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Apr 02
2014

Arbor Car Wash and Lube on board GEICO Chevy at Texas

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Texas
’ The Arbor Car Wash and Lube Joins Germain Racing at Texas Motor Speedway

April 2, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) – Heading into the Lone Star State, Germain Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing team, is proud to announce that Texas’ own The Arbor Car Wash and Lube will be an associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Casey Mears for the 2014 “Duck Commander 500” at Texas Motor Speedway. The 501-mile, 334-lap race will be held on Sunday, April 6, at the 1.5-mile, Fort Worth, TX, race track.

The Arbor Car Wash and Lube is a leader in offering Castrol Oil changes and car washes in the Austin, TX, area. They have highly trained professionals that will assist you in choosing the correct oil for your vehicle.  The Arbor Car Wash and Lube offers all Castrol products including Castrol Edge, GTX SynBlend, GTX High Mileage, and GTX. They also carry a full line of air filters and wiper blades as well as numerous options in car washes.

After finishing 24th in Martinsville, VA, last week, Germain Racing driver Casey Mears and owner Bob Germain Jr. are tied for 20th in the Sprint Cup Series points standings after six races in the 2014 season.  Germain Racing has collected several of the coveted victory lane hats at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS begin the Texas race weekend with The Arbor Car Wash and Lube on board starting with one hour and 50 minutes of opening practice for the Duck Commander 500 on Friday, April 4th, at 6 PM ET.  Final practice and qualifying follow on Saturday, April 5th, at 10:30 AM and 3:10 PM. Sunday’s 334-lap race features television coverage live on FOX beginning at 2:30 PM (ET).  PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90 will carry the radio coverage of the event.

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 can 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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Mar 31
2014

Mears' Martinsville Race Recap - GEICO, KMC Wheels, Taylor's, Drive Smart VA

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BARRAGE OF ISSUES NO MATCH FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM IN MARTINSVILLE

 

Team overcomes several obstacles to notch lead lap, top 25 finish

Martinsville, VA (March 30, 2014) - Martinsville Speedway is notorious for evoking raw emotion from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers.  Casey Mears would be among the first to experience elevated blood pressure, but not before taking to the track for practice and qualifying.

Rain threatened the Martinsville area on Friday, but stayed clear long enough to allow Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to land 14th on the speed chart when the weekend's first practice session ended.  When qualifying got underway at 4:40 PM (EDT), Mears quickly navigated the ½-mile, paperclip-shaped oval in just 19.205-seconds, placing him 23rd on the STP 500 starting grid.  His qualifying effort was marked improvement over a year ago, when he started the race from the 41st position.  Saturday was a washout at the track, leading to the cancellation of both NASCAR Sprint Cup series practices. 

While NASCAR is widely regarded as a summer sport, one would have argued otherwise when they were greeted by snow and sleet as they arrived at the track on Sunday morning.  Fortunately, gray skies gave way to sunshine and the race got underway at its scheduled start time.  Mears rolled off the starting grid from the 23rd position, but it wouldn't take long for the action to heat up.  Cars began stacking up on just the second lap, causing minor rear-end damage to the GEICO Chevy.  NASCAR ordered Mears to pit so the Germain Racing pit crew could remove a hanging bumper bar.  Consequently, he would restart the race from the 35th position when the green flag waved on lap 11. 

Mears had worked his way up to 31st by the time the scheduled competition caution slowed the field on lap 40.  He alerted crew chief Bootie Barker that he was  "way too tight in the center and have zero grip off."  During his visit to pit road, the GEICO Racing pit crew outfitted Mears with four fresh Goodyear tires, a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel, and a trackbar, wedge and air pressure adjustment.  The changes favored Mears and he began to march to the front of the field when the race went back to green. 

Mears had penetrated the top 20 on lap 69 and was sitting in the 16th position when the yellow flag waved on lap 114.  Barker advised Mears to quickly make his way to pit road, which found Mears passing competitors under caution to get to his pit stall and have the team 'stand his tire up'.  It was a strategy call by Barker that he felt would pay off in the long-term.  Unfortunately, NASCAR held Mears for a lap as a penalty for pulling up to pit (not holding his position under caution).  Barker calmed Mears by reassuring him they would have lost the lap anyway.  Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet had their work cut out for them, starting in the 33rd position, one lap down, when the green flag turned the field loose on lap 120. 

Mears was making progress, but would experience yet another setback when the No. 38 car of David Gilliland sent the GEICO Chevy for a spin on lap 170.  An audibly upset Mears received only minor damage and visited pit road for tires, fuel and repairs.  Now, two laps down in 34th, Barker promised Mears they would get the laps back as the race returned to green on lap 180.  Barker began making good on his promise when he ordered Mears and the GEICO machine to take the wavearound during the lap 200 caution, recovering one of the lost laps.  Things were headed in the right direction when the caution flag was displayed on lap 220.  The caution was perfect timing, as the team had just taken the wavearound on lap 200, leaving them in need of fresh tires.  After taking on four tires, fuel and adjustments, Mears notified Barker that his shifter handle was broken as he was coming to the green flag, where he restarted from the 28th position. 

Unfortunately, on the lap 237 restart, Mears told the team that the shifter broke and that the No. 13 GEICO Chevy was stuck in fourth gear, meaning, among other things, the pit crew would need to push the car to get it started after each visit to pit road.  Despite the additional setback, Mears continued to turn in fast lap times and was awarded the free pass when the caution came out on lap 251, allowing him to return to the lead lap.     

Mears and his GEICO team would continue to battle for the balance of the event, even recording lap times faster than the leaders many times during the race.  When the checkered flag closed the STP 500, Mears had overcome the obstacles and managed to record a lead lap, 24th place finish.  Barker thanked the crew as Mears crossed the finish line: "Way to battle today, everybody.  Good job." 

"I'm glad we were able to keep fighting and at least finish on the lead lap and get a top 25, but we had a much better car than that," Mears said.  "We just had a lot of things happen today and I'm proud of the guys on this GEICO team for all of their hard work and their 'never quit' attitude.  We're looking forward to getting to Texas next week."   

Next week, Mears and his Germain Racing team will travel 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, April 4th, at 6:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday at 3:10 PM (EDT).

The Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 6th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 PM (EDT).  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 can 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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Mar 25
2014

NC Taylor's on GEICO Chevy SS at Martinsville

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NC’s Taylor’s Discount Tire and Automotive Joins Germain Racing at Martinsville Speedway

March 24, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) - Germain Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing team, today announces that North Carolina’s Taylor’s Discount Tire & Automotive will be an associate sponsor on the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Casey Mears for the Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The 263-mile, 500-lap race will be held on Sunday, March, 30th, at the .526-mile Martinsville, VA, race track which is located just up the road from Taylor’s Greensboro, NC, location.

Taylor's Discount Tire & Automotive is a leader in offering Castrol Oil Changes, name brand tires, auto repair and brake services for customers located in and around the Greensboro area. Their goal is to focus on customer service.

Taylor's Discount Tire & Automotive employs a well-trained staff specializing in the sale and installation of passenger car, performance and light truck or SUV tires.

After finishing 15th in Fontana, CA, Germain Racing driver Casey Mears and owner Bob Germain Jr. hold 18th in the Sprint Cup Series points standings after five races in this young 2014 season.  Martinsville has been a competitive track for the GEICO Chevy team. Mears earned a 16th place finish in last spring’s 500-lap shoot out at the “paper clip.”

Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS begin the Martinsville race weekend with Taylor’s Discount Tire & Automotive on board starting with 90 minutes of opening practice for the Virginia 500 on Friday, March 28th, at noon (ET).  Qualifying follows at 4:40 PM (ET). Two practice sessions are scheduled for Saturday, March 29th at 10 AM and 1 PM, followed by Sunday’s 500-lap race with television coverage live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET).  MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90 will carry the radio coverage of the event.

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 can 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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Mar 24
2014

Fontana Finish - Fifteenth for Mears, GEICO, KMC Wheels

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RESILIENT MEARS RALLIES BACK IN FONTANA TO SCORE TOP 15 FINISH

 

Fontana, CA (March 23, 2014) - When Germain Racing loaded up the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and headed out west for the third time in four weeks, they were looking to rebound from tough races in Las Vegas and Bristol.  After posting a top 10 finish at the Daytona 500, they recorded a strong 14th place finish in Phoenix, but suffered setbacks at the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events.  

When practice got underway on Friday in Fontana, CA, Casey Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS ended up 25th on the board when the session concluded.  Qualifying presented a bit of a challenge when the Bakersfield, CA, native navigated the 2-mile oval in 39.220-seconds at a speed of 183.580-miles per hour and ended up 31st on Sunday's starting grid.  Mears shook it off and returned to the track on Saturday morning and immediately shot up the speed charts, where he was sitting in the 13th position when practice session number two came to a close.   

With a strong practice session under their belts, the GEICO team looked forward to the 400-mile event when they arrived for race day on Sunday morning.  Mears and his GEICO Chevrolet SS rolled off of the starting grid 31st, but he had gained ten positions and sat in the 21st position when the race's first caution flag was displayed for debris on lap 18.  Mears reported handing issues early on, but crew chief Bootie Barker reassured his driver under caution when he said, "That was a good run, Casey.  Most cars fell off during that run, but you didn't."  Mears visited pit road for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment before restarting the race from the 17th position on lap 23.

As the race wore on, Mears continued to battle an ill-handling racecar, often times finding himself sideways as he exited the turns.  Each caution period allowed the GEICO crew to work on the car and their efforts began to pay off.  Mears was running in the 22nd position on lap 68 when he reported: "I'm loose all the way off, but it definitely turns better into the center."  Coming down to the final laps, Mears had worked his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS into the top 20 and began to closely eye a top 15 finish. 

Unfortunately, during a day that saw many drivers with flat tires, Mears notified Barker of a vibration, which sent the Germain Racing pit crew scrambling to get in position in the event the GEICO Chevy would need to travel down pit road.  Just three laps later, Clint Bowyer spun out in turn four, bringing out the yellow flagand allowing Mears the opportunity to bring his No. 13 GEICO car to the attention of his pit crew, who quickly outfitted him with four fresh tires and a splash of fuel.  The caution flag had been displayed with just two laps remaining in the race, so the field would prepare for what was sure to be a wild Green-White-Checker finish. 

Mears restarted 16th when the green flag set the field underway for the final time.  After surviving a chaotic restart, which included four-wide racing, he was able to pick up a spot and hustle the GEICO Chevy across the finish line in the 15th position, accounting for the team's third top 15 finish in the first five races of the season.  When Mears arrived in the garage after taking the checkered flag, it was discovered that he had completed the final lap on a flat left rear tire.  

"I'm really proud of the guys on this GEICO team today because we struggled with the car, but everyone kept working really hard and it paid off in the end.  It was a wild race, but we kept making changes and we survived it and were able to get a top 15 finish," Mears said at his hauler after the race.  "It was a busy weekend and Bootie (Barker, crew chief) and the guys did a nice job of finding speed and we seemed to get better as the weekend went along.  It's good to have races like this one where you work really hard and earn a good finish, it gives the team confidence and will definitely pay off as the season goes on.  I'm looking forward to getting our No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS on-track in Martinsville next week.  It's a fun race and an opportunity for us to sneak out of there with a good finish."

Today's 15th place finish helps Mears jump one position in the Driver Point standings to 18th, where he now sits just six points removed from the top 15.  Team owner, Bob Germain, enjoys the same status in the Owner Point standings. 

Next week will find Mears and Germain Racing closer to home when they head to the 0.526-mile paperclip-shaped oval in Martinsville, VA, for their second short-track race in three weeks.  The team has experienced relative success at the Virginia racetrack, registering top 25 finishes in each of their last five visits.   

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, March 28th, at 12:00 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 4:40 PM (ET).

The STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 30th, 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 can 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: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

 

 

Mar 16
2014

Bristol Post Race Report - GEICO Chevy SS - Mears

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM PERSEVERE THROUGH TIRE ISSUE AT BRISTOL

 

BRISTOL, TN (March 16, 2014) - Coming into the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway tied for 16th in the point standings, Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO team looked to rebound from a challenging weekend in Las Vegas.  They got off to a great start, logging the eighth-fastest time in the first practice session on Friday.  During qualifying, Mears navigated the .533-mile oval in 15.038-seconds at a speed of 127.597mph, which was good enough to put him 25th on the starting grid. 

 

Saturday was action-packed for the NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors with two additional practice sessions on tap.  Going to work on their race set-up in the second practice run, the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was posted 16th fastest. With one practice session left to go, the Germain Racing crew made changes to Mears' Chevy before sending him out for the final hour of practice before Sunday's race.  The GEICO machine agreed with the changes and after completing 40 laps, Mears had laid down the fastest time of the session and was first on the board when it ended. 

 

With confidence in their race package, Sunday morning brought great anticipation in what 500 laps on the Bristol bullring might bring.  Holding little hope for a timely start given the forecast for rain, the team labored through their race morning responsibilities getting the #13 GEICO Chevy through the pre-race inspections and onto the starting grid...and then they waited.  With a forecast that was ever-changing, NASCAR finally called the drivers to introductions at 2:05 PM (ET) and the cars rolled off of the starting grid for the Food City 500 after a 1-hour, 44-minute delay.

 

Respecting the 'green' track conditions following the rain, Mears got off to a conservative start while getting a feel for the GEICO Chevy through the opening laps, before visiting pit road for a scheduled competition caution on lap 50.  Crew chief Robert 'Bootie' Barker made the call for four tires and fuel with no adjustments based on Mears' feedback that the car and track were 'coming to him'.

 

When the race went back to green on lap 57, Mears restarted in the 23rd position and continued to pick up positions on the track.  By lap 85 he was posting lap times on par with the leaders and, as he broke into the top 20, he radioed, "I know if we can get up there, we'll have something for them," referring to the benefit of track position.

 

With a well-handling car cruising in the 17th position, Mears and the GEICO team would have to show patience when the rain returned, forcing the cars to pit road at lap 124.

 

The race restarted following a three-hour rain delay and the GEICO team found themselves in the same position as at the start of the event...run conservatively until the track got a new build-up of rubber.  Reporting a vibration just past the halfway point, however, Mears radioed that he had a tire going down and quickly headed to pit road under green at lap 263.  Indeed, the left front was down to the fibers and in the process, the #13 GEICO team was posted five laps down in the 37th position.

 

With the unpredictability of what might unfold on a racetrack such as Bristol Motor Speedway, no one was giving up.  Perseverance and a little help from anticipated attrition assisted Mears in recovering 10 positions to finish 27th, salvaging an otherwise challenging day.

 

"Coming into the race, we were really confident in our set-up, but we also didn't know what to expect from the track following the rain delay," Mears explained.  "We were gaining early on and if we could have stayed green I really think we would've been good and had the #13 GEICO Chevrolet up front.  After the second delay, the track just didn't respond the same," continued Mears.  "If we could've predicted that, we would've made different choices as far as adjustments, but it was still a good effort for the GEICO team and I'm glad we persevered through it and recovered to finish 27th."

 

Next up for NASCAR's premier series is a swing back to the west coast and 400 miles on the 2-mile oval at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. The weekend's opening practice session is on Friday, March 21st, at 3:00 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 7:40 PM (ET) and will be televised live on FOX Sports 1.

 

The Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 23, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 PM (ET).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SIRIUSXM NASCAR (Channel 90) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you can 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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Mar 12
2014

Associate Sponsor from TN Joins Germain Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway

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Southern Classic Auto Wash and Lube Center

Joins Germain Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway

 

March 12, 2014 (Mooresville, NC) - Germain Racing today announces the addition 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 “Food City 500” at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 266.5-mile race will be held on Sunday, March, 16th, at the Bristol, TN, race track.

 

Southern Classic Auto Wash and Lube Center, has three locations in the Tri-City Tennessee community and is opening their fourth location in Bristol, TN, during the second quarter of 2014. 

 

Southern Classic specializes in Castrol oil changes and preventive maintenance for your vehicle.

 

Germain Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team, is tied for 16th in the points standings for driver Mears and team owner Bob Germain Jr. heading into the fourth Sprint Cup Series event of the 2014 season.  Bristol is the only track where Germain Racing has started from the pole position in NASCAR’s highest division. In last spring’s race at Bristol, Mears qualified the No. 13 GEICO race car in 15th position and finished 15th, on the lead lap, after 500 hard-fought laps.

 

Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS begin the Bristol adventure with Southern Classic Auto Wash and Lube Center on board starting with 90 minutes of opening practice for the Food City 500 on Friday, March 14th, at noon (ET).  Qualifying follows at 4:40 PM (ET). Two practice sessions are scheduled for Saturday, March 15th at 9:00 AM and noon, followed by Sunday’s 500-lap race with television coverage live on FOX beginning at 1:30 PM (ET).  PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90 will carry the radio coverage of the event.

 

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 can 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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Mar 10
2014

Mears Race Report - Las Vegas - GEICO Chevy SS

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DESPITE LONG DAY IN LAS VEGAS, MEARS TIED FOR 16TH IN POINTS

Las Vegas, NV (March 9, 2014) - When Germain Racing rolled into Las Vegas, they were looking to make headway on intermediate tracks, which has proved challenging for the team over the course of previous seasons.  After turning in a top 10 finish at Daytona and a 14th at Phoenix, Casey Mears and his GEICO crew were anxious to try their hand at the first mile and a half track of the season. 

On Thursday, Mears and his team took part in a one-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  After making several changes to the racecar, they ended up 25th on the chart at the close of the four-hour session.  When practice got underway on Friday, the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS sat 26th on the board in opening practice before later qualifying 30th.  Saturday started slow when Mears wrapped up the morning practice session 28th, but after making a few adjustments, he was able to lay down a fast-lap in Happy Hour that saw him fly up the chart to end up 10th when practice concluded.  While it was just a single lap that sent him to the top of the board, the car appeared to be better in race trim as the team prepared for Sunday.

The green flag turned the field loose on Sunday afternoon under bright Las Vegas sunshine.  As the Kobalt 400 got underway, Mears and his #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS quickly moved up six positions to 24th by the second lap.  However, it was not long before track conditions began to change and he found himself battling a loose racecar as early as lap 13.  "I'm loose in the center and loose off.  We may need to put some wedge in it," Mears reported to crew chief Bootie Barker on lap 15.  Just two laps later, a much needed yellow flag flew for fluid on the track, allowing Mears to bring his #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to the attention of his pit crew, who promptly provided him with four tires, fuel and two rounds of wedge.  After restarting 27th on lap 22, he was up to 24th by lap 31 when he reported, "It's still really loose.  I have to be on the white line to make it turn."

He would make an appearance in the top 15 and intermittently turn in lap times comparable with the top five and top 10, but spent most of his afternoon battling an ill-handling racecar that caused more frustration than pleasure.  Still attempting to salvage a solid finish, Barker instructed Mears to stay out and take the wave-around when the caution came out late in the race in an attempt to ultimately rejoin the lead lap.  With just 42 to go, Mears restarted 24th, but was short on fuel.  With the Vegas strip as a backdrop, it seemed reasonable to take a gamble on a possible late-race caution that would allow Mears to fuel his GEICO Chevy without losing time to the field.  Unfortunately, Lady Luck betrayed the Germain Racing team and Mears was forced to take a trip down pit road under green flag conditions with just 11 laps remaining in the race, dashing any hopes of a strong finish.  When the checkered flag was displayed after 267 laps of racing, Casey Mears and his #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS were shown 28th on the scoring tower.  

"We really struggled today and we just missed it," Mears said after the race.  "The guys worked really hard, but it seemed like every time we touched the car during a pit stop it became more challenging.  Around the midway point of the race, my rear grip got better, but we continued to struggle.  The new package has been tricky and because we had an issue with handling, I had a hard time trying to run other grooves of the racetrack."  He continued, "We started out the season strong, so there are no heads hanging on the GEICO team.  We'll continue to work hard and now look to Bristol where we enjoy racing and have done well in the past, including starting on the Pole in August 2012.  Next week is a new beginning."

While the team took a hit in the points, they also had points in the bank after Daytona and Phoenix.  Mears entered the Kobalt 400 11th in points, but even with today's 28th place finish, Mears still sits inside the top 20 and is tied with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, for 16th. 

Mears and the Germain Racing team will now head to Bristol, TN, where they will beat and bang on the World's Fastest Half-Mile. 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Bristol Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 14th, at 12:00 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 4:40 PM (ET).

The Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 16th, 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.

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you can 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: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

 

Mar 03
2014

Mears Holds 12th in Points After Strong PIR Finish - P14 in GEICO Chevy SS

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MEARS DEPARTS PHOENIX 11TH IN POINTS AFTER 14TH PLACE FINISH

 

Avondale, AZ (March 2, 2014) - Casey Mears and his GEICO team departed Daytona a week ago with a 10th place finish and they eagerly anticipated their arrival in Phoenix.  Many off-season changes, including a switch to Chevrolet and a new technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing, has turned the Germain Racing crew into incurable optimists.  Phoenix would also offer them their first opportunity to confront the new qualifying format, which they ultimately handled just fine.  

 

When the first practice session concluded on Friday, Mears and his #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS sat 22nd on the board.  Later that afternoon, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would take to the track for the new group-qualifying format in which drivers would battle to be in the top 12 fastest cars in an attempt to advance into the final qualifying round.  Mears laid down a fast time, but on his second run was blocked by a fellow competitor, thwarting his attempt to reach the next round.  However, his strong qualifying run would place him 18th on the starting grid, a 25-position improvement from a year ago, and just ahead of Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart.

 

While rain blanketed the Phoenix area over the course of the opening segment of the weekend, Sunday presented only bright sunshine when the cars lined up to go racing.  When the green flag got The Profit on CNBC 500 underway, Mears started 18th, but by lap nine was running in the 21st position.  Mears radioed to crew chief, Bootie Barker: "It turns so bad in (turns) one and two that I have to go to third every time."  Three laps later Barker updated Mears on his progress: "Your last three laps are your fastest so far."  And, lap 27 heard Barker echo more of the same: "Casey, your lap times are competitive, you're doing fine." 

 

While Mears battled handling issues early on, the GEICO crew solidified a plan and executed promptly when caution periods allowed.  By lap 118, Mears and his #13 GEICO Chevy were among the fastest racecars on the track, turning in top five and top ten lap times.  Barker's radio communication on lap 148 served as confirmation: "Whatever you're doing, Casey, keep doing it."  And, he did.  After going down a lap, the Bakersfield, CA, native aggressively pedaled the GEICO machine around the one-mile facility until he found himself in the Lucky Dog position on lap 251.  The racing gods smiled upon Mears when debris in turn one saw the caution flag displayed with 35 laps remaining, allowing the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to return to the lead lap. 

 

Mears restarted in the 18th position with 30 laps to go, but three laps later David Gilliland cut a tire and brought out the yellow flag.  Barker said to Mears, "Now, you can go racing."  Mears did just that when the flagman set the field back under green with 21 laps remaining.  He quickly moved up to 14th before Kurt Busch lost an engine and brought out the event's eighth and final caution flag of the day with 15 to go.  After taking the green flag with nine laps left on the docket, Mears sat strong in 14th and surrendered no positions before turning in a 14th place finish in the second race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  His top 15 finish serves as a nice encore to the top 10 he recorded at the Daytona 500 a week earlier.  He currently sits 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings heading into Las Vegas.       

 

"We had a good day and the Germain Racing crew did a nice job of making adjustments to our #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS, which certainly helped me as the race wore on," Mears said after climbing from his car following 312 laps of racing.  "We're achieving our goals and it's clear that we have potential.  We're focused on getting better and continuing to learn more about this car and working closely with RCR (Richard Childress Racing) and Chevrolet to keep building this GEICO program."  He continued, "We left Daytona with a top 10, and now we get a 14th place finish in Phoenix, so we're achieving consistency and the key will be to maintain that as the season progresses.  We're sitting 11th in points, which says a lot about our team and how hard these guys have worked and it's also good for our sponsors, GEICO and KMC Wheels."  He also noted, "Today was Bootie's (Barker, crew chief) birthday, so I'm glad we could give him a good race." 

 

Next week, Mears and the GEICO team hope that Lady Luck will be on their side as they travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, for race number three of the 2014 season. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday, March 6th, for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ET).

 

The weekend's opening practice session is on Friday, March 7th, at 2:00 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (ET).

 

The Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 9th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 PM (ET).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.  

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you can 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

 

 

Feb 24
2014

Top 10 for Mears at Daytona - Great Start for GEICO Chevy for 2014

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MASTERFUL DRIVE BY MEARS NETS TOP 10 FINISH FOR GEICO TEAM AT DAYTONA 500

 

Daytona Beach, FL (February 23, 2014) – Casey Mears recorded an exciting Speedweeks, as he dodged crashing racecars, fuel cell issues and, on Sunday, Mother Nature and more racecars.  After misfortune took pleasant turns during Daytona 500 practice on Wednesday and the Duel 150’s on Thursday, Mears and his GEICO team hoped to capitalize when the Daytona 500 went green on Sunday afternoon.

 

            Race morning presented bright sunshine and clear skies, allowing Mears to visit with fans and sign autographs at the GEICO display in the midway.  Unfortunately, as driver introductions got underway and the start of the race grew closer, skies became gray and teams became concerned with impending weather, which could affect the outcome of the Great American Race.

 

            Mears rolled off 28th when the green flag turned the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field loose for the first race of the 2014 season.  Speedweeks proved the strength of Mears’ #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS, so it was of little surprise when he broke into the top 20 on lap seven.  When Kyle Larson brought out the caution with a single-car spin on lap 22, Mears delivered his GEICO machine to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew, who quickly outfitted it with right-side tires and fuel before returning him to the racing surface five spots to the good, in the 15th position.  He wouldn’t get to enjoy the ride for much longer as raindrops began to fall, causing the red flag to halt the field on lap 38.

 

            It would take nearly 6 ½ hours before the weather cleared and allowed the Daytona 500 to continue.  A packed house was on hand when the race restarted at 8:52 PM (ET).  Mears restarted in the 12th position when the race went back to green on lap 46, but he quickly pedaled the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS forward and penetrated the top five when he moved into fourth on lap 53.  Just 20 laps later, he was riding in the second position before surrendering to a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 78.

 

            As the race wore on, Mears continued his moonlight job as an escape artist and narrowly avoided three different crashes that very nearly ended his long day at Daytona International Speedway.  After surviving a practice incident on Wednesday that saw the Germain Racing crew working hard to repair the front end of his GEICO car, Mears’ fenders would be shown no mercy as the race began to intensify on Sunday evening.  Even the commentators on the television broadcast noted his ability to avoid peril by the narrowest of margins.

 

            With just 13 laps left in the advertised distance, Mears and his #13 GEICO Chevy sat solidly in the 8th position before lap 192 saw him and the Gecko stuck in the middle with no help, shuffling him ten spots back to 18th.  The final caution of the day slowed the field after Mears was forced to wipe the sweat from his brow after using cat-like reflexes to avoid being collected in a six-car crash with only six laps to go.

 

Mears had his work cut out for him after restarting 16th in green-white-checker conditions.  He picked up a single spot by the time he took the white flag, but turned up the heat on the final lap.  The Bakersfield, CA, native piloted his #13 GEICO Chevrolet to the front and survived contact from a crashing group of racecars in a last lap melee as the field approached the checkered flag.  After putting in a full day’s work and participating in his own version of ‘Survivor’, Mears’ patience, sharp reflexes and quick-action throughout the evening resulted in a 10th place finish in the 56th running of the Daytona 500.   

 

             “I’m just so happy for the guys on this GEICO team because they worked really hard during the off-season to make the conversion to Chevrolet and build the new relationship with Richard Childress Racing (Germain Racing’s technical partner).  They were logging some pretty heavy hours away from their families, so it’s great to see smiles on their faces tonight,” Mears said after exiting his #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS.  “It’s exciting to think about where we started and how great it’s been to have GEICO as our partner, and have a dedicated owner like Bob Germain.  They’re both so involved in what we’re doing and believe in our team.  Now, with KMC Wheels on-board, we’ve added another sponsor that is excited about our program.  Each year we’ve gotten a lot better and I’m glad the 2014 season is off to a strong start.”

 

He continued, “It’s always nice to walk away from the Daytona 500 with a top ten finish and give our sponsors and team owner something to be excited about.  I just can’t thank GEICO and Bob Germain enough for giving us the opportunity to come out here and race each week.”

 

Mears and company will now pack up the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and head out west to Phoenix for the beginning of a west coast trip that will see them in the region for three of the next four races.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the opening practice session on Friday, February 28th, at 2:00 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 6:40 PM (ET).

 

The Profit on CNBC 500 presented by Small Business Fueling America NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 2nd, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:00 PM (ET).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn about how you can 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

 

 

Feb 21
2014

Roller Coaster of Emotions in Final Laps of Budweiser Duel for Mears, GEICO Team

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MEARS’ MISFORTUNE QUICKLY TURNS TO FORTUNE IN DUEL 150's

 

Daytona Beach, FL (February 20, 2014) – How lucky you can be.  This was part of the conversation as the Germain Racing crew was returning to the garage after Duel number two at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday evening.  Just a day earlier, a practice crash involving Cole Whitt sent Brian Vickers across the nose of Casey Mears’ #13 Chevrolet SS, forcing the GEICO driver to the garage for minor repairs.  A lap later, cars were crashing, but Mears was out of harm’s way thanks to the inadvertent contact just moments prior. 

 

Last night, after 58 laps of clean racing, the final five miles culminated in a cruel swing of emotions that found the GEICO team in tears of pain and then joy, all inside of a couple of minutes.    

 

Their driver, Casey Mears, experienced misfortune that only served to benefit the team moments later.  Mears’ #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was strong throughout the 60-lap mad dash, running solidly in the top seven cars for the bulk of the evening.  He ascended the leaderboard and the #13 GEICO Chevrolet even sat atop the scoring tower as the race leader on lap 36. 

 

It was lap 56 that got Mears’ heart racing when he noticed a drop in fuel pressure, causing concern among the Germain Racing engineering staff.  Two laps later, Mears found himself shaking his racecar side-to-side hoping to re-fire his GEICO Chevrolet.  Fortunately, he was able to make it around the 2.5-mile superspeedway without incident and delivered his Germain Racing entry to the attention of his pit crew.  Just after Mears departed pit road, the ‘big one’ took place a lap later as the field approached the checkered flag.  Jimmie Johnson ran out of fuel, initiating a crash that would collect a handful of drivers and also see Clint Bowyer flip over, land on his wheels and drive away.  If not for Mears’ misfortune a lap earlier, the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS would have most certainly been collected, as well.  Instead, Mears was credited with a lead lap, 14th place finish that placed him comfortably in the 2014 Daytona 500 starting field.  Most importantly, he was left with a clean, undamaged racecar.  For the second time in as many days, pain quickly turned to comfort as the racing gods smiled down on Mears and his Germain Racing crew. 

 

“We’ve been fortunate the last two days and it’s nice to have things go our way here.  We would’ve definitely been in that mess tonight if I didn’t have the fuel issue, so in retrospect it worked out,” Mears said.  “Our GEICO team has worked hard all week and I’m glad they are having some positive things happen.  We’re really strong and I’m thankful to all of the Germain guys and the folks at RCR (Richard Childress Racing, Germain’s technical partner) for giving me a fast racecar.  We’re looking forward to Sunday.” 

 

Mears and his GEICO team have been strong since they unloaded their #13 GEICO Chevrolet a week ago for the season’s opening practice session.  To this point, fortune has favored the team, so both crew and driver excitedly await Sunday’s Daytona 500.

 

The Daytona 500 is on Sunday, February 23rd, 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.

 

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

 

Check out the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com