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Apr 05
2016

Martinsville Spring Race Recap - GEICO Chevrolet, Mears

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

California GEICO Racing Race Report 2016

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM BACK ON TRACK WITH 17TH PLACE FINISH AT FONTANA
Fontana, CA (March 20, 2016) - The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series arrived in Fontana, CA, this weekend for their third and final installment of March's west coast swing. It was a homecoming of sorts for Casey Mears, who hails from Bakersfield, CA, which sits approximately 150-miles away.
 
Racing in his backyard is a favorite of the GEICO driver and his effort in practice indicated so. Mears hustled the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS around the 2-mile D-shaped oval fast enough to end up 8th on the board when the weekend's opening practice session came to a close. He later qualified 23rd after touring the facility in just 38.757-seconds, at a speed of 185.773-miles per hour. Saturday saw Mears and the GEICO Chevy in the top-10 in the morning practice session, where they finishedup ninth quick.
 
On Sunday, Mears started the race from the 23rdposition. After dropping to 27th on the third lap, he quickly rebounded and soon had the No. 13 GEICO Chevy back in the top-20. A frightening moment occurred during the lap 120 caution, when the crew found themselves face-to-face with fire after a hot lugnut made contact with gasoline, causing flames to erupt on the left rear of the racecar. It was extinguished quickly and no one was injured. Shortly after his dance with fire, Mears went on a tear with 56-laps to go in the 200-lap event that saw him charge up to 11th place before tires got the best of him as the race wound down. The race would extend into overtime after a yellow flag was displayed with just two laps remaining in the advertised distance. On the final restart of the day, Mears took off from 21st, but collected four positions in the final two laps of the overtime finish to take the checkered flag in the 17th position.
 
Atop Mears' pit wagon during the race was the unified middleweight champion, and pound-for-pound best boxer in the world, Gennady Golovkin, a fighter whose spirit matches that of the Germain Racing team.
 
"The GEICO Chevy was fast today and it really took off there in the last 50 or so laps. It was fun to drive through the field and get to the front," Mears said. "The tire fall-off was huge, so about 18-laps into a run I found myself sliding all over the place. My focus today was to keep the car off of the wall because a lot of guys were hitting the outside wall and I knew if I could avoid that, we would be competitive. The guys did a nice job on pit road today and it feels good to have a solid finish after a tough couple of weeks in Vegas and Phoenix." He added, "It was great having Gennady (Golovkin) on the pit wagon and supporting us during the race today. Our team always fights really hard and it was nice having a guy there who is a champion and has that same type of toughness. He's a great guy and we appreciate his support."
 
After three weeks of touring the west coast, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will enjoy a week off before returning to action in Martinsville, VA.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Martinsville Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 1st, at 11:00 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:15 PM (ET).
                                                     
The STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, April 3rd, and it will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -

Mar 14
2016

Phoenix Race Recap - Mears, GEICO Chevrolet SS

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MEARS' PHOENIX RUN TRIPPED UP BY MELTED MASTER SWITCH 
Avondale, AZ (March 13, 2016) - As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series continued its west coast swing, Casey Mears and Germain Racing entered Phoenix International Raceway looking to get back on-track after a challenging visit to Las Vegas. Unfortunately, a faulty master switch would melt and leave Germain Racing with a 35th place finish in the valley of the sun.
 
"We had a tough weekend and this year has not gotten off to the start that we would've liked. We've had a lot of speed, but just need to put a whole race together," Mears said. "Everyone on this GEICO team is working hard and I feel certain we will break through, but we need to keep pushing and working hard and we'll be fine. We can get it back in Fontana, it's just hard to swallow right now."
 
Mears qualified 25th on Friday and when the race went green on Sunday afternoon, he looked to move the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS forward through the field. After celebrating his birthday a day earlier, the Bakersfield, CA, native stood hard on the gas, as he attempted to gain ground while battling a handling condition. While Mears persevered initially, a faulty master switch would later betray him after he reported on lap 127 that his GEICO Chevy had lost power. He was able to get the car re-fired, but just four laps later, he again lost power and found himself scrambling down pit road.
 
After an attempt to fix the issue in the pit stall, the team would be forced to pull behind the wall on lap 154. The Germain pit crew worked feverishly to repair the car and even Mears would assist, as he held tools while car chief Billy Plourde climbed through the passenger-side window to install a new switch. The team acted quickly and Mears rejoined the field on lap 169, where he was scored 37 laps in arrears, in the 37th position. The GEICO team continued to work hard and managed to gather two positions before the checkered flag closed out the racing action at Phoenix International Raceway.
 
NASCAR's west coast tour continues and the No. 13 Germain Racing team will next pay a visit to southern California. The 2-mile D-shaped oval in Fontana sits just 150-miles removed from Mears' hometown of Bakersfield, CA.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track in Fontana, CA, for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 18th, at 1:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 7:45 PM (ET).
                                                     
The Fontana NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 20th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:30 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -
Mar 07
2016

Vegas Wild Times Not What One Would Expect

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RESILIENCE KEY IN MEARS' 23RD PLACE LAS VEGAS FINISH 
Las Vegas, NV (March 6, 2016) - Casey Mears and Germain Racing unloaded their No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS in Las Vegas a week after recording their best-ever result at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team has clearly made progress on intermediate racetracks and that trend would continue as practice got underway at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would be afforded a test session on Thursday prior to the start of the race weekend. Crew chief Bootie Barker and his team took full advantage, as they sharpened their pencils and took good notes. On Friday during qualifying, Mears advanced to the second round, hustling his GEICO Chevy around the high-speed racetrack in just 27.989-seconds, at a speed of 192.933-miles per hour, placing him 22nd on Sunday's Kobalt 400 starting grid.
 
Mears and his GEICO team wasted little time getting to work on Saturday morning , where they not only recorded the third fastest time in practice, but also ended up with the third fastest 10-lap average. Just a couple of hours later, Mears and his GEICO Chevy went on another tear around the fast 1.5-mile oval and sat at the top of the board, in the eighth position, when the weekend's final practice session concluded.
 
A series of different weather conditions were on-hand for Sunday's race. Heavy winds and rain provided a short delay before drivers climbed into their cars and headed out to the racing surface to battle door-to-door for 267-laps. Mother Nature would soon turn it into a chamber of commerce day before reverting to the heavy winds and rain as the race came to a close. Mears and the GEICO Chevy rolled off of the starting grid from the 22nd position, but made immediate progress, picking up four positions in the opening four laps before taking over 17th place on lap 11.
 
Mears was charging hard before the competition caution came on lap 31. Scored in the 18th position, he traveled down pit road, where his GEICO machine received four fresh tires and a full tank of Sunoco racing fuel. Unfortunately, he would lose three positions during the stop and restart the race from 21st when it returned to green on lap 35. At a facility where passing is at a premium, Mears did his best to recapture lost real estate and would work his way back into the top-20, in the 19th position, before the next round of pit stops. On lap 83, Mears brought the No. 13 GEICO Chevy to pit road for a scheduled green flag stop. The Germain Racing pit crew provided him with four tires and fuel and returned him to the racing surface in the 24th position. When the race returned to green, Mears would once again be forced to regain ground after losing five positions on pit road. This time, however, passing would become even more challenging and Mears struggled to pick up positions as the race wore on.
 
Problems would strike the team on pit road for a third time during a scheduled green flag stop on lap 143 when Mears' car wheel-hopped on entry to pit road, causing him to accidentally pass the GEICO pit stall and forcing him to travel down pit road at the pit road speed limit before coming around again and making it in for his service on lap 144. The crew sent him off with four new tires and fuel, but the team was left three laps down to the field.
 
Despite the setback, the GEICO crew and driver remained focused and talked calmly and intently about how to recover from the setbacks. Barker and Mears chatted confidently over the team's radio frequency about potential adjustments to the car, as well as a strategy for getting back on the lead lap.
 
While it seemed like a longshot to return to the lead lap, Barker continued to employ a strategy that saw Mears and the GEICO Chevy take multiple wavearounds, as well as a pit stop on lap 218, where the team gambled and took just two tires. Their resilience was rewarded and the team had Mears running in the free pass position by lap 223. While at one point it seemed unlikely that Mears would be able to return to the lead lap and chase a solid finish, with just 42 laps to go, the yellow flag waved, returning the GEICO Chevy to the lead lap and marking an improbable comeback by the Germain Racing team.
 
Their persistence paid off and after turning in two strong pit stops as the race wound down, team and driver had recovered and departed Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a lead lap, 23rd place finish, improving upon their effort a year ago when they ended the race three laps down and finished 25th.
 
"Obviously, we had a tough day on pit road, but we worked hard and never quit and were focused on getting back on the lead lap. When you're three laps down, it can seem overwhelming, but these guys never give up and the entire time we just kept talking strategy and how we were going to make it happen; there was never any negative talk," Mears said. "I can't thank everyone on this GEICO team enough for their hard work and persistence. We've always been resilient and today we showed the heart of Germain Racing. There were some negatives today, but there were way more positives that we'll take with us when we leave here and head to Phoenix. The GEICO Chevy was fast all weekend, just as it was in Atlanta last week, and you could see the speed in the car and the gains we're making on these intermediate tracks. We're focused on Phoenix and know we can go there and perform well. Adversity always shows you who you are and today we showed, once again, that we never quit and fight to the end, and it paid off. I'm proud of these guys."
 
The Mears Gang will continue their west coast swing when they head to Phoenix, AZ, next week.
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 11th, at 12:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 6:45 PM (ET).
                                                     
The Good Sam 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 13th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:30 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -

Feb 29
2016

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

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM TRIUMPH AT ATLANTA WITH TOP-15 FINISH
 
HAMPTON, Ga. (February 28, 2016) - With a new low down force package on display for the first mile and a half race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Racing team knew the race would come down to tire management. But no one on pit road expected the opening 211 laps to be caution free, forcing numerous green flag pit stops. Mears took care of his fresh rubber, while the Germain Racing pit crew turned in a strong day on pit road, combining for a solid afternoon that saw the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS cross the finish line in the 14th position.
 
When the race weekend got underway, the Germain Racing team got off to a quick start at a track that previously caused them headaches. On Friday evening, Mears qualified his GEICO Chevrolet in the 15th starting position after advancing to the second round and zipping around the 1.54-mile oval in just 29.156-seconds, at a rate of speed of 190.150-miles per hour. He provided an encore performance on Saturday by posting the eighth fastest time during final practice.
 
As the sun heated the Georgia intermediate track, Mears saw the green flag wave and quickly collected a position and moved to 14th before reporting to his Germain Racing team that the car was plowing tight in the center of the corners. The veteran driver continued to complete laps while crew chief Bootie Barker encouraged his driver to give the GEICO machine time to come around. Barker's advice rang true and Mears continued to run strong in his GEICO Chevy as the laps clicked off.
 
The first 211 laps were caution-free, forcing Mears to make five green flag pit stops before the first yellow flag was displayed for debris on the track. During this long stretch of racing, Barker never made any substantial handling adjustments to the GEICO Chevrolet, as Mears consistently clocked times faster than his competitors while running inside the top-20. As the field restarted on lap 218, only 11 cars remained on the lead lap, leaving Mears battling a handful of other cars for the lucky dog award.
 
With 40 laps remaining, Mears delivered the GEICO Chevy to his crew for the final pit stop of the afternoon and soon after reported to his team that he felt a vibration inside the cockpit. "You're doing good man, just hang on to it until the end," encouraged Barker. The veteran driver did just that as he ran solidly in the 16thposition, but he collected two spots on the final lap to bring home a 14th place finish and record the team's best-ever result at the fast, high-banked oval. This is also Mears' best finish at Atlanta since 2008, when he piloted the No. 5 entry for Hendrick Motorsports.
 
"The GEICO Racing team worked hard all weekend and we were rewarded with a solid finish today," said Mears after the race. "I didn't think we would go caution-free for as long as we did in the beginning, but our car was actually pretty good during that stretch. The clean air during the stops helped our car stay loose with the air on the nose. Once we had to restart in the traffic, the car would get tight. But overall, this is a great way to start the season and hopefully we continue to build off this."
 
After a tire came apart and ruined his day in Daytona and left him 31st in the point standings, Mears rebounded well in Atlanta and jumped eight spots to now rest in the 23rd position.
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will now head to the west coast for three weeks of racing action, beginning with the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 6th.
 
Prior to the race weekend getting underway, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be afforded a test session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday from noon - 6 PM (ET).
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, March 4th, at 1:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 7:45 PM (ET).
                                                     
The Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, March 6th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 3:30 PM (ET). The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -

Feb 21
2016

Daytona 500 Race Report - GEICO Chevy, Casey Mears

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TIRE COMES APART AND DASHES MEARS' DAYTONA 500 HOPES
Daytona Beach, FL (February 21, 2016) - The Daytona 500 is a race that stays circled on the Germain Racing calendar in their shop in Mooresville, NC. The team takes great pride in its restrictor-plate program and for good reason; their driver, Casey Mears, sat second in the point standings in the last five Daytona races heading into 2016 Speedweeks. The crafty veteran has morphed into a restrictor-plate specialist since taking over as the wheelman of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS in August 2010.
 
On Thursday night in the Duel 150 qualifying races, Mears rolled off of the starting grid from the sixth position in race number two. He quickly moved into fourth on lap two and held the position for the entire evening before dashing by Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth to take over second place in the final laps. As he was on the bumper of leader Kyle Busch with just under two laps of racing to go, his fuel tank ran dry and left the GEICO Chevy in the 17th position in the finishing order. Consequently, Mears would be relegated to a 32nd place staring spot in Sunday's Daytona 500.
 
A sold out crowd was on hand to watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field take the green flag for the 58thannual running of the Daytona 500. Mears took off from the outside of row 16, but wasted little time in making progress, collecting seven spots and moving up to 25th in the opening lap. He cracked the top-20 on lap 12 and by lap 42 he was running in the 13thposition. Seeming effortless in his journey to the front, lap 72 saw him move the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS into the top-10.
 
All was well as Mears charged through the field and crew chief Bootie Barker provided the GEICO driver with affirmation of his deeds for the day, when on lap 92, he said, "You've got the speed, you're doing good; you're great." Barker was on point and Mears seemed like a man possessed as he pedaled his GEICO Chevy around the historic high-banked tri-oval gaining ground on the leaders.
 
The race had just cleared the halfway point when Mears radioed to Barker on lap 103 that he had a bad vibration and needed to get out of the draft. He quickly maneuvered his way to pit road and brought his GEICO Chevy to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew under green flag conditions. He promptly received four fresh tires and returned to the racing surface one lap in arrears, in the 37th position. Barker and company would soon learn that the right rear tire was coming apart, so Mears was wise to exit the racetrack and receive service.
 
Misfortune would strike the team a second time when Mears brought the GEICO Chevy to pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 159. The crew serviced the car in expeditious fashion, but NASCAR would assess the team a drive-through penalty after they found Mears to be too fast as he was exiting pit road. This setback would leave the team struggling to stay just a single lap down to the field. In desperate need of a pair of cautions to assist them in returning to the lead lap, Mears hustled around the track patiently awaiting a chance to rejoin the leaders and make a run at the Daytona 500 trophy. Unfortunately, they would not receive the break they needed and when the checkered flag halted the field after 200-laps of racing, Mears and his GEICO Chevy were credited with a 32ndplace finish.
 
"It was a tough outcome, for sure. We had a fast car and I was able to drive the GEICO Chevy up through the field and we were definitely going to be there at the end," Mears said after the race. "We just couldn't get the cautions that we needed to get back on the lead lap and that really hurt us. The guys on our GEICO team did a great job during Speedweeks and I'm proud of the speed we had and how well we performed in the Sprint Unlimited and then in the Duel 150's. We're looking forward to getting to Atlanta next week."
 
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, February 26th, at 11:00 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 5:45 PM (ET).
                                                     
The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, February 28th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -
Feb 19
2016

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

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COMMAND PERFORMANCE BY MEARS IN THE DUEL 150'S DERAILED BY EMPTY FUEL TANK 
Daytona Beach, FL (February 18, 2016) - Heading into the 2016 season, Casey Mears sits second in points in the last five Daytona races; a considerable achievement for any organization, especially a single-car team such as Germain Racing. The GEICO team has once again started off Daytona Speedweeks in quick fashion. After scoring a top-5 finish in the Sprint Unlimited on Saturday night, Mears turned around on Sunday and outhustled the majority of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field to end up 13th in Daytona 500 qualifying. Wednesday saw Mears' trend of speed continue when the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS shot to the top of the board where it finished up practice in the fifth position.
 
The Can-Am Duel 150's would offer the Bakersfield native the opportunity to keep his momentum rolling. Starting from the 6th position in Duel number two, Mears and his GEICO Chevy aimed to notch a strong starting position in Sunday's Daytona 500. A year ago, Mears was relegated to a 41stplace starting spot after an engine gave way early in the opening Duel 150. Despite starting at the rear of the field, the GEICO driver rallied to a 6th place finish in the Great American Race.
 
When Can-Am Duel number two got underway at the World Center of Racing on Thursday night, Mears and his GEICO Chevy started the event from the sixth position. From the moment he took the green flag, it all seemed elementary to Mears, as he quickly collected two spots and jumped to fourth on the second of 60 laps. The front cars began to break away in a single-file formation and the No. 13 GEICO Chevy would continue to run solidly in the fourth position, even through a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 38. When Mears brought his GEICO Chevy to the attention of the Germain Racing crew for a fuel-only stop, they promptly returned Mears to the racing surface, allowing him to retain his spot in the running order where he continued to hold the fourth position.
 
As the laps wound down, drivers became antsy and the ever alert Mears took full advantage when he rocketed by Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth to take over the second position behind Kyle Busch with just five laps remaining. Challenging for the lead, the GEICO driver seemed poised to collect a win on Thursday. Unfortunately, with just under two laps to go in the event, Mears fell off the pace when his fuel tank ran dry, leaving him 17th on the scoring tower, but also allowing him to avoid a massive last lap crash that sent a handful of drivers to back-up cars for the Daytona 500.
 
On Sunday, when the drivers take to the starting grid for the 58th annual running of the Daytona 500, Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will begin their 200-lap journey on the outside of row 16, in the 32nd position.
 
"The Daytona 500 will be good. The GEICO Chevy is fast; the car is right, so we will be strong, but I really wanted to win this thing tonight," Mears said in the garage after the race. "These guys at Germain Racing have done a great job getting this car ready for the Daytona 500 and we have had a lot of speed since we got here. I'm proud of our team and all of the hard work they put in to make sure we were in a position to be able to win the race when we got to the track. It was fun to run up front all night and we definitely had a chance to win this thing. I guess the silver lining is that we avoided that big crash at the end and will be able to use our primary car, which has been a rocket this week. Our guys are resilient and we're already thinking about Sunday. We are here to win the Daytona 500 and that's what we are focused on right now."
                                                     
The Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, February 21st, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -

Feb 15
2016

Mears Earns P13 in Daytona 500 Time Trials Sunday

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SWEET DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING RUN FOR MEARS ON VALENTINE'S DAY 
Daytona Beach, FL (February 14, 2016) - In last night's Sprint Unlimited, Casey Mears was quick on the track and skillful in the closing laps, which ultimately resulted in a top-5 finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' season-opening event. He woke up this morning and turned his attention to Daytona 500 qualifying. All along pit road and across media channels, one could hear the chatter about Mears' skillful talent for navigating restrictor-plate tracks. Today's qualifying session also proved that the GEICO driver is pretty fast in single car runs, as well.
 
With 44 entries in the Daytona 500, Mears would be the 33rd car to take to the high-banked tri-oval to throw his hat in the ring for this year's Great American Race. He charged out of the gate and after laying down a brisk lap of 46.332-seconds, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS sat an impressive 13th on the scoring tower when the session was complete.
 
When the Can-Am Duel 150 qualifying races get underway at the World Center of Racing on Thursday, February 18th, Mears and his GEICO Chevy will start from the sixth position. These races will decide the official starting lineup for the 58th running of the Daytona 500.
 
"It was great to have some speed out there today and 13 is a strong number; it has been good for us. I'm real proud of the guys because they put a lot of work into this race and we wanted to show our speed," Mears said. "It's a great opportunity to show what a team is made out of and I think everyone paid a lot of attention to detail and the work that the GEICO guys did was awesome. To be running in the groups that we're running with here, the guys are doing a really good job back at the shop. We built our own body in-house at Germain Racing with a lot of information from RCR; but the fact that we're able to repeat that and get that close is a testament to how hard those guys work. I appreciate everything they do. Last night was a great time and obviously we've got some speed, so I'm looking forward to the 500."
 
While the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will enjoy a two-day break before returning to the track for practice on Wednesday, Mears' schedule is full. He will make an appearance at a GEICO regional office on Monday before taking part in Daytona 500 Media Day on Tuesday.
 
The Can-Am Duel 150 qualifying races will be held on Thursday, February 18th, beginning at 7 PM (ET). They will be televised live on FoxSports1.
                                                     
The Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, February 21st, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -
Feb 14
2016

Mears Scores Fifth Place Finish in Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

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MEARS PLAYS ROLE OF MR. EXCITEMENT, COLLECTING A TOP-5 FINISH AT SPRINT UNLIMITED 
Daytona Beach, FL (February 13, 2016) - Casey Mears and Germain Racing are coming off of their best season since entering the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2009. The winter was productive for the GEICO team, as evidenced by the speed they have exhibited in the opening days of 2016 Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS finished fourth in last year's Sprint Unlimited and aimed to top that effort as they took to the starting grid for last night's season-opening 75-lap shootout.  
 
Starting sixth, Mears and his GEICO Chevy quickly jumped to fourth when the green flag got the 2016 season underway. He seemed to run effortlessly at the front of the pack for most of the night. Only once did he find himself descending through the field and that came on lap 35 when he was caught on the bottom and shuffled back to the 19th position. He recovered quickly and pedaled his way back up to the eighth position with 35 laps to go in the event.
 
On lap 43, Mears and his best friend Jimmie Johnson got even closer after Johnson's No. 48 car made contact with the GEICO Chevy, bringing out the yellow and forcing Mears to make a brilliant save, as he traveled nearly sideways down the racetrack. Having sustained damage from the incident, the No. 13 machine visited pit road for tires, fuel and the opportunity to survey the affects of the contact. The Germain Racing crew quickly returned Mears to the racing surface where he reported that his Chevy SS felt out of balance. The car may have been out of balance, but Mears was not. When the race returned to green on lap 48, the Bakersfield, CA, native was forced to restart from the 16th position, but just four laps later was up to eighth, appearing to be unfazed by the damage to his car.
 
With 20 laps left to be contested, Mears took over the sixth position and remained there until the race took an unfavorable turn for Germain Racing with just two laps to go. Racecars began colliding around Mears and he sustained heavy damage to the splitter of his GEICO Chevrolet SS. Once hopeful for the win, he now found himself on the outside looking in. He quickly delivered his GEICO machine to the attention of a ready and waiting pit crew that paid prompt attention to the damage. They would pit a total of three times before returning to the track and restarting from the rear of the field as the Sprint Unlimited headed into overtime.
 
When the green flag restarted the race for the final time, Mears quickly began to charge around the 2.5-mile high-speed tri-oval looking to recover lost ground. He was also hoping the heavy splitter damage to his GEICO Chevy would not prohibit him from turning in the corners. The Germain Racing pit crew made perfect repairs, allowing Mears to regain real estate and make a mad dash to the front. Mears exercised his restrictor-plate racing prowess when in the final laps, he managed to pick his way through the field and hustle to a fifth place finish, marking an improbable comeback that converted tragedy to triumph. For the second consecutive year, Mears and the GEICO Racing team scored a top-5 finish to kick off their season.
 
"I'm so proud of the team and all of the hard work they put in over the winter to make sure we were ready for this season. Germain Racing is as prepared as we've ever been and it showed here tonight when we were able to remain calm, get the car fixed and have a chance to make a run there at the end," a visibly happy Mears reported after climbing from his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS. "It's a great way to start the year. So much of the credit goes to our general manager Larry Rogers, Bootie Barker (crew chief) and everyone on the team that made it a point to work on the little things in the off-season and make sure we were moving to the next level; that we were ready for whatever may come our way. I'm happy for GEICO, Bob Germain, everyone on the team and all of our sponsorship partners. Now, we're focused on Daytona 500 qualifying and having a strong run at the Duels and the 500 itself."
 
The Germain Racing crew will get very little shut-eye before returning to the historic racing facility, where Daytona 500 qualifying will commence on Sunday at 1:15 PM (ET), live on FOX.
 
The Can-Am Duel 150 qualifying races will be held on Thursday, February 18th, beginning at 7 PM (ET). They will be televised live on FoxSports1.
                                                     
The Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, February 21st, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com
 
- PMI -
Feb 11
2016

Sprint Unlimited is Season Opener for GEICO Chevrolet SS, Mears

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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