MEARS CAPS OFF BUSY WEEK WITH STRONG RUN AT THE MONSTER MILE

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Dover, DE (September 28, 2014) – After a solid run in New Hampshire, Casey Mears and the GEICO team headed to Dover, DE, armed with a battle plan for the track affectionately referred to as the Monster Mile.  First though, Mears and the Germain Racing crew would stop and visit with service members at Dover Air Force Base, where they took part in a C-17 orientation flight with the 436th Airlift Wing.  They found themselves experiencing in-air refueling of aircraft, cargo deployment and an assault landing.  Germain Racing would reciprocate when 20 members of the Air Force joined the team at the 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday. 

Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS got off to a quick start on Friday when they finished up 21st fastest in the weekend’s opening practice session.  He would later qualify 30th for Sunday’s race before rebounding with solid practices on Saturday. 

Bright sunshine and heat accompanied the anticipated action on the racetrack when the event got underway on Sunday afternoon.  Mears playfully commented over the radio during the parade laps that the “man upstairs put another log on the fire.”  He started from the 30th position when the green flag turned the field loose for 400-miles of racing. (complete release)


MEARS AND GERMAIN RACING REBOUND WITH STRONG RUN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Loudon, NH (September 21, 2014) – After tough races at Richmond and Chicago, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team aimed for redemption at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  While the track has caused Germain Racing headaches in past visits, this weekend saw the team rebound from their previous experiences.

Friday left the team hopeful after Mears landed the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 19th on the board in the weekend’s opening practice session.  He would later tour the Magic Mile in just 27.558-seconds during qualifying, which placed him 25th on the Sylvania 300 starting grid.

The weather forecast played cat and mouse with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series before surrendering and giving way to 303-laps of racing on Sunday afternoon.  Mears rolled off 25th when racing action began and during the lap 35 competition caution, crew chief Bootie Barker notified Mears that his lap times were good.  By lap 131, Mears had moved the No. 13 GEICO Chevy into the 17th position.  Later, when the yellow flag slowed the field on lap 211, Barker and Mears used strategy to gain track position and restarted in the second position when the race returned to green on lap 215.  Six laps later, when the caution flag reappeared, Mears was running in the seventh position, but needed to pit since he was off-sequence.  He would restart 16th and run solidly in the top-20 for the bulk of the afternoon.  The GEICO pit crew was efficient during pit stops, gaining Mears positions on many of his visits, which assisted in his ascent during the course of the race. (complete release)


MEARS AND THE GECKO ESCAPE WINDY CITY WITH 26TH PLACE FINISH

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Joliet, IL (September 14, 2014) – Chicago is a race that Casey Mears leaves circled on his calendar, and for good reason.  In 2006, the Bakersfield, CA, native scored his first NASCAR win in the Windy City before capturing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole there a year later in 2007.  Intermediate tracks have proved challenging for Germain Racing, but the team was hopeful that the trend would change.

While the opening practice saw Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS land 29th on the board, Saturday morning’s session found them bouncing back, jumping to 16th on the speed chart.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature got the best of the 1.5-mile speedway on Friday afternoon, as the track succumbed to heavy rain and left Sprint Cup Series qualifying canceled.  Consequently, Sunday’s starting field would be set according to the speeds in the weekend’s first practice session, relegating Mears to 29th on the starting grid.

When race day rolled around, inclement weather was an afterthought and only clear skies, bright sunshine and cool temperatures were present to welcome race fans.  Mears started 29th on Sunday and looked to make quick progress when the green flag turned the field loose for 267 laps of racing.  While the GEICO Chevy experienced some immediate movement that saw Mears jump three positions to 26th in the race’s first two laps, the car quickly betrayed him and the handling soon became a source of frustration.  He alerted crew chief Bootie Barker, “It worked real good for the first couple of laps, but then got tight in the center.”  Mears would hustle the No. 13 GEICO Chevy up to the 20th position before being forced down pit road for a scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 46.  Just a single lap after departing pit road, Mears reported, “It’s really, really tight.”(complete release)