EARLY DAMAGE RESULTS IN LONG DAY
FOR MEARS IN RICHMOND

Player Management International Media Release

Richmond, VA (April 26, 2015) – When they arrived in Virginia, Germain Racing and Casey Mears were coming off of a tough race in Bristol where a fuel pump issue ended their day, and a top-20 run, with just 18 laps remaining in the race.  They looked to Richmond for redemption, but would once again find themselves facing issues that were beyond their control.  Mears would end up as collateral damage early in the event.

Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS were 17th in the weekend’s opening practice session and would go on to qualify 25th Friday evening.  While the ¾-mile oval racetrack was scheduled to be filled with 400-laps of racing action, Mother Nature had other plans when she blanketed the Richmond area with heavy rain, forcing the postponement of Saturday night’s race to Sunday at 1:00 PM (ET).  When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field arrived on the starting grid on Sunday afternoon, the skies were clear, the track was dry and the grandstands were filled with race fans. (complete release)


MEARS’ STRONG BRISTOL RUN
THWARTED BY LATE-RACE FUEL ISSUE

Player Management International Media Release

Bristol, TN (April 19, 2015) – The “Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer” was as up and down as the banking that makes Bristol Motor Speedway famous.  The 500-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM (ET) Sunday afternoon on FOX. Despite the 100% chance of rain in the forecast, the green flag waved only about 90 minutes late. That said, the race that officially lasted 3 hours and 37 minutes took nearly 8 hours of starts, stops and waits to be completed.

During that time, Casey Mears drove the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet on a tear toward the front of the field, then spent many, many laps chasing it down again before getting cut off shy of a top-20 finish.

Mears took the green flag in 27th position, raced up to the 22nd spot and then had a short caution period and about a three-hour break to ponder how he could move further up through the field. He told crew chief Bootie Barker the car was “not too bad” and that he’d only made a slight track bar adjustment during that short green-flag run. (complete release)


DESPITE TOUGH NIGHT IN TEXAS,
MEARS REMAINS TOP-15 IN POINT STANDINGS

Player Management International Media Release

Fort Worth, TX (April 11, 2015) – As the seventh race weekend of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season got underway Friday in Texas, Casey Mears and Germain Racing were focused on taming a track that has proved problematic for them in the past.  While they fared well in practice and qualifying, Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 told a different tale after a loose condition and a bad set of tires provided insurmountable setbacks. 

Friday in practice, Mears raised the eyebrows of everyone in the Sprint Cup Series garage when the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS sat fourth and fifth on the scoring tower in the weekend’s two sessions.  During qualifying, he advanced to the second round and ended up 20th on Saturday night’s starting grid. (complete release)