MEARS ALL SMILES AFTER
SUCCESSFUL DAYTONA SPEEDWEEK

Player Management International Media Release

Daytona Beach, FL (February 22, 2015) – Casey Mears and Germain Racing are off to a blazing start in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  Save for a distressing Duel 150, the GEICO team scored top finishes during Speedweeks and, more notably, managed to cruise through ten practice sessions, Daytona 500 qualifying, a short-lived Duel 150 and a 507.5-mile race without damaging a single racecar.  While their fourth place finish in the Sprint Unlimited and the sixth place Daytona 500 result is impressive, most impressive is the fact that they escaped the World Center of Racing unscathed. 

While an engine issue in Thursday’s opening Duel 150 relegated Mears to a 41st starting position in Sunday’s Daytona 500, he and his crew remained unshaken.  After all, Mears is referred to as one of the best restrictor-plate racers on the circuit and effortlessly finds his way to the front of the field when necessary.  Crew chief Bootie Barker devised a strategy to assist in keeping Mears’ No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS safe and clean, allowing him to be there at the end of the 200 laps and have a chance of winning the Great American Race.  (complete release)


CLOSE CALL AT DUELS LEAVES MEARS AND GEICO TEAM INSPIRED

After long night, the GEICO car was back on-track Friday for Daytona 500 practice

Player Management International Media Release

Daytona Beach, FL (February 19, 2015) – On Valentine’s Day, Casey Mears whipped around Daytona International Speedway in his normal effortless fashion, avoiding multiple crashes and hustling his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS to a fourth place finish in the season opening Sprint Unlimited.  The 2006 Rolex 24 at Daytona winner knows well the nuances of the famed speedway and has mastered them over the years.  Unfortunately, an engine would be the cause of his frustration during Thursday night’s Duel 150’s. 

This year, a new Daytona 500 qualifying format left much of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry list frustrated and confused.  While Mears boasts a fast racecar, his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS ended up 31st when group qualifying was complete on Sunday, leaving him to start 16th in Thursday’s opening Duel 150.  While Mears’ ability would all but ensure his place on the Daytona 500 starting grid, he would need to first survive any potential calamity in the Duel and also finish in the top 15 cars to lock himself into the field. (complete release)


MEARS & GEICO TEAM DAZZLE WITH FOURTH PLACE FINISH IN SPRINT UNLIMITED

Player Management International Media Release

Daytona Beach, FL (February 14, 2015) – A restrictor-plate specialist of sorts, Casey Mears always looks forward to visiting Daytona International Speedway.  While he planned on being behind the wheel of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for the 2015 Daytona 500, he added to those plans when, just two weeks ago, he was notified by NASCAR that his status in the point standings made him eligible to participate in this year’s Sprint Unlimited.  It’s a 25-car, 75-lap shootout that historically kicks off each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and includes race winners, pole sitters and Chase contenders from the previous season.  Team owner Bob Germain made the decision to do it and off the Germain Racing team went to Daytona with an extra race on their schedule. 

The team welcomed the additional workload and Mears made them proud at the World Center of Racing on a chilly Valentine’s Day in Daytona.  A random draw dictated that Mears and his GEICO Chevy would roll off of the starting grid from the 23rd position when the race got underway on Saturday night.  Pitted against NASCAR’s best and brightest, Mears wasted little time making his way to the front of the field.  The green flag turned the field loose under the lights at 8:35 PM (ET) and the GEICO Chevy began making its way through traffic.  He broke into the top-10 and sat in the seventh position on lap 15.  The event’s first caution flag of the night slowed the field on lap 22, allowing Mears to bring his No. 13 GEICO Chevy down pit road for service.  He took on four tires, fuel and adjustments before restarting the race from the 15th position on lap 29.  (complete release)