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Jul 29
2013

Indy Post-Race Report: GEICO Ford Fusion

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MEARS ENDS UP 27TH AFTER LONG DAY AT INDIANAPOLIS

 

Indianapolis, IN (July 28, 2013) – For the last nine years, Casey Mears has held the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series track qualifying record at Indianapolis, while his uncle Rick boasts four Indianapolis 500 wins at the famed racing facility.  The heart of Indiana is a special place for the famous racing family, which always leaves the younger Mears excited to make his arrival.

 

Casey Mears got to work early this week, when on Thursday he made an appearance at a newly opened GEICO office in the Indianapolis area.  He spent time visiting with associates, signing autographs and taking photos.  He got down to business a day later when he arrived at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for practice and qualifying. 

 

Mears first practice session on Friday was tough, as he ended up 31st on the board.  Fortunately, Saturday brought better news when the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion rested 21st at the end of the weekend’s final practice session.  Mears would later qualify 30th for Sunday’s race after circling the 2.5-mile racetrack in 48.979-seconds.

 

Bright sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s set the scene for Sunday’s 400-mile race at the Brickyard.  Mears rolled off 30th and quickly made up ground, moving into the 26th position by lap six.  At a track where passing is at a premium, coupled with the fact that only three caution flags were displayed throughout the entire 160-lap race, Mears would find his day frustrating.  Long green flag runs left little time to make adjustments to the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion and track position was tough to achieve. 

 

On lap 54, Mears was sitting 13th in the Lucky Dog position, but after no yellow flag showed up, he was forced to visit pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop.  It seemed as though good fortune may have found him when the caution flag came out just after Mears and his GEICO Ford exited pit road.  Crew chief Bootie Barker instructed him to take the wave-around, which would allow Mears to return to the lead lap.  Unfortunately, leader Jimmie Johnson elected to stay out and not visit pit road under the caution, which would ultimately preclude Mears from taking the wave-around.

 

When the day came to a close, Mears finished 27th, just behind the Fords of Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., but one spot ahead of the #21 Motorcraft Ford of Trevor Bayne.

 

“It was a challenging day and the long green flag runs and lack of cautions made it tough on everyone.  It’s also hard to pass here, which didn’t help,” Mears said after climbing from his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion.  “We have a great group of guys on this GEICO team and we’ll be ready for Pocono.  Long day here today and we’re ready to move on to the next race.”

 

Mears and the Germain Racing team will now travel to Long Pond, PA, for race number 21 of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.                                                 

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Pocono Raceway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, August 2nd, at 11:30 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:10 PM (EDT).

 

The GOBOWLING.COM 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 4th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Jul 15
2013

New Hampshire GEICO Ford Race Report

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MEARS ENDS UP AS COLLATERAL DAMAGE AFTER FAST START IN LOUDON

 

Loudon, NH (July 14, 2013) – The Germain Racing team has experienced a run of good fortune since their departure from Darlington on May 11th.  Inclusive of that was their first Top 10 finish of the 2013 season last week in Daytona when GEICO driver Casey Mears crossed the finish line in the 9th position.  Loudon, New Hampshire, would be the next stop on their journey, but the team would find themselves challenged from the beginning.

 

Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion were 34th in the weekend's opening practice session on Friday before qualifying 29th later in the day.  Saturday saw him 34th and 36th in the respective practices.  Crew chief Bootie Barker and his crew spent the better part of their Saturday evening working to find speed.  Their efforts would be rewarded when the race got underway on Sunday afternoon.

 

A packed house awaited race day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The afternoon quickly heated up and the GEICO team found themselves amid steamy temperatures and bright sunshine.  Due to a penalty assessed to Jimmie Johnson, Mears would roll off from the 28th position, a one spot advantage over his qualifying position.  When the green flag turned the field loose for 301 laps of racing, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion quickly began making progress and had peeked into the Top 25 before his fate took a downward turn.

 

Unfortunately, Barker and company’s late Saturday night work at the team hotel would turn out futile at best when a lap 14 crash collected Mears and ended his chances of a strong finish.  On the frontstretch, Kevin Harvick and Marcos Ambrose found themselves in a tussle over track space before Ambrose succumbed to the battle and spun into Mears’ #13 GEICO Ford Fusion, sending them both behind the wall for extensive repairs.  The front end of Mears’ machine was severely damaged and even left him without a radiator.  The Germain Racing team was in high gear and quickly made repairs to the heavily damaged race car and miraculously returned Mears to the race while losing just 50 laps.  While Mears emerged in the 42nd position, the team continued their work during pit stops and he was able to complete the 301 lap event and turn in a 36th place finish, picking up 6 critical positions that will ultimately assist in their ascension in the point standings.

 

“It was a tough weekend for our GEICO team, but Bootie and the guys found some speed and we were making good progress when the race started.  It’s always tough to deal with a situation like that where we end up as collateral damage,” Mears said following the race.  “These guys on this Germain team did a great job of making repairs to our #13 GEICO Ford Fusion and making sure I was able to finish the race.  Picking up six additional spots was great and it definitely helps.  We’re looking forward to taking a weekend off and then going to Indianapolis, one of my favorite tracks.”

 

Casey Mears and the GEICO team will enjoy a week off before heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the July 28th running of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard.  Mears’ family has experienced considerable success at the legendary speedway, leaving him excited to hit the track for practice on July 26th.                                               

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Jul 08
2013

Top 10 at Daytona for The Gecko Courtesy of Mears

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MEARS GIVES THE GECKO AN EXCITING TOP 10 FINISH AT DAYTONA

 

Daytona Beach, FL (July 6, 2013) – Casey Mears and Germain Racing haven’t finished outside of the top 25 since May 11th in Darlington, with half of those checkered flags seeing Mears finish in the top 20.  As the season wears on, the GEICO team seems to be blossoming well and their excitement was evident when they arrived at Daytona International Speedway this weekend, a place that has seen Mears and his GEICO car as the leader on multiple occasions.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion appeared quick in first practice when television coverage of the session showed him moving the car at will through the draft.  He wrapped up the session 24th, sandwiched between Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, David Ragan and Joey Logano; all Ford teams.  Crew chief Bootie Barker felt confident in their GEICO Fusion and chose to sit out final practice on Thursday, instead turning his focus to qualifying which was scheduled for late Friday afternoon.

 

When qualifying got underway at 4:10 PM (ET) on Friday, Mears betrayed his poor qualifying draw (third) and toured the 2.5-mile facility in just 46.701-seconds/192.715-miles per hour, landing him 19th on Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 starting grid.

 

When the green flag waved on a hot and humid Florida evening, Mears departed his starting position of 19th and set sail for the front of the field.  By the fourth lap, he had arrived and was penetrating the top 10.  He later ventured into the top five and appeared poised for a strong run.  As restrictor-plate racing goes, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion spent their evening vacillating up and down through the draft, returning to the front whenever he felt it necessary.  At times, it appeared so effortless that one would assume Mears made a bet with himself concerning the amount of cars he could pass in an evening.

 

Business began to pick up as the race wound down.  With 33 laps to go, Mears was in the 13th position when a caution flag slowed the field.  The team’s radio frequency was dominated by Barker and Mears who were busy discussing whether or not to take two or four tires during the upcoming pit stop under yellow.  The number four prevailed and Mears would surrender only six positions by opting for the latter, but would be well armed to make a charge at the end of the race.  Barker’s wisdom prevailed and Mears found himself back in the top 10, in the eighth position, with just 15 laps remaining in the event.

 

Mears, whose racecar remained clean most of the night, was a little too close for comfort when cars began crashing just behind him as the field exited the short chute on lap 149 of a scheduled 160.  The red flag halted the race while cleanup commenced.  After a brief eight-minutes and 53-seconds, engines were re-fired and cars were rolling under caution.  With seven to go, the GEICO Ford Fusion restarted 8th, but was shuffled out of the draft and just a lap later sat 12 positions worse in 20th.

 

The Daytona drama soon followed when a crash on the backstretch brought out the yellow flag with only four laps left in the advertised distance and leaving Mears far behind with very little time to do anything about it.  With a Green-White-Checker finish on tap, he would need to execute an all or nothing strategy when the race went back to green.  When the green flag set the field underway for the final time, Mears began an immediate surge and a lap later the white flag saw him three positions to the good in 15th.  The final lap played out in typical Daytona fashion when Mears was approaching the start/finish line and Danica Patrick spun in front of him.  The result was a chain reaction crash that sent the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion hard against the outside wall as the checkered flag was waving.  Despite taking a hard hit and crossing the finish line sideways, Mears scored a ninth place finish, accounting for the team’s first top 10 performance of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  His effort also continues the string of strong, consistent runs that are normally tough to come by in auto racing, further evidencing the growth and development of Germain Racing’s Sprint Cup Series program.

 

“Tonight was a solid night for our GEICO Racing program and I’m glad we were able to get a Top 10 finish and reward the guys on this Germain team for all of their hard work.  It was also nice to get a good finish for the folks at GEICO and our team owner, Bob Germain, because they both have made such big commitments to keep growing our program,” Mears said as he observed the damage to his racecar.  “That second-to-last restart we restarted eighth and the 15 laid way back on the restart and had a huge run.  There were three lanes open.  The bottom lane moved to the bottom and I had like three lanes to try to block and he had a run and got to the inside of us and we dropped all the way to the back.  But we had a really big run there at the end and picked the right lane and got through a bunch of guys, so that’s not the way we wanted to finish because we were sitting in the catbird’s seat there, where I thought we could have had a chance to win this thing, but we rallied back for a decent day.”

 

Mears and the Germain Racing team will now travel north to Loudon, New Hampshire, for race number 19 of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.   

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, July 12th, at 12:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT).

 

The Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, July 14th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Jul 01
2013

Valvoline NextGen Ford - Kentucky Race Recap

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Strong Finish for Valvoline NextGen Fusion at Kentucky Speedway

 

Mooresville, NC (June 30, 2013) - The Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend was extended a day when the rain, which had plagued the weekend, washed out any hopes of racing on Saturday night. The 400.5-mile race was rescheduled to start at noon Eastern, on Sunday. Casey Mears rolled off the starting grid in the 31st position in the No. 13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion entry of Germain Racing, and gathered another top-20 finish when the checkered flag waved.

 

“We didn’t get what we needed from the Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion in qualifying,” said Mears, who’s competitive nature was evident in talking about the car’s performance throughout the 267-lap even. “I think our chassis setup would have been strong for night racing. It was amazing, when I’d get a bit of a cloud cover, I could make things happen on the track. But for Sunday afternoon racing, we still have some work to do to improve our race car.”

 

Mears finished 18th on Sunday afternoon, in front of a very persistent and enthusiastic Kentucky Speedway crowd.

 

“The Kentucky Speedway race fans are incredible. So many of them stayed last night to see if we could get a break between storms to get the race in, and so many fans came back today. It’s great to see such a big turnout, particularly in the backyard of Valvoline,” said Mears.

 

With 70 laps to go, crew chief Bootie Barker told Mears weather should not be an issue through the race’s end on Sunday afternoon. Barker was right.

 

Mears ran in the top-20 for most of the 267 laps. The Germain Racing pit crew kept him in contention on pit road, even with four-tire pit stops against others taking two tires or fuel-only. Mears finished 18th and is looking ahead to next weekend’s trip to Daytona Beach, FL.

 

The next race for the No. 13 will see Casey Mears back in familiar GEICO livery, behind the wheel of the GEICO Ford Fusion at Daytona International Speedway for 160 laps in Saturday’s Coke Zero 400. Watch the action on July 6th on TNT at 7:30 PM or tune into MRN/SiriusXM radio.

 

About Valvoline

Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH), has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil. In addition to commercial and industrial lubricants, the Valvoline family of products includes Eagle One™ appearance products, Car Brite™ car restoration products, Zerex™ antifreeze, SynPower™ performance products, MaxLife™ products created for higher-mileage engines and NextGen™ motor oil created with 50 percent recycled oil. With approximately 900 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM service centers are a leader in serving the quick lube market.

 

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com and keep up with driver Casey Mears @CJMearsgang.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com. You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing. Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing.

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Media Contacts:

            Lori Smith, Germain Racing, lsmith@germain.com

            Doug Barnette, GEICO Racing, dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Jun 27
2013

Valvoline NextGen Ford - Kentucky Speedway Preview

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Casey Mears Racing No. 13 Valvoline NextGen™ Ford Fusion for Germain Racing at Kentucky and Michigan

• This is the second season for Valvoline NextGen in Cup Series with Mears

• Valvoline™ has sponsored Germain Racing since 2010

• Mears been in command of the No. 13 Ford Fusion since August 2010

• Bootie Barker is crew chief for the Valvoline NextGen Fusion

Mooresville, N.C. (June 27, 2013) – Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway extends the team’s relationship with Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), to four seasons as driver Casey Mears will wheel the No. 13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion for 400.5 miles in the Greater Cincinnati area venue.

“Promoting Valvoline NextGen recycled oil products to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans is a great opportunity to reach the do-it-yourself community. On the other hand, if the drivers in the Kentucky Speedway grandstands don’t want to change their own oil, Valvoline NextGen is a blend of recycled oil that can be requested at many oil change service centers,” said Bob Germain Jr., Germain Racing team owner.

Germain Racing’s normally blue and green No. 13 Ford Fusion that typically bears the familiar gecko alongside the GEICO logo, shifts its stripes and colors to showcase the Valvoline NextGen paint scheme at Ashland Inc.’s hometown race track, Kentucky Speedway, on Saturday night, and will do so again at Michigan International Speedway in August.

"Valvoline has supported Germain Racing for many years and I’m glad to be part of promoting the Valvoline NextGen brand to the Sprint Cup Series fans. We’ll be running the Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion at Kentucky and again at Michigan, tracks where we look forward to good results,” said Mears. “The NextGen oil is 50-percent recycled. It’s specially engineered for today’s hotter running engines as well as a green product to help our environment."

Watch Mears race the No. 13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion on Saturday, June 29th at 7:30 PM EDT on TNT or tune in to PRN or SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. NASCAR will publish race updates via Twitter @NASCAR and @NASCARStats.

About Valvoline

Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH), has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil. In addition to commercial and industrial lubricants, the Valvoline family of products includes Eagle One™ appearance products, Car Brite™ car restoration products, Zerex™ antifreeze, SynPower™ performance products, MaxLife™ products created for higher-mileage engines and NextGen™ motor oil created with 50 percent recycled oil. With approximately 900 locations throughout the United States, Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM service centers are a leader in serving the quick lube market.

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com and keep up with driver Casey Mears @CJMearsgang.

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com. You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing. Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing.

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Media Contacts:

            Lori Smith, Germain Racing, lsmith@germain.com

            Doug Barnette, GEICO Racing, dbarnette@pmifirm.com

Jun 24
2013

Mears Sonoma Race Report

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FORTUNE FAVORS MEARS AND THE GECKO IN SONOMA

GEICO driver’s 16th place finish accounts for team’s sixth top-20 effort of the 2013 season

 

Sonoma, CA (June 23, 2013) – The Sonoma Valley is known for great scenery, great wine and great racing.  This weekend marked the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ first road course race of the 2013 season and allowed the sport to enjoy all three.  Mears and his GEICO team have enjoyed a string of good runs and looked to Sonoma as another opportunity to solidify Germain Racing’s consistency.  They also received associate sponsorship from Caymus Vineyards, a prestigious California winery, which hosted a series of events for team personnel during the weekend.

 

Mears’ arrival at Sonoma Raceway was quickly evident when he unloaded off of the truck and ended up third fastest in the first practice session and 12th quickest in Happy Hour.  Qualifying found his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion a bit loose amid the hot temperatures and he landed 21st on Sunday’s starting grid.

 

When Mears slid behind the wheel of his GEICO Ford on Sunday afternoon, gray skies prevailed and raindrops soon followed.  The field would ultimately turn six laps prior to the green flag, which immediately called into question previously planned fuel strategies up and down pit road.  Mears rolled off 21st and remained there until the event’s first caution of the day on lap 24.  He visited pit road and took on tires and fuel and restarted the race in time for the next yellow flag to wave.  Given that he just visited pit road, crew chief Bootie Barker ordered Mears to stay out and instead gain much coveted track position.  Barker’s gamble paid off and, after restarting 9th on lap 33, Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion ran solidly in the top 10 for the next 15 laps.

 

On several occasion throughout the race, Barker advised Mears to save fuel, as the team found itself three laps short as the race began to wind down.  A late-race caution allowed the GEICO team to top off fuel and let Mears go hard until the end.  With just 20 laps remaining, he was faster than the leader and again turned a quicker time on lap 98.  Taking the white flag in the 17th position, a hard charging Mears managed to hustle to a 16th place finish on the final lap.  This is Germain Racing’s sixth top 20 finish of the 2013 season and helps to continue their streak of strong results.

 

“It was a good weekend for us and it was nice to get a decent finish for GEICO and Caymus Vineyards,” Mears said.  “We needed a little more rear grip in the high-speed corners, but we ran strong in the top ten for a lot of the day and were able to continue our run of solid finishes.  I’m proud of the guys on this Germain team and how hard they work each week.  You’re seeing more consistency because of their efforts.”

 

Mears and the Germain team next descend upon the Bluegrass State.                                                  

 

Casey Mears and the #13 Valvoline Ford Fusion will hit the track at Kentucky Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, June 28th, at 11:30 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 5:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, June 29th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

Jun 17
2013

Caymus Vineyards on 13 at Sonoma

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Caymus Vineyards is Featured as an Associate Sponsor on California Native Mears’ No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion for Sonoma Race

 

Mooresville, NC (June 17, 2013) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Germain Racing is proud to announce that Caymus Vineyards, part of the prestigious Wagner Family of Wine, will be on board the No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion as an associate sponsor for the upcoming Sonoma Raceway event.

 

"We are very proud to have Caymus Vineyards and the Wagner Family of Wine partner with us on the 13 GEICO Ford Fusion at Sonoma this year. I had an opportunity to visit Caymus with friends in 2011 and Chuck Wagner actually took the time to give us a personal tour. The Wagners are certainly one of the most well respected families in the wine-making business and we're looking forward to representing them on the track,” said Bob Germain Jr., team owner of Germain Racing.

 

Having a prestigious California winery with such a strong commitment to family tradition and producing quality products makes the Caymus Vineyards pairing with Casey Mears, of Bakersfield, CA, and Germain Racing a perfect match.

 

“We are pleased to be an Associate Sponsor of Casey Mears from Germain Racing and supporter of NASCAR for this year’s Sonoma race. In addition to enjoying this great sport, Caymus has many friends connected with NASCAR and we are happy to be able to support them in some way,” said Chuck Wagner, Owner/Winemaker, Caymus Vineyards and Wagner Family of Wine.

 

Sunday’s race day broadcasts begin with RaceDay on SPEED at Noon Eastern, followed on TNT by Countdown to Green starting at 2:00 PM ET and the race coverage at 3:00 PM. Radio broadcasts can be heard on PRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90.

 

The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is a 350K/218.9-mile,110-lap event which will be live from Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA. The track has a Twitter feed @RaceSonoma and NASCAR keeps fans in the loop @NASCAR and @NASCARStats.

 

The Wagners come from a long line of grape growers and winemakers with a farming legacy that can be traced back 156 years in the Napa Valley.  It's been over 40 years since Charlie and Lorna Wagner, along with son, Chuck, founded Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford, Napa Valley and today they are proud to showcase a collection of wine brands that have a reputation for quality and consistency, sourced from the premiere wine growing regions of California. The Wagner Family of Wine has proven they are clear leaders as they are the only winery in the world to have been awarded the title of “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator, twice for their Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon.   Charlie Wagner, Sr. begun as a “home winemaker” in the 1960’s using grapes planted behind their farmhouse and today, Chuck Wagner continues to make world-renowned Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley; his older son Charlie II makes Mer Soleil Chardonnay in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County and Joseph makes Belle Glos Pinot Noir sourced from three prestigious coastal appellations of California.  They also make Conundrum, which has set the benchmark for luxury California wine blends for over twenty years. Chuck’s daughter Jenny recently joined the family business and has just started making Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot in Napa Valley.  Youngest daughter, Erin is enrolled in college.

 

Caymus Vineyards is on the web at  www.Caymus.com or www.WagnerFamilyofWine.com.

 

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com and keep up with driver Casey Mears @CJMearsgang.

 

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com. You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing. Please visit the Casey Mears Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/caseymearsracing.

 

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Casey Mears

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Numbers at Sonoma Raceway

Race

St

Fin

Laps

Money

Status

Led

2003-16

33

26

110/110

66,300

running

0

2004-16

29

7

110/110

100,265

running

5

2005-16

36

20

110/110

103,033

running

0

2006-16

34

20

110/110

113,708

running

0

2007-16

38

27

110/110

88,375

running

0

2008-16

23

5

112/112

123,075

running

0

2009-16

21

23

113/113

95,600

running

0

2011-16

27

34

108/110

73,405

running

0

2012-16

20

15

112/112

106,338

running

0

 9 starts, 995 of 997 laps completed (99.8%), 5 laps led

 Win:     0 (  0.0%)     Average start:  29.0     Total Winnings: $870,099

 Top 5:   1 ( 11.1%)     Average finish: 19.7

 Top 10:  2 ( 22.2%)     DNF: 0

 

Team Notes…

  • Both engineers, Scott Whitehead and Chris Andrews, have road racing backgrounds. Scott Whitehead served as a crew chief in the Grand-Am Series while Chris Andrews worked as an engineer in the Trans-Am Series
  • Germain Racing’s best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finish came on a road course, Watkins Glen, where the team charted an 8th-place finish.
  • The team finished 15th at Sonoma Raceway in 2012 with Casey Mears at the wheel of the GEICO Ford Fusion
  • Chassis 660 gets the nod for primary duties at Sonoma. The road-course chassis joined the Germain Racing ranks in 2012 and is making its second appearance at Sonoma for the team

 

 Media Contact :Germain Racing – Lori Smith lsmith@germain.com

Jun 16
2013

Michigan June Race Report - GEICO Ford Fusion

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THE IRISH HILLS PROVE LUCKY FOR MEARS AND NO. 13 GEICO TEAM

 

Brooklyn, MI (June 16, 2013) – Coming off of good showings in Dover and Pocono, the Germain Racing team focused on continuing their strong run this weekend in the Irish Hills of Michigan.  Casey Mears and team owner Bob Germain kicked off their race weekend by visiting Ford headquarters in Detroit on Thursday, where they participated in activities ranging from test driving cars to chatting with Ford associates.  A day later, Mears turned his attention to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at the two-mile racetrack just down the road in Brooklyn.

 

Consistency marked the team’s Friday when Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion sat 24th on the practice chart and later qualified the same for the Quicken Loans 400.

 

When the green flag got Sunday’s race underway at Michigan International Speedway, Mears quickly jumped to 23rd.  He would not have to wait long for the action to heat up, as lap seven found Bobby Labonte spinning immediately in front of the GEICO Ford, bringing out the event’s first caution flag of the day.  Mears avoided the spinning car by the narrowest of margins and was able to carry on with his afternoon.  Aside from dodging spinning cars, Mears also began battling a loose condition that would plague him for much of the race.

 

A focused Germain Racing crew worked feverishly during each pit stop to make necessary adjustments to the GEICO Ford and as the race wore on their hard work became evident.  When the caution flag was displayed on lap 76 for debris in turn one, Mears was able to lead two laps and collect critical bonus points.  As the event began to wind down, he was solidly in the top twenty-five, even running for an extended time in the top 15.  When the checkered flag closed 400-miles of racing, Mears and his GEICO team recorded a 21st place, lead lap finish.  His effort accounts for Germain Racing’s ninth top-25 finish of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

 

“The #13 GEICO Ford Fusion was really loose today, but the guys worked hard to get it better and it helped in the end,” Mears said.  “This is three solid weeks in a row, so we’re beginning to see the consistency we’re looking for.  I enjoy the road courses, so we’re excited to get the GEICO car on-track in Sonoma next week.”

 

Mears and the Germain team will now head west to the Sonoma Valley for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ first road course race of the 2013 season.                                                     

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Sonoma Raceway for the opening practice session on Friday, June 21st, at 3:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will take place on Saturday, June 22nd, at 2:05 PM (EDT).

 

The Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 23rd, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 2:00 PM (EDT).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

 

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com 

Jun 10
2013

22nd at Pocono Raceway for the GEICO Ford Fusion, Mears

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RESILIENT MEARS POWERS BACK WITH 22ND PLACE FINISH AT POCONO

 

Long Pond, PA (June 9, 2013) – After a few tough weeks, Casey Mears and his Germain Racing counterparts rallied in Dover to right the course when they recorded a 16th place finish at one of NASCAR’s toughest tracks.  While Dover saw them battle the Monster Mile, this week in Pocono would find them nose-to-nose with Mother Nature.

 

All track activities, including qualifying, were washed out on Friday, resulting in the starting field being set according to Owner Points.  Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion would roll off 27th in Sunday’s Party in the Poconos 400.  On Saturday, Mears and crew chief Bootie Barker were featured on SPEED’s Trackside Live where laughter prevailed when they participated in a fun version of the ‘Newlywed Game’.  Barker triumphed, scoring three points to Mears’ two.

 

When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series arrived at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, the inclement weather had cleared and bright sunshine and blue skies overlooked a full house.  Mears started from the 27th position, but quickly began having handling issues and dropped to 29th.  He made a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 28, but lap 30 heard Mears on the team’s radio frequency: “This thing won’t turn at all.  It’s really tight into turn one.”  Regardless, he still managed to navigate the GEICO Ford through the field and arrive in 18th before making a second scheduled green flag stop on lap 56.  He received a minor scare when on lap 93 he began to experience a heavy vibration, but it seemed to dissipate.  The Germain pit crew made favorable changes during each visit to pit road, allowing Mears and his Gecko adorned racecar to keep making progress.

 

A debris caution on lap 126 would change the trajectory of Mears’ race.  Crew chief Bootie Barker ordered him to stay out rather than pitting and to take the wave-around in order to rejoin the lead lap.  He then informed Mears that he would need to pit immediately after taking the green, a daring call that could pay dividends if another yellow flag waved quickly.  Mears complied and restarted 29th when the race went back to green on lap 129.  The next time around, the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion hit pit road for two right-side tires and fuel, leaving Mears at the tail end of the lead lap.  Now all they needed was a quick caution and Barker’s strategy would pay off.  Almost on cue, Juan Pablo Montoya got loose underneath Matt Kenseth in the tunnel turn on lap 134, sending them both into a spin that brought out a much needed caution flag for the Germain Racing team.  Barker’s bold move paid off and the GEICO team was now solidly on the lead lap and back in the hunt.

 

Mears was eyeing the top 20 when Barker radioed to him on lap 139, “Good job, man.  You get faster and faster every lap.”  Mears and his GEICO Ford continued to hustle and when the checkered flag brought a close to 160 laps and 400 miles of racing, he posted a 22nd place finish.  Pocono is Germain Racing’s eighth top 25 finish of the 2013 season.

 

“We struggled a little bit today, but kept working hard and eventually got fast there at the end, when it mattered.  This is the first time we’ve raced Pocono together as a team because we’ve had to start and park it the last two years.” Mears said.  “This was a good day for us here and something to build on.  We’re thankful for GEICO’s support because we can now run all the races.  We’ve had two solid weeks and that’s what we needed to get things back on the right path.  I’m proud of everyone on this Germain team and look forward to Michigan next week.  Michigan International Speedway is just down the road from Ford’s corporate office, so we’re hoping to put on a good show for them.” 

 

Mears and his GEICO team will next travel to the Irish Hills of Michigan for race number fifteen of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Michigan International Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, June 14th, at 11:30 AM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:35 PM (EDT).

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

Jun 02
2013

16th in Dover for GEICO Ford, Casey Mears

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM BACK ON TRACK WITH 16TH PLACE DOVER FINISH

 

Dover, DE (June 2, 2013) – The past few weeks have seen Casey Mears and his GEICO team perform well in practice only to later fall victim to situations beyond their control when the race got underway.  This weekend, Dover welcomed the Germain Racing team with open arms, offering redemption in the form of a 400-mile race on a high-banked racetrack referred to as the Monster Mile.  While they have struggled at Dover in the past, a successful test two weeks ago served as assurance that their problems were behind them.

 

Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion were 23rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ opening practice session on Friday.  Qualifying saw the team fall victim to a bad draw, which sent Mears out first on a hot Friday afternoon.  Undaunted, Mears quickly pedaled the #13 GEICO Ford around the one-mile concrete oval in just 23.052-seconds at an average speed of 156.169 miles per hour.  Despite the steamy temperatures, Mears managed to tame the Monster Mile and would roll off Sunday’s starting grid from the 17th position.

 

Bright sunshine, hot temperatures and a slight breeze welcomed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to the track on Sunday.  Mears would start from the 17th position when the green flag turned the field loose for 400-miles of racing.  He dropped to 18th on lap three, but then sat solidly in that position for the next 51 laps.  He then worked his way into the top ten before being forced down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 73.  After being outfitted with four tires and fuel, Mears rejoined the race in the 19th position and began making up ground.

 

Mears passed Carl Edwards on lap 149 to take over the 18th position and was sitting in 16th when Matt Kenseth lost an engine and brought out the caution on lap 160.  Mears then headed down pit road under caution where the Germain Racing pit crew promptly refreshed the #13 GEICO Ford with four fresh tires and a full tank of fuel, allowing Mears to restart the race from the 15th position.  He then made quick work of Dale Earnhardt, Jr, and captured the 14th position before passing Clint Bowyer for 13th on lap 202.

 

Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion would never at any point during the race depart from the top 20.  After 400-laps/400-miles of racing, Mears recorded a 16th place, lead lap finish on a hot and humid Delaware Sunday afternoon.  His effort accounts for the team’s fifth top 20 finish of the season and boosts him one spot up to 25th in the Sprint Cup Series’ driver point standings.    

 

“This was a great day for our GEICO team because we were consistent and the pit crew did a nice job and we were able to get a 16th place finish,” Mears said.  “We were also able to finish the race on the lead lap, which is tough to do at Dover, as seen on the finishing order where I think only 16 cars did it.  I’m proud of everyone on this 13 team; we keep making good progress.  I want to thank everyone out there that supports our Germain Racing team, especially the people at GEICO.  We were excited to have a lot of GEICO folks with us today since their office is so close.”

 

Up next for the Germain Racing team is the Tricky Triangle in Long Pond, PA.       

 

Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Pocono Raceway for the opening practice session on Friday, June 7th, at 12:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 3:40 PM (EDT).

 

The Party in the Poconos 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, June 9th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com