Germain Racing team owner Bob Germain Jr. is passionate about racing in NASCAR’s highest ranks. He and his brothers, Steve and Rick, established the racing team in 2004 and Bob is thrilled to see the team’s progression to competing each week in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
As an upstart team, Germain Racing was crowned NASCAR champions just 26 months into its tenure in the NASCAR community. The young team earned its first series title in 2006 and repeated the feat in 2010. It was this outstanding success that opened the doors for Germain Racing to grow from a Camping World Truck Series team, into a team fielding cars in each of NASCAR's top series, and, today, a team solely focused on winning in the premier Sprint Cup Series.
GEICO joined Germain Racing as a primary sponsor in 2008 for a full-time schedule in NASCAR's number two series. The program evolved into a Sprint Cup Series program by 2009 with No. 13 GEICO race car. Germain Racing's first top-ten finish in the Cup Series came in just the eighth start - an 8th-place result at Watkins Glen International Raceway. This result was very much in line with the team's history of on-track success.
Today, Germain Racing is located in Mooresville, N.C., on a 3-acre campus with two buildings, 52,000 sq. ft of shop and office space, paint and body shops, multiple surface plates, a four-post rig, two epoxy setup plates and a chassis dyno.
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Bob Germain Jr. serves as president of the Germain Automotive Partnership. He attended Miami University of Ohio and it was Bob’s passion for automobiles that led him and the Germain family to expand their business ventures into NASCAR racing by forming Germain Racing ten years ago.
In addition to automobile sales and racing, Bob Jr. and the Germain family are also involved in entertainment and ice hockey with naming rights to the Germain Arena in Estero, Fla., and in real estate with Germain Properties of Naples which is managed by Susan Germain Maahs, sister to Bob, Rick and Steve.
Bob is an accomplished musician and has two children, Michael and Nicole, who work with him at Germain Motor Company and Germain Properties of Naples.
Though a native of Columbus, Ohio, Bob has been part of the Naples, Fla., community for more than 30 years. Today he shares his residency with Statesville, N.C., where he has a small farm with his wife, Gail, and two stepchildren, Sydney and Robbie.
When Bob is in Naples, he remains very active in the Florida community. He has taken up where his father, Bob Sr., left off in continuing to make charitable donations and efforts aimed at helping children. Bob is involved with The Gracie Foundation Inc., Juvenile Diabetes, Boys and Girls Club, Bosom Buddies, Pete Villani Memorial, Gift of Giving and many others.
Position: Crew Chief, No. 13 GEICO for Germain Racing
Hometown: Scottsburg, VA
Education: Old Dominion, Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Past-time: Reading, Growing Roses, Hunting and Gardening
Robert “Bootie” Barker grew up just next door to the famous South Boston Speedway, yet instead of dreaming about racing, he was a fan of ‘stick and ball’ sports. He played football as a linebacker and loved the thrill of competition. Barker went off to college to study engineering and his focus was quickly redirected to the very competitive field of motorsports.
As a junior studying Mechanical Engineering at Old Dominion University, Barker heard Benny Parsons on the radio talking about engineers that build shocks for race cars, and it clicked. Barker realized that racing would be the perfect industry for putting his engineering degree to use while still maintaining a high level of competition. Shortly after hearing that radio show, Barker became immersed in the infield at South Boston Speedway.
His first racing job was selling tires at South Boston and working for driver Ashton Lewis on his late model team. From these humble beginnings, Barker has become not just a crew chief in NASCAR’s highest level, but a voice for NASCAR, for crew chiefs and for the GEICO entry. Barker has written a variety of magazine columns over the years and is to date a regular guest on NASCAR RaceHub on Fox Sports 1.
Barker joined Germain Racing in 2009 as crew chief for the No. 13 GEICO entry.
Championship: Best finish, Third, NNS with driver Scott Wimmer, 2002
First Win as Crew Chief: Dover International Speedway, NNS, 2002
Career Highlights: Leading qualifying effort for Germain Racing’s first-ever Daytona 500 race entry (2010), Winning at Dover in NNS