RESILIENT MEARS HUSTLES TO 24TH AT THE HISTORIC BRICKYARD

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Indianapolis, IN (July 24, 2016) – Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a special place to Casey Mears and his family.  Aside from being the most celebrated facility in auto racing, the Mears Gang has celebrated significant success at the famed racetrack.  Casey’s uncle, Rick Mears, has collected four Indianapolis 500 wins, while Casey himself held the track record for nearly ten years after taking the pole there in 2004.

The weekend started off in quick fashion when the younger Mears took the Gecko on a quick tour of the legendary raceway, putting them third on the scoring tower at the close of the opening practice session.  Unfortunately, qualifying would betray the aforementioned practice result and Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS would be forced to begin their journey from the 34th position when the race went green amid heavy heat and humidity on Sunday.

Starting from 34th, Mears would have his work cut out for him, especially as long green flag runs would force teams to make multiple green flag pit stops throughout the afternoon.  He would battle an ill-handling racecar early in the event, but the Germain Racing crew worked hard to make proper adjustments and, as the race wore on, the handling of the GEICO Chevy improved and Mears found himself more easily pedaling around the 2.5-mile speedway.  Picking off positions one-by-one, while the Germain Racing pit crew acted efficiently on pit road, Mears was able to make up ground and by the time the checkered flag closed out a wild day of racing in Indianapolis, he had collected ten spots and hustled to a 24th place finish.

“It was a tough one out there today for sure, but we kept working hard and making adjustments to the GEICO Chevy and were able to make it better,” Mears said.  “The heat and humidity were formidable foes today, but that’s why I train so hard and keep my body in shape and ready to go.  It’s obviously not the finish we want, but I’m proud of the guys on this Germain team and we will keep our heads down, continue to work hard and now focus on a great weekend at Pocono.”

Mears and the Germain Racing team will now make their way to the Pocono Mountains to do battle at the Tricky Triangle, but not before a two-day stop at Watkins Glen International on Tuesday and Wednesday for a test session that will prepare them for the upcoming Cheez-It 355 at The Glen.

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Pocono Raceway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, July 29th, at 11:00 AM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 4:15 PM (ET).

The Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, July 31st, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 1:30 PM (ET).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

To learn more about Duracell, please visit: www.duracell.com

CRACKED BRAKE ROTORS LEAVE MEARS AND GERMAIN RACING 30TH AT KENTUCKY

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Sparta, KY (July 9, 2016) – A week ago in Daytona, Casey Mears and the GEICO team ran in the top-five the bulk of the evening and ended up 12th after Tony Stewart collected him in a crash with just 12-laps to go in the race.  Kentucky would not go as well, as the Germain Racing team would end up 30th after broken brake rotors sent the team to the garage for repairs on two occasions.

Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS would roll off of the Quaker State 400 starting grid from the 28th position after qualifying was canceled on Saturday.  When the green flag turned the field loose on Saturday night, Mears began experiencing brake issues on lap three, as he lost a handful of positions and dropped to 34th.  When the first caution of the evening came out on lap 10, Mears reported that his brakes had a grinding vibration and that his brake pedal was going halfway to the floor.

Mears would head behind the wall on lap 30 after the Germain pit crew discovered a severely cracked left rear brake rotor during their stop under caution.  They would act quickly and have the GEICO Chevy back on the track on lap 37, just seven laps in arrears.  Unfortunately, the issue would reappear and he would need to make another trip to the garage on lap 89, this time to repair a cracked right rear brake rotor.  He returned to the racing surface with 165-laps to go, 16-laps down and in the 36th position.

Mears continued to hustle his way around Kentucky Speedway and when the checkered flag waved after 267-laps of racing, he managed to record a 30th place finish.

“This is a tough one to swallow because we could’ve had a good finish in the GEICO Chevy tonight, but ended up behind the wall fixing our brakes,” Mears said.  “We need to get back to the shop and figure out what happened and go from there.”

Germain Racing will now pack up Mears’ GEICO Chevy and head north to the New England area to race at the Magic Mile.

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, July 15th, at 11:30 AM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 4:45 PM (ET).

The New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, July 17th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 1:30 PM (ET).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

To learn more about Duracell, please visit: www.duracell.com

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com

HARD CHARGING MEARS COLLECTS TOP-12 FINISH AT DAYTONA

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Daytona Beach, FL (July 2, 2016) – Daytona International Speedway is a facility that Casey Mears and Germain Racing always look forward to visiting.  This Fourth of July weekend, they invaded the 2.5-mile, high-banked superspeedway with the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS.  They aimed to turn in a strong finish under the lights on Saturday night when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took to the track for 160-laps and 400-miles of racing action.

After starting 20th in the Coke Zero 400, Mears and his GEICO Military Chevy ran at the front of the field nearly the entire evening.  While both the television crew on NBC and the radio announcers on Motor Racing Network boasted of Mears’ success throughout the race, the Bakersfield, CA, native charged to the front and, on lap 66, found himself as the leader for two laps.  He ran solidly in the top five and had the No. 13 GEICO Military Chevy in the third position with fewer than 20 laps left in the event.

With just 12 laps remaining, he was in the seventh position when Tony Stewart lost control of his car and collected Mears in a crash.  Stewart later apologized, but for now there was work to be done.  The Germain Racing pit crew acted quickly and patched up the front-end damage that threatened the car aerodynamically on a track where it is critical.  The crew’s skillful work on pit road allowed Mears and the GEICO Military Chevy to return to the race in the 22nd position when the race went green with only six laps left to contest.

He collected three positions and was up to 19th before the caution flag quickly reappeared after a crash on the restart lap, with five laps to go.  As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field headed into overtime, leaving only two laps to recapture lost ground, Mears craftily made his way around the legendary speedway gathering positions in bulk.  After facing near-certain peril with only 12 laps to go in the race, Mears and the GEICO Military team rallied, recovered and brought home a 12th place finish when the checkered flag closed out an exciting evening of racing in Daytona.  This is Germain Racing’s second top-15 finish of the 2016 season.

“We needed a run like that tonight.  I had a lot of fun running up front all night in the GEICO Military Chevy and we had the speed to be there at the end and go for the win,” Mears said after climbing from his car on pit road.  “I’m so proud of our guys and how they came together to get the car fixed after we got caught up in that crash with the 14 (Tony Stewart).  I’m not sure what happened there; it looked like he just lost it.  It was great to recover and finish 12th, but I think I could’ve actually picked up more spots, but I couldn’t push the 16 (Greg Biffle) because he was missing his rear bumper.”  He continued, “This Germain Racing team does such a great job on our restrictor-plate program and I’m glad we were able to come here tonight and have the type of run we deserve.  I appreciate everyone’s hard work.”

The Bluegrass state is up next for Mears and the GEICO team.

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Kentucky Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Thursday, July 7th, at 2:30 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow on Friday, July 8th, at 6:45 PM (ET).

The Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, July 9th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 7:30 PM (ET).  The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.

To learn more about the GEICO Racing program, please visit: www.caseymearsracing.com

You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing

To learn more about Duracell, please visit: www.duracell.com

To learn more about Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com