Casey Mears makes 400th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at the Brickyard

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Indianapolis, IN (July 27, 2014) – Casey Mears and his GEICO team returned to action in Indianapolis after enjoying the last off-weekend of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  Indianapolis Motor Speedway has always been a favorite of the Mears family for the obvious reasons, but for Casey in particular, as he held the track qualifying record for nine years before Ryan Newman beat his time in 2013.  Given the history of the Mears family at the famed speedway, it only made sense that Casey’s 400th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start would fall on Sunday at the Brickyard, a place where the Mears name is omnipresent. 

While the Germain Racing crew arrived for practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday refreshed and ready to get to work, they were taken aback when they found themselves behind the eight ball early in the weekend.

The result of the opening practice session was cause for concern after Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS sat 34th on the board at its conclusion.  It was discovered that there was a problem with the ride height sensor, which left crew chief Bootie Barker and his engineering staff with inaccurate information.  Despite the setback, Barker and his engineers managed to gain some control of the car and when qualifying rolled around, Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevy sped around the historic 2.5-mile oval in just 48.986-seconds, placing him 26th on the starting grid, a considerable improvement over practice.(complete release)


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Loudon, NH (July 13, 2014) – Just a week removed from a memorable visit to Daytona that saw Casey Mears and the GEICO team depart the rain-soaked event with a top-5 finish, the team arrived in New Hampshire for the Camping World RV Sales 301.  The weekend in Loudon, NH, would betray that of Daytona and leave Mears and Germain Racing ready for the upcoming off-week.

Beginning with the moment they unloaded the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS off of the hauler, the Germain Racing team found themselves challenged through three practices and a qualifying session.  After dealing with a clutch issue and flat tire in the opening practice on Friday – which saw them end up 38th in practice – they ended the qualifying session in the 31st position, leaving Mears with a cumbersome workload on Sunday. 

When the green flag turned the field loose for 318.46-miles of racing, Mears rolled off the grid 31st.  He quickly picked up two positions and moved his GEICO Chevy into the 29th position on the opening lap.  By lap 21, he was in the 19th position and ultimately ran as high as 17th before an issue with the car manifested itself later in the race.(complete release)


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Daytona Beach, FL (July 6, 2014) – A top-10 finish at February’s Daytona 500 had Casey Mears and his GEICO team looking forward to revisiting the famed superspeedway for the Coke Zero 400.  While three-wide racing is the usual suspect for frustration at Daytona, weather would wreak havoc and cause the cancelation of the final practice session, along with the second round of qualifying. Later, it would cause the postponement of Saturday night’s race.  Mears and company would overcome all obstacles and ultimately score a top-5 finish when the race concluded on Sunday.   

When Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS took to the track for practice on Thursday, they sped quickly around the high-banked facility, landing 11th on the speed charts when the session closed.  The Germain Racing team entered qualifying excited at the prospect of winning the Pole.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature planned otherwise and after Mears had advanced safely to the second round of qualifying, rain blanketed the speedway, leaving the second round canceled and relegating him to 22nd on the starting grid.

Rain once again involved itself on Saturday night and after torrential downpours left race officials hopeless, the Coke Zero 400 was postponed until Sunday morning at 11 AM (ET). 

Mears was ready to go racing and when the green flag finally got the race underway on Sunday, he looked like a caged animal that had been let loose.  (complete release)