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Jul 19
2010

PAPIS 15TH AT GATEWAY; PREPARING TO SEEK REVENGE AT INDY

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

 

Madison, IL (July 17, 2010) – Max Papis rolled into Gateway International Raceway looking to make an impressive debut at the track that sits in the shadows of the historic St. Louis Arch.  While the majority of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took the weekend off, Papis hopped into the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra for this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race to gain additional seat time.
 
GEICO’s gecko must have felt at home given the high temperatures that blanketed the 1.25-mile oval.  The intense heat did not distract Papis, as he sat 16th and 19th in the two practice sessions.  He then qualified the #9 GEICO Tundra 21st after hustling around the uniquely shaped oval in just 34.418 seconds, at a rate of speed of 130.746 miles per hour.
 
Initially scheduled for Friday night, a power outage would force the CampingWorld200.com to be postponed to Saturday afternoon. While the night sky on Friday night would have shielded the track from the blazing temperatures, Saturday afternoon would present conditions that would drive the track temperatures upward near 140 degrees.
 
When the green flag was displayed on Saturday afternoon, things heated up quickly on the racetrack.  Papis and the #9 GEICO Tundra quickly picked up four positions and slid into the 17th spot by the close of Lap 3.  Soon thereafter, he narrowly avoided peril when Stacy Compton and Mario Gosselin got together on Lap 14, bringing out the yellow flag.  After restarting P15 on Lap 16, Papis and the GEICO Tundra soon found their way into 14th position by Lap 19.
 
While he dropped to 20th for a few laps, Papis quickly returned the #9 GEICO Tundra to the front of the field.  He ran solidly in the Top 15 and remained on the lead lap for the duration of the afternoon, even dipping into the Top 10 at one point.  When the race came to a close after a hot, grueling Midwestern afternoon, Papis and the GEICO team came home on the lead lap in 15th place.  
 
“We had a solid afternoon here at Gateway and it was good to get out of here with a Top 15 for the GEICO team,” Papis said.  “It was extremely hot, but that’s the reason I train so hard everyday, so I am prepared for days like this.  I’m looking forward to getting to Indy next week and redeeming myself from last year when we missed the race.  We’re focused on making it happen at the Brickyard for GEICO and for this Germain Racing team.”
 
Next up for Papis and the GEICO Racing team is the Brickyard in Indianapolis, IN.  Papis has had a love/hate relationship with the historic racetrack over the past few years. In 2006, he pulled off a remarkable finish driving for Eddie Cheever in the Indy 500, while 2008 found him missing the world’s biggest race after a devastating crash.  Then, in 2009, Indy got the best of him again when it precluded him from making his NASCAR debut after he fell short of qualifying for the Brickyard 400.
 
Papis and the #13 GEICO Toyota Camry will begin their road to redemption when they hit the 2.5-mile oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the opening practice session at 2:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, July 23rd.  Qualifying will take place on Saturday morning at 10:10 AM (EDT).
 
The Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, July 25th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 PM (EDT), while the IMS Radio Network will carry the live radio broadcast.
 
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
 

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Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International
Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  Web Site:  www.pmifirm.com <http://www.pmifirm.com/>

Jul 15
2010

Tune In Tonight to See Zach Germain Race at Lime Rock

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

TUNE-IN ALERT

Don’t forget to tune in to SPEED tonight at 6 p.m. to see the K&N 100, the sixth race of the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season that was held on July 3 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.

SPEED can be found at:
DirecTVCh. 607 (HD)
Dish Network Ch. 150, 891 (HD)
Cable – check local listings

Zach Germain raced the No. 24 Germain.com Camry for Germain Racing at Lime Rock.

Jul 15
2010

Michael Annett Returns to Gateway International Raceway with Confidence from 2009 Seventh Place Rookie of the Race Finish

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Madison, Ill. (July 15, 2010) Returning to the Prairie State for the second week in a row, Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers team will visit Gateway International Raceway following a 14th place finish at Chicagoland Speedway. Gateway International Raceway is located just across the street from one of the 550 locations of Pilot Travel Centers, primary sponsor of the No. 15 Toyota Camry. Coming back to a track where he earned a seventh place finish in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Annett is looking forward to Saturday’s Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250.

In his fourth ever appearance on the 1.25 mile oval, Annett hopes to repeat the success he showed there in last season’s Nationwide Series event. As the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate, his seventh place finish in the 2009 Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 was one of four top-10 finishes he earned in 2009 and one of his season total of five Raybestos Rookie of the Race awards. The young driver also has previous experience at Gateway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he had a ninth place qualifying effort in 2008 and in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards where he started third and finished sixth in 2007.

New for the 2010 season, Gateway International Raceway will now host two NASCAR Nationwide Series events. In addition to this weekend’s Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250, the Madison Ill. track will also present a second 250 mile Nationwide Series race on October 23 replacing Memphis Motorsports Park on the schedule. October’s event at Gateway will be a stand-alone race for the Nationwide Series as this weekend’s race activity will be combined with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

In addition to his time on the track, Annett will also participate in some fan friendly activities leading into Saturday’s race. On Friday, Annett will sign autographs with fellow Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series drivers for Gateway International Raceway season ticket holders on pit road from 3:15-4:45 p.m. CT. The Germain Racing driver will also compete in the annual driver/media water balloon toss. As the returning champion in this fun yearly event, Annett looks to reclaim his event winning title on Saturday.

Track activity for the Nationwide Series at Gateway International Raceway begins on Saturday with practice from 10-11:15 a.m. and final practice from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. Nationwide Series qualifying kicks off at

4:35 p.m. and the green flag waves for the start of the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at 8 p.m. A live broadcast of qualifying airs at 4:30 p.m. and live race coverage begins at 8 p.m. on ESPN 2. All times are ET.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com

Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

Jul 15
2010

Germain Racing Looking for Perfect Balance at Gateway International Raceway

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

 July 13, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Gateway International Raceway is a bright spot on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team. The team has one win at the Madison, Ill., race track, and knows how to be a fixture at the top of the running order there.

 “Gateway is a track I’ve always enjoyed racing because it’s a challenge for drivers and crew chiefs to find a perfect balance in the setup. It’s critical to get your race truck to handle the differences in both ends of the track,” explained Bodine. “The Germain.com Tundra is always a contender at Gateway and that’s because our team does such a great job of focusing on whole track setup at every track we race.”

 Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. explains that the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team focuses on ‘feel’ each weekend, which means Gateway preparation isn’t really different for their team compared to any other race track, despite the track’s very unique corners.

 “The feel that Todd is looking for at Gateway is similar to what he looks for in any track that’s under a mile and a half in length. We’ll take the setup we had at Iowa and make small changes for Gateway,” said Hillman, who’s No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team has scored three top-five and four top-ten finishes in five Truck Series races at the St. Louis area race track.

 Bodine will race chassis TRD-131. Hillman says it’s the best in the fleet, and, true to the team philosophy, he always puts out the best truck.

 “This truck is our Texas race winner, but it’s also the best truck we’ve got for racing at Gateway. The most important race on the schedule is the next one, so Gateway is getting the best equipment we have,” explained Hillman.

 Bodine captured the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points lead following race seven at Charlotte. After ten races,  he has an 88-point lead over second-place Aric Almirola. In the Truck Series owner’s standings, Germain Racing leads Kyle Busch Motorsports by ten points.

 Watch the Germain.com Tundra race Friday, July 31st at Gateway International Raceway on SPEED beginning at 8:30 PM Eastern, or tune into your local MRN affiliate. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

 When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Germain.com is part of Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with 21 dealerships and more than 60 years of experience.

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Jul 13
2010

Iowa Shake-up Can’t Knock Bodine from Top Spot

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Mooresville, N.C. (07-12-2010) – Sunday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway had all of the drama and excitement one would expect from a short-track race. All four of the top-ranked drivers in the series experienced disappointing and dramatic days, but Todd Bodine was able to withstand the Iowa Speedway shakedown and maintain his spot atop the championship standings. Bodine started ninth and finished 17th after being a party to two on-track altercations. He leads the points by an 88-point margin over second-place Aric Almirola.

 

“This season has been a return to form for the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra team. We’ve been competitive each weekend and this was no exception. The reason we lead the Truck Series points is because of all the hard work that everyone at Germain Racing has been putting in to improve our race trucks. We are ten races into our 25-race season and we’ve only left two race tracks with finishes that didn’t match the quality of our race truck, and, unfortunately, Iowa Speedway was one of those two race tracks,” explained crew chief Mike Hillman Jr., who has led Bodine and the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra crew to eight top-five finishes this season, including one win.

 

Bodine was fasted after first practice at Iowa and ranked eighth in final practice. He felt he had a shot to win the pole award heading into qualifying, but knew he had a race truck capable of earning a great finish in the race.

 

“I think we had a shot at the pole,” said Bodine after qualifying on Saturday at Iowa. “The second lap was the money lap and the Germain.com Tundra broke loose on me in the middle of turns one and two and I didn’t get the lap when it counted. This 30 team has a great Tundra for Sunday, so I’m not too worried about starting ninth.”    

 

That confidence turned out to be well-placed. Bodine worked his way into the top-three within 50 laps of the race beginning and raced as high as second-place before a few wrinkles relegated the Germain.com Tundra to a 17th-place finish; rookie Austin Dillon scored the victory.

 

“I am really proud of how hard the guys on the 30 truck worked to make sure our performance at Iowa was an improvement over last year. The Germain.com Tundra was a top-five truck, just like we it has been every week,” said Hillman.

 

Bodine races the Germain.com Tundra next at Gateway International Raceway on Friday night, July 16th. Watch the action on SPEED or tune in to your local MRN affiliate.

 

When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Germain.com is part of Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with 21 dealerships and more than 60 years of experience.

 

Germain Racing competes in each of NASCAR’s three national divisions as well as the K&N Pro Series East. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit Germainracing.com for more information. To keep up with team news, follow on Twitter @Germainracing or become a fan on Facebook.

 

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Jul 12
2010

SPLIT DECISION: Germain Chases His NASCAR Dream With Determination

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO Racing , GEICO

K&N Pro Series rookie embracing the stock-car challenge By Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com
July 10, 2010 - 11:37am

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Decisions, decisions. For Zach Germain, there really was no decision to be made.

"Race cars or sell cars?" the Bexley, Ohio, native recalled of weighing his future options late in the summer of 2009. "It was the easiest decision I've ever had to make."

As the son of Steve Germain, who owns Germain Motor Company with his brothers, the 25-year-old Zach got a relatively late start in racing. Despite Germain Motorsports fielding entries in each of NASCAR's top three national series -- Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Trucks -- there was very little pressure on Zach Germain to pursue a racing career.

In fact, he says, there was none.

"It was definitely me putting the pressure on everybody else to get into racing," he said. "The more I've been around it, I've wanted to pursue it more and more."

2010_NKNPS_Feature_Zach_Germain_headshot_200As hard as it is to believe, Zach Germain -- a rookie in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2010 -- is just four years into his career as a driver. He spent parts of three seasons in Legends cars at Columbus Motor Speedway near his hometown, and then in 2009 competed full-time at that track in its Super Late Model division.

Germain said he only got started in racing when his family did. And despite Germain Racing's success in places like the Camping World Truck Series, the organization is still a relative newcomer to NASCAR.

"We're pretty new when you compare us to the other bigger teams in the sport," Germain said. "We got started in NASCAR in 2004, and I didn't start racing myself until 2006.

"It wasn't something that I set out to do when I was younger. But I saw my family getting into NASCAR and that got me thinking. I've always had a fascination with cars from very early on."

And while some of the other drivers he races against in the K&N Pro Series have been racing since they were seven or eight years old, Germain hasn't. Which is not to say he had no experience behind the wheel of a car.

It just wasn't a race car.

"I've been driving cars around the parking lot since I was a kid," Germain said as he started laughing. "When I was 12 years old, I could drive a manual (shift). I wasn't out racing go-karts like Cole Whitt or some of the others, but I was running '100-lap races' on a new car lot.

"Instead of running into walls, I was running into other new cars."

Germain always viewed his future in the family business of selling cars. When he headed off to Miami (Ohio) University, he'd still never turned a competitive lap behind the wheel of a stock car. In fact, it wasn't until he was well on his way to earning a political science degree that he ended up racing Legends.

Germain figured racing would be something fun on the side while he looked at heading to law school, following in the footsteps of his older sister.

In a strange twist of fate, though, a broken hand and wrist in 2008 -- suffered while racing his Legend car -- sidelined Germain for half that season. It was then that he realized how difficult it was to sit on the sidelines and not race.

The next season, he was in a Super Late Model. He finished seventh in Columbus Motor Speedway's standings in 2009. This year, he jumped into the deep end of a racing career with both feet.

"I just knew that if I was really going to do this, I needed to pursue it to a much greater degree than I  was," said Germain, who has one top-10 in five races this season in the No. 24 Germain.com Toyota. "I knew that if I hadn't have poured myself into it, I always would have looked back later on and wondered, 'What if?'"

This year, Germain packed up and moved to Mooresville, N.C., -- the NASCAR hub -- and cleared out a conference room above the race shop where his cars are prepared. That's where he lives now. Every morning, he's up at 6:45 and joins the guys 15 minutes later working on the team’s K&N Series cars.

For a driver sporting a trademark 'faux-hawk' atop his head -- a strip of hair spiked tall along the middle of his head -- image is, well, everything.

"I know that there are some drivers in the past in this sport who haven't had the best, well ..." Germain pauses, choosing his words carefully, perhaps to draw from that political science background. "Let's just say, some teams would rather not have drivers around because they're not the hardest workers in the world.

"I wasn't going to let them say that about me. I don't want people to ever be able to hold it against me that I'm the son of the team owner with all the money, and I'm lackadaisical and not approaching everything like it matters. ... Sometimes I think that makes me work even harder at this."

Germain feels that being older than most traditional rookies gives him a maturity to understand the bigger picture. That maturity also helps with a steep learning curve.

"It's definitely a learning curve," Germain said. "And I know I've made mistakes at a much higher level than I probably should have. Unfortunately, that's the truth -- I just haven't had the seat time at the local tracks over the years. But everyone's been really gracious with me and supportive, and I feel like as long as I don't make the same mistakes twice, they'll continue to help me and be supportive.

"Every type of car I've raced -- going from Legends to Super Late Models, from Super Late Models to the K&N cars -- it's been night and day different. Every lap I get more and more comfortable and learn a lot. I've learned a tremendous amount in five races. Look at Iowa Speedway -- the biggest track I'd ever been on and I wrecked early. But I learned a lot, and I wish I could go back now and try again."

Despite the trials and tribulations, Germain is as committed to racing as ever.

"There is nothing better than racing cars," said Germain, who has no timetable for a graduation from the K&N Pro Series but has an ultimate goal of racing a Camping World Truck. "The rush, the atmosphere, all of it is unbelievable to me.

"I told my dad the other day and he laughed at me, but I'm living the dream. I'm so fortunate to be able to put things on hold for a while and chase my dream like this. I'm just trying to do my part to make that happen."

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Original Article published at: http://hometracks.nascar.com/feature/SPLIT_DECISION_Germain_Chases_His_NASCAR_Dream

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Jul 12
2010

Michael Annett Drives to a 14th Place Finish at Chicagoland Speedway

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Joliet, Ill. (July 10, 2010) In his second career start at Chicagoland Speedway’s 1.5 mile oval, Germain Racing driver Michael Annett drove to a 14th place finish at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, securing his second consecutive top-15 finish after a 12th place run last week at Daytona International Speedway.

Following his 14th place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola, the 24-year-old racer remains 12th in the Nationwide Series championship point standings, just 151 markers outside of the top-10.

Annett started the 200 lap race 36th, but gained valuable track position by driving his way into the top-20 by lap 47. Racing caution free, the No.

15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry made its first pit stop of the night under green on lap 56 for four tires and fuel before the first of four yellow flags was thrown on lap 69. Crew chief Ryan Fugle elected to stay out under caution and restarted 19th.

Although he was battling a free handling condition, Annett’s lap times were comparable to the cars running in the top-10 during long green flag runs.

The No. 15 Germain Racing pit crew made their second stop of the night on lap 126, again under green. A second caution on lap 141 for debris allowed the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Camry to return to pit road to refuel and get another set of tires. Caution number three of the night was brought out on lap 185. Once again Annett opted to stay out and restart 19th when the race returned to green on lap 190.

The final caution flag waved on lap 196 bringing the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry to pit road for one last yellow flag stop. Annett restarted 18th for a green, white, checkered flag finish to the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola. Annett raced hard to gain four spots in the last three laps, bringing the Pilot Travel Centers Toyota home in 14th place.

Up next, the Nationwide Series will return to the state of Illinois for the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway.

Watch live coverage of the 200 lap race on ESPN 2 at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com

Jul 08
2010

Germain Racing Looking Forward to Putting No. 30 Germain.com Tundra in Front of Iowa Race Fans

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing , GEICO

 July 6, 2010 (Mooresville, N.C.) - Last season, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series joined the list of top-tier racing divisions competing in America’s heartland at Iowa Speedway. The .875-mile tri-oval is expected to again be lined with enthusiastic race fans for Sunday’s 200-lap race.  Todd Bodine will steer the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra around Iowa, hoping to continue his six-race top-five streak.

 “Last year we struggled a little bit with Iowa Speedway. This Germain Racing team has been putting in a lot of extra effort to make our Germain.com Tundra faster and better. We tested at Gresham and I’m really looking forward to putting the No. 30 truck in front of the Iowa race fans again,” said Bodine, who leads the Truck Series points and has six consecutive top-five finishes.

 Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. says the No. 30 Germain.com Tundra should be in shape to put on a great show for Iowa’s racing fans.

 “We tested at Gresham leading into this week’s Iowa race. The test went well and we’re hoping it will give us a chance to put on a great show for the Iowa race fans. It’s a great track and they have one of the biggest crowds we see on the Truck Series schedule. As a team, you definitely look forward to racing for fans like they have at Iowa Speedway,” said Hillman, of Lockport, NY.

 Bodine will race chassis TRD-122. The truck was last seen in the Truck Series at Dover in May where it started 11th and finished fifth.

 “We picked this chassis to race at Iowa because of it’s performance at Dover. The truck was fast enough to win the race, but a fuel pickup issue kept us out of position at the end,” explained Hillman.

 Bodine captured the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points lead following race seven at Charlotte. After nine races,  he has a 55-point lead over second-place Aric Almirola. In the Truck Series owner’s standings, Germain Racing has the lead over Kyle Busch Motorsports by 22 points.

 Watch the Germain.com Tundra at Iowa Speedway on SPEED. Racing coverage begins Sunday, July 11th at 1:30 PM Eastern on SPEED or tune in to your local MRN affiliate. Follow Germain Racing on Twitter @GermainRacing or on the web at Germainracing.com or become a Facebook fan.

 When shopping for your new or used car or truck, head directly to Germain.com to find the perfect vehicle or visit your local Germain dealer in Ohio, Florida, or Arkansas. Germain.com is part of Germain Motor Company, a top-25 automotive retail network with 21 dealerships and more than 60 years of experience.

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Jul 08
2010

Steve is Back and it’s off to Dublin for Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com!

Posted by lori in Germain Racing

     The 28th Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In takes place this weekend and the crew can’t resist the chance to take a road trip!  Dan “Boots” Longenette, Steve Germain, Lex McAllister, and Randy Rhinehart head to 555 Metro Place North in Dublin for Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com, Saturday from 1-3pm on 610 WTVN.   

      From classic cars to classic owners, the Auto Smarts gang will paint the pictures from a monster wheel deal and even offer up some trophies for one of the largest events of its kind in the country.  Yes, the public is invited!  For more information, check arthritisautoshow.com.

      And the countdown has begun!  Saturday, July 24th is Auto Smarts Day during the Lucas Oil Buckeye Fuel Wars at National Trail Raceway.  Once again, the Auto Smarts quartet will be on location to broadcast live.  Plus they have tickets to giveaway to the event AND it’s the showdown the racing world has been begging for!   FUEL DUEL I pits Lex against Steve in identically matched SmartCars with bragging rights and their weekly allowances on the line!  Don’t miss the build-up!  You can cut the tension with a really dull butter knife!

      But wait there’s more this Saturday!  Michael Sacks is back with his 1-800 Lemon Law Lemon Aid Minute, Mike Fornataro of National Trail Raceway serves up some Bits from the Pits, and Jack Moser gets legal during busted for drunk driving.com update.  

      You have a chance to win tickets to Auto Smarts Day and voice your opinion or ask your question.  Call us during the radio show at 821-WTVN or toll free at 800-610-WTVN.  You can also hit the net at www.autosmartsradio.com and join us via Facebook or Twitter!

 

For more information contact:   Randy Rhinehart
Auto Smarts presented by Germain.com 614-795-8469 randy@autosmarts4u.com

 

Jul 08
2010

Michael Annett and No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota to Visit the Windy City

Posted by lori in Sherwin Williams , Germain Racing

Joliet, Ill. (July 7, 2010) Returning to America’s Heartland for a four week stretch of summer races in the Midwest, Des Moines, Iowa native Michael Annett and the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry will make their way to the Windy City this week for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway.

As a former ice hockey defenseman for Team Illinois, Annett previously called Chicago home during his junior year of high school. Leading the league in penalty minutes, Annett guided Team Illinois to the 2002 Calgary Mac’s AAA Hockey Tournament Championship before joining the USHL sanctioned Waterloo Blackhawks back in his home state of Iowa where he was part of the Clark Cup Championship winning team.

Now off the ice and behind the wheel of a stock car, Annett will hit Chicagoland Speedway for his second career appearance on the 1.5 mile D-shaped oval. In a record-setting Nationwide Series race for the fewest cautions and fewest laps under caution, Annett started 18th and drove through the checkered flag to finish 17th in last season’s Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola.

In conjunction with race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry show car will be making an appearance at the local Pilot Travel Centers location at 301 North Ridge Road in Minooka, Ill. on Thursday from 2-6 p.m. and Friday from 1-5 p.m. Annett will be on-site from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday to sign autographs for store customers.

Additionally, Pilot Travel Centers gift cards and three pairs of tickets to Friday’s Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola will be given away in a raffle.

Track activities at Chicagoland Speedway begin on Friday with practice from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and final practice from 11 a.m. until 12:20 p.m.

Nationwide Series qualifying starts at 4:05 p.m. SPEED will air a live broadcast of final practice and qualifying. The green flag waves for the start of the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola at 8 p.m. Live race coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and MRN Radio. All times are ET.

For more information on Michael Annett and Germain Racing’s No. 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series team, check out

www.MichaelAnnett.com and www.GermainRacing.com. Get live updates on Twitter @MichaelAnnett.

Contact: Maggie Martin, Rising Star Management Group, mmartin@risingstarmg.com