TENACITY SHINES THROUGH AS MEARS AND GEICO TEAM SCORE TOP-20 AT DARLINGTON

Player Management International Media Release

DARLINGTON, SC (April 12, 2014) – Looking to rebound from their struggles at Texas Motor Speedway, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team came into the Bojangles Southern 500 weekend with a renewed drive and the determination to unite and tackle the track ‘too tough to tame’ as a team.

As Friday’s practice sessions got underway, Mears hit the track in the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and despite fighting a loose-handling racecar, posted the 17th-fastest time in the first outing.  Following up that session with a 21st-place time in second practice, crew chief Bootie Barker and the GEICO team went to work on a qualifying set-up with hopes of gaining some traction for the late-afternoon qualifying run.

With qualifying ensuing at 4:10 PM (EDT), the track would offer different conditions than Mears experienced during the earlier practice sessions, but still not the cool conditions he would expect for race conditions on Saturday.  Barker gave Mears the best combination package possible and despite a 31st-place qualifying effort, they remained confident that come race time, the GEICO Chevy would respond. (complete release)


CHANGING TRACK CONDITIONS LEAVE MEARS FRUSTRATED AT TEXAS

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Fort Worth, TX (April 7, 2014) – As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visited Texas for the seventh race of the 2014 season, Germain Racing was looking to improve upon an intermediate speedway program that has often given the team fits over previous years.  Fortunately, the weekend began well, but, in the end, they would be left scratching their heads. 

Casey Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS started out strong in the Lone Star State, landing 13th on the speed chart in the weekend’s first practice session on Friday.  On Saturday, they advanced to the second round of Sprint Cup qualifying and finished up in the 20th position, leaving the team optimistic as they approached race day. 

Race day would simply turn into nothing more than a long day after heavy rain blanketed the Fort Worth area on Sunday.  Before Mears would even be able to do battle with the 1.5-mile oval of Texas Motor Speedway, he would first meet Mother Nature eye-to-eye.  After exhaustive attempts at drying the racetrack, NASCAR postponed Sunday’s running of the 500-mile event until Monday morning at noon (ET). (complete release)


BARRAGE OF ISSUES NO MATCH FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM IN MARTINSVILLE

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Martinsville, VA (March 30, 2014) – Martinsville Speedway is notorious for evoking raw emotion from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers.  Casey Mears would be among the first to experience elevated blood pressure, but not before taking to the track for practice and qualifying. 

Rain threatened the Martinsville area on Friday, but stayed clear long enough to allow Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to land 14th on the speed chart when the weekend’s first practice session ended.  When qualifying got underway at 4:40 PM (EDT), Mears quickly navigated the ˝-mile, paperclip-shaped oval in just 19.205-seconds, placing him 23rd on the STP 500 starting grid.  His qualifying effort was marked improvement over a year ago, when he started the race from the 41st position.  Saturday was a washout at the track, leading to the cancellation of both NASCAR Sprint Cup series practices. (complete release)