunate to be able to represent them on the track," said team owner, Bob Germain. "We're thankful for GEICO's unwavering support and this extension allows us to keep building upon the foundation we've laid and continue to add people and resources in an effort to accelerate the growth and progress of our program. It also allows us to make long-term commitments to our great partners Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing and ECR, along with our driver, Casey Mears; all of which have played an integral role in the development of our Sprint Cup Series program." 
 
Mears, a race winner in his 13th year in the Sprint Cup Series, was equally enthusiastic about the news.
 
"This is great news for our Germain Racing team because everyone has worked so hard to build this GEICO program and people in the garage are taking notice of what we're accomplishing," Mears said. "GEICO is such a great partner and they not only support our team, but the sport in general, which makes me even prouder to have the opportunity to drive the GEICO Chevy. We appreciate their belief in us and have enjoyed our relationship with everyone at the corporate office, as well as the GEICO associates that we get to interface with each week at the racetrack."
 
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 -

Nov 09
2015

Mears Drives GEICO Military Chevrolet SS at Texas in November

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MEARS AND GEICO MILITARY TEAM ESCAPE TEXAS WITH 26TH PLACE FINISH
 
Fort Worth, TX (November 8, 2015) - Germain Racing and Casey Mears anxiously entered the Lone Star State looking to continue their significant improvement on intermediate racetracks. 2015 has seen the team make considerable progress at these facilities and Mears' effort in Friday's practice and qualifying sessions would serve as indication that they remain on the right path.
 
GEICO took this weekend to honor our nation's service members with their special GEICO Military paint scheme that featured camouflage accents on the No. 13 entry. The GEICO Military livery will also be featured at Phoenix International Raceway in celebration of Veteran's Day.
 
Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS were a deceiving 25th in the weekend's opening practice. If not for a series of bumps that wreaked havoc on his lap, the Bakersfield, CA, native would have been eyeing the top-15. Qualifying provided affirmation that Mears and Germain Racing were on-track with their set-up when he paced the 1.5-mile oval in a prompt 27.718-seconds at a speed of 194.819-miles per hour, landing the GEICO Military Chevy 17th on Sunday's starting grid. His result was a three-position improvement over his starting spot in April, where he rolled off of pit road from the 20th position.
 
Unfortunately, a wet racetrack would cause the cancellation of Saturday's practice sessions, leaving Mears and company without valuable practice time as race day approached.
 
Armed with associate sponsors Pints & Quarts and Barcadia on-board the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy, Mears started Sunday's race from the 17th position. When the green flag turned the field loose for 334-laps of racing, Mears experienced an early handling issue. The event's first caution flag of the day waved on lap 10, allowing the Germain Racing team to bring the GEICO Military Chevy to pit road and make adjustments. Before the race returned to green, crew chief Bootie Barker would order Mears to return to pit road so the crew could inspect the splitter, as well as check the tires, as the No. 13 Chevy drove through debris on the track. All was clear and Mears returned to the race in the 41st position after making two stops under yellow. While the loss of track position was a setback, the multiple stops would ensure that the GEICO Military machine was clear of any potential splitter or tire issues.

When the green flag restarted the race on lap 17, Mears began recovering lost real estate and was up to 28th by the time the day's third caution flag flew on lap 35, allowing the team to continue its work on the No. 13 entry. The GEICO Military crew did not disappoint and turned in an expedient 12.2-second pit stop before returning their driver to the racing surface to continue gathering positions. And, that he did, as he worked his way into the top-25, while also confirming over the team's radio frequency that the changes being made to the car were heading in the proper direction. Unfortunately, on lap 109, a loose wheel would force Mears to travel down pit road under green flag conditions, which would cost him 14 spots and leave him two laps down in the 39th position.
 
The team would work feverishly throughout the afternoon, gambling with strategy and pit stops to make up lost ground. Tires would prove challenging at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon and as the race entered the final laps, Mears would begin experiencing heavy vibrations on the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy, one of which sent him to pit road under green on lap 305 of 334. When the checkered flag ended a hard fought day for the GEICO Military team, Mears managed to hustle back to a 26th place finish, salvaging an otherwise challenging afternoon.
 
"It was a long day for our GEICO Military team, for sure," Mears said. "The guys worked hard all day and we had a couple of tough breaks that set us back, so it became challenging. We are looking forward to getting the GEICO Military Chevy to Phoenix, where we have historically performed well. Our focus is on finishing the season strong and putting up solid finishes in the final two races."
 
Germain Racing will now pack up Mears and his camouflaged No. 13 entry and head west to Phoenix, AZ, for race number 35 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 13th, at 2 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 15th, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 2:30 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 -
Nov 04
2015

Pints & Quarts, Barcadia Ride Along Again at Texas Motor Speedway, GEICO Chevrolet SS

Posted by lori in ZAK Products , WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , Pints & Quarts , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Lincoln Welders , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Barcadia

Texas Associate Sponsors Pints & Quarts and Barcadia Are On Board

As No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and Casey Mears Return to the Lone Star State

Mooresville, NC (November 4, 2015) -Germain Racing is set to return to Texas Motor Speedway with driver Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the Dallas/Fort Worth area this weekend. The GEICO Chevy will again feature local branding showcasing two of the area's hot spots. Pints & Quarts, Dallas, is a burger joint with “burgers, beers, shakes and such” that was recently listed by Zagat as one of Dallas’ top 10 hottest restaurants, while Barcadia is a fun pub known for great food and vintage arcade games.

Brooke Humphries, local restaurateur, is thrilled for NASCAR’s top series to return to Texas, “I could not be happier to see the Pints & Quarts and Barcadia logos on the GEICO Chevy this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. We had a great time with the Germain Racing team at Barcadia in April and we look forward to seeing them again at the track.”

Both Pints & Quarts, a perfect pit stop, and Barcadia, an amusing night out for gaming and great eats, enjoy interaction with fans via social media, including highlighting specials and their weekend “Reverse Happy Hour” on Instagram and Facebook.

On the Web and Social Media…

Barcadia

Instagram.com/BarcadiaFTW

Web:  BarcadiaBars.com

Facebook.com/Barcadia.Ftworth

Pints & Quarts

                Instagram.com/PintsandQuartsDallas

                Web:  PsandQsDallas.com

                Facebook.com/PsandQsDallas

                Twitter @PsandQsDallas

Watch the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS @TXMotorSpdwy

Practice:   Friday 11/6 12:30 PM ET NBCSN

Qualifying:  Friday 11/6 6:30 PM NBCSN

Final Practice:  Saturday 11/7 11 AM CNBC

Race Day:  Sunday 11/8

11:30 AM NASCAR RaceDay, FS1

1 PM NASCAR America Sunday, NBCSN

1:30 PM NASCAR Countdown to Green, NBC

2 PM AAA Texas 500 NBC

6 PM NSCS Post-Race, NBCSN

6:30 PM NASCAR Victory Lap NBCSN

Monday 11/9 1:30 AM NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1

 

Germain Racing features commentary and interaction with fans via Twitter @GermainRacing, Facebook.com/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 

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Nov 02
2015

Martinsville - Race Recap - October 2015

Posted by lori in ZAK Products , WIX Filters , Team Chevy , Sherwin Williams , Pints & Quarts , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Lincoln Welders , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Caymus Vineyards , Castrol Premium Lube Express , Castrol , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker , Bob Germain , Barcadia

 

STRONG 17TH PLACE FINISH FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM AT MARTINSVILLE
 
RIDGEWAY, Va. (November 1, 2015) - With four races remaining on the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, every lap carries importance to secure the best possible finish in the year-end point standings, while also building momentum to carry into the offseason. Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team entered Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway with confidence of their ability at the 0.5-mile paperclip-shaped track, having notched the sixth fastest speed in final practice. After running as high as 11th-place on numerous occasions during the race on Sunday afternoon, Mears would survive the beating-and-banging short track action to cross the finish line in the 17th position.
 
Mears and the No. 13 Germain Racing crew were prepared for action on Sunday afternoon, but instead were greeted with rain showers during final morning preparations. While many wondered if the teams would even get a shot at competing due to the looming forecast, the field was able to not only start on time, but to complete every lap of the scheduled 500-mile distance.
 
Despite rolling off from the 19th position, Mears quickly moved into 12th-place before the competition caution came on lap 50. The veteran driver radioed to his team that the GEICO Chevrolet was "loose on entry and tight in the center" of the corner, a handling condition that would plague the driver as he was a victim of being shuffled to the outside lane and fell to the 22nd position. A timely caution occurred on lap 170, as Mears skillfully maneuvered around a multi-car wreck in front of the No. 13 entry and was able to visit pit road for fresh tires, fuel and adjustments.
 
The Germain Racing team's solid performance throughout the race would garner much praise from the folks on the NBC Sports telecast team. They would continue to impress as the race wore on.
 
Mears recaptured the 11th position on lap 191, before once again being shuffled on the outside to 20th-place. Over the final 50 laps, the California-native charged to the front and was scored in the 12th position with seven laps remaining. As the race returned to green for the final time with just three laps to go, Mears was forced to restart on the outside, but pedaled hard and collected a 17th place finish when the checkered flag waved under the darkening skies. Mears' strong Martinsville run accounts for the GEICO team's 15th top-20 finish of the 2015 season.
 
"Our GEICO Chevrolet was better than where we finished today," said Mears. "It's both disappointing and frustrating, but I'm proud of how far we continue to grow as a team. To consistently run inside the top-15 and contend for a spot in the top-10 is huge as a single-car program. We were shuffled in the outside lane a couple times and battled back. If it hadn't been for that last restart, I think we could have made more progress."
 
Just three races remain in the 2015 season and Germain Racing will now turn their attention to the Lone Star state.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 6th, at 12:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.
 
The Texas NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, November 8th, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 2:00 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
 
- PMI -