MEARS’ TOP-10 RUN INTERRUPTED, ENDS UP AS COLLATERAL DAMAGE

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Martinsville, VA (October 26, 2014) – Casey Mears and the GEICO team came into Martinsville riding the top-10 wave from the GEICO 500 at Talladega.  Mears sat as high as first on the practice chart and qualified 20th, however a late-race incident on Sunday thwarted what would have been a top-10 run for the Germain Racing team. 

After lining up 20th for the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, the early stages of the race found Mears a bit tight in his GEICO Chevy, so the team began readying their strategy for first round pit stops.  Despite a lap three caution, the first pit opportunity would not come until lap 18 and Mears came to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment, to help what he described as “super tight.”

With opportunities to pass few and far between, Mears found himself one lap in arrears when the caution flew at lap 189.  Crew chief Bootie Barker decided that rather than have Mears visit pit road, he would instead have him take the wave around, meaning the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS would return to the lead lap.(complete release)


MEARS AND THE GECKO TURN IN TOP-10 FINISH AT GEICO 500

Germain Racing completes all four 2014 restrictor-plate races with average finish of ninth

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Talladega, AL (October 19, 2014) – The October Talladega race has long been circled on Germain Racing’s calendar.  After much anticipation, the weekend finally arrived and Casey Mears looked strong when practice got underway for the GEICO 500, the final restrictor-plate race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  Aside from racing activities, Mears would participate in a host of events to promote the race, including autograph signings and an event where he presented the Golden Gecko Award to the most creatively decorated motorhome. 

Mears was 22nd in the weekend’s opening practice, but appeared strong as he charged to the front of the field during the session.  When final practice got started, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS took command and rested in the fifth position on the scoring tower when happy hour concluded late Friday afternoon. 

Qualifying was scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 4:40 PM (EDT), leaving the Germain Racing team to endure a long day before being able to claim their spot on the GEICO 500 starting grid.  Once it began, Mears and his GEICO Chevy were sporty and when the first round of qualifying was complete, they were second fastest and advanced to the next round.  In the second round, Mears was solidly in the top ten before a fellow driver dropped out of the draft leaving the No. 13 GEICO Chevy all alone.  An otherwise bizarre qualifying session, which saw many top drivers using a provisional to get in and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. missing the race altogether, would leave Mears 19th on Sunday’s starting grid.(complete release)


TIRE RUB THWARTS MEARS’ STRONG CHARLOTTE RUN

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Concord, NC (October 11, 2014) – Enjoying a rare weekend of racing near home, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the final time this season.  A well-rested Germain Racing team entered the garage on Thursday looking to make gains and find the speed necessary to be successful over 500-miles of racing.

The weekend got off to a challenging start when first practice on Thursday saw Casey Mears and the GEICO team post the 33rd fastest time.  Despite the setback, they were able to put what they learned to use for Thursday night’s qualifying session, improving their standing to 29th, where Mears would line up for Saturday’s Bank of America 500.  Friday featured two practice sessions, which once again found Mears and his crew at the rear of the field when they ended up 32nd and 34th in the respective sessions.  The team went to work on a plan that would increase the speed of the No. GEICO Chevrolet SS.

As the 7:30pm start grew closer on race day, the skies above Charlotte Motor Speedway became darker.  After two cells of heavy rain blanketed the 1.5-mile tri-oval, the damp weather cleared and track drying began.  As the 334-lap event got underway with little delay, Mears found the speed he needed and eyed the top 25 no sooner than he had crossed the start line with the green flag waving overhead..(complete release)