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Aug 23
2015

Bristol Race Report - GEICO Chevy, Mears

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MEARS HUSTLES TO 23RD AT BRISTOL AND JUMPS A SPOT IN POINTS
 
BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 22, 2015) - Known as the World's Fastest Half Mile, Bristol Motor Speedway always provides close racing and ample amounts of action with drivers completing 15-second laps around the 1/2-mile short track. Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team knew a challenge was before them, but after much preparation, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was ready for a 500-lap battle under the lights on Saturday evening.
 
Mears qualified his GEICO Chevrolet in the 28th starting position and aimed to maintain a clean racecar at the fast, cereal bowl-shaped oval. As the sun set at the Tennessee short track, Mears saw the green flag wave and quickly reported to his Germain Racing team that the front end of the car wouldn't turn in the corners. The veteran driver continued to complete laps and fight through the ill handling, while crew chief Bootie Barker made air pressure, wedge and rubber adjustments to the GEICO machine.
 
On lap 225 while running in the 26th position, Mears reported to Barker that the GEICO Chevrolet was much better during the beginning of a long run, but after 50 laps the front-end plag  ue would resume. With perseverance, the team fought to improve the handling for Mears and by lap 375, their efforts prevailed as the California native radioed to the crew that his car was much better and he was able to gain ground.
 
Mears was running in the top-25 with 100 laps remaining, but the final restart of the evening came on lap 437 and saw him collect two spots and move into the 23rd position. When the checkered flag slowed an aggressive field, Mears and his GEICO Chevy crossed the finish line in the 23rd position, accounting for Germain Racing's 16th top-25 finish of the 2015 season. Mears departs Bristol one spot to the good in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings, as he moves up to 22nd. He now sits just 35 points removed from the top-20 and only nine points out of 21st.
 
"It was a long night, but we worked hard and were able to get a decent finish," said Mears after the race. "I'm proud of the GEICO Racing team for sticking with it and working to get the car better over the course of the race. We were able gain a position in the points, which helps. The upcoming off-week will be nice and it will allow everyone to catch their breath before making the final run to Homestead."
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take a well-deserved week off before returning to racing action at Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles Southern 500 on Sunday, September 6th. The green flag will wave shortly after 7:00 p.m. ET and NBC will carry live television coverage. The Motor Radio Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, channel 90, will also provide live radio analysis of the historic event.
 
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-
 

Aug 17
2015

Michigan Race Report - August - GEICO Chevy, Mears

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HARD-CHARGING MEARS GOES UP IN SMOKE AFTER COLLECTING 21 POSITIONS AT MICHIGAN 
Brooklyn, MI - (August 16, 2015) - The weather for this weekend's "Pure Michigan 400" couldn't have been more opposite than what the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS team experienced during their June visit to Michigan International Speedway. Sunday's temperatures were warm and the sun was bright over the lively crowd that gathered in the Irish Hills to watch Casey Mears and 42 other drivers race through 200 laps of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action.
 
Mears and the Germain Racing crew entered Sunday's race confident in the changes they made to the GEICO Chevy during Saturday's two practice sessions, which saw them find the much desired speed that would assist in their trek to the front on race day. The confidence was welcome following a frustrating Friday at the Brooklyn, MI, track that saw the car tighten up in qualifying and relegate Mears to a 40th place starting position.
 
As the Sprint Cup Series field approached the green flag, Mears radioed to the crew that he was going to be cautious in an attempt to avoid any potential calamity in the opening laps. He, like fans, TV crews, teams and officials alike, wanted to see how the pack of 43 racecars featuring the high-drag aero package would react.
 
As it turned out, when the event got underway, the field failed to complete even a single lap of green-flag racing before David Ragan brought out the day's first yellow flag. During the subsequent caution laps, the television broadcast partner, NBC Sports Network, showed that the in-car temperature for Mears inside the GEICO Chevy was at 109 degrees Fahrenheit and climbing. Simultaneously, the scoreboard indicated that Mears betrayed his intention of a conservative race start and instead rocketed forward and gained seven positions on the opening lap.
 
Mears continued his charge from 40th before the competition caution took place at lap 20. The team pitted under the yellow flag for two tires and pulled a piece of tape from the nose of the racecar. Mears told the crew he didn't want the chassis to be any looser, and that overall he felt it was good. His only note would be that his temperatures had been a bit high during the early laps.
 
Crew chief Bootie Barker asked Mears, "Is the racing as fun as it looks?" Mears said it was. He was a bit frustrated that the car ahead can control some of the moves available for the trailing car, but it was fun nonetheless.
 
Mears' on-track racing and the pit crew's quick work had moved the No. 13 GEICO Chevy up to P26 for the restart on lap 25. Mears had collected an attention-grabbing fourteen positions and aimed to reach the leaders.
 
At lap 47, he was in 19th place after moving up 21 positions from the start of the race, but Mears said his water pressure gauge indicated he had no water pressure. He continued turning quick lap times and let the crew know that the car was running great with the only exception being the absence of pressure on the water pressure gauge. He reset his gauges and relayed to crew chief Bootie Barker that they showed a water temperature of 210. Mears hoped the gauge was registering low due to the tape having been pulled from the grill of the GEICO Chevy.
 
By lap 50, unfortunately, it was clear that pulled tape was not the culprit. Mears radioed to the team, "No, something is wrong. I'm coming in." He then drove to pit road where the crew assessed the problem with the water pressure and surmised that the race day was over after having witnessed Mears lead a charge that saw the GEICO Chevy collect 21 positions and consistently log top-12 lap times in just the opening 50 laps.
 
"From what I understand, it was a clamp," Mears explained as the crew prepared the GEICO Chevy for the ride back to North Carolina. "The motor didn't break per se, it did eventually, but there is a Wiggins clamp that is on one of the lines that comes out of the radiator.  The clamp itself actually broke (at the water pump). So the motor wasn't getting water to cool off and it just burned up and broke.  It's unfortunate.  We had a really rough weekend to start here, but got it turned around. We made up some ground in happy hour...and then they made good calls to start the race. The GEICO car was really fast and I was able to pass a lot of cars pretty quick, so I thought we were going to have a really competitive day."
 
With the lap times Mears was logging, it appeared certain the GEICO Chevy would finish in the top-15 rather than the 42nd place finish that was recorded. Mears slipped to 23rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers Points Standings, but sits a mere 38 points out of the top-20.
 
Next up for the team is Bristol Motor Speedway. On Friday, August 21st, tune in to NBC Sports Network for live coverage of practice at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET, followed by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 5:45 p.m. ET.  Racing action happens on Saturday night, August 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit:www.caseymearsracing.com. You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter:www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
Germain Racing is online at www.GermainRacing.com or on Twitter @GermainRacing or Facebook.com/GermainRacing.
 
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Aug 10
2015

Watkins Glen Race Report - Mears, GEICO Chevy

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MEARS ON THE MOVE: 18TH AT WATKINS GLEN AND 20TH IN THE POINT STANDINGS 
Watkins Glen, NY (August 9, 2015) - Germain Racing arrived in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York on Friday looking to continue logging solid finishes. Casey Mears hit the track on Friday sitting 21st in the point standings, but flirted with the thought of breaking back into the top-20 with a strong run at Watkins Glen International.
 
Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS darted off of the truck and shot straight to the top of the scoring tower, where they were the fifth fastest car at the conclusion of the weekend'  s opening practice session. Qualifying proved frustrating after a fellow driver inadvertently blocked the run of Mears in the first round, relegating him to 29th on Sunday's starting grid.
 
Despite rolling off of pit road from the 29th position on Sunday, Mears was seemingly unfazed and spoke only of the cars he would pass when the event got underway. The crafty veteran had his work cut out for him, but began collecting positions the moment the green flag started the second road course race of the 2015 season. He reached the top-20 by lap 24 and had ascended to the eighth position by lap 56.
 
As the race began to wind down, the caution flag made way for what would be the final restart of the day with 30 laps to go. After making a fuel-only pit stop under yellow, Mears took off from the 15thposition on old tires, a strategy that would assist with track position. The Cheez-It 355 would go on a surprisingly long 30-lap green flag run to the checkered flag.
 
Over the final laps, Mears would hold on, despite battling competitors with fresh tires, and hustle to an 18th place finish at Watkins Glen International. Today's result is Germain Racing's 11th top-20 finish of the 2015 season and their sixth in the last nine races. With his solid performance, Mears also re-enters the top-20 in the point standings after a brief hiatus. A strong season to date, the single-car team of Germain Racing continues to command the attention of the Sprint Cup Series garage.
 
"It's nice to get another top-20 finish and also to be back in the top-20 in the standings," Mears said. "I'm proud of the guys on this GEICO team and I'm appreciative of the work they did on pit road today. We executed well and got a decent finish. We're looking forward to getting to Michigan and getting on the track. We've done a nice job this year of gaining some consistency in our on-track performance, so next week is another opportunity for us to keep moving forward."
 
Next week, Germain Racing will return to the Irish Hills of Michigan for the second time this season. They recorded a 13th place finish during their visit in June.
                                                     
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Michigan International Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, August 14th, at 11:00 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 5:05 PM (ET) live on NBC Sports.
 
The Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 16th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 2:30 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 -

Aug 03
2015

Pocono Race Report - Casey Mears, GEICO Chevy

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TRIANGLE FULL OF TRICKS FOR MEARS AND GERMAIN RACING

Long Pond, PA (August 2, 2015) - When Germain Racing arrived in Pocono for practice on Friday, they aimed to continue their string of solid runs that saw them score five top-20 finishes in the previous seven races.

 

Casey Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS started off strong at the Tricky Triangle and posted a consistent 20th in all three practice sessions. In qualifying, he paced the 2.5-mile tri-oval in just 51.614-seconds, landing him 26th on Sunday's starting grid.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was pleased with the sunshine and 70-degree temperatures that were present as the green flag approached on Sunday. When things got underway at Pocono Raceway, Mears started 26th, but wasted little time in gaining ground, as he captured the 22nd position after collecting four positions on the opening lap. In a race that featured 8 caution flags for a total of 32 laps, Mears kept the GEICO Chevy solidly in the top-20 and top-15 for much of the day, while also logging laps in the top-10 and top-5. The Germain Racing crew would do their part and, during a pit stop under yellow on lap 91, Mears returned to the racing surface eight positions to the good after a quick service on pit road.

 

Mears' No. 13 GEICO Chevy was strong and he was poised for a top-15 finish before a questionable call by NASCAR left him penalized after a scheduled green flag pit stop with just 34 laps remaining in the event. A fireman positioned between pit stalls inadvertently made contact with a Germain Racing crew member and knocked him over the wall, resulting in a penalty for too many crew members over the wall during a pit stop. Mears' sentence would be a trip down pit road during green flag conditions, which would leave him a lap behind the field and all the way down in the 26th position with the checkered flag just 30 laps away. He would gain a spot and move into 25th, but with only two laps to go, Mears, along with a host of his fellow Sprint Cup Series competitors, would run out of fuel and be forced to visit pit road under green on the final lap. He rejoined the field and crossed the finish line a single lap down in 28th place.

 

Despite the strange happenings, Mears remains in the 21st position in the point standings, just 17 points removed from the top-20.

 

"Well, that was an interesting race. We had a good car today and had a solid run going until that penalty with 34 to go," Mears said. "Everyone on the GEICO team did a nice job and we obviously didn't get the finish we deserved. Days like this are frustrating because we were fast and were going to at least get a top-15 finish. The good news is that we were consistent all weekend and the GEICO Chevy was strong in the race. Things happen in racing that you can't control, so we have to put Pocono behind us and shift our focus to Watkins Glen next weekend."

 

Next up for the GEICO Racing team is the second road course race of the 2015 season.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Watkins Glen International for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, August 7th, at 11:30 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow on Saturday, August 8th, at 1:15 PM (ET).

 

The Cheez-It 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 9th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 2:00 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 -


Jul 26
2015

IMS Race Report - Casey Mears, GEICO Chevy

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MEARS AND GERMAIN RACING CONTINUE ROLL WITH TOP-20 AT THE BRICKYARD 

Speedway, IN (July 26, 2015) - Armed with a new aerodynamics package that featured a nine-inch spoiler on the rear of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS, Germain Racing headed off to a place where the Mears family has experienced considerable success. Casey Mears' father, Roger, and uncle, Rick, have raced at the famed speedway which saw Mears' uncle score four Indianapolis 500 wins. Casey himself has history with the speedway, as he captured the pole at the 2004 Brickyard 400 while breaking the track qualifying record.

 

Mears has notched four top-16 finishes in the last six races, while also catapulting himself into the top-20 in the point standings. He looked to Indy to continue his run of strong results.

 

The new aero package was a mystery as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series opened up practice on Friday morning. Three scheduled sessions would allow Germain Racing ample opportunity to familiarize themselves with the new high-drag spoilers.

 

Crew chief, Bootie Barker, and the team's engineering staff began making gains almost immediately and established consistency throughout the weekend. Mears landed 18th on the speed chart in the first two practices, while finishing up 16th in happy hour. The optimism remained during qualifying on Saturday when the GEICO team continued to impress after Mears navigated the 2.5-mile Brickyard in just 49.270-seconds, at a speed of 182.667-miles per hour. His hustle placed the No. 13 GEICO Chevy 16th on Sunday's starting grid.

 

Steamy temperatures welcomed drivers to the track on Sunday for the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. Mears and his GEICO Chevy started the 160-lap event from the 16th position and looked strong throughout the afternoon. While he ran solidly in the top-15 for the bulk of the race, Mears also dipped into the top-5 and top-10 on occasion; a vast difference from a year ago when the team scored a 33rdplace finish at the Brickyard.

 

Aside from an in-car temperature that climbed to an uncomfortably warm 142-degrees, Mears' lone setback would come on lap 126 when the No. 95 car of Michael McDowell, which was two laps down, cut across the nose of the No. 13 GEICO machine as they both attempted to avoid the loose car of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. The contact resulted in right-front nose and fender damage to Mears' racecar. At a track where aerodynamics play a significant role, the car would suffer, but it would be minimized, as a persistent Mears aggressively wheeled his Chevy around the 2.5-mile speedway despite the aero challenge.

 

Following a late-race caution, the event returned to green under the first attempt at a green-white-checkers finish. Mears restarted from 22nd, but managed to collect two spots in the final two laps, crossing the finish line in the 20th position when the checkered flag was displayed late Sunday afternoon. His result accounts for Germain Racing's 10th top-20 finish of the 2015 season and their fifth in the last seven races. While Mears drops a spot in the point standings to 21st, the margin narrows, as he now sits just 11 points out of 18th and 87 points removed from the top-15.

 

"We were solid all weekend and that's good to see considering that we've really struggled at Indy in the past," Mears said after climbing from the GEICO Chevrolet. "What I find most important is that we came here with a new aero package that was a total unknown and Bootie Barker and our engineers got it figured out pretty quick and we had solid practice times and a strong qualifying effort. A year ago at Indy, we qualified 26th and finished 33rd, but this weekend we qualified 16th and finished 20th. That's quite a difference. I am proud of all of the guys on this GEICO team and we will continue working hard to get strong finishes."

 

The Germain Racing team will pack up the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and head back to the Pocono Mountains where Mears recorded a 16th place finish at the Tricky Triangle in June.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Pocono Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, July 31st, at 11:00 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:45 PM (ET).

 

The Windows 10 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 2nd, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 1:30 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 -


Jul 20
2015

NH Race Report - Mears, GEICO Chevy

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MEARS AND GEICO TEAM SCORE IMPRESSIVE TOP- 16 FINISH AT LOUDON 

Loudon, NH (July 19, 2015) - After a solid run in Kentucky saw Casey Mears break into the top-20 in the point standings, the Germain Racing team arrived in Loudon, NH, looking to seek redemption at a track that sent them packing with a 38th place finish a year ago. Mother Nature would once again throw her hat in the ring when rain blanketed the area during the race weekend. Fortunately, race day was spared and the event would get underway at its scheduled time.

 

In NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying on Friday, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS advanced to the second round and toured the one-mile facility in just 28.551-seconds, at a speed of 133.403-miles per hour. His effort landed him 21st on Sunday's 5-Hour Energy 301 starting grid.

 

The team would have their work cutout for them on race day when temperatures were at least 20-degrees warmer than they were during the practice sessions. Mears quickly moved the GEICO Chevy into the 20thposition when the green flag set the field underway for 301-miles of racing on a steamy Sunday afternoon. He soon encountered an ill-handling racecar and by lap 12 had fallen to 27th. Using pit stops and strategy to help the GEICO car, the Germain team began turning the day around. At a track where passing is at a premium and track position means everything, Mears wheeled around the Magic Mile collecting positions while also managing to unlap himself by lap 96. He returned the No. 13 GEICO Chevy to the lead lap on his own as he outlasted the leaders who were forced to pit.

 

Now back on the lead lap, Mears began ascending the scoring tower and, as the race approached the halfway point, he was running strong in the top-20 and charging. With just 20 laps remaining, he moved the GEICO Chevy into the 16th spot and held the position solidly until the checkered flag. It is Germain Racing's ninth top-20 finish of the 2015 season. Aside from out-hustling some of NASCAR's top teams, Mears also further solidified his status in the point standings, where he continues to reside in the 20th position.

 

"I'm really proud of the guys on this GEICO team because we got behind early, but Bootie (Barker, crew chief) made great calls and the guys worked hard making changes during the pit stops and we were able to get things turned around," Mears said. "It is nice for us to leave here with a strong 16thplace finish because it's a track that has given us headaches in the past. When you look at the drivers in the top-20, it shows how tough it is out here. Everyone at Germain Racing is working hard each week and we're making gains. We're looking forward to getting to Indy this week and we're hoping for another good result"

 

The GEICO team will now pay a visit to a venue most special to the Mears family. Both Casey and his father Roger, along with his uncle Rick, have turned laps at the historic Brickyard. Notably, Casey set the track record and sat on the pole at the Brickyard 400 in 2004, while his uncle Rick boasts four Indianapolis 500 wins.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, July 24th, at 1:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will take place on Saturday, July 25th, at 1:45 PM (ET). All activities will air live on NBC Sports.

 

The Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, July 26th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 3:30 PM (ET). The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network 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 -


Jul 14
2015

Mears and Germain Racing Together again with GEICO Chevy in 2016

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Germain Racing Extends Contract with Casey Mears into 2016

 

Mooresville, NC (July 14, 2015) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Casey Mears has been with Germain Racing since 2010. Today, the team announces Mears will continue to wheel the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS in 2016.

 

“I'm really happy to announce that Casey Mears is back in the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS next year. He's been an integral part of the team's growth and success over the past 5 years and I am confident he can continue to help us move forward and reach our goals. We've come a long way as a team, and assembled a group of extremely talented people who enjoy working together. As the team owner, that's really the thing I'm most proud of. And, of course, the long term support of GEICO has given us the stability we needed to make it all happen,” said team owner Bob Germain, Jr.

 

Together with Germain Racing, Mears has become known as a restrictor-plate specialist of sorts, including logging a four-race top-ten finish streak at Daytona International Speedway, a feat not commonly experienced by fellow Sprint Cup competitors.

 

“It's really exciting to drive the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS again in 2016. I think that it's been a long time in the making here at Germain Racing, being competitive at the Cup level. It's been a long process to get the GEICO program to where we are now. We are finally starting to see some of the benefits from all the hard work from the last four or five years. I’m very excited to carry on the GEICO relationship and to be a part of Germain Racing’s continued growth,” said driver Casey Mears.

 

Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com and keep up with driver Casey Mears on Twitter @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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Jul 12
2015

Mears 23rd at Kentucky Speedway

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RESILIENT MEARS BATTLES TO 23rd PLACE FINISH AT KENTUCKY; BREAKS INTO TOP-20 IN POINTS

Sparta, KY (July 11, 2015) - After a long rain delay that resulted in a 2:42 AM (ET) checkered flag in Daytona on Sunday, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams did not arrive home until the early morning hours on Monday. The Germain Racing team would need to quickly unpack and re-pack the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS before heading to Kentucky Speedway on Wednesday to test a new competition package that would take effect at the Quaker State 400 on Saturday night.

 

Unfortunately, the rain followed the series, causing the cancellation of Wednesday's sessions. While the series was afforded track time to acclimate to the new lower downforce package, time was limited and left everyone concerned heading into the weekend. Qualifying would be canceled for the second consecutive week and the field would be set according to the speeds from the opening practice session. Mears and his GEICO Chevy would start Saturday's event from the 21st position.

 

Clear skies and perfect weather conditions welcomed fans to Kentucky Speedway on Saturday evening. When the green flag set the field underway for 267-laps/400.5-miles of racing, Mears rolled off the grid from 21st and almost immediately found himself at odds with the racecar. On lap six, he reported that the GEICO Chevy was way too loose. Handling issues would plague the Germain Racing team for much of the evening, but with every pit stop, the car seemed to improve. Doing their part, the GEICO pit crew had four different pit stops of a head turning 11.6-seconds or less, which helped them gain positions on each stop and served the team well as they battled to regain track position.  

 

As the race wore on, Mears and his GEICO Chevy made up ground and, after running as low as 37th, his effort was an exercise in resilience when he battled back to a 23rd place, lead lap finish when the checkered flag was displayed after 400.5-miles of racing. Crew chief Bootie Barker immediately complimented the team's effort on the radio: "Good job, great effort. That was a heck of a comeback." Mears went on to echo Barker's sentiments.

 

Mears' result accounts for Germain Racing's 12th top-25 finish of the 2015 season. More importantly, it bounced Mears into the top-20 in the point standings, where he now rests in the 20th position.

 

"I'm really proud of the guys tonight, they worked hard and did a nice job on pit road," Mears said. "We struggled there early, but we kept working on the car and we were able to get the GEICO Chevy back on the lead lap on lap 142. At that point, we were able to pick up a lot of positions, which was good and allowed us to be competitive for the remainder of the race. It's great to be in the top-20 in points, which shows the improvement in our program from a year ago."

 

This week will find Mears and the Germain Racing team traveling to the New England area in search of another strong run.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, July 17th, at 11:30 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 4:45 PM (ET) and will air live on NBC Sports.

 

The New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, July 19th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 7:30 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

 

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Jul 06
2015

Daytona Race Recap - Mears 11th in July 400

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SENSATIONAL COMEBACK BY MEARS; EARNS TOP-11 FINISH AT WILD DAYTONA 

Daytona Beach, FL (July 5, 2015) - Casey Mears entered the Daytona weekend holding the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' longest current string of top-10's at the famed superspeedway. Armed with a strong racecar, the Germain Racing team hit the track in fast fashion.

 

The No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was 15th quickest in the opening practice session before ending up 13th fastest in happy hour. Inclement weather entered the equation early at Daytona when lightning and light rain caused the cancelation of Sprint Cup Series qualifying on Saturday afternoon. The field would be set according to the practice speeds from the first practice, which would place Mears 15thon the Coke Zero 400 starting grid.

 

Mother Nature once again had her way with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, causing nearly a four-hour rain delay and pushing the start of the 400-mile race to nearly midnight. The No. 13 GEICO Chevy started the Coke Zero 400 from the 15th position and didn't have to wait long to begin dodging racecars. Just three laps into the 160-lap event, Mears found himself exercising evasive maneuvers when a crash that involved nine cars brought out the first of nine caution flags early in the race.

 

Mears looked strong until the lap 57 restart heard him report to crew chief Bootie Barker that the GEICO Chevy's engine shut off, causing him to lose power and free-fall through the field, bottoming out in the 35th position. He was able to regain power, but the situation left the team searching for a solution. Fortunately, another caution flag slowed the field immediately, allowing Mears the opportunity to bring his car to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew. After checking all connections, everything appeared to be in working order as the race returned to green on lap 63. The problem would persist and it would later be determined that there was a bad sensor in the braking system that caused the car to believe the throttle was stuck which caused it to shut off whenever Mears engaged the brakes.

 

A big crash on lap 105 brought out the yellow flag and provided the opportunity for the GEICO pit crew to fix the braking sensor issue. They took swift action and rectified the problem without losing a lap to the field. Upon his return to the racing surface, Mears indicated that the issue had been resolved.

 

When the green flag once again turned the Sprint Cup Series loose with just 46 laps left in the advertised distance, he was ready to recover lost ground and return to the front of the field. The hard charging Mears restarted 26th and within three laps had collected 12 spots and took over the 14thposition. Then, with 40 to go, he moved the GEICO Chevy into eighth place before capturing the fourth position with only 27 laps remaining, where the top-five cars ran single-file. As he diced his way through the field, Mears was consistently one of the fastest cars on the track as the race began to wind down.  

 

The final yellow flag of the evening waved over the field with just five laps remaining, leaving just enough time for an exciting green-white-checkered finish. After being held up by a fellow competitor on the previous run, Mears was shuffled back to 14th, which is the position from which he would take the final green flag of the evening.

 

On the final restart, Mears quickly picked up five spots and moved into ninth as he took the white flag. The final lap saw Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet being shoved hard into the outside wall, causing heavy damage to his car as he crossed the finish line and scored an 11th place finish. It was the beginning of a dramatic crash just passed the start/finish line that started when Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick made contact. The result was the No. 3 car of Austin Dillon going airborne, just over the top of Mears and his GEICO Chevy, into the catchfence in front of a grandstand full of fans. Crews from multiple race teams, including Germain Racing, quickly darted onto the racetrack to tend to Dillon, who later was able to walk away from the frightening incident that horrified everyone on hand.

 

In the garage after the race, Mears was quick to offer praise for his GEICO Racing team who worked hard all night to keep him in contention.

 

"All you can ask for is to have a shot at the end and we had that with a really fast racecar. The guys on this Germain Racing team worked hard all night and did a great job of getting the brake issue resolved without us losing a lap, which was significant in me being able to get the GEICO Chevy back up front and have a chance there at the end," Mears said as he surveyed his heavily damaged racecar. "It's amazing that we can make it through the entire race unscathed and then get tore up as we're crossing the finish line. It was a relief to learn that there were no serious injuries among the fans in the grandstand. We're all glad that Austin is okay and I'm proud of our Germain guys for getting out there to check on him so quickly. In NASCAR, we all look after each other and it's comforting to know when something bad happens that everyone will be there for you."

 

Mears has now scored an eye-catching five consecutive top-11 finishes at the high-banked 2.5-mile superspeedway, which sets him among the tops in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona. His effort accounts for Germain Racing's fifth top-15 finish of the 2015 season and leaves him closely eyeing the top-20 in the point standings. After Sonoma, Mears was 23 points out of 20th, but he departs Daytona Beach just eight points removed after closing the gap by a hefty 15-points.

Next up for Mears and Germain Racing is a trip to the Bluegrass state. The race weekend will kick-off with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test at Kentucky Speedway on Wednesday, which will allow teams the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the new rules package.

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the 1.5-mile paved oval for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, July 10th, at 10:30 AM (ET). Qualifying will follow at 5:45 PM (ET).

 

The Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, July 11th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 7:30 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 -


Jun 29
2015

Sonoma Race Recap - Race Too Short for Mears, GEICO Chevy

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BROKEN AXLE ENDS FAST WEEKEND FOR MEARS AT SONOMA 

Sonoma, CA (June 28, 2015) - Visiting Sonoma, CA, is a welcomed race weekend for all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors. Aside from the opportunity to taste many of the world's best wines, Sonoma Raceway offers some of America's most coveted views, as NASCAR took to the track for its first road course race of the 2015 season. It is also a venue at which Casey Mears and Germain Racing have grown accustomed to speed and success. This weekend once again saw the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS flying around the Sonoma countryside and sitting at the top of the track's speed charts.

 

When Mears took to the 1.99-mile road course for practice on Friday, he did it quickly. After being the 11th fastest car in the weekend's final practice session, he turned around on Saturday and out-hustled the bulk of the Sprint Cup Series field in qualifying after navigating the course in just 74.966-seconds. His effort placed the GEICO Chevy on the outside of row four, in the eighth position, on Sunday's Save Mart 350 starting grid.

 

There was not an open seat in the house when the racing action got underway amid perfect weather conditions on Sunday afternoon. Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevy rolled off of the starting grid from the eighth position and ran solidly in the top-10 until the event's first caution flag of the day was displayed on lap 21. Crew chief, Bootie Barker, ordered the Bakersfield, CA, native to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Eight of Mears' counterparts would opt to remain on the racetrack during the caution period, which means that he would restart from the 19th position when the race returned to green on lap 26. Mears continued making quick work of the field and landed in the 7th position by lap 53, as the race approached the halfway point.

 

Mears spent the afternoon effortlessly making his way around the course's 11 turns and looked to be on-track for a top-10 finish, but the closing laps would betray him. On lap 97 of 110, he reported a flat tire and quickly made his way to pit road where the Germain Racing crew outfitted him with four fresh tires and fuel. He no sooner returned to the racing surface before reporting that something on the car was broken. A lap later, his suspicions were confirmed when the rear-end housing on the racecar gave way, sending Mears' rear axle and tire bounding across the racetrack in dramatic fashion. It was a situation never seen or experienced by most people in auto racing. Mears was masterful in his save of the GEICO Chevy and was able to avoid peril. Missing a wheel and an axle, Mears' day was over with a mere 10 laps left in the race. In a brief moment, he went from eyeing a top-10 result to instead finishing 38th and ending an otherwise fast weekend.

 

"We were really fast all weekend and the guys on our Germain team did a nice job of preparing our No. 13 GEICO Chevy," Mears said. "Losing an axle and wheel is a very odd occurrence, so it's a tough way to end our day, especially since we were so fast. Although it's not the result we wanted, it was nice to show up here and be strong throughout the weekend. We're looking forward to getting to Daytona this week and putting the GEICO Chevy up front."

 

Mears and the GEICO team will now pay a visit to Daytona Beach, FL, one of their favorite venues on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. In February, they recorded back-to-back top-six efforts after finishing fourth in the Sprint Unlimited and a week later ending up sixth in the Daytona 500.  

                                                     

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Daytona International Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, July 3rd, at 3:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will take place on Saturday, July 4th, at 4:35 PM (ET).

 

The Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, July 5th, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 7:45 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 -