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Sep 13
2012

GEICO 400 Preview, Sponsorship Extension with Germain Racing

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BUSY WEEK FOR MEARS AND COMPANY: GEICO 400 AND SPONSORSHIP EXTENSION

GEICO extends sponsorship of Germain Racing and Casey Mears through the 2014 season

 

Chicago, IL (September 13, 2012) – It has been two years since Casey Mears took the wheel of the #13 GEICO/Germain Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry and rescued an otherwise struggling upstart team.  Mears’ vast experience coupled with team owner Bob Germain’s unwavering commitment culminated in an effort that has made unprecedented progress and now, just 24-months later, finds itself running door-to-door with the elite teams in the nation’s top auto racing series.  GEICO, in the midst of their fifth year with the team, is as much a partner as a sponsor and has played an intricate role in the team’s development and is updated weekly on the goings on in the Germain Racing shop.

 

Aside from their team sponsorship of Mears and his Germain Racing counterparts, GEICO has established itself as one of the strongest supporters of the sport, boasting comedic television commercials featuring Mears, as well as campground sponsorships at individual racetracks and their entitlement sponsorship of the Chicago race, dubbed the ‘GEICO 400’.

 

Germain Racing will take the track this weekend as GEICO engages in their second year of the GEICO 400.  While crew members will take great pride in seeing their sponsor’s name blanketed across the speedway grounds, they have also been energized by recent news of a sponsorship extension.  This week, GEICO announced they have officially extended their sponsorship of Germain Racing and driver Casey Mears through the end of the 2014 season, leaving the Gecko to co-pilot the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion for the next two seasons.

 

Team owner Bob Germain reflected on a partnership that has spanned the last five years.

 

“Everyone at Germain Racing is thrilled to have GEICO continue to support our racing program,” Germain said.  “We've come such a long way since we started together back in 2008.  It's been a great relationship both personally and from a business perspective.  We couldn't ask for a better partner and we value the opportunity to continue to represent GEICO in the sport of NASCAR.”

 

GEICO is currently in the 12th year of their NASCAR involvement.  Vice president of marketing Ted Ward weighed in with his thoughts on their successful partnership with Germain Racing and the sport in general.

 

“We’ve enjoyed our partnership with Germain Racing and are proud to have a driver of Casey Mears’ caliber driving our racecar each week and representing GEICO.  We are very much looking forward to 2013 and 2014 with Bob Germain and his race team,” Ward said.  “Our multi-faceted marketing approach to NASCAR, with our team sponsorship, campground sponsorships and race entitlement, has allowed us to engage NASCAR fans on nearly every level, allowing them to see that we have a genuine interest in the sport as well as the fans that so passionately engage it.”

 

This weekend, fans will have several opportunities to meet Mears and see his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion on display.

 

On Friday, Mears will be appearing at the Lakeside Campground from 6:15 PM (CDT) – 6:45 PM (CDT) and then later at the Race Fan Rally in downtown Joliet, IL, from 7:30 PM (CDT) – 8:30 PM (CDT). 

 

On Saturday, he will be signing autographs for fans at GEICO’s expansive display area in Champions Park from 10:15 AM (CDT) – 10:45 AM (CDT), and again on Sunday from 9:15 AM (CDT) – 9:35 AM (CDT).

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Chicagoland Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, September 14th, at 1:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, September 15th, at 1:40 PM (EDT).

 

The GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 16th, 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

 

- PMI -

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

Sep 09
2012

Richmond Post-race Recap

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AFTER RAINY RICHMOND, MEARS’ FOCUS ON GEICO 400

 

 

Richmond, VA (September 8, 2012) – Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team looked to rebound in Richmond after falling victim to a non-team related issue in Atlanta a week earlier that ended their day prematurely.  At the same time, something greater awaits the GEICO team when they venture to Chicago next weekend for the GEICO 400, a once-a-year entitlement sponsorship that finds the insurance giant taking over one of the nation’s largest cities.

 

Mears and his Germain Racing counterparts would need to first deal with Richmond before moving on to the Windy City.  It seemed as though things were headed in the right direction in the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session when Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion landed 22nd on the speed chart.  Changes to the set-up between practice sessions did not sit well with the GEICO machine and Mears later rested 43rd on the board in final practice, and ultimately qualified 42nd for the Federated Auto Parts 400.

 

If rainy days and race delays always get you down, then Richmond International Raceway was not the place for you on Saturday evening.  The blue skies and sunshine that filled the Richmond area on Saturday afternoon would later be betrayed by a storm front that dumped heavy rain on the ¾-mile tri-oval just hours before the green flag was scheduled to fly. 

 

Once the track was dry and racing action got underway, Mears and the #13 GEICO Fusion made quick work of the field, marching from 42nd to 38th before the completion of the opening lap.  26 laps later saw him eleven positions to the good, in 31st, when he reported to crew chief Bootie Barker that he was in a tussle with an ill-handling racecar.  The scheduled competition caution on lap 45 gave Mears the opportunity to take a much-needed trip down pit road. Aside from providing the GEICO Fusion with four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments, the Germain Racing pit crew turned in a stellar stop and ultimately helped Mears gain two positions on pit road.  

 

Even with adjustments handed down from his crew, Mears still struggled to wheel his #13 GEICO Fusion around the racetrack.  On lap 65, Mears reported, “It doesn’t turn any better.  It’s a lot looser in and looser off.  Terrible in the center.”  His battle would not be short-lived and would instead plague him for the balance of the evening.  Undaunted, Mears and his GEICO team had climbed to the 23rd position before rain once again delivered a heavy blow to the Richmond area.  What ensued was a red flag that lasted 51 minutes and 45 seconds, pushing the race even later into the evening.

 

With the exception of a single lap just past the halfway point of the race where Mears turned his fastest lap of the evening and voiced his approval of the feel of the car, the late night saw more of the same for the GEICO team.  Mears struggled, the team worked hard and, in the end, they managed to salvage a 29th place finish when the checkered flag halted the field in the early morning hours.

 

“This sport can be so frustrating at times and when you have nights like this it can really get the best of you, but we’ve always been resilient and no one on this GEICO team is hanging their head,” Mears stated.  “We’ve come a long way and worked really hard to get here and we know what’s in the heart of this team, so minor bumps in the road don’t get us down.  If anything, it inspires us.  We have a great, committed sponsor and team owner in GEICO and Bob Germain, so it gives us motivation knowing their level of commitment and belief.  We recently received some great news and we’ll be releasing it this week sometime.  Focus and perspective are key and we have both.”  He added, “Obviously, we’re excited to get to Chicago next weekend for the GEICO 400.  We truly have the best sponsor in auto racing and it’s exciting to see all the ways GEICO supports NASCAR as a whole and cares about the health of the sport.  We’re proud to have them as a partner.”

 

Next week, the Germain Racing team will arrive in Chicago where they will see their sponsor’s name highly visible all over the grounds of the speedway.  Along with the #13 GEICO Fusion, fans will see giant inflatable Geckos, an expansive GEICO display area in the midway and several opportunities to meet Casey Mears at scheduled autograph signings. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Chicagoland Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, September 14th, at 1:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, September 15th, at 1:40 PM (EDT).

 

The GEICO 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 16th, 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

 

- PMI -

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm

Sep 03
2012

Atlanta Post Race Report - GEICO Ford Fusion

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CASEY MEARS’ ATLANTA RUN GOES UP IN SMOKE

 

Player Management International Media Release

 

HAMPTON, Ga. (September 2, 2012) – Atlanta Motor Speedway is known for fast speeds and drivers holding the gas pedal wide-open around the entire 1.5-mile quad-oval. Add in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series making their one and only stop in Georgia along with temperatures above 90 degrees, and a classic showdown was sure to be in the cards.

Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team entered the Peachtree State with a plan of attack – keep the No. 13 Ford Fusion in one piece and continue their string of strong runs. After struggling in the opening practice session, Mears clocked a solid lap of 30.117 seconds in qualifying to place the Germain Racing entry in the 19th starting position.

As the green flag waved to start the 325-lap race, Mears quickly reported a tight handling condition and that the No. 13 entry wouldn’t turn in the corners. The first caution flag flew on lap 40 for oil on the track, which allowed the GEICO machine to come to pit road. The Bakersfield, California native received four fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments. Mears restarted on lap 44 from the 29th position.

Mears continued to wheel the GEICO Fusion despite reporting to crew chief Bootie Barker: “feels like it wants to spin out around the entire corner.” A 90 lap caution-free run forced teams to make two green flag pit stops. Barker brought Mears to the attention of his crew on lap 75 and lap 109; each stop resulting in four tires, fuel, and adjustments in an effort to improve handling. The second caution of the night came on lap 131 for debris on the backstretch. Mears visited pit road for tires, fuel and additional adjustments, before returning to green flag conditions on lap 135.

Another lengthy green flag run commenced and lasted for over 100 laps, forcing Barker to bring Mears back to pit road twice more. The over-the-wall crew held positions on pit road while making wedge and air pressure adjustments. By lap 230, Mears was scored in the 30th position but reported to his GEICO team that the car reacted better to the wedge adjustment. The third caution came on lap 243 and Barker instructed Mears to take the wave around to regain a lap to the leaders.

The GEICO Ford Fusion restarted from the 27th position on lap 248. Two quick cautions came over the next seven laps, allowing Mears to come back down pit road for tires and fuel. On lap 280, Mears restarted from the 24th position and looked to move inside the top-20. However, eleven short laps later, smoke came billowing from the rear of the No. 13 Fusion and the rear tires locked up, ending Mears’ night early. As the checkered flag flew, Mears was credited with a 33rd-place finish.

“We struggled at the beginning of the race with the handling,” said Mears, after the race. “Once Bootie (Barker) made the wedge adjustment, our GEICO Ford Fusion really started to handle better. Unfortunately, I saw the heavy smoke and our night ended early. The rear tires just locked up on me. We will head back to the shop and figure out what caused it. Proud of all the guys for hanging in there and we will head to Richmond. We always look forward to racing in GEICO’s backyard.”

Mears and the No. 13 GEICO team head to Richmond International Raceway for short-track action on Saturday, September 8th. Catch all the action live on ABC, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio will also have the live radio broadcast.

 

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

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

Aug 26
2012

Bristol Race Report - GEICO Racing

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CASEY MEARS NETS POLE AND POINTS JUMP AT BRISTOL

GEICO and Germain Racing score first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pole Award

 

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Bristol, TN (August 25, 2012) – As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series descended upon Bristol Motor Speedway for their final visit of the 2012 season, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team celebrated their second anniversary together.  Since Mears arrival, the Germain Racing program has experienced significant growth, and this weekend their ascension in Sprint Cup Series status continued. 

 

While Bristol Motor Speedway recently underwent a track resurfacing, Mears and his GEICO team chose to attack the unknown rather than fear it.  As the weekend’s first practice came to a close on Friday, the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion sat high atop the board, ending the session as the fastest car at the half-mile bullring.  At many facilities, qualifying order may not matter, but at Bristol it does.  Given that the order of qualifying is based on speeds from the first practice, Mears won a practice session that every other team sought to control.  More importantly, the Germain Racing team mastered a track at which they’ve otherwise struggled in past visits. 

 

Late Friday, the Tri-Cities region succumbed to an unexpected storm front, which ultimately forced the cancellation of Sprint Cup Series qualifying.  Reverting back to first practice speeds, as dictated by NASCAR’s rulebook, Mears and the GEICO Racing team were awarded the pole position and with it, the favored pit stall on pit road.  Friday marks the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pole Award for GEICO and Germain Racing, but Mears is no stranger.  The Bakersfield, CA, native now has four starts from the front, including 2007 at Chicagoland Speedway, and back-to-back poles in 2004 at Pocono and Indianapolis.

 

“It’s very exciting for our team and for our sponsor GEICO, who has been so supportive,” Mears said after learning he would start from the pole.  “The last couple years have been long but we have made lots of improvements, especially this season.  We couldn’t ask for a bigger shot in the arm for this Germain Racing team.  GEICO has been with us every step of the way, so we’re happy to share the excitement with them.  Being in this sport for a long time, my expectations are high.  I know we can compete week in and week out.”

 

A packed house sat on the edge of their seats awaiting a sundown showdown on Saturday night at The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.  Mears led the field to the green flag and refused to surrender the top spot and remained the leader for 26 laps.  When the GEICO Ford Fusion picked up a tight handling condition, Mears dropped a few positions in an effort to take care of his racecar.  When the yellow flag flew on lap 82, crew chief Bootie Barker called Mears to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments.  With varying pit strategies occurring among the different teams, the veteran driver restarted the race from the 17th position.

 

While Mears and his Sprint Cup Series counterparts collectively expressed their displeasure as passing became increasingly difficult, it didn’t seem to deter the GEICO driver.  Mears captured the 12th position with just 100 laps remaining and made his way ever closer to the top ten. 

 

The pole sitter faced his biggest challenge on lap 414 when his left rear tire gave way, sending the #13 GEICO Fusion into the outside wall and bringing out the caution flag.  The Germain Racing pit crew quickly provided Mears with four new tires and repairs, returning him to the racing surface just one lap down.  The racing gods would smile upon the GEICO team just a few laps later, on lap 424, when another yellow flag slowed the field and allowed Mears to return to the lead lap as the recipient of the coveted Lucky Dog award. 

 

Despite falling victim to a flat tire, a persistent Mears managed to hustle the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion to a 21st place finish after the checkered flag ended 500-laps of intense racing action.  His resilience helped to account for the team’s 15th top 25 effort of the 2012 season. 

 

Notably, Mears jumps up one position in the point standings to 26th and now sits just 16 points removed from the top 25. 

 

“The GEICO Racing team worked hard all night,” Mears said after the race.  “We would’ve come out of here with at least a top 10 or top 15 finish if the tire hadn’t blown, but all things considered, we’ll take 21st.  It’s Bristol, which is to say this place is unpredictable at best.  To start from the pole and run competitively is what we try to do each weekend and for it all to come together is a nice feeling. Hopefully we will keep this momentum and have another good run at Atlanta next weekend.”

 

Next week, the Germain Racing team will make their way to Hampton, GA, for race number 25 of the 2012 season.

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the opening practice session on Friday, August 31st, at 2:30 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow at 6:10 PM (EDT).

 

The AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 2nd, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 6:30 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

 

 

-PMI-

 

 

 

Aug 24
2012

Ford Racing NSCS Notes & Quotes: Irwin Tools Night Race Qualifying (Bristol Motor Speedway)

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Rain cancelled qualifying for tomorrow night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, meaning the starting field will be set in accordance with the rule book. As a result, Casey Mears, driver of the No. 13 Geico Ford Fusion, will start from the pole after posting the fastest single lap time in today’s first practice session. Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, will start third. Both drivers answered questions following the postponement.

Ford Qualifying Results (Qualifying postponed by rain)

  • 1st – Casey Mears
  • 3rd – Greg Biffle
  • 5th – Aric Almirola
  • 9th – Marcos Ambrose
  • 17th – Matt Kenseth
  • 18th – David Gilliland
  • 24th – David Ragan
  • 27th – Carl Edwards
  • 30th – Michael McDowell
  • 32nd – Josh Wise
  • 42nd – Ken Schrader

CASEY MEARS – No. 13 Geico Ford Fusion – HOW DOES IT FEEL TO START FIRST TOMORROW NIGHT? “It’s exciting. I think for our team, Germain Racing, it’s been a long couple of years. It’s been good, but the team has really grown in strides and we’ve made a lot of big improvements this year. We still have a lot to learn and still have a lot to grow, but it’s a big shot in the arm for our team for sure. Geico has made a big commitment to our program. Bob Germain has done a lot of really good things this year toward making everything better. We’ve been able to get cars from Roush – cars, parts and pieces. We still don’t get the information, but Bootie and the guys have done a really good job at doing their homework at Bristol. We were pretty embarrassed at how we showed up here last time. The first part of the year we didn’t get our first car until late January from Roush, so we were playing catch-up the first part of this year and to be able to put a little time into it and work at it, Bootie and these guys did a really good job. We unloaded way better than we were here last time. Race trim felt pretty good as well and when they switched over to qualifying trim we were 15th to 12th and they made a substantial adjustment in the right direction and we were able to shoot to the top of the board. It’s exciting for us. I think it’s gonna be good. Obviously, starting up front at Bristol period is always a good thing. Like I said, I think it’s exciting for our team to be able to have this opportunity to have the first pit selection starting up towards the front. It gives us a big head start from where we’ve been in the past.”

WHAT IS YOUR IMPRESSION OF HOW THE TRACK AND RACE MIGHT BE DIFFERENT WITH THE TOP GROOVE? “Really, it’s hard to say yet because where they actually worked on the track we haven’t actually been all the way up there yet. I’ve seen some guys flirting with the edge of it, so it’s really gonna be hard to say. The race tonight will give you a better idea of maybe what we can expect more of tomorrow night. As of right now, there’s really not a good comment to make because nobody has really run up there where they really changed the surface yet. If it keeps guys from running up against the wall, I think it could make it a little bit more competitive just because when guys are running right up against the fence and it’s really hard to pass guys down underneath, you’re hesitant to get in the back of them and kind of move them out of the way a little because you know it’s gonna put them in the wall right away running that close to the fence, so if it can keep guys within a car width or car width-and-a-half away from the wall, it’s gonna allow for at least some of that old-style racing back a little bit.”

YOU ARE RUNNING THE FULL DISTANCE RIGHT? “Yes. That’s a valid question. We have a partial season and Geico has really stepped up this year and actually done more than they said they were gonna do initially, which has been huge. Bob Germain has made a very substantial personal investment into this program. His heart is in it, so we’ve grown at least six or eight races more than we were gonna run this year already. Bristol is one that we’re definitely gonna run. We run next weekend in Atlanta, so a good run here would definitely set us off right for a good week next week as well.”

CASEY MEARS CONTINUED -- HOW IS YOUR RACE SETUP AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THE RACE. “It’s an obvious question. Your qualifying setup was great, how is your race setup? I felt pretty good about it. It wasn’t outstanding. I wasn’t jumping up and down in race trim, but we were definitely right in the mix, so it wasn’t one of those deals where we were 35th in race trim and then we jumped up to first for qualifying. So we’re fortunate with that. Like I said, the guys have done their homework. The car is pretty good for the race tomorrow. We tried some real big things in second practice, just trying to get a direction knowing what we did in the first practice was working pretty well, so I’m excited about it. I think we’ve got a good starting spot. We’ve got a good race car and we’ll be looking for a solid night tomorrow.”

CAN YOU TELL US YOU KNEW IT WAS GOING TO RAIN AND THAT’S WHY YOU RAN SUCH A FAST LAP? “Honestly, the way it’s structured right now we all try to run as fast as we can the first practice because we know how good a late draw is here at Bristol. There are other tracks, obviously, where it wouldn’t be as important but having a late draw here always helps. You never want to get a pole like this but we’ll definitely take it, I can tell you that. And the other thing is you know everybody was trying to run as fast as they could in that first practice. Is there a little bit more left? I think there always is when you go to qualify, but, believe me, everybody wanted to go out last in qualifying today. We’re pretty proud of the fact that we were fastest in that first practice just because of that. You know that everybody has that same mindset and I think it shows we have a pretty competitive car, so I’m excited about it.”

GREG BIFFLE SAID EARLIER THE LINE FROM WINNING TO 12TH PLACE IS SO FINE. FOR A TEAM LIKE YOURS HOW DO YOU DEFINE VICTORY? WHAT IS A GOOD WEEKEND? “I think that today was a small one for sure for our program. Then obviously if we could end up inside the top 15 tomorrow that would be a real good day for us. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in this sport for a long time. My expectations are high. Bootie’s are high. Believe me, Bob’s and Geico’s are high as well. We all want to go win races, but the reality of it is we’ve been a team that’s done a very good job getting from 30th in the last year-and-a-half to running consistently inside the top 20. We’ve been slowly chipping away at possibly getting inside the top 15 and I think that although we’ve had a great day today, I think our goals are still the same. If we could have a good top 15, it would be a huge day for us. If we got inside the top 10, it would almost be like a win. And if we can start and run well like I think we can tomorrow, we could really, really exceed what would be a great day for us. It’s a tough balance when you’re in a competition-based sport, obviously. For being in this sport as long as I have, I have very, very high goals, but at the same time you’ve got to be realistic with what you are working with, what you’re working towards and where you’re at at that current time. For us, if we were to get a top 15, it would be a good day for us.”

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AT THIS POINT IN YOUR CAREER AND HOW DOES BEING WITH THIS ORGANIZATION HELP YOU WITH THAT? “That’s a pretty wide-open question, really. I look to win races. When I look at the reality of that, with where we’re at right now, we’re still a little ways from that. It’s not to say that we can’t do it, but there’s just so many details at the end of the day that you really have to cover to actually win one of these races. We have an opportunity tomorrow night, but, at the same time, what I’ve really enjoyed is I think this is my 10th year at this level and having the experience I’ve had over the years it’s been fun to be part of a program where they lean and rely on me a lot to get to where we’re going. I’m a huge part in everything that we do – in the meetings, where we decide to go.

CASEY MEARS CONTINUED – “Ford has been a big help to us this year, which has been outstanding. Obviously, having the relationship with Roush has been good, but behind the scenes, how we do things – Bootie, myself, Larry Rogers, Bob Germain – we sit down and kind of discuss what we’re gonna do next and this program just continues to grow and it’s really rewarding to see how we’ve grown over the last couple of years. I tell you what, when you talk about getting inside the top 20 or the top 15 when you start looking at the three and four-car teams that should be inside the top 20 on a weekly basis, when you finish 18th or 16th as a one-car organization scrapping and clawing for everything you do, you’ve just beat six or eight teams that you really shouldn’t have beat. So I’m proud of what we’ve done this year. We’ve definitely made a lot of strides and we see a big future. I think at the end of the day, we don’t look at those top 20s and go, ‘This is as far as we’re gonna go.’ We see us improving and going in the right direction and I’m just excited about it. The path is going the right way. Today proves that to a certain extent. We definitely improved from the last time we were here. The first time I came here with Germain Racing – this is the two-year anniversary for me. The first time I came here was at Bristol. We came here with intentions of making the show and we weren’t gonna race. This was not a race that we were gonna race. We qualified 43rd and I think in the first 10 laps we passed 10 cars and pulled in. That was the worst thing I ever did in my life. Today, at the end of practice two years later we were the quick time, so I think that says a lot for how far this team has come.”

…(end excerpt)…

Aug 13
2012

The Glen Race Recap - GEICO Ford Fusion

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MEARS’ WATKINS GLEN CHARGE NETS 16TH AND JUMP IN POINTS

 

 

 

Watkins Glen, NY (August 12, 2012) – This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series traveled to the Finger Lakes region of New York for the series’ second road course race of the 2012 season.  After an earlier 15th place finish at Sonoma in June, Casey Mears and the GEICO team looked to continue the success with their road course program.   

 

Practice proved uneventful for the Germain Racing team, as Mears ended the first session in the 21st position, while the final practice saw him in 31st.  Qualifying also provided little hope when Mears landed 30th on the starting grid after negotiating the rights and lefts of Watkins Glen International in a racecar that felt off balance.

 

When race day arrived, crew chief Bootie Barker and his staff had a plan that developed after long hours in the hotel lobby during the previous evening.  And they would need one, given their #13 GEICO Ford Fusion would be starting the 90-lap event from the 30th position.  Mears kept it light during pre-race and appeared confident in his team.

 

The green flag set the field underway amid cloudy skies and cooling temperatures.  Mears and the #13 GEICO Fusion made quick progress on the 2.45-mile road course and picked up five positions by the close of lap 12.  He said to Barker, “I’m really loose everywhere.”  However unsettled he may have felt in the car didn’t reconcile with his ascent up the leaderboard, as he reached 17th before the first caution of the day slowed the field on lap 25.  Mears brought his GEICO machine to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew who quickly provided him with four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Fusion would restart the race from the 17th position; 13 spots higher than where he began the race just 30 laps prior.  He worked his way up to 11th by lap 57, and then quickly broke into the top 10 and ran 8th before Denny Hamlin brought out the caution on lap 58. 

 

As the race began to wind down, Mears and his #13 GEICO Fusion had solidified their position in the top 20 before hustling to a 16th place finish.  His effort accounts for the team’s sixth top 20 finish of the 2012 season.  Also, Mears inches ever closer to the top 25 and now rests just 17 points removed from Kurt Busch, who currently occupies the 25th position. 

 

“We had a decent day today and I’m proud of the guys on this GEICO team for working hard to get the car figured out, and they also did a great job getting me off of pit road,” Mears said.  “It was kind of fun driving the #13 GEICO Fusion from the back to the front and I’m glad we were able to get a good finish and make up ground in the points, also.”

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

 

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

 

 

Jul 30
2012

Indy Race Recap - GEICO Ford Fusion

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MEARS SURVIVES LONG DAY AT INDIANAPOLIS

 

 

Speedway, IN (July 29, 2012) – Few races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule evoke as much emotion as Indianapolis.  It is the most celebrated racetrack in the sport of auto racing and bears special meaning for the Mears family.  Rick has recorded four Indianapolis 500 wins, while Casey still owns the track record that he set when he took the pole at the 2004 Brickyard 400.  Casey’s father, Roger, also competed in the Indianapolis 500 before moving onto a legendary career in off-road racing.

 

When Mears took to the historic speedway for the series’ opening practice, he paced the facility with striking familiarity and sat ninth on the speed chart when the session concluded.  His #13 GEICO car was also the second fastest Ford.  Qualifying saw the California native travel the 2.5-mile racetrack in just 50.134 seconds, at a rate of speed of 179.519 miles per hour.  His effort was good enough for a 25th place starting position in Sunday’s race. 

 

Sunny and warm weather blanketed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took the green flag for 160 laps of racing.  Mears held the #13 GEICO Fusion strong in the top 25 before starting to fight a tight condition on the third lap of the race.  He immediately notified crew chief Bootie Barker of his situation, indicating, “The car is plowin’.  I’ve never been this tight.” 

 

The crew would have their first shot of rectifying the problem during Mears’ first scheduled green flag stop of the day on lap 26.  They refreshed the #13 GEICO Fusion with four tires, a tank of fuel and much needed adjustments.  Once back on the track, Mears turned only a single lap before again finding himself in a battle with the racecar.  “It’s way, way too tight; not even close,” Mears said over the team’s radio frequency. 

 

A much-needed yellow flag waved on lap 41, giving Mears the opportunity to bring his GEICO Fusion to the attention of the Germain Racing pit crew.  He received tires, fuel and major adjustments.  Unfortunately, when the field received the ‘one to go’ signal, Mears reported a bad vibration and was forced to take a second trip to his pit stall to take on four new tires.  He ultimately restarted in the 33rd position, one lap down.  A sliver of good fortune would find Mears when the caution immediately manifested itself just two laps later, allowing him to receive the Lucky Dog award and rejoin the lead lap. 

 

On lap 62, Mears began reporting brake problems to Barker.  He managed to ride it out and even began working the #13 GEICO Fusion through the field and into the Top 10.  Sadly, Mears’ day took a final turn for the worse on lap 86 when he radioed in: “It feels like the brakes are grinding.”  Just seven laps later, his right front brake rotor gave way, cutting the right front tire and sending Mears careening into the outside wall.  He sustained significant damage and was forced to head to the garage for repairs to his GEICO Fusion.

 

Mears returned to the race on lap 114, 23 laps down to the field, in the 36th position.  When the checkered flag ended a long day for the Germain Racing team, Mears was relegated to a 34th place finish.

 

“It was a long, tough day, and we need to figure out what went wrong with the brakes,” Mears said.  “When things like this happen, it makes for a long afternoon.  The GEICO team did a great job of making repairs and getting me back out there so we could at least pick up some points.  We also managed to pick up a couple of spots, which always helps.  We started the weekend off fast in practice, so we will work hard to figure out what we did that caused us to head in the other direction.”

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com

 

Jul 27
2012

GEICO AND GERMAIN RACING ADD FOUR RACES TO MEARS’ 2012 CALENDAR

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GEICO AND GERMAIN RACING ADD FOUR RACES TO MEARS’ 2012 CALENDAR

 

 

 

Mooresville, NC (July 27, 2012) – While the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series enjoyed its final break of the season, executives at GEICO and Germain Racing were hard at work trying to close the gap on their 2012 race schedule.  What emerged was a plan to add four races to the Gecko’s journey across America. 

 

Once a fledgling Sprint Cup Series start-up in 2009, Germain Racing is now closely eyeing NASCAR’s elite.  After being named the driver of the #13 GEICO car in August 2010, Casey Mears has taken a team that previously struggled to make races and helped grow it into an organization that now regularly finishes in the Top 20 each week.  The relationship between driver and team is familial and both go about their jobs with an inimitable spirit, which has allowed GEICO to enjoy notable success just three and half years into their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program. 

 

The back half of the 2012 season is well underway and now Mears and his GEICO team will add Watkins Glen, Bristol, Martinsville and Texas to their schedule. 

 

Mears learned of the news after returning from a jaunt to Italy during the break.  He was barely unpacked before he shared his thoughts on the team and the races added to the 2012 schedule.

 

“This is just the news I wanted to hear after a refreshing trip with my wife in Italy, and it says everything about the commitment of our sponsor GEICO and team owner Bob Germain,” Mears said.  “GEICO has been a great partner on this journey and the cool thing is that they appreciate the grind; the hard work that goes into building a Sprint Cup Series program.  Whenever we’re on the phone with them, they want to know the details of what we’re doing and it’s always encouraging to hear their interest and also see their commitment not only to our team, but also to our sport.”

 

While Mears will shy away from any comments complimenting his efforts personally, he is quick to offer credit to his teammates at Germain Racing.  And, if he senses that someone may not understand the gravity of the team’s accomplishments, he will offer a polite rebuffing. 

 

“Are we an elite team?  If you say ‘no’, I may not argue with you because this is a very tough sport and it’s hard to achieve any type of consistent success,” expressed Mears.  “But, with that said, go look at the results each week and tell me who we’re beating.  Teams out there with much more funding than us find themselves staring at our TV panel during races.  That’s what it’s about, maximizing our resources and making the most of what we have available; a moneyball approach, if you will.  Between our crew chief Bootie Barker, business manager Larry Rogers, Bob Germain and all of the guys on this team, we’re showing the heart and character of Germain Racing and our GEICO program.  We’re proud of what we have accomplished and we’re working hard to continue making progress.”

 

Mears and his GEICO team take to the track this weekend at maybe the most sacred venue of them all: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  IMS is a special place for the Mears Gang and, aside from the youngest Mears, it has also played host to his father, Roger, and his uncle, Rick.  The speedway has seen Rick Mears escape the legendary grounds with four Indianapolis 500 wins, while Casey claimed the pole there for the 2004 Brickyard 400 and still holds the track record.    

 

Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track in Indianapolis for the opening practice session on Saturday, July 28th, at 8:30 AM (EDT).  Final practice is at 10:30 AM (EDT), followed by qualifying at 2:10 PM (EDT). 

 

The Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, July 29th, and it will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 12:00 PM (EDT).  The IMS Radio Network will carry the live radio broadcast.

 

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.GermainRacing.com

 

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

 

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

 

 

- PMI -

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: Doug Barnette, Player Management International

Email: dbarnette@pmifirm.com  

 

Jul 09
2012

Daytona Post-race Report - July 2012

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MEARS ESCAPES DAYTONA WITH 18TH; CLOSELY EYES TOP 25

GEICO driver records fourth consecutive Top 20 finish and sits just 15 points removed from Top 25 in point standings

 

 

 

Daytona Beach, FL (July 7, 2012) – Coming off of three consecutive Top 20 finishes, Casey Mears and the GEICO team arrived in Daytona hoping to seek redemption from a February race that sent them home brokenhearted.  Aside from marking the start of the back half of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Daytona also served as an opportunity for the Germain Racing team to help GEICO celebrate its 75th anniversary.  Mears carried a special logo commemorating the milestone on the lower rear quarter panels of his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion.  Notably, GEICO recently surpassed 11 million policyholders and honored the 11 millionth policyholder at a ceremony in Tucson, AZ. 

 

Daytona is known for its fireworks in both a literal and figurative sense, and Saturday night would not fail to provide the much anticipated on-track excitement.  Three wide pack racing and a last lap crash kept fans on their feet and left drivers with a heightened sense of awareness.

 

The Germain Racing team has experienced significant success on restrictor-plate racetracks, so no one seemed surprised when they shot straight to the top of the speed chart in the opening practice session on Thursday.  Mears sat ninth on the board when practice ended and set his sights on qualifying. 

 

When qualifying got underway at the World Center of Racing on Friday, Mears hurriedly made his away around the legendary racetrack at 191.934 miles per hour, navigating the facility in a prompt 46.891-seconds.  His effort landed him seventh on the grid and also accounted for the team’s best starting position in the three-year history of their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program. 

 

While the previous two days produced desired results for Mears and his GEICO team, Saturday night would not yield the same.  During the parade laps for the Coke Zero 400, the #13 Fusion fell victim to the same issue that plagued the team late in February’s Daytona 500.  As the field made its way around the 2.5-mile high-banked tri-oval, Mears reported a loss of fuel pressure and was forced to visit pit road so the team could replace the fuel module prior to the race going green.  Consequently, the #13 GEICO Fusion was relegated to the back of the pack when the green flag set the field underway for 160 laps of racing.

 

On the opening lap, Mears jumped eight positions to 35th, but rather than attempt a charge to the front and risk peril, he settled into the rear of the field with other drivers who opted to attempt to miss the ‘big one’.  While he aimed to play it safe, instinct dictated otherwise and Mears quickly found himself reaching the Top 20 by lap 25.  After ascending as high as 12th, he made his first visit to pit road for a scheduled green flag stop on lap 42, where he took on right-side tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment. 

 

Mears’ race went smoothly, as he dipped into the Top 10, and even led a lap, before a Sam Hornish, Jr., caution sent the #13 GEICO Fusion down pit road for service.  However, it would be the next yellow flag that would set him on the edge of his seat, as he narrowly avoided spinning racecars during a big crash on lap 124. 

 

Mears kept his GEICO car in the Top 20 for the balance of the evening and would draft to the front of the field at-will before a late race incident thwarted any hopes of visiting Victory Lane at Daytona. 

 

With just eight laps remaining in the advertised distance, the tri-oval became the busiest place at the speedway when a 14-car crash claimed Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion.  He was able to drive away from the incident and bring his damaged racecar to the attention of his fast acting GEICO pit crew.  Crew chief Bootie Barker shouted out orders and the Germain team members quickly complied as they provided Mears with repairs over two pit road visits under caution and returned the GEICO Fusion to the racetrack without losing a lap.  While Mears was running in the 20th position at the time of the crash, he would restart the race from the 19th position, a testament to the efficiency of his pit crew. 

 

Just two laps remained when the green flag turned the field loose for the final time on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.  The only person busier than Mears was his spotter Jason Jarrett, who effortlessly guided Mears and his #13 GEICO Fusion through a last lap crash that collected 15 cars and draped the frontstretch in mangled sheet metal. 

 

Although he fell victim to a faulty fuel module and late-race crash, Mears managed to salvage an 18th place finish when the caution flag ended 400-miles of racing.  He wrapped up the evening as the third fastest Ford and also extends Germain Racing’s string of Top 20 finishes to four.

 

“What can I really say?  I mean, what a night for this GEICO team,” Mears said after sliding from his damaged racecar.  “I felt bad for the guys and our team owner Bob Germain because we were fast all weekend and we’ve worked really hard to be able to qualify seventh, so that fuel module issue was frustrating, especially since it’s the exact problem we experienced here in February.”  He continued, “The late race crash was unfortunate, but the guys on our GEICO crew did a great job of making repairs and keeping me on the lead lap.  It was a tough night, but a lot of good came out of it, too.  We saw how organized we are as a team and how quickly we can overcome adversity and still make something good happen.”

 

A week ago, Mears left Kentucky Speedway 28th in the driver point standings and 30 points outside the Top 25.  Tonight, he departs Daytona one position to the good, in 27th, and with his point deficit cut in half to 15.  

 

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 02
2012

Kentucky Valvoline NextGen Ford Post-Race Report

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HEATED KENTUCKY A BREEZE FOR MEARS

Germain Racing nets third consecutive Top 20

 

 

Sparta, KY (June 30, 2012) – Casey Mears blew into Sparta, Kentucky, looking to continue the momentum gained in the previous two weeks at Michigan and Sonoma.  The #13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion was quick off of the truck and when the first practice session concluded on Friday, Mears sat 21st on the speed chart.  He quickly bettered his effort and turned heads when he jumped to sixth in Happy Hour. 

 

When Mears and his Germain Racing team took to the grid for qualifying on Friday evening, they had little idea what Mother Nature had in store.  Just moments before the #13 Valvoline NextGen car was scheduled to make its qualifying laps, the skies darkened and heavy winds engulfed the speedway sending team personnel scattering for cover.  After inflicting significant damage and also sending a NASCAR crewman to the hospital, the storm cleared and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying resumed. 

 

Mears’ qualifying effort would have matched his Happy Hour result had his racecar not bottomed out on the first lap.  The second lap was faster and the #13 Valvoline NextGen Fusion would start 21st in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. 

 

With the iconic Valvoline ‘V’ on the hood and GEICO on the lower rear quarters of his #13 Ford Fusion, Mears took the green flag on Saturday evening and set sail for 400-miles of racing.  The #13 Valvoline NextGen Fusion dropped to 25th in the opening laps, but Mears quickly recovered and began moving forward.  He reached 22nd before the first caution of the day slowed the field on lap 43.  Mears brought his #13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion down pit road for service and after quickly receiving four tires and a tank of fuel, the Germain Racing pit crew returned him to the racing surface two spots to the good, in 20th. 

 

As the race wore on, Mears ran solidly in the Top 20 and even found his way to the front of the field when he took the lead on lap 152 before being forced down pit road for fresh tires and fuel. 

 

Lap 171 heard a concerned Mears notify crew chief Bootie Barker of a vibration that seemed to be getting worse.  Any vibration seemed to serve as little distraction, as he continued to run lap times consistent with the leaders and then promptly overtook Kurt Busch for the 18th position.  When the checkered flag waved on a hot Kentucky night, Mears crossed the finished line in 18th and accounted for Germain Racing’s third consecutive Top 20 finish. 

 

“We had a good weekend and we were fast, which is good for both Valvoline NextGen and GEICO,” Mears said.  “We did a really good job as a team tonight and we kept fighting hard and we’re showing quantifiable progress.  The pit crew stepped up and got me off of pit road quickly which really helped with track position.”  He continued, “It was great to have Valvoline on-board for a couple of races and we’re glad we were able to do a good job for them.  Their support helped us close the gap a little bit and I hope they join us again sometime.”

 

The second half of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season kicks off next week when Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion travel to Daytona.  Restrictor-plate racing is a bit of a hobby for the California native, as he has led laps at both Daytona and Talladega in recent visits. 

 

Mears and the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will hit the track at Daytona International Speedway for the opening practice session on Thursday, July 5th, at 4:00 PM (EDT).  Qualifying will follow on Friday afternoon at 4:10 PM (EDT).

 

The Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, July 7th, and it will be televised live on TNT beginning at 6:30 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