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Jan 26
2011

MAKING SURE THE DRIVE, DOESN'T "BUG" YOU ON AUTO SMARTS PRESENTED BY GERMAIN.COM

Posted by lori in Germain.com

      Join the gang from Auto Smarts as presented by germain.com this Sunday from 10am-12n on 95.5 The Hawk and Wink 107.1 as they work the bugs out! Dan "Boots" Longenette, Randy Rhinehart and Lex McAllister will be joined in the studio by Lonnie Alonso from Columbus Pest Control to help exterminate any questions you may have about those pesky, uninvited guests that may be taking up residence in your home...and your car! Lonnie will give some pointers on how to help stop the spread of bed bugs and other pests that can be carried from your home to your car. You can call and talk to the crew anytime at: 614-389-2967. Don't worry...you won't "bug" them!
 
      Keep your phone handy and your dialing finger at the ready! Auto Smarts as presented by germain.com will also welcome Ralph Cumston to the program this Sunday. Ralph is the Parts and Service Director at Germain Ford. He has decades and decades of knowledge on all things related to cars! Between Ralph and Boots, there is over 50 years of automotive experience just waiting for your call! 
Jack Moser will be making his weekly appearance to talk about what to do or not to do if you get pulled over with his bustedfordrunkdriving.com feature. Plus, Michael Sacks of Kimmel and Silverman will check in with his 1-800 Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute.

 

For more information contact: Randy Rhinehart 614-795-8469 - randy@autosmarts4u.com
   or Mike Austin 614-389-2967
Jan 20
2011

Lofton Charity Golf Tournament - January 22nd

Posted by lori in Untagged 

 

With Tournament Full, Hundreds Expected For Auction, Lofton Excited For Charity Event This Weekend

After months of preparation, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Justin Lofton's inaugural charity golf tournament is now just days away. On Saturday, a capacity 108 golfers will hit the links at the Del Rio Country Club in his native Brawley, California. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Imperial Valley.
"I cannot wait until this weekend. This has been in the works for months. It's really been exciting to see it all come together," Lofton said.
Following the golf tournament, the event will move to the Stockmen's Club where an awards ceremony, check presentation, dinner, and auction will take place. Over 300 people are expected at the Stockmen's Club, including fellow Truck Series competitors Matt Crafton and new teammate at Germain Racing, Champion Todd Bodine, who will join Lofton in the day's activities.
Following the dinner and auction, country singer Tim Dugger will provide live entertainment.  
"The day is going to be a lot of fun - from the tournament to the auction, to the concert. We wanted to put on a good show in order to draw in as many people as possible. The more people we can get to attend, the more we will be able to donate to the Boys and Girls Clubs. That is what this is all about, helping these kids," Lofton added.
A full event schedule, ticket information, and registration forms are available on LoftonRacing.com. Additional information can also be found on the "Justin Lofton's Charity Golf Tournament" Facebook page.
Follow Justin on Twitter: twitter.com/jlracing
 
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Amanda Brahler
Justin Lofton Media Relations
Jan 20
2011

SUNDAY WILL BE A DAY AT THE RACES WITH AUTO SMARTS PRESENTED BY GERMAIN.COM Blog title (click to edit)

Posted by lori in Germain.com , Germain Racing

Ladies and gentlemen...start your engines! Join co-hosts Dan "Boots" Longenette, Jessica Germain, Randy Rhinehart, and Lex McAllister this Sunday from 10am-12n on 95.5 The Hawk and Wink 107.l. The Auto Smarts crew will be on pit row this Sunday fielding your car calls and talking to the new President of the Daytona International Speedway, Joie Chitwood III. Joie will talk about how they're getting the track ready for the big race, including a complete repaving to the tune of $20 million. Next up is the local legend that puts the "Michael Shank" in the Michael Shank Racing Team. Mr. Shank will be checking in to update the crew on his team and their upcoming season, including the exciting and grueling 24 hours coming up in just a week at Daytona.

Geoff Parker of Adesa Auto Auctions will be stopping by the Auto Smarts studio to discuss, you guessed it...auto auctions! From boats, to cars, to RVs they have the traditional and exotic at prices that may surprise you! Jack Moser will be making his weekly appearance to talk about what to do or not to do if you get pulled over with his bustedfordrunkdriving.com feature. Plus, Michael Sacks of Kimmel and Silverman will check in with his 1-800 Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute.


For more information contact: Randy Rhinehart 614-795-8469 -
randy@autosmarts4u.com

Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com

Jan 19
2011

Leading On The Last Lap, Broken Spindle Ends Lofton's Laughlin Run; Planning Parker 425 Return

Posted by lori in Untagged 

Justin Lofton returned to his racing roots last weekend by climbing behind the wheel of a Class 1 Unlimited buggy while competing in the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge.  Despite his sporadic absence from off-road racing over the last few years, Lofton quickly reminded everyone that he's a force to be reckoned with no matter what he's racing.  
24-year-old Lofton, who is now a full-time racer in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, led the way on Saturday in Class 1, and was well on his way to the win on Sunday before suffering a broken left spindle on the last lap of the event.
"I'm not disappointed at all. We had a good showing and I had a lot of fun. We won day one, and we were right there on Sunday before we broke a spindle. We noticed both were broke on Sunday morning when we were working on it, they just weren't broke off," Lofton explained.
Lofton hadn't raced competitively in an off-road event since racing a Trophy Truck in Laughlin in 2009. That same year he earned his first stock car championship in the ARCA Racing Series, and in 2010 he made the move to full-time Camping World Truck Series competition.
Lofton however, won't let as much time pass before his next desert event. With the Camping World Truck Series season set to begin on February 18th, the savvy racer will head to Arizona on February 4th for the Best in the Desert Racing Association's Bluewater Resort Parker 425.
In 2004, Lofton earned the Best in the Desert Class 1000 championship and Rookie of the Year honors.
For the Parker 425, Lofton will split seat-time with his father Bob, who has over 20 years of off-road racing experience and numerous class wins, including the Baja 1000, to his credit. The duo will take turns behind the No. 1577 Class 1500 Buggy, with Bob wheeling the first two laps and Justin completing the final 150 miles.
"It will be a lot of fun racing with my Dad. He taught me so much about racing, and he's always supporting me in whatever I race. He's one of the best out there. It'll be a lot of fun," the younger Lofton added.
Lofton has taken full advantage of the NASCAR off season and remained busy readying for the desert events, in addition to planning his inaugural charity golf tournament, which he will host this Saturday, January 22nd, in Brawley, California. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Imperial Valley.
For more on Justin Lofton and the golf tournament, visit LoftonRacing.com
Follow Justin on Twitter: twitter.com/jlracing
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Amanda Brahler
Justin Lofton Media Relations
PH: 704.650.4527

Jan 14
2011

Ready, Set, Call on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com!

Posted by lori in Germain.com , Germain Racing

The Auto Smarts experts are standing by to take your calls! Dan "Boots" Longenette is a surgeon under the hood. With over 20 years in the car industry, if your car is sick, Boots can help you nurse it back to health! Steve Germain was born to sell cars! Germain Motor Company was founded by Steve's family in 1947. Today, Steve and his family own 19 dealerships in 3 states! Steve can answer any question you may have about buying a new or used car. Lex McAllister isn't just a pretty face! If you have a question about your motorcycle, Lex can help you get your motor runnin'! Randy Rhinehart will also be on hand to help keep the crew in line! Give them a call at: 614-389-2967. You can also email them at: autosmartsradio.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Join them this and every Sunday from 10am-12n on 95.5 The Hawk and Wink 107.1
  
Heather Ross of LKQ Online will be joining the crew this Sunday. LKQ Online is North America's largest online provider of used auto parts for cars and light-duty trucks requiring collision or mechanical repair. LKQ also distributes refurbished parts such as wheels, bumper covers and lights. If you've been looking for a part for your car or truck, call: 614-389-2967 and Heather from LKQ Online will help get you fixed up!
 
 Jack Moser will have some legal advice for you to ponder during his bustedfordrunkdriving.com feature. The crew will also hear from Michael Sacks of Kimmel and Silverman during his weekly 1-800 Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute.  
  
The crew is standing by for your calls at: 614-389-2967 or email: autosmartsradio.com. You're auto questions answered!

For more information contact:   Randy Rhinehart   randy@autosmarts4u.com   614-795-8469

Jan 14
2011

Lofton Joins Germain Racing for 2011 Season

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germain.com , Germain Racing

Mooresville, NC (1-7-2011) - After a solid rookie season in 2010, 24-year-old Justin Lofton will join Germain Racing for his sophomore effort in 2011, racing a Germain entered No. 77 Toyota Tundra full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
 
"I am very excited to be teaming up with Germain Racing. Fresh off of their 2010 championship, it was clear to me that Germain was the best place for me," Lofton said.
 
"Todd (Bodine) served as a mentor to me through my rookie season and really helped me learn the ropes of the Camping World Truck Series. To have him, Max (Papis) and Brendan (Gaughan) as teammates, I am really excited about the upcoming season."
 
Lofton, who hails from Southern California, earned the 2009 ARCA Racing Series championship after winning six of the 21 races. He moved full time to NASCAR last year, notching four top-five and eight top-10 finishes with a best finish of third, giving him a solid 12th place finish in the driver point standings.
 
"I'm really excited about having Justin as a teammate at Germain Racing as we've become friends over the last season. He's a real good kid and I think he's got real potential as a race car driver," said Bodine, who thinks Lofton will play a key role in the expansion of Germain Racing's Tundra fleet. "I'm looking forward to Justin's input and seeing him grow as a driver."
 
Germain Racing entered truck competition in 2004 and has since accumulated 22 race victories, nine pole awards and two division championships. Germain Racing earned Toyota's first Truck Series title in 2006, and repeated the feat in 2010, earning the No. 30 Tundra team the nod as the most dominant Tundra team in active competition.
 
"Germain Racing takes a lot of pride in the championships we've won for Toyota and our record of having the leading Tundra team. We've gotten to where we are having a team that's been a blend of youthful ambition and veteran skills. Adding Justin Lofton to our Tundra lineup gives our Truck Series program a fresh, young driver who can bring Germain Racing more wins and more championships for many years to come," said general manager Mike Hillman Sr.
 
At 24, Lofton will be the youngest driver in the Germain Racing stable.
 
"I wish the season started sooner because I am very excited to go racing with the Germain team. They have established themselves as the team to beat in the Truck Series," Lofton added.
 
Lofton's crew chief will be announced at a later date.
 
For more information on Justin Lofton, visit LoftonRacing.com.
 
For more information on Germain Racing, visit GermainRacing.com.
 
 
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Jan 07
2011

MEARS AND GEICO GETTING A JUMP ON 2011

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker

Mooresville, NC (December 14, 2010) – While the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season wrapped up just three weeks ago in Homestead, the Germain Racing team has wasted no time in preparing for the 2011 season.  The front office staff is hard at work trying to secure additional funding to add to GEICO’s sponsorship of 18 of the 36 races, and crew chief Bootie Barker and the GEICO crew have been burning the midnight oil in the race shop.
 
After enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday, Casey Mears and Germain Racing are back at work and focused on the Daytona 500.  Mears and the GEICO team will be taking part in a tire test on December 15th and 16th at the newly resurfaced Daytona International Speedway; the first among NASCAR’s top series to test the new 2.5-mile superspeedway.
 
Mears’ reserved demeanor often betrays his aggressive on-track driving style, and if one would inquire with the soft-spoken driver as to how his presence has elevated Germain Racing to a Top 25 team, he will respond humbly.  Mears is happy to have improved the GEICO team’s performance, but he is not content with where they are right now.  He believes that something better awaits them.
 
“I’ve enjoyed the last few months and the opportunity to work with Germain Racing and our sponsor GEICO,” Mears said.  “It’s been fun to get out there and be competitive and beat some of the top teams each week, but I know we are just beginning.  As I’ve said in the past, I will put this team up against any team in the garage.”   
He continued, “I really can’t thank GEICO enough for their support of what we’re doing.  Aside from being the primary sponsor for 18 races, they’re also working with us to help secure additional sponsorship for the other half of the season.  It’s a great partnership and we’re all operating with big picture vision.”
 
Mears has given Germain Racing and GEICO cause for optimism and their collective efforts will surely create a viable path to success.  That path begins with the tire test this week in Daytona.
 
Just two months remain before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series arrives at Daytona International Speedway to get the 2011 season underway.   
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.geicogarage.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
 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International
   Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

Dec 14
2010

Germain Declares Future Looks Bright As Team Celebrates the 2010 Championship with Todd Bodine After 4th Finish at Homestead

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , Germaincars.com , Germain.com , Germain Racing , Germain Naples Florida , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Bob Germain

Homestead, FL (11-19-2010) – Friday night, Todd Bodine put the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra where it has been so many times this season – at the front of the field. He led 18 laps and finished fourth in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The scenario might sound familiar to fans of Germain Racing and Todd Bodine as the No. 30 Tundra has led laps in 14 races this season and finished in the top-five on 17 occasions, including four victories. When the checkered flag waved the 2010 season to a close after 134 laps of racing at Homestead, the focus for Bodine and Germain Racing turned from winning races to celebrating a great season and their second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.

 

“Year after year, we consistently win and run up front. It shows the character of this Germain Racing team and what it’s about. To do this year in, year out it shows the character and what we’re all about. We never give up. We’ve had turnover in five years, but Mike Hillman Jr. (crew chief) and Mike Hillman Sr. (General Manager) have a knack for finding good people. We’ve lost good people and they find good people to replace them. In five years we never faltered, we never gave up. Last year, we should’ve given up, but we didn’t, and here we are, champions again,” said Bodine, who is the third driver in Truck Series history to earn multiple titles as well as the third driver to have clinched his title before the season ended

 

Team owner Bob Germain Jr. explained that this championship, certainly had a different feel than their first title win in 2006.

 

“In 2006 we were in a position where we were almost expected to win the championship. In 2009, we raced on a week to week basis and I really don’t think it worked very well. So, when we started 2010, we made a commitment to the team that we were going to run for a championship. We made the commitment to run every race. From that point, Todd, Mike Jr. and the guys took over and got it done,” explained Bob Germain, team owner of Germain Racing. “We weren’t expected to win in 2010. But these guys worked so hard every week. We went to the track each week with the best stuff we’ve had in a long time. Mike Hillman Jr. worked through so much this season with personal issues and his injury, but Todd and Mike stayed focused, worked hard every week and I appreciate it. This championship…Mike Jr. had a lot to do with it, I think.”

 

Bodine agreed with Germain but crew chief Hillman Jr. clarified that the results of this season were the result of a combined effort of team and driver.

 

“I’m the lucky guy that gets called a crew chief. I’m blessed to be surrounded by the people that I’m surrounded by. Todd drives his butt off every week and gives us 110 percent. It’s amazing what we’ve accomplished. We weren’t sure where Germain Racing was headed when we left Homestead last year. Bob, Steve and Rick told us to go get another championship. They put their faith in us, and we were able to do what they asked for. It’s really awesome to be able to sit here and do this again,” explained Hillman Jr. “My guys on the 30 truck, they poured their heart into every truck we built this season. The pit stops this season were nothing short of amazing and we had great support from people who work at the shop at Germain Racing. This championship is because of all their hard work and I appreciate it.”

 

Bodine talked about the sense of pride in racing a truck bearing the Germain name.

 

“We’re proud to be able to go out every week and represent the Germain family with Germain Motor Company on the side of that truck. To be able to come out of here champions, there’s nothing better than for us to be able to do that for them,” explained Bodine.

 

Team owner Steve Germain summarized the season expressing confidence that the celebration of this second Truck Series championship will not be the last of successes that Germain Racing will celebrate.

 

“We know the mistakes we made in 2009 and we didn’t repeat those in 2010. There’s no reason for us to go back to doing anything but having a championship team again next year. We’ve got a lot of momentum and we’ve got a great team. So next year I think you’ll see us do even better,” explained Germain. “I’ve never seen a team so determined as the 30 Tundra team this season. They were on a mission. Well, mission accomplished.”

 

Germain Racing scored four wins, 17 top five and 20 top ten finishes in the 2010 season. By winning four races, they became the second team in Truck Series history to earn multiple wins for seven consecutive seasons.

 

For more on Germain Racing, visit GermainRacing.com.

 

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Dec 09
2010

NASCAR Nationwide Series Champ Brad Keselowski on Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com!

Posted by lori in Germain.com

     Brad Keselowski is the king of the hill!  Nationwide Insurance hosted the NASCAR Nationwide Series champion explaining what it takes to make a winning team.   Randy Rhinehart moderated the panel discussion, while Dan “Boots” Longenette sat down and had a one-on-one with the pride of Rochester Hills, Michigan.  It all gets the spotlight treatment on this weekend’s edition of Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com, Sunday from 10am-12n on 95.5 The Hawk and Wink 107.1.

      Co-hosts Steve Germain and Lex McAllister have also been very busy in the last week.  Steve has plenty to share in his weekly installment of Steve’s Car Talk.  From running 19 car dealerships, to owning a handful of NASCAR teams, to keeping up with the very latest industry news, Steve offers his insight in easy to understand terms.  Plus, he can explain GERMAIN ADVANTEDGE and their Shop Smart Holiday Event.

        Lex McAllister was born to market!  She runs her own PR firm and is ready to launch her own women’s show, No Excuses.  In her “free” time, she’s cooking up her own transportation advice in her segment known as Lex Flex.       

     Boots is an automotive almanac.  He’s standing by to answer all transportation questions.  A veteran of over 20 years in the industry, Boots has sold it, torn it apart, repaired it, and sold it again.    If you’ve got a question, he’s got the answer

     Feature?  Oh yes!  Jack Moser offers up more legal insights in his weekly busted for drunk driving.com feature.  Michael Sacks of Kimmel and Silverman gets the podium for his        1-800 Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute.   



         For more information contact:   Randy Rhinehart

         Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com 614-795-8469     randy@autosmarts4u.com    


 

Nov 24
2010

REAR GEAR THWARTS MEARS’ HOMESTEAD RUN

Posted by lori in Valvoline , Sherwin Williams , Safety Kleen , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain.com , Germain Racing , GEICOgarage , GEICO Racing , GEICO , Casey Mears , Bootie Barker

Homestead, FL (November 21, 2010) – Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team arrived in Homestead looking to put GEICO in the field for their first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the south Florida season finale.  Mears and the Germain Racing team have proven themselves as a solid Top 25 team and looked to continue their run in Homestead.

 

On Friday, practice got off to a fast start and Mears would shoot to the top of the speed chart and run in the Top 20.  As the practice came to a close, the #13 GEICO Camry dropped to 39th as the team prepared to head into Sprint Cup Series qualifying late Friday afternoon.

 

A year ago, the #13 GEICO Camry was sent home after narrowly missing the race, but Mears’ qualifying lap of 30.948 seconds on Friday ensured that it would not happen twice.  The #13 GEICO Camry would line up three spots ahead of Denny Hamlin who would later spend his afternoon attempting to notch his first Sprint Cup Series championship.

 

When the season finale got underway under bright, clear skies and temperatures in the 80’s, Mears wasted little time moving forward.  Starting 34th, he moved the #13 GEICO Camry into 29th by the close of the second lap. 

 

When the event’s first caution flag waved on Lap 18, Mears was running in the 30th position and radioed to crew chief Bootie Barker: “There’s no front grip.  The front grip is terrible.”  Barker assured Mears that the team would go to work on the #13 Camry upon his arrival on pit road under the caution flag. 

 

The following lap, Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew and they furnished him with four fresh Goodyear Racing tires, a tank of Sunoco racing fuel and the necessary adjustments to assist with the front grip.  After coming down pit road in the 30th position, the Germain Racing pit crew returned Mears to the racing surface 27th, netting three positions on pit road. 

 

Just two laps after going back under the green flag, Mears and the #13 GEICO Camry picked up three positions, moving into 24th before the caution flag reemerged when Denny Hamlin was sent for a spin through the infield grass.  Mears stayed out and did not come down pit road, given he had just made a visit two laps earlier.

 

Mears reached the 23rd position by Lap 28 and Lap 53 found him telling Barker that his GEICO Camry ‘feels tight in the center’. 

 

Mears brought the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road on Lap 70 for a scheduled green flag pit stop.  He took on four tires and fuel and returned to the race in the 37th position.  Two laps later, Mears had picked up five positions and was sitting 32nd.  A lap later, on Lap 73, he was 31st and he informed Barker that his car ‘is a lot better in the center’. 

 

Mears reached 30th before the caution flag was displayed on Lap 98.  He visited pit road to receive four tires, fuel and adjustments, as he continued to battle an ill-handling racecar.  After restarting 33rd on Lap 103, he radioed to Barker on Lap 103, “It’s weird.  I’m a little tighter, but I’m not any better.”

 

Something must have gotten better because Mears began to move the #13 GEICO Camry through the field.  He reached 30th by Lap 124 and then found himself in 28th when Marcos Ambrose went for a spin on Lap 135, once again bringing out the yellow. 

 

After restarting 28th on Lap 140, Mears jumped to 27th before the caution flag waved just a lap later when Juan Pablo Montoya and Joey Logano found themselves tangled up. 

 

Mears spent a short time down a lap, but quickly hustled to 26th position on Lap 146 and put himself in the Lucky Dog position – the first car a lap down.  The racing gods showed mercy on Mears and the GEICO Racing team, as the caution flag was displayed on Lap 164, allowing Mears to return to the Lead Lap. 

 

Although he was a lap down, Mears had been consistently faster than the cars in front of him, so returning to the Lead Lap offered the opportunity to start gaining positions.  He wasted little time.  After restarting 26th on Lap 169, Mears had the #13 GEICO Camry 25th on the subsequent lap.  He then jumped to 24th on Lap 172, 23rd on Lap 181 and was running 21st when the cautionflag came out for debris on Lap 187. 

 

With 75 laps to go, he was running in the 20th position. 

 

After the caution came out on Lap 195 when Dave Blaney hit the wall, Mears came down pit road for four tires and fuel.  Barker informed Mears that he would be short on fuel and that he would need to pit one more time prior to the conclusion of the race.  72 laps remained and the #13 GEICO Camry would be able to travel 53 laps on a full tank of fuel.

 

After restarting 28th on Lap 199, the caution flag came out once again just two laps later when Jeff Gordon’s motor blew on the frontstretch.  Mears took the opportunity to bring the #13 GEICO Camry down pit road to top off with fuel. 

 

Mears restarted 29th on Lap 206 and began a run through the field.  On Lap 214, he passed both Bill Elliott and Bobby Labonte to move back into the Top 25. 

 

A week ago in Phoenix, Mears found himself stuck in fourth gear for the vast majority of the race beforehustling to a 24th place finish.  Homestead saw the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry once again battling a gear issue as Sunday’s race wound down.

 

While running 24th on Lap 233, Mears radioed to Barker that he felt like he lost the driveline and gears.  Barker instructed him to take the #13 GEICO Camry directly to the garage.  No one could have predicted what would happen next.  Upon inspection of the racecar it was determined that the rear gear broke, something that rarely, if ever, happens in racing. 

 

Mears was out of the race with just 34 laps remaining.  After starting 34th, Mears and the GEICO team would be relegated to a 33rd place finish, a colossal disappointment considering they had run solidly in the Top 25 for much of the day and appeared destined for a Top 20 finish.

 

While Mears was visibly disappointed, he spoke with big picture vision.

 

“Something like this is tough because these things just don’t happen; rear gears don’t normally break,” Mears said.  “But it’s racing and I’m sure we all think we’ve seen everything until we see the next crazy thing.  I’m heartbroken for this team because we have worked so hard to get to the point where we are now as a solid Top 25 team.  We have made tremendous improvement since August and I almost wish Daytona (2011) was next week because we keep improving and we feel we’re better than a lot of the teams out there.” 

 

He continued, “When the season ends it means that Thanksgiving is around the corner and I always think of our troops serving in forward areas.  What we do here at the racetrack each week is a sport, but what our troops do is life or death and they provide the blanket of freedom that we sleep under each night.  Our troops and their families are in Trish (wife) and I’s thoughts as we count our blessings this holiday season.”

 

Since Mears took over driving duties of the #13 GEICO Camry in August, the team has missed just one race and has consistently finished in the Top 25 each week.  The 2011 season will find GEICO as the primary sponsor for 18 races, leaving an exceptional opportunity for a company to come on-board and complete the season.  The names ‘Mears’ and ‘GEICO’ are synonymous with greatness and a company looking to expand awareness would benefit from a relationship with both. 

 

Less than three months remain before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series arrives at Daytona International Speedway to get the 2011 season underway. 

 

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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com