TOP-20 HOMESTEAD FINISH ENDS SEASON ON STRONG NOTE FOR MEARS AND GERMAIN RACING

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Homestead, FL (November 16, 2014) – After turning in four strong weeks of racing, Casey Mears and Germain Racing entered Homestead looking to close out the 2014 season in strong fashion.  In just their second year of full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, the GEICO team wrapped up the season with one top-5 finish, three top-10’s, nine top-15’s and 16 top-20’s.  Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 complemented their stats when Mears hustled to a 20th place finish.

Practice got off to a slow start when Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS ended up 31st on the scoring chart at the close of the first practice on Friday.  Qualifying would show incremental improvement when he navigated the 1.5-mile paved oval in 30.390-seconds at a speed of 177.690-miles per hour, landing him 29th on Sunday’s starting grid.  Crew chief Bootie Barker and the Germain Racing engineering staff remained hard at work over the course of the weekend looking for speed that would increase their chances of success on race day.

A late start time of 3 PM (ET) would present teams with the challenge of starting the race in bright sunshine and finishing in cooler temperatures under a dark sky.  Changing track conditions kept the GEICO crew on their toes as they adapted as the race progressed.  Mears and his GEICO Chevy rolled off of the starting grid from the 29th position when the green flag started the final race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. (complete release)


MEARS FAST ALL WEEKEND IN PHOENIX; TIRE SPOILS TOP-10 RUN

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Avondale, AZ (November 9, 2014) – Just two races remained on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule when Casey Mears and Germain Racing unloaded their No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS for practice on Friday.  Veteran’s Day weekend posed the perfect opportunity to run a special paint scheme honoring our nation’s military.  On Sunday afternoon, most of the Sprint Cup field would find themselves behind Mears on the starting grid, staring directly at the saluting Gecko that was ever-present on the rear of his Chevy. 

Mears and company were quick off of the truck.  45-minutes into the weekend’s opening practice session, the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy sat atop the leaderboard in the first position.  Qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway got underway late Friday afternoon and featured two rounds: one 30-minutes long and the other 10-minutes in duration, and allowed just 12 cars to advance to the final round.  Mears and his GEICO Military Chevy out-hustled the bulk of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field and moved onto the final round of qualifying.  His effort landed him 12th on Sunday’s Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 starting grid. (complete release)


MEARS HUSTLES TO 18TH PLACE FINISH IN THE LONE STAR STATE

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Fort Worth, TX (November 2, 2014) – As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season begins to quickly wind down, the Germain Racing team looks to close the year on a strong note.  Their effort has not been without results.  After a top-10 finish at the GEICO 500 at Talladega, Casey Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS had a strong run going at Martinsville before becoming collateral damage while running in the 14th position with just 64 laps to go.  With two solid runs under their belt, the Lone Star State presented the opportunity for redemption, as the 1.5-mile speedway has long given the Germain organization fits.  After finishing 28th in Texas in the spring, they aimed to improve the result as the Sprint Cup Series visited Texas Motor Speedway for the final time this season.

The weekend started off slow when Mears and his GEICO Chevy finished up first practice in the 29th position on Friday afternoon.  If the afternoon was a challenge, the evening didn’t provide any relief.  A tough qualifying session landed Mears 38th on the starting grid, which would present a significant challenge come race day.  Despite the setback, the GEICO team showed up for practice on Saturday morning and ended up 11th on the board, an indication that crew chief Bootie Barker and his engineering staff found speed in the late-night hours at the team hotel.  The speed looked good on Mears and hope was abound when the team departed the track on Saturday. (complete release)