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Jun 08
2015

16th Place Finish for Mears at the Tricky Triangle - Pocono Raceway

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MEARS TAMES THE TRIANGLE AND FINISHES TOP-16 AT POCONO


Long Pond, PA (June 7, 2015) - Dover's Monster Mile left Casey Mears and Germain Racing heartbroken after snatching a top-20 finish from their grasp after two flat tires in the final eight laps dashed their hopes. Armed with a short-term memory, the GEICO team arrived in Long Pond, PA, looking for redemption at the track dubbed the Tricky Triangle.

 

Mears wasted little time getting comfortable when practice got underway on Friday. Despite having to battle the much discussed heavy bumps in the tunnel turn, he posted the 14th quickest practice time and then aimed to top his 2014 qualifying result of 25th. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying saw the Bakersfield, CA, native advance to the second round before pedaling the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS around the 2.5-mile tri-oval in a prompt 51.232-seconds, at a speed of 175.671 miles per hour. His hustle landed him 18th on Sunday's starting grid and topped his June 2014 effort by five positions.

When the Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 went green on Sunday, Mears and his GEICO Chevy held strong in the top-20 and by lap 26 were riding in the 13th position. Despite facing a loss of front grip and a car that would not turn, he continued to forge ahead and only surrendered a minimal amount of real estate before his pit crew was able to get to work on the Germain entry. Mears ran solidly in the top-20 for the bulk of the afternoon and was in a position to finish strong as the race wore down.

 

Crew chief Bootie Barker would order the GEICO Chevy to pit road for a scheduled green flag fuel stop with just 32 laps to go and soon after Mears returned to thracing surface, the yellow flag was displayed. The perfect timing left Mears and his No. 13 car with a sufficient amount of fuel to complete the race and also mitigated any potential lost ground on the track. Mears restarted 18th with just 27 laps left in the advertised distance and managed to collect two spots and finish 16th when the checkered flag was displayed on Sunday afternoon in the Pocono mountains. His effort accounts for Germain Racing's sixth top-20 of the 2015 season.

 

"We had a good run today and it was nice to be able to come here and put together a strong weekend and get a good finish," Mears said. "We ran in the top-20 most of the day and Bootie (Barker, crew chief) made a good call there at the end and we were able to keep the GEICO Chevy up front. Everyone on this Germain team works so hard and I appreciate all of their effort and have been pleased with the improvement this year."

 

Next up for the GEICO Racing team is a trip to the Irish Hills of Michigan.

 

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Michigan International Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, June 12th, at 11:30 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:15 PM (ET).

 

The Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 14th, and it will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Jun 08
2015

Pocono Race Recap - June 2015

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MEARS TAMES THE TRIANGLE AND FINISHES TOP-16 AT POCONO 

Long Pond, PA (June 7, 2015) - Dover's Monster Mile left Casey Mears and Germain Racing heartbroken after snatching a top-20 finish from their grasp after two flat tires in the final eight laps dashed their hopes. Armed with a short-term memory, the GEICO team arrived in Long Pond, PA, looking for redemption at the track dubbed the Tricky Triangle.

 

Mears wasted little time getting comfortable when practice got underway on Friday. Despite having to battle the much discussed heavy bumps in the tunnel turn, he posted the 14th quickest practice time and then aimed to top his 2014 qualifying result of 25th. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying saw the Bakersfield, CA, native advance to the second round before pedaling the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS around the 2.5-mile tri-oval in a prompt 51.232-seconds, at a speed of 175.671 miles per hour. His hustle landed him 18th on Sunday's starting grid and topped his June 2014 effort by five positions.    

 

When the Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 went green on Sunday, Mears and his GEICO Chevy held strong in the top-20 and by lap 26 were riding in the 13th position. Despite facing a loss of front grip and a car that would not turn, he continued to forge ahead and only surrendered a minimal amount of real estate before his pit crew was able to get to work on the Germain entry. Mears ran solidly in the top-20 for the bulk of the afternoon and was in a position to finish strong as the race wore down.

 

Crew chief Bootie Barker would order the GEICO Chevy to pit road for a scheduled green flag fuel stop with just 32 laps to go and soon after Mears returned to the racing surface, the yellow flag was displayed. The perfect timing left Mears and his No. 13 car with a sufficient amount of fuel to complete the race and also mitigated any potential lost ground on the track. Mears restarted 18th with just 27 laps left in the advertised distance and managed to collect two spots and finish 16thwhen the checkered flag was displayed on Sunday afternoon in the Pocono mountains. His effort accounts for Germain Racing's sixth top-20 of the 2015 season.

 

"We had a good run today and it was nice to be able to come here and put together a strong weekend and get a good finish," Mears said. "We ran in the top-20 most of the day and Bootie (Barker, crew chief) made a good call there at the end and we were able to keep the GEICO Chevy up front. Everyone on this Germain team works so hard and I appreciate all of their effort and have been pleased with the improvement this year."

 

Next up for the GEICO Racing team is a trip to the Irish Hills of Michigan.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Michigan International Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, June 12th, at 11:30 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:15 PM (ET).

 

The Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 14th, and it will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

- PMI -

Jun 01
2015

Dover Race Results Hampered by Late Race Cut Tires

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LATE-RACE BACK-TO-BACK FLAT TIRES RUIN MEARS' TOP-20 RUN AT DOVER 

Dover, DE (May 31, 2015) - After a solid run in Charlotte, the Germain Racing team traveled to Delaware looking to conquer the high-banked one-mile oval affectionately known as the Monster Mile. Dover is located just 100-miles from GEICO's corporate office and offered Casey Mears the opportunity to play in the Gecko's backyard.

 

Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS took to Dover International Speedway for practice on Friday, where he ended up 23rd on the speed chart. He later qualified 21st after touring the legendary oval in just 22.771-seconds, at a speed of 158.096-miles per hour.

 

On Sunday, the green flag set the field loose amid a hot, humid day that would provide slick track conditions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field. Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevy rolled off of the starting grid from the 21st position. He found himself at odds with his racecar, but the Germain Racing pit crew worked throughout the day to make adjustments and help Mears gain track position. As the race wore down, the GEICO Chevy was in the top-20 and eyeing a strong finish.

 

On lap 376, Kyle Busch and Brian Scott got together, which resulted in the event's fifth caution flag of the day. Mears would bring his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet to the attention of his pit crew, which returned him to the racing surface in a very prompt 11.2-seconds. In position to score a top-20 finish, Mears charged hard when the race returned to green with 17 laps remaining in the 400-mile race. As things heated up on the racetrack, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin found themselves at odds over real estate just three laps later, causing a crash that put Mears on the edge of his seat as a car spun and nearly made contact. Having just pitted, crew chief Bootie Barker ordered the GEICO Chevy to remain on the racetrack.

 

Mears was in the 20th position when the race returned to green with just 10 laps to go in the advertised distance. In turn three, Jamie McMurray made incidental contact with Mears, causing a tire rub that would soon send the No. 13 entry scrambling to pit road with a flat right-rear tire. After running in the 19th position, he was forced to pit under green, which would cost him valuable track position. The Germain Racing pit crew quickly provided Mears with two fresh right-side tires and sent him back into action with a short four laps to go. The untimely visit caused him to surrender three positions and he was scored in the 22nd position upon his return to the track.

 

Unfortunately, just three laps later, on lap 399, Mears' left front tire went down, which sent him spinning across the racetrack and bringing out the final caution flag of the day. The crew repaired the damage and put on four new Goodyear tires before sending him out for the final time. Despite the misfortune, Mears and his GEICO team were able to salvage a 27th place finish when the checkered flag closed out a hot afternoon in Dover.

 

"Days like today are frustrating because it was beyond our control; not much you can do about flat tires," Mears said following the race. "The Germain guys worked hard all day to make adjustments to our GEICO Chevy and there at the very end we were in position to get a top-20 finish, but we have two tires go down within a few laps of each other. We're excited to get to Pocono next week and put Dover behind us. All of the guys have worked really hard and we've had a lot of speed this year, so we always look forward to getting to the track each week."

 

The Germain Racing team will now pay a visit to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Pocono Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, June 5th, at noon (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:45 PM (ET).

 

The Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 7th, and it will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

- PMI -


May 25
2015

Charlotte 600 Mile Race a Lengthy Challenge for GEICO Chevy

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MEARS BEATS THE HEAT AND HUSTLES TO 23RD PLACE FINISH AT CHARLOTTE

 

CONCORD, N.C. (May 24, 2015) - Every season when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team know perseverance will be required in order to complete the longest event of the season. Tapping in at 400 laps, 600 miles, Sunday night's race proved to be challenging for both the driver and crew.

 

On Thursday, the team arrived at the track with a new racecar, which initially proved challenging. They finished up practice in the 29th position and went on to qualify 34th for Sunday night's race. However, when the team returned to the track with the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet on Saturday, the tune had changed and Mears ended up 19th and 12th on the respective speed charts.

 

Once the green flag flew under sunny skies, Mears made quick progress and gained a handful of positions. However, the first misfortune of the evening arrived on lap 45 when the engine in the GEICO Military Chevrolet suddenly cut off on Mears. Using quick reflexes while traveling at speeds over 180 mph, Mears switched the car back on and soon realized that his internal air conditioner had ceased operations. With over 350 laps remaining, Mears would go on to finish the race in thCarolina heat with no cooling system.

 

By lap 100, Mears had moved into the top-25 and was steadily passing his competitors, despite the Germain Racing Chevrolet being "loose early in the run." Just past the halfway mark, the Bakersfield, Calif. native held the 19th position and was competing for the lucky dog award to return to the lead lap. As the long green flag run continued, Mears radioed to his crew on lap 270 that he believed he scraped the wall, which could have been contributing to the "tight on exit" handling condition.

 

A timely caution on lap 273 allowed the GEICO Military team to make  minor fender repairs to alleviate any tire rubs. As the field returned to green flag racing, Mears held onto 25th-place and within 40 laps, the veteran driver gained four positions to begin knocking on a  top-  20 finish. Unfortunately, the outside wall struck for the second time on lap 342 as Mears reported he had just "right-sided it again." Despite the minor damage, Mears continued to hold strong in 23rd-place.

 

With 30 laps remaining, Mears climbed back into the top-20 and was informed that the team was a handful of laps short on fuel, but was going to gamble and see if they could make it to the end without another green flag pit stop. Mears' dashboard fuel light illuminated with seven laps remaining, forcing the driver to pit for right-side tires and fuel. Over the final seven laps, Mears collected positions in bulk and was able to recover and hustle to a 23rd place finish. At a track where passing is a challenge, Mears was one of the big movers of the race.

 

"The guys put in a good effort throughout the entire 600 miles and I appreciate it," said Mears after the race. "The GEICO Military Chevrolet was much better on the short run compared to the long run, so we have a little work to do in that area. We as a team are making strides and I know we all want to do better. Overall it was a solid improvement from where we started off the truck on Thursday though and we will keep gaining on it."

 

Next up for Mears and the Germain Racing team is the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 31 at 1:00 p.m. ET. FOX Sports 1 will carry the live telecast, while the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, channel 90 will bring the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

- PMI -

May 17
2015

Second Top-10 Run in Sprint Showdown for Mears

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CASEY MEARS EARNS TOP-10 FINISH IN SPRINT SHOWDOWN AT CHARLOTTE

 

CONCORD, N.C. (May 15, 2015) - Every season during the month of May, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series descends on Charlotte Motor Speedway for two weeks of racing action, with the Sprint All-Star Race kicking off the festivities. For those teams not locked into the non-points-paying event, including Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet team, the Sprint Showdown provides one last chance to make the big show.

 

After advancing to the second and final round of group qualifying, Mears rolled off from the ninth starting position. During the opening caution-free 20-lap segment, the Bakersfield, Calif. native reported to Crew Chief Bootie Barker the splitter was hitting the ground very hard on entry. 

 

 

When the halfway break yellow flag was shown on lap 20, Barker brought Mears to pit road for four tires, fuel, packer and air pressure adjustments.

 

Mears restarted from the 11th position as the final segment got underway. A caution occurred on lap 22 for a single car spin through the grass, with the GEICO Military Chevrolet in 14th-place. Once the race returned to green flag conditions, Mears quickly gained four positions to return to the top-10 and he would ultimately score a top-10 finish when the checkered flag brought the fun-filled event to a halt.

 

"We have some work to do before coming back next week for the 600," said Mears after the race. "The GEICO Military Chevrolet was hitting the splitter pretty hard in the beginning and then once we got that fixed, it wouldn't turn well and the bumps upset the handling. We just missed what we needed tonight, so we will sort out it out over the next few days and come back ready to go next week."

 

Next up for Mears and the Germain Racing team is the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET. FOX will carry the live telecast, while the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, channel 90 will bring the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

- PMI -

May 11
2015

Squidward Tentacles Chevy SS - Kansas Speedway

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Mears Raced Squidward Tentacles Chevrolet SS to Top-20 Finish in SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, KS (05/09/2015) – Water, though from the sky, not the sea, was quite the headline leading into Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “SpongeBob SquarePants 400” at Kansas Speedway. The threat for storms had remained consistent throughout the week. Despite this, the Midwest fans came out to see 43 of NASCAR’s finest drivers competing to take home the SpongeBob trophy. The race started a few minutes ahead of schedule under dry but cloudy skies and finished in the wee hours of Sunday morning following a two hour red flag period for a noisy rain storm that rolled through the area.

Germain Racing driver Casey Mears’ No. 13 Chevrolet SS sported a special paint scheme for the event. The No. 13 Chevy was adorned with the likeness of one of SpongeBob’s co-stars from the animated Nickelodeon series. Squidward Tentacles, SpongeBob’s neighbor, was the title star of the No. 13 Chevy SS. The SpongeBob SquarePants show is a huge hit in the Mears household, and, the Squidward Tentacles race car was quite popular with the driver through much of Saturday night’s 267-lap race.

From the 24th starting position, Mears found that the Squidward Tentacles Chevy SS was very competitive. Early in the race, he asked crew chief Bootie Barker for some slight chassis and air pressure adjustments. From then, Mears enthusiastically told Barker the Squidward Tentacles Chevy SS was “not bad!”

Mid-way through the 400-mile race there was a set of tires that produced a radically different handling characteristic for Mears to muscle through, but, it proved to only be a temporary departure from Mears being very confident in the Squidward Tentacles Chevy’s abilities. As the laps drew to a close and Saturday night’s race trailed over into Sunday morning, it seemed certain that the Germain Racing crew and driver had put the No. 13 Chevy in position to contend seriously for a top-15 finish.

Mears headed off into the last long green flag stretch of the race knowing he’d need to visit pit road for a quick splash of fuel sometime before the final ten laps of the race. On lap 257, Mears was on pit road for that very same expected stop when the caution waved for an accident in turn two. The timing of the caution flag left Mears one lap down to the leaders.

As the field circled under the yellow flag, Barker called Mears back to the attention of the Germain Racing crew who fit the Squidward Tentacles with fresh Goodyear tires and a splash more fuel for what would be the final restart of the race a lap 262. Mears was then able to pass all his fellow lapped race cars and secure a 19th-place finish when the checkered flag waved.

“Our Squidward Tentacles Chevy SS was really good tonight. I feel like we were good enough that we could’ve finished 15th, easily. We had one tire set that just made the car really lose rear grip, but, I felt like we were really able to race tonight. The Germain Racing crew did a great job all night. I’m looking forward to our next two race weekends at home at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” said Mears, who moved up one spot in the Sprint Cup Series points standings to 20th.

Next weekend is a non-points race event for Germain Racing. Mears will pilot the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS in the Sprint Showdown, Friday, May 15th, vying for a transfer spot into the main event, the Sprint All Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Follow all the Sprint Showdown and All Star action on FoxSports1, or tune into your local PRN affiliate.

Sprint Showdown Weekend Schedule:

Friday, May 15th

Noon-1:40 p.m. ET: Sprint Showdown final practice 4:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Showdown Qualifying
7:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Showdown (20 laps/20 laps

Saturday, May 16:

 7:10 p.m.: Sprint All-Star Race Qualifying (three laps with pit stop and a four tire change 9 p.m.: Sprint All-Star Race (25 laps/25 laps/25 laps/25 laps/10 laps)

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

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com. You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

Germain Racing is online at www.GermainRacing.com or on Twitter @GermainRacing or Facebook.com/GermainRacing.

 

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May 04
2015

Talladega Spring Race Recap - GEICO Chevy SS

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LAST LAP CRASH SPOILS TOP-10 DAY FOR MEARS AT TALLADEGA 

Talladega, AL (May 3, 2015) - When GEICO's marquis NASCAR event got underway in Alabama over the weekend, Casey Mears and Germain Racing eagerly anticipated the opportunity to return to a track where they've experienced considerable success over the years. Mears is a restrictor plate specialist of sorts and always welcomes the opportunity to visit the superspeedways.

 

On Friday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took to Talladega Superspeedway for GEICO 500 practice, where Mears sped to the top of the speed charts and ended up ninth fastest in the final session. Qualifying saw him pedal the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS around the 2.66-mile high-banked oval in just 49.245-seconds, at a speed of 194.456-miles per hour, landing him 11th on Sunday's starting grid. 

 

It was a chamber of commerce kind of day when Mears took to the starting grid for Sunday's GEICO 500. A full house was on-hand to watch 43 drivers do battle in close quarters. Rolling off from the 11th position, Mears immediately moved the No. 13 GEICO Chevy into the top-10 on the opening lap. He was riding solidly in the top-15 before deciding to drop back to 28th after finding the cars around him acting squirrely. His intuition paid off because just a few laps later, on lap 47, Trevor Bayne spun and caused a 15-car crash that ultimately resulted in the waving of the red flag. Had Mears remained in the lead pack, he would have surely been collected. 

 

Aside from elevated engine temperatures, Mears' day went smoothly and he moved the GEICO Chevy to the front of the field at-will throughout the 188-lap event. As the race entered the final laps, Mears was running in the 11th position while the field remained, uncharacteristically, in single-file formation. With just two laps remaining, he moved into ninth and took the white flag looking to track down the top-5. As the field made it's way around the track for the final time, cars broke out of line and Mears received a strong push from Clint Bowyer that sent him hard into the rear of Carl Edwards' No. 19 Toyota, but both cars quickly recovered. Shortly after, Bowyer was to the inside of the GEICO Chevy and made a sudden move up high that sent Mears hard into the outside wall and resulted in a three car crash that ended a top-10 run for Germain Racing. Mears managed to somehow deliver the GEICO machine to the finish line to collect a lead lap, 28th place finish.  

 

"The GEICO Chevy was strong today, but the engine kept running hot, so I had to drop out of line and run on my own at times to try to get the temperatures down," Mears said. "We had something for them there at the end, but unfortunately got caught up on the final lap. It was almost as if Clint thought he was clear and made the move high. My nose was at about his door and there was no room, so neither one of us could escape it once contact was made. It wasn't the finish we wanted, but we were strong all day and we've also been fortunate to finish most of the restrictor-plate races well over the years, so it's hard to get too upset when this happens. We've been lucky to come home clean from these things most of the time." He continued, "It was a lot of fun to take part in GEICO's big weekend. I don't know any other sponsor that supports NASCAR as well as GEICO does and it makes me proud to be associated with a company that genuinely cares about the health of the sport. They do a good job of activating around the races and the team and this weekend was just another example of how well they do at reaching our fans. I can't thank them enough for all that they do for us."

 

Mears and Germain Racing will next travel to the Sunflower State where they will boast special livery from the new SpongeBob SquarePants movie. 

                                                      

Casey Mears and the No. 13 Squidward Tentacles SS will hit the track at Kansas Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, May 8th, at noon (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET)

 

The SpongeBob SquarePants NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, May 9th, and it will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 7:30 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Apr 27
2015

Richmond Spring Race - GEICO Chevy SS

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EARLY DAMAGE RESULTS IN LONG DAY FOR MEARS IN RICHMOND 

Richmond, VA (April 26, 2015) - When they arrived in Virginia, Germain Racing and Casey Mears were coming off of a tough race in Bristol where a fuel pump issue ended their day, and a top-20 run, with just 18 laps remaining in the race. They looked to Richmond for redemption, but would once again find themselves facing issues that were beyond their control. Mears would end up as collateral damage early in the event.

 

Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS were 17th in the weekend's opening practice session and would go on to qualify 25th Friday evening. While the ¾-mile oval racetrack was scheduled to be filled with 400-laps of racing action, Mother Nature had other plans when she blanketed the Richmond area with heavy rain, forcing the postponement of Saturday night's race to Sunday at 1:00 P M (ET). When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field arrived on the starting grid on Sunday afternoon, the skies were clear, the track was dry and the grandstands were filled with race fans.

 

Mears rolled off 25th after the green flag set the field underway. He quickly moved forward and was busy collecting positions when, on lap five, Danica Patrick made a left-hand turn into his GEICO Chevy, resulting in heavy contact and significant damage to his right front fender. Despite the damage, Mears managed to hustle into the top-20, but the car immediately tightened up after the incident, leaving him to battle an ill-handling racecar for the balance of the afternoon. The pit crew took advantage of each pit stop to make adjustments to the No. 13 machine, but to no avail. When the checkered flag closed out a long day of racing, Mears was credited with a 30th place finish.

 

"We had a really fast car and picked up spots pretty quick, but the damage hurt us and the car tightened up a lot," Mears said. "The guys on this GEICO team worked hard to make changes, but we just couldn't get it right, back to where it was. We're going to take the car back to the shop and go through it and figure out exactly what was wrong with it. It definitely drove like something was broke." He continued, "Right now, we're focused on Talladega next weekend and the GEICO 500. Aside from being our primary sponsor, GEICO does a nice job of supporting our sport as a whole and I'm proud to be able to drive their car and represent such a great company. We're looking forward to an exciting weekend of hanging out with the Gecko."

 

The Germain Racing team will now pack up Mears and his GEICO Chevrolet and head to Talladega, AL, for the Gecko's main event, the GEICO 500.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Talladega Superspeedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, May 1st, at 2:00 PM (ET), while final practice will follow at 4:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will take place on Saturday, May 2nd at 1:00 PM (ET).

 

The GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 3rd, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

- PMI -

Apr 20
2015

Bristol Spring Race Recap - GEICO Chevy SS

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MEARS' STRONG BRISTOL RUN THWARTED BY LATE-RACE FUEL ISSUE 

Bristol, TN (April 19, 2015) - The "Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer" was as up and down as the banking that makes Bristol Motor Speedway famous. The 500-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM (ET) Sunday afternoon on FOX. Despite the 100% chance of rain in the forecast, the green flag waved only about 90 minutes late. That said, the race that officially lasted 3 hours and 37 minutes took nearly 8 hours of starts, stops and waits to be completed.

 

During that time, Casey Mears drove the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet on a tear toward the front of the field, then spent many, many laps chasing it down again before getting cut off shy of a top-20 finish.

 

Mears took the green flag in 27th position, raced up to the 22nd spot and then had a short caution period and about a three-hour break to ponder how he could move further up through the field. He told crew chief Bootie Barker the car was "not too bad" and that he'd only made a slight track bar adjustment during that short green-flag run.

 

After another red flag due to rain, FoxSports 1 picked up the racing action at 6:30 p.m. ET as the cars were rolling back onto the track. Just 45 minutes later, 128 laps were in the books and Mears was solidly in the top 20 and was pressing forward. On lap 146, with Mears in 18th place, spotter Ron Lewis told him the GEICO Chevy was the fastest car on the race track. As he issued those words, Mears was challenging for position 16 on the track. It looked as though he had easily marched into the spot when he suddenly retreated to 19th place and told the crew over the radio he felt certain he had a tire going down. Mears visited pit road under the green flag for right-side tires and a full load of fuel.

 

The ill-timed issue proved to be a loose wheel. While it was good that Mears pitted to get it replaced, he was left two-laps down and the leaders were afforded a chance to pit under caution only about a dozen laps after the GEICO Chevy returned to the track in 33rd position. From there, Mears and the Germain Racing pit crew clawed back into the top-20 before a fuel issue sent the GEICO Chevy to the garage. Mears was credited with a 36th-place finish; he is 19thin the Sprint Cup Series point standings.

 

"We had a huge improvement from qualifying to race trim. The GEICO Chevy was very fast at times tonight and it's obviously frustrating to go through what we did. We lost two laps early because of a loose wheel and never were able to get both of them back before we started losing fuel pressure at the end. We won't know until later what exactly happened, but, we didn't have enough pressure to even maintain pit road speed, so our night was done too early," said Mears. "The GEICO Chevy was definitely fast here and we'll try to carry that on into Richmond."

 

Mears and the Germain Racing team will be back racing in six short days as they head to Richmond, VA, to continue the short-track action under the lights at Richmond International Raceway.

 

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Richmond for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 24th, at 11:00 AM (ET) and final practice at 1:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 5:45 PM (ET).

 

The Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, April 25th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 7:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

- PMI -

Apr 13
2015

Texas-Big Battle Yields Tough Night in LoneStar State

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DESPITE TOUGH NIGHT IN TEXAS, MEARS REMAINS TOP-15 IN POINT STANDINGS 

Fort Worth, TX (April 11, 2015) - As the seventh race weekend of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season got underway Friday in Texas, Casey Mears and Germain Racing were focused on taming a track that has proved problematic for them in the past. While they fared well in practice and qualifying, Saturday night's Duck Commander 500 told a different tale after a loose condition and a bad set of tires provided insurmountable setbacks.


Friday in practice, Mears raised the eyebrows of everyone in the Sprint Cup Series garage when the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS sat fourth and fifth on the scoring tower in the weekend's two sessions. During qualifying, he advanced to the second round and ended up 20th on Saturday night's starting grid.

 

 

 


Perfect weather conditions set the stage for Saturday night's 500-mile event that would try the patience of all 43 drivers in the field. Mears and his GEICO Chevrolet began their journey from the 20th position, but by lap 17 were closely eyeing the top-15 after arriving in 17th place. A loose condition set in and Mears quickly found himself at odds with his racecar. The Germain Racing pit crew worked efficiently on pit road all night and picked up positions during stops, while also making necessary adjustments to the GEICO Chevy.

 

As the race approached halfway, Mears radioed to the crew that the car was driving better, allowing him to arc it into the turns without getting loose, but a few laps later he found himself once again losing grip. After a bad set of tires during a long green flag run set the team back, crew chief Bootie Barker attempted to use strategy to regain lost ground and as the race entered the final 20 laps, Mears was back in the hunt, just a single lap down and in the free pass position. Surprisingly, a caution flag was never displayed, which thwarted Mears' attempt to rejoin the lead lap and charge into the top-20 as the race wound down. He remained focused and crossed the finish line in the 27th position and was able to maintain his status in the top-15 in the point standings.

 

"We've had a pretty good start to the season and in this sport you're going to have your tough days; this was ours," Mears said after exiting his racecar. "The handling of the car got away from us and we worked hard all night to make proper adjustments, but the set of tires during the long green flag run really hurt us and made it tough to catch up. I was encouraged by how fast we were in practice and I think it shows that we're improving on these types of tracks. Bristol is a fun place to race, so we're excited to get our GEICO chevy there and make something happen."

 

Mears and his Germain Racing team will now head to Bristol, TN, to do some beating and banging on the 'World's Fastest Half-Mile'.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Bristol Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 17th, at 12:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:45 PM (ET).

 

The Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 19th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

- PMI -