CHALLENGES FACED, LESSONS LEARNED FOR MEARS AND GEICO TEAM AT LOUDON

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Loudon, NH (July 13, 2014) – Just a week removed from a memorable visit to Daytona that saw Casey Mears and the GEICO team depart the rain-soaked event with a top-5 finish, the team arrived in New Hampshire for the Camping World RV Sales 301.  The weekend in Loudon, NH, would betray that of Daytona and leave Mears and Germain Racing ready for the upcoming off-week.

Beginning with the moment they unloaded the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS off of the hauler, the Germain Racing team found themselves challenged through three practices and a qualifying session.  After dealing with a clutch issue and flat tire in the opening practice on Friday – which saw them end up 38th in practice – they ended the qualifying session in the 31st position, leaving Mears with a cumbersome workload on Sunday. 

When the green flag turned the field loose for 318.46-miles of racing, Mears rolled off the grid 31st.  He quickly picked up two positions and moved his GEICO Chevy into the 29th position on the opening lap.  By lap 21, he was in the 19th position and ultimately ran as high as 17th before an issue with the car manifested itself later in the race.(complete release)


TOP-5 FINISH FOR MEARS AND THE GECKO AT DAYTONA

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Daytona Beach, FL (July 6, 2014) – A top-10 finish at February’s Daytona 500 had Casey Mears and his GEICO team looking forward to revisiting the famed superspeedway for the Coke Zero 400.  While three-wide racing is the usual suspect for frustration at Daytona, weather would wreak havoc and cause the cancelation of the final practice session, along with the second round of qualifying. Later, it would cause the postponement of Saturday night’s race.  Mears and company would overcome all obstacles and ultimately score a top-5 finish when the race concluded on Sunday.   

When Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS took to the track for practice on Thursday, they sped quickly around the high-banked facility, landing 11th on the speed charts when the session closed.  The Germain Racing team entered qualifying excited at the prospect of winning the Pole.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature planned otherwise and after Mears had advanced safely to the second round of qualifying, rain blanketed the speedway, leaving the second round canceled and relegating him to 22nd on the starting grid.

Rain once again involved itself on Saturday night and after torrential downpours left race officials hopeless, the Coke Zero 400 was postponed until Sunday morning at 11 AM (ET). 

Mears was ready to go racing and when the green flag finally got the race underway on Sunday, he looked like a caged animal that had been let loose.  (complete release)


NO SHOCKS, NO PROBLEM: MEARS COLLECTS TOP 20 FINISH AT KENTUCKY

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Sparta, KY (June 28, 2014) – As the summer picks up, so has Casey Mears and his GEICO team.  Coming off of a strong run in Sonoma where Mears finished 13th and earned the Sherwin-Williams Fast Lap of the Race award, the team was aiming for success at Kentucky Speedway.  Germain Racing has worked hard to improve their performance on intermediate tracks and Kentucky would aid in the cause. 

While first practice caused concern when the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was 31st on the board, crew chief Bootie Barker and the Germain Racing crew made changes that saw Mears catapult up the speed chart to 17th in Happy Hour.  He would later qualify 26th – just behind close friend Jimmie Johnson who was 25th – when he navigated the 1.5-mile oval in 29.440-seconds, at a speed of 183.424 miles per hour.  

Rain blanketed the Sparta area on race day, but despite heavy downpours, the green flag waved at its scheduled time.  When the Quaker State 400 got underway, Mears started 26th and made his way swiftly through the field, hustling the No. 13 GEICO Chevy into the top 20 by lap six.  Visibly fast, Mears was strong throughout the first green flag run. (complete release)