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Oct 16
2012

GEICO Broadens 2012 Sponsorship Schedule with Germain Racing

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LAST MINUTE DEAL LANDS GEICO ON MEARS’ CAR FOR KANSAS AND HOMESTEAD

 

 

Mooresville, NC (October 16, 2012) – There were just two races left on the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule that sat unsponsored for Germain Racing and driver Casey Mears.  Earlier today, team owner Bob Germain and GEICO executives worked together to complete a deal that will have the Gecko as the primary sponsor of Mears’ #13 Ford Fusion for both Kansas and Homestead, which were the two lone unsponsored races. 

 

The Germain Racing crew quickly found themselves scattering when the team owner ordered them to the Kansas test that begins tomorrow and continues through Thursday.  The two-day test will allow them to experience the new surface and better prepare for Sunday’s race.

 

Germain appeared excited at knowing his team would finish out the season being able to run all of the remaining races.

 

“We really appreciate GEICO stepping up to make sure we were able to run Kansas and Homestead,” Germain said.  “Their partnership is important to us and we appreciate the support they offer, as well as how much they engage the program.  We have all hands on deck and we’re certainly looking to finish out the 2012 season in strong fashion.”

 

Mears, who nearly won his first restrictor plate race in Talladega just ten days ago, showed immediate reaction when learning of the news.  He quickly exclaimed, “That’s awesome!”  He went on to share his thoughts on GEICO and Germain Racing.

 

“One of the things I like most about this race team is that we all work really hard to grow the program and it makes it easier when you have a great partner in GEICO and team owner Bob Germain,” Mears said.  “They are both committed to helping this race team get to the next level and I’m proud to represent such a reputable brand in GEICO and drive for a committed owner like Bob.  I’m happy for the guys on this team because they work so hard and sacrifice so much to be here that when you get a nice bump like this it really helps morale.”

 

Mears and his GEICO team will take part in the two-day test at Kansas Speedway on Wednesday and Thursday before hitting the track for the series’ opening practice session on Friday, October 19th, at 12:30 PM (EDT).  Sprint Cup Series qualifying will follow later that day at 5:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 21st, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.GermainRacing.com

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

- PMI -

 

 

Oct 15
2012

Charlotte 500 Race Recap

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For Immediate Release

 

 

Shifter Issues Plague Casey Mears and GEICO Racing Team at Charlotte

 

 

CONCORD, N.C. (October 14, 2012) – In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, things can change in a blink of an eye. Last week at Talladega Superspeedway, Casey Mears drove his way to the front of the field, leading laps and placing his No. 13 GEICO Ford in position for the win. Fast-forward seven days and Mears is plagued by shifter issues for the majority of Saturday night’s 500-mile race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and relegated to a 29th-place finish.

 

On Thursday night, Mears took to the track for his qualifying effort. After clocking a lap of 28.417 seconds, the GEICO Ford was placed in the 27th starting position for Saturday night’s event under the lights.

 

The green flag flew shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET and quickly Mears gained eight positions within the first two laps to move into the top-20. Three cautions slowed the pace during the first 40 laps and Mears brought his Ford to pit road for fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments to help with the handling. 

 

The veteran driver looked to move forward but the Germain Racing Ford was tight on entry and exit, hindering his drive through the corner. A lengthy caution-free period ensued, forcing Mears to come to pit road for green flag stops.

 

On lap 165, Mears reported to Crew Chief Bootie Barker that the No. 13 GEICO Ford had all of sudden become extremely tight. Despite the handling condition, Mears’ lap times remained consistent, allowing the team to make the decision to stay out and not pit. A timely caution came just a few laps later, giving Mears the opportunity to visit pit road for fresh tires and fuel.

 

While running inside the top-25, Mears’ shifter handle came off, transforming a simple task into a challenging one. The GEICO Ford was stuck in fourth gear for restarts and leaving pit road, causing the Ford to not achieve maximum speed quickly. Another green flag run consumed the final 100 laps, giving the team little time to help fix the shifter issue. As the checkered flag flew on the 334-lap event, Mears crossed the finish line in the 29th position.

 

“It was a tough night for us,” said Mears, after the race. “The GEICO Ford was definitely better than practice, but we still needed a little more. Our night went downhill when the shifter broke just past halfway. The car was stuck in fourth gear so restarts and getting off pit road were tough. There are only a few more weeks left this season and I’m looking forward to finishing strong.”

 

The GEICO Racing team will head to Kansas Speedway for an open test prior to the race on Sunday, October 21st. The Hollywood Casino 400 will begin at 1 p.m. ET and can be seen live on ESPN. MRN Radio and Sirius XM Radio will also have the live radio broadcast.

 

For an inside look at Casey Mears and the GEICO team, please visit: www.CaseyMearsRacing.com

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 -PMI-

 

 

Contact: Samantha Jones, Player Management International, Inc.

Email: sjones@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

 

Oct 08
2012

Mears Up Front Most of Race - Talladega Recap

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AFTER ROLLING WITH THE TIDE, MEARS LEADS AT TALLADEGA

 

Talladega, AL (October 7, 2012) – Restrictor plate tracks have always seemed to favor Casey Mears and his GEICO team.  Accordingly, Germain Racing viewed Talladega as an opportunity to run up front and possibly pull off a win as the race was sure to come down to the final lap.

 

Before hitting the racetrack, however, Mears first tended to business in Tuscaloosa, AL, on Thursday where he was treated to a tour of the University of Alabama football facility and later attended practice.  A guest of the Crimson Tide coaching staff, Mears witnessed firsthand the championship regimen of America’s number one ranked college football team.

 

“It was great to be able to spend a few hours with the Alabama football team and see how focused they are on being the very best,” Mears said.  “I am grateful to the staff at Alabama for letting me hang around for a day.  It was inspiring to see the passion involved in everything they do.  I think there are a lot of parallels between what they do and what we do when it comes to preparation, focus and intensity.  I hope we can take our entire GEICO team the next time we go.”

 

Mears and the Germain Racing team hit the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway on Friday for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice.  Mears wasted little time getting settled into the track where he led in the spring.  He sat second on the speed chart in the opening session, as the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion topped a startling 200 miles per hour.  A day later, Mears qualified 19th for Sunday’s race when he toured the 2.66-mile facility in just 50.353-seconds, at a rate of speed of 190.177 miles per hour.

 

Temperatures on raceday were in the low 60’s, while gray skies dominated the afternoon.  Starting 19th, Mears quickly dropped to 30th by the second lap before beginning a charge to the front, where he would ultimately spend his entire afternoon.  He soon hooked up with his good friend Jeff Gordon and found himself as the leader on lap 50.  After surrendering a few positions, Mears and the #13 GEICO Fusion retook the lead on lap 57 and held the position until crew chief Bootie Barker ordered him to pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 61.  The GEICO pit crew would do a stellar job all afternoon and got Mears and the GEICO Fusion on and off pit road quickly, gaining positions with nearly every stop.

 

Mears rarely fell out of the top 10, but on the odd occasion that he slipped to 15th or 16th, he led a resurgence that saw him dice his way through the field and, more times than not, end up as the leader.  After taking fuel on a quick ‘splash and go’ stop during a late Jamie McMurray caution, the #13 GEICO Fusion was forced to start the race from the 17th position with just two laps to go in the race.

 

After the green flag waved for the final time with two laps remaining, Mears cut through the field and was sitting in the eighth position when the white flag indicated one to go.  He had moved up to the fifth position and had a strong, race-winning run going as he drafted with Michael Waltrip heading out of turn four on the final lap.  Tony Stewart quickly slid down the track to block Waltrip, causing a chain reaction crash that involved 24 cars and collected all but two of the Chase contenders.  Unfortunately, it also collected the #13 GEICO Fusion of Casey Mears and sent him hard into the outside wall, resulting in a destroyed racecar.  After leading the race on four different occasions for a total of ten laps, and sitting in the top five on the final lap, Mears was forced to settle for a 26th place finish, which is not indicative of the dominant run he enjoyed this afternoon.

 

“It was a great day for the GEICO team because we ran up front the whole race and led a few times,” Mears said as he surveyed the damage to his GEICO car.  “I was able to drive to the front at will and it was a lot of fun to be able to do whatever I wanted out there today.  I’m really happy for GEICO and all of the guys on this team because we’ve all worked hard together to get to this point.  The Germain guys gave me a great car and the pit crew was incredible today.  I was also glad we could get GEICO great television exposure.  There’s no denying we were here and we had a strong run with Michael (Waltrip) coming out of (turn) four and definitely would have ended up second… if we didn’t win the race.”

 

Next week, the Germain Racing crewmembers get to sleep in their own beds and go home to their families each night.  They will race just down the road in Charlotte, NC.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the opening practice session on Thursday, October 11th, at 3:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 7:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, October 13th, and it will be televised live on ABC beginning at 7:00 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) 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

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

- PMI -

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

 

Sep 17
2012

GEICO 400 Race Recap

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FLAT TIRE CUTS DAY SHORT FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM

 

 

Chicago, IL (September 16, 2012) – Casey Mears and his GEICO Racing team blew into the Windy City prepared for a busy weekend filled with exciting opportunities to promote their sponsor.  Mears walked off the plane and within an hour found himself signing autographs at a local GEICO office in Chicago where he greeted policyholders on Thursday.  The weekend had Mears frequently appearing on GEICO stages and in GEICO campgrounds around Chicagoland Speedway, allowing him the opportunity to interface with his biggest fans.

 

Friday saw the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series get down to business when they took to the racetrack for the weekend’s two practice sessions.  The end of the first practice had the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion 31st on the board, but shortly thereafter, Mears hit the track for final practice and made his way quickly around the 1.5-mile facility.  He sat 20th on the board when the session closed.  Qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon and Mears managed to handle the slippery racetrack and navigate it in just 29.992 seconds, placing him 27th on Sunday’s GEICO 400 starting grid.

 

Clear skies and sunshine greeted the Gecko when he arrived in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage on Sunday to visit the team that features his likeness on their #13 Ford Fusion.  After many photos and a pep talk, the Gecko departed as the team headed to the starting grid.  Mears rolled off 27th when the green flag set the field underway on Sunday afternoon.  He quickly jumped two spots to 25th on the opening lap before cracking the top 20 on lap 42.  Mears’ lap times were consistent with the leaders and even though he was battling a handling condition, his lap times rarely wavered.

 

When the caution flag was displayed on lap 65, Mears brought his #13 GEICO Fusion to the attention of his Germain Racing pit crew who quickly outfitted him with fresh tires and fuel.  While most cars either took two tires, or took advantage of the wave-around, crew chief Bootie Barker gave Mears four tires to allow him the best opportunity to race his way into the Lucky Dog position.  Barker’s thought was prophetic because it wasn’t long before Mears sat as the first car a lap down, in position to receive the Lucky Dog award.

 

Mears was approaching the pit window when he brought out the yellow flag on lap 149.  His right front tire went down in turn 1, sending the #13 GEICO Fusion hard into the outside wall and bringing an abrupt end to Germain Racing’s afternoon.  After sitting with a top 15 finish in sight, Mears was instead relegated to a 36th place finish that caused visible frustration on his face when he climbed from his GEICO Fusion.

 

“Days like this are frustrating because the Germain Racing guys gave me a good racecar and we were definitely going to end up finishing anywhere between 12th and 18th,” Mears said.  “GEICO is the best sponsor in racing and we were in position to put on a good show for them today, but there’s not much you can do about a flat tire.  I’ll probably be a little sore tomorrow, but we’ll all be at the shop this week preparing for our upcoming races.”  He added, “It was a lot of fun to be a part of what GEICO was doing in Chicago this weekend.  When they do something, they do it big and it was cool for our whole team to be able to see it.  I made appearances at their main display, the campground display and also visited with their guests in the suite.  We’re very excited about GEICO’s sponsorship extension of our team through 2014 and since receiving the news last week, we already have productive things happening.”

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

- PMI -

 

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

 

 

 

Sep 13
2012

GEICO 400 Preview, Sponsorship Extension with Germain Racing

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BUSY WEEK FOR MEARS AND COMPANY: GEICO 400 AND SPONSORSHIP EXTENSION

GEICO extends sponsorship of Germain Racing and Casey Mears through the 2014 season

 

Chicago, IL (September 13, 2012) – It has been two years since Casey Mears took the wheel of the #13 GEICO/Germain Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry and rescued an otherwise struggling upstart team.  Mears’ vast experience coupled with team owner Bob Germain’s unwavering commitment culminated in an effort that has made unprecedented progress and now, just 24-months later, finds itself running door-to-door with the elite teams in the nation’s top auto racing series.  GEICO, in the midst of their fifth year with the team, is as much a partner as a sponsor and has played an intricate role in the team’s development and is updated weekly on the goings on in the Germain Racing shop.

 

Aside from their team sponsorship of Mears and his Germain Racing counterparts, GEICO has established itself as one of the strongest supporters of the sport, boasting comedic television commercials featuring Mears, as well as campground sponsorships at individual racetracks and their entitlement sponsorship of the Chicago race, dubbed the ‘GEICO 400’.

 

Germain Racing will take the track this weekend as GEICO engages in their second year of the GEICO 400.  While crew members will take great pride in seeing their sponsor’s name blanketed across the speedway grounds, they have also been energized by recent news of a sponsorship extension.  This week, GEICO announced they have officially extended their sponsorship of Germain Racing and driver Casey Mears through the end of the 2014 season, leaving the Gecko to co-pilot the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion for the next two seasons.

 

Team owner Bob Germain reflected on a partnership that has spanned the last five years.

 

“Everyone at Germain Racing is thrilled to have GEICO continue to support our racing program,” Germain said.  “We've come such a long way since we started together back in 2008.  It's been a great relationship both personally and from a business perspective.  We couldn't ask for a better partner and we value the opportunity to continue to represent GEICO in the sport of NASCAR.”

 

GEICO is currently in the 12th year of their NASCAR involvement.  Vice president of marketing Ted Ward weighed in with his thoughts on their successful partnership with Germain Racing and the sport in general.

 

“We’ve enjoyed our partnership with Germain Racing and are proud to have a driver of Casey Mears’ caliber driving our racecar each week and representing GEICO.  We are very much looking forward to 2013 and 2014 with Bob Germain and his race team,” Ward said.  “Our multi-faceted marketing approach to NASCAR, with our team sponsorship, campground sponsorships and race entitlement, has allowed us to engage NASCAR fans on nearly every level, allowing them to see that we have a genuine interest in the sport as well as the fans that so passionately engage it.”

 

This weekend, fans will have several opportunities to meet Mears and see his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion on display.

 

On Friday, Mears will be appearing at the Lakeside Campground from 6:15 PM (CDT) – 6:45 PM (CDT) and then later at the Race Fan Rally in downtown Joliet, IL, from 7:30 PM (CDT) – 8:30 PM (CDT). 

 

On Saturday, he will be signing autographs for fans at GEICO’s expansive display area in Champions Park from 10:15 AM (CDT) – 10:45 AM (CDT), and again on Sunday from 9:15 AM (CDT) – 9:35 AM (CDT).

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Chicagoland Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, September 14th, at 1:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, September 15th, at 1:40 PM (EDT).

 

The GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 16th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

- PMI -

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

Sep 09
2012

Richmond Post-race Recap

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AFTER RAINY RICHMOND, MEARS’ FOCUS ON GEICO 400

 

 

Richmond, VA (September 8, 2012) – Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team looked to rebound in Richmond after falling victim to a non-team related issue in Atlanta a week earlier that ended their day prematurely.  At the same time, something greater awaits the GEICO team when they venture to Chicago next weekend for the GEICO 400, a once-a-year entitlement sponsorship that finds the insurance giant taking over one of the nation’s largest cities.

 

Mears and his Germain Racing counterparts would need to first deal with Richmond before moving on to the Windy City.  It seemed as though things were headed in the right direction in the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session when Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion landed 22nd on the speed chart.  Changes to the set-up between practice sessions did not sit well with the GEICO machine and Mears later rested 43rd on the board in final practice, and ultimately qualified 42nd for the Federated Auto Parts 400.

 

If rainy days and race delays always get you down, then Richmond International Raceway was not the place for you on Saturday evening.  The blue skies and sunshine that filled the Richmond area on Saturday afternoon would later be betrayed by a storm front that dumped heavy rain on the ¾-mile tri-oval just hours before the green flag was scheduled to fly. 

 

Once the track was dry and racing action got underway, Mears and the #13 GEICO Fusion made quick work of the field, marching from 42nd to 38th before the completion of the opening lap.  26 laps later saw him eleven positions to the good, in 31st, when he reported to crew chief Bootie Barker that he was in a tussle with an ill-handling racecar.  The scheduled competition caution on lap 45 gave Mears the opportunity to take a much-needed trip down pit road. Aside from providing the GEICO Fusion with four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments, the Germain Racing pit crew turned in a stellar stop and ultimately helped Mears gain two positions on pit road.  

 

Even with adjustments handed down from his crew, Mears still struggled to wheel his #13 GEICO Fusion around the racetrack.  On lap 65, Mears reported, “It doesn’t turn any better.  It’s a lot looser in and looser off.  Terrible in the center.”  His battle would not be short-lived and would instead plague him for the balance of the evening.  Undaunted, Mears and his GEICO team had climbed to the 23rd position before rain once again delivered a heavy blow to the Richmond area.  What ensued was a red flag that lasted 51 minutes and 45 seconds, pushing the race even later into the evening.

 

With the exception of a single lap just past the halfway point of the race where Mears turned his fastest lap of the evening and voiced his approval of the feel of the car, the late night saw more of the same for the GEICO team.  Mears struggled, the team worked hard and, in the end, they managed to salvage a 29th place finish when the checkered flag halted the field in the early morning hours.

 

“This sport can be so frustrating at times and when you have nights like this it can really get the best of you, but we’ve always been resilient and no one on this GEICO team is hanging their head,” Mears stated.  “We’ve come a long way and worked really hard to get here and we know what’s in the heart of this team, so minor bumps in the road don’t get us down.  If anything, it inspires us.  We have a great, committed sponsor and team owner in GEICO and Bob Germain, so it gives us motivation knowing their level of commitment and belief.  We recently received some great news and we’ll be releasing it this week sometime.  Focus and perspective are key and we have both.”  He added, “Obviously, we’re excited to get to Chicago next weekend for the GEICO 400.  We truly have the best sponsor in auto racing and it’s exciting to see all the ways GEICO supports NASCAR as a whole and cares about the health of the sport.  We’re proud to have them as a partner.”

 

Next week, the Germain Racing team will arrive in Chicago where they will see their sponsor’s name highly visible all over the grounds of the speedway.  Along with the #13 GEICO Fusion, fans will see giant inflatable Geckos, an expansive GEICO display area in the midway and several opportunities to meet Casey Mears at scheduled autograph signings. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Chicagoland Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, September 14th, at 1:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, September 15th, at 1:40 PM (EDT).

 

The GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 16th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

- PMI -

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm

Sep 03
2012

Atlanta Post Race Report - GEICO Ford Fusion

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CASEY MEARS’ ATLANTA RUN GOES UP IN SMOKE

 

Player Management International Media Release

 

HAMPTON, Ga. (September 2, 2012) – Atlanta Motor Speedway is known for fast speeds and drivers holding the gas pedal wide-open around the entire 1.5-mile quad-oval. Add in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series making their one and only stop in Georgia along with temperatures above 90 degrees, and a classic showdown was sure to be in the cards.

Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team entered the Peachtree State with a plan of attack – keep the No. 13 Ford Fusion in one piece and continue their string of strong runs. After struggling in the opening practice session, Mears clocked a solid lap of 30.117 seconds in qualifying to place the Germain Racing entry in the 19th starting position.

As the green flag waved to start the 325-lap race, Mears quickly reported a tight handling condition and that the No. 13 entry wouldn’t turn in the corners. The first caution flag flew on lap 40 for oil on the track, which allowed the GEICO machine to come to pit road. The Bakersfield, California native received four fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments. Mears restarted on lap 44 from the 29th position.

Mears continued to wheel the GEICO Fusion despite reporting to crew chief Bootie Barker: “feels like it wants to spin out around the entire corner.” A 90 lap caution-free run forced teams to make two green flag pit stops. Barker brought Mears to the attention of his crew on lap 75 and lap 109; each stop resulting in four tires, fuel, and adjustments in an effort to improve handling. The second caution of the night came on lap 131 for debris on the backstretch. Mears visited pit road for tires, fuel and additional adjustments, before returning to green flag conditions on lap 135.

Another lengthy green flag run commenced and lasted for over 100 laps, forcing Barker to bring Mears back to pit road twice more. The over-the-wall crew held positions on pit road while making wedge and air pressure adjustments. By lap 230, Mears was scored in the 30th position but reported to his GEICO team that the car reacted better to the wedge adjustment. The third caution came on lap 243 and Barker instructed Mears to take the wave around to regain a lap to the leaders.

The GEICO Ford Fusion restarted from the 27th position on lap 248. Two quick cautions came over the next seven laps, allowing Mears to come back down pit road for tires and fuel. On lap 280, Mears restarted from the 24th position and looked to move inside the top-20. However, eleven short laps later, smoke came billowing from the rear of the No. 13 Fusion and the rear tires locked up, ending Mears’ night early. As the checkered flag flew, Mears was credited with a 33rd-place finish.

“We struggled at the beginning of the race with the handling,” said Mears, after the race. “Once Bootie (Barker) made the wedge adjustment, our GEICO Ford Fusion really started to handle better. Unfortunately, I saw the heavy smoke and our night ended early. The rear tires just locked up on me. We will head back to the shop and figure out what caused it. Proud of all the guys for hanging in there and we will head to Richmond. We always look forward to racing in GEICO’s backyard.”

Mears and the No. 13 GEICO team head to Richmond International Raceway for short-track action on Saturday, September 8th. Catch all the action live on ABC, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio will also have the live radio broadcast.

 

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

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

Aug 26
2012

Bristol Race Report - GEICO Racing

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CASEY MEARS NETS POLE AND POINTS JUMP AT BRISTOL

GEICO and Germain Racing score first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pole Award

 

Player Management International Media Release

 

Bristol, TN (August 25, 2012) – As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series descended upon Bristol Motor Speedway for their final visit of the 2012 season, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team celebrated their second anniversary together.  Since Mears arrival, the Germain Racing program has experienced significant growth, and this weekend their ascension in Sprint Cup Series status continued. 

 

While Bristol Motor Speedway recently underwent a track resurfacing, Mears and his GEICO team chose to attack the unknown rather than fear it.  As the weekend’s first practice came to a close on Friday, the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion sat high atop the board, ending the session as the fastest car at the half-mile bullring.  At many facilities, qualifying order may not matter, but at Bristol it does.  Given that the order of qualifying is based on speeds from the first practice, Mears won a practice session that every other team sought to control.  More importantly, the Germain Racing team mastered a track at which they’ve otherwise struggled in past visits. 

 

Late Friday, the Tri-Cities region succumbed to an unexpected storm front, which ultimately forced the cancellation of Sprint Cup Series qualifying.  Reverting back to first practice speeds, as dictated by NASCAR’s rulebook, Mears and the GEICO Racing team were awarded the pole position and with it, the favored pit stall on pit road.  Friday marks the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pole Award for GEICO and Germain Racing, but Mears is no stranger.  The Bakersfield, CA, native now has four starts from the front, including 2007 at Chicagoland Speedway, and back-to-back poles in 2004 at Pocono and Indianapolis.

 

“It’s very exciting for our team and for our sponsor GEICO, who has been so supportive,” Mears said after learning he would start from the pole.  “The last couple years have been long but we have made lots of improvements, especially this season.  We couldn’t ask for a bigger shot in the arm for this Germain Racing team.  GEICO has been with us every step of the way, so we’re happy to share the excitement with them.  Being in this sport for a long time, my expectations are high.  I know we can compete week in and week out.”

 

A packed house sat on the edge of their seats awaiting a sundown showdown on Saturday night at The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.  Mears led the field to the green flag and refused to surrender the top spot and remained the leader for 26 laps.  When the GEICO Ford Fusion picked up a tight handling condition, Mears dropped a few positions in an effort to take care of his racecar.  When the yellow flag flew on lap 82, crew chief Bootie Barker called Mears to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments.  With varying pit strategies occurring among the different teams, the veteran driver restarted the race from the 17th position.

 

While Mears and his Sprint Cup Series counterparts collectively expressed their displeasure as passing became increasingly difficult, it didn’t seem to deter the GEICO driver.  Mears captured the 12th position with just 100 laps remaining and made his way ever closer to the top ten. 

 

The pole sitter faced his biggest challenge on lap 414 when his left rear tire gave way, sending the #13 GEICO Fusion into the outside wall and bringing out the caution flag.  The Germain Racing pit crew quickly provided Mears with four new tires and repairs, returning him to the racing surface just one lap down.  The racing gods would smile upon the GEICO team just a few laps later, on lap 424, when another yellow flag slowed the field and allowed Mears to return to the lead lap as the recipient of the coveted Lucky Dog award. 

 

Despite falling victim to a flat tire, a persistent Mears managed to hustle the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion to a 21st place finish after the checkered flag ended 500-laps of intense racing action.  His resilience helped to account for the team’s 15th top 25 effort of the 2012 season. 

 

Notably, Mears jumps up one position in the point standings to 26th and now sits just 16 points removed from the top 25. 

 

“The GEICO Racing team worked hard all night,” Mears said after the race.  “We would’ve come out of here with at least a top 10 or top 15 finish if the tire hadn’t blown, but all things considered, we’ll take 21st.  It’s Bristol, which is to say this place is unpredictable at best.  To start from the pole and run competitively is what we try to do each weekend and for it all to come together is a nice feeling. Hopefully we will keep this momentum and have another good run at Atlanta next weekend.”

 

Next week, the Germain Racing team will make their way to Hampton, GA, for race number 25 of the 2012 season.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, August 31st, at 2:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 6:10 PM (EDT).

 

The AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 2nd, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 6:30 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) 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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

-PMI-

 

 

 

Aug 24
2012

Ford Racing NSCS Notes & Quotes: Irwin Tools Night Race Qualifying (Bristol Motor Speedway)

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Rain cancelled qualifying for tomorrow night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, meaning the starting field will be set in accordance with the rule book. As a result, Casey Mears, driver of the No. 13 Geico Ford Fusion, will start from the pole after posting the fastest single lap time in today’s first practice session. Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, will start third. Both drivers answered questions following the postponement.

Ford Qualifying Results (Qualifying postponed by rain)

  • 1st – Casey Mears
  • 3rd – Greg Biffle
  • 5th – Aric Almirola
  • 9th – Marcos Ambrose
  • 17th – Matt Kenseth
  • 18th – David Gilliland
  • 24th – David Ragan
  • 27th – Carl Edwards
  • 30th – Michael McDowell
  • 32nd – Josh Wise
  • 42nd – Ken Schrader

CASEY MEARS – No. 13 Geico Ford Fusion – HOW DOES IT FEEL TO START FIRST TOMORROW NIGHT? “It’s exciting. I think for our team, Germain Racing, it’s been a long couple of years. It’s been good, but the team has really grown in strides and we’ve made a lot of big improvements this year. We still have a lot to learn and still have a lot to grow, but it’s a big shot in the arm for our team for sure. Geico has made a big commitment to our program. Bob Germain has done a lot of really good things this year toward making everything better. We’ve been able to get cars from Roush – cars, parts and pieces. We still don’t get the information, but Bootie and the guys have done a really good job at doing their homework at Bristol. We were pretty embarrassed at how we showed up here last time. The first part of the year we didn’t get our first car until late January from Roush, so we were playing catch-up the first part of this year and to be able to put a little time into it and work at it, Bootie and these guys did a really good job. We unloaded way better than we were here last time. Race trim felt pretty good as well and when they switched over to qualifying trim we were 15th to 12th and they made a substantial adjustment in the right direction and we were able to shoot to the top of the board. It’s exciting for us. I think it’s gonna be good. Obviously, starting up front at Bristol period is always a good thing. Like I said, I think it’s exciting for our team to be able to have this opportunity to have the first pit selection starting up towards the front. It gives us a big head start from where we’ve been in the past.”

WHAT IS YOUR IMPRESSION OF HOW THE TRACK AND RACE MIGHT BE DIFFERENT WITH THE TOP GROOVE? “Really, it’s hard to say yet because where they actually worked on the track we haven’t actually been all the way up there yet. I’ve seen some guys flirting with the edge of it, so it’s really gonna be hard to say. The race tonight will give you a better idea of maybe what we can expect more of tomorrow night. As of right now, there’s really not a good comment to make because nobody has really run up there where they really changed the surface yet. If it keeps guys from running up against the wall, I think it could make it a little bit more competitive just because when guys are running right up against the fence and it’s really hard to pass guys down underneath, you’re hesitant to get in the back of them and kind of move them out of the way a little because you know it’s gonna put them in the wall right away running that close to the fence, so if it can keep guys within a car width or car width-and-a-half away from the wall, it’s gonna allow for at least some of that old-style racing back a little bit.”

YOU ARE RUNNING THE FULL DISTANCE RIGHT? “Yes. That’s a valid question. We have a partial season and Geico has really stepped up this year and actually done more than they said they were gonna do initially, which has been huge. Bob Germain has made a very substantial personal investment into this program. His heart is in it, so we’ve grown at least six or eight races more than we were gonna run this year already. Bristol is one that we’re definitely gonna run. We run next weekend in Atlanta, so a good run here would definitely set us off right for a good week next week as well.”

CASEY MEARS CONTINUED -- HOW IS YOUR RACE SETUP AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THE RACE. “It’s an obvious question. Your qualifying setup was great, how is your race setup? I felt pretty good about it. It wasn’t outstanding. I wasn’t jumping up and down in race trim, but we were definitely right in the mix, so it wasn’t one of those deals where we were 35th in race trim and then we jumped up to first for qualifying. So we’re fortunate with that. Like I said, the guys have done their homework. The car is pretty good for the race tomorrow. We tried some real big things in second practice, just trying to get a direction knowing what we did in the first practice was working pretty well, so I’m excited about it. I think we’ve got a good starting spot. We’ve got a good race car and we’ll be looking for a solid night tomorrow.”

CAN YOU TELL US YOU KNEW IT WAS GOING TO RAIN AND THAT’S WHY YOU RAN SUCH A FAST LAP? “Honestly, the way it’s structured right now we all try to run as fast as we can the first practice because we know how good a late draw is here at Bristol. There are other tracks, obviously, where it wouldn’t be as important but having a late draw here always helps. You never want to get a pole like this but we’ll definitely take it, I can tell you that. And the other thing is you know everybody was trying to run as fast as they could in that first practice. Is there a little bit more left? I think there always is when you go to qualify, but, believe me, everybody wanted to go out last in qualifying today. We’re pretty proud of the fact that we were fastest in that first practice just because of that. You know that everybody has that same mindset and I think it shows we have a pretty competitive car, so I’m excited about it.”

GREG BIFFLE SAID EARLIER THE LINE FROM WINNING TO 12TH PLACE IS SO FINE. FOR A TEAM LIKE YOURS HOW DO YOU DEFINE VICTORY? WHAT IS A GOOD WEEKEND? “I think that today was a small one for sure for our program. Then obviously if we could end up inside the top 15 tomorrow that would be a real good day for us. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in this sport for a long time. My expectations are high. Bootie’s are high. Believe me, Bob’s and Geico’s are high as well. We all want to go win races, but the reality of it is we’ve been a team that’s done a very good job getting from 30th in the last year-and-a-half to running consistently inside the top 20. We’ve been slowly chipping away at possibly getting inside the top 15 and I think that although we’ve had a great day today, I think our goals are still the same. If we could have a good top 15, it would be a huge day for us. If we got inside the top 10, it would almost be like a win. And if we can start and run well like I think we can tomorrow, we could really, really exceed what would be a great day for us. It’s a tough balance when you’re in a competition-based sport, obviously. For being in this sport as long as I have, I have very, very high goals, but at the same time you’ve got to be realistic with what you are working with, what you’re working towards and where you’re at at that current time. For us, if we were to get a top 15, it would be a good day for us.”

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AT THIS POINT IN YOUR CAREER AND HOW DOES BEING WITH THIS ORGANIZATION HELP YOU WITH THAT? “That’s a pretty wide-open question, really. I look to win races. When I look at the reality of that, with where we’re at right now, we’re still a little ways from that. It’s not to say that we can’t do it, but there’s just so many details at the end of the day that you really have to cover to actually win one of these races. We have an opportunity tomorrow night, but, at the same time, what I’ve really enjoyed is I think this is my 10th year at this level and having the experience I’ve had over the years it’s been fun to be part of a program where they lean and rely on me a lot to get to where we’re going. I’m a huge part in everything that we do – in the meetings, where we decide to go.

CASEY MEARS CONTINUED – “Ford has been a big help to us this year, which has been outstanding. Obviously, having the relationship with Roush has been good, but behind the scenes, how we do things – Bootie, myself, Larry Rogers, Bob Germain – we sit down and kind of discuss what we’re gonna do next and this program just continues to grow and it’s really rewarding to see how we’ve grown over the last couple of years. I tell you what, when you talk about getting inside the top 20 or the top 15 when you start looking at the three and four-car teams that should be inside the top 20 on a weekly basis, when you finish 18th or 16th as a one-car organization scrapping and clawing for everything you do, you’ve just beat six or eight teams that you really shouldn’t have beat. So I’m proud of what we’ve done this year. We’ve definitely made a lot of strides and we see a big future. I think at the end of the day, we don’t look at those top 20s and go, ‘This is as far as we’re gonna go.’ We see us improving and going in the right direction and I’m just excited about it. The path is going the right way. Today proves that to a certain extent. We definitely improved from the last time we were here. The first time I came here with Germain Racing – this is the two-year anniversary for me. The first time I came here was at Bristol. We came here with intentions of making the show and we weren’t gonna race. This was not a race that we were gonna race. We qualified 43rd and I think in the first 10 laps we passed 10 cars and pulled in. That was the worst thing I ever did in my life. Today, at the end of practice two years later we were the quick time, so I think that says a lot for how far this team has come.”

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Aug 13
2012

The Glen Race Recap - GEICO Ford Fusion

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MEARS’ WATKINS GLEN CHARGE NETS 16TH AND JUMP IN POINTS

 

 

 

Watkins Glen, NY (August 12, 2012) – This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series traveled to the Finger Lakes region of New York for the series’ second road course race of the 2012 season.  After an earlier 15th place finish at Sonoma in June, Casey Mears and the GEICO team looked to continue the success with their road course program.   

 

Practice proved uneventful for the Germain Racing team, as Mears ended the first session in the 21st position, while the final practice saw him in 31st.  Qualifying also provided little hope when Mears landed 30th on the starting grid after negotiating the rights and lefts of Watkins Glen International in a racecar that felt off balance.

 

When race day arrived, crew chief Bootie Barker and his staff had a plan that developed after long hours in the hotel lobby during the previous evening.  And they would need one, given their #13 GEICO Ford Fusion would be starting the 90-lap event from the 30th position.  Mears kept it light during pre-race and appeared confident in his team.

 

The green flag set the field underway amid cloudy skies and cooling temperatures.  Mears and the #13 GEICO Fusion made quick progress on the 2.45-mile road course and picked up five positions by the close of lap 12.  He said to Barker, “I’m really loose everywhere.”  However unsettled he may have felt in the car didn’t reconcile with his ascent up the leaderboard, as he reached 17th before the first caution of the day slowed the field on lap 25.  Mears brought his GEICO machine to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew who quickly provided him with four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Fusion would restart the race from the 17th position; 13 spots higher than where he began the race just 30 laps prior.  He worked his way up to 11th by lap 57, and then quickly broke into the top 10 and ran 8th before Denny Hamlin brought out the caution on lap 58. 

 

As the race began to wind down, Mears and his #13 GEICO Fusion had solidified their position in the top 20 before hustling to a 16th place finish.  His effort accounts for the team’s sixth top 20 finish of the 2012 season.  Also, Mears inches ever closer to the top 25 and now rests just 17 points removed from Kurt Busch, who currently occupies the 25th position. 

 

“We had a decent day today and I’m proud of the guys on this GEICO team for working hard to get the car figured out, and they also did a great job getting me off of pit road,” Mears said.  “It was kind of fun driving the #13 GEICO Fusion from the back to the front and I’m glad we were able to get a good finish and make up ground in the points, also.”

 

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

 

Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing

 

 

- PMI -

 

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com