DESPITE VIBRATION, MEARS ESCAPES BRISTOL WITH TOP-25 FINISH 

Player Management International Media Release

BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 21, 2016) – Bristol Motor Speedway is always known for intense short track racing, but this weekend’s race at the World’s Fastest Half Mile had another factor to deal with – Mother Nature. Not only did rain delay the green flag on Saturday night, weather postponed the majority of the event until Sunday afternoon. Once the 500-mile race returned to action under blue skies, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team fought an ill-handling Chevrolet. But despite these conditions, the team showed tremendous perseverance to bring home a 25th-place finish.

“It was a long couple of days with the rain,” said Mears after the race. “I’m proud of the GEICO Racing team for sticking with it and working to get the car better over the course of the race though. Unfortunately, we had a tire vibration there, which put us behind for the second half of the race when our car was much better. We just have to keep working and improving each week as a team.”

After a heavy rain shower postponed the start of the NRA Bass Pro Shops 500 to 9PM on Saturday evening, Mears strapped into the GEICO machine and rolled off from the 21st starting position. Quickly the veteran driver reported the front end of the No. 13 Chevrolet was hitting the racetrack. Unfortunately, after a short 48-laps, rain returned to the concrete oval and postponed the remaining 452 circuits until Sunday afternoon at 1PM.

With a case of deja vu, rain continued to plague the Tennessee short track and once again postponed the start time on Sunday afternoon. Once the showers passed through the mountains, racing action was able to resume, shortly after 4:45PM. As the competition caution waved on lap 85, Mears radioed the car was “loose in, loose off and tight in the center” while running in the 30th position.

Misfortune struck on lap 216 as Mears was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop for a tire vibration. After providing the GEICO Chevrolet with four fresh tires and fuel under green flag conditions, Mears returned to the track in the 35th position, four laps down. The team continued to fight to improve the handling for Mears and by lap 358, their efforts prevailed as the California native said his car was much better. With 100 laps remaining, Mears returned to the top-25 despite a “sideways loose” handling condition. Mears continued to hold the 25th position, which is where the GEICO Chevrolet crossed the finish line.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return to racing action at Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, August 28th. The green flag will wave shortly after 2:00 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Network will carry live television coverage. The Motor Radio Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, channel 90 will also provide live radio analysis of the 400-mile event.

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MEARS NETS 12TH PLACE FINISH AFTER FAST WEEKEND AT THE GLEN

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Watkins Glen, NY (August 7, 2016) – This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series made its annual visit to the Finger Lakes region of New York when the group arrived in Watkins Glen for the final road course race of the 2016 season.

Casey Mears settled in quickly and when Friday’s opening practice session came to a close, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS was third on the chart, an indication the Germain Racing team had speed heading into the race weekend.  When qualifying got underway on Saturday, Mears navigated the twists and turns of Watkins Glen International in a prompt 70.825-seconds, at a speed of 124.532-miles per house, earning him the 20th starting spot in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at the Glen.

The green flag turned the field loose in front of sold out grandstands on Sunday afternoon.  Mears and his GEICO Chevy were strong from the moment the race got underway.  He ran solidly at the front of the field in the opening 23 laps, but pit strategy would leave him back in the 30th position until the 90-lap event passed the halfway point.  The most dramatic part of the team’s day came on lap 54 when cars began crashing and the skillful Mears avoided peril by the narrowest of margins.  Over the team’s radio frequency, Mears said, “I have no idea how I made it through that.”  The crafty veteran managed to pedal through a carnage-ridden area of the racetrack with relative ease.

Crew Chief Bootie Barker’s strategy would ultimately payoff, as Mears and the GEICO Chevy found themselves in the top-5 on lap 57.  As the race began to wind down, the Bakersfield, CA, native continued his charge around the upstate New York racing circuit and when the checkered flag closed out 90-laps of door-to-door racing action, Mears had collected a 12th place finish.

“It was nice to have some speed and put the GEICO car up front,” Mears said.  “Everyone was solid today; the pit crew did a good job on pit road and Bootie’s strategy worked out well.  This is the type of day that we needed to have.  We’ve had some challenging races this year, so I am happy we were able to come here and turn in a strong day for GEICO and everyone at Germain Racing.  This is a great way to head into our last off-week of the season.  We are looking forward to the break so everyone can catch their breath and recharge.”

Germain Racing will now enjoy the final off-week of the 2016 season before returning to action at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Bristol Motor Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, August 19th, at 10:00 AM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 5:45 PM (ET).

The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is on Saturday, August 20th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 8:00 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

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CASEY MEARS 21ST AFTER WEATHER WINS AT POCONO

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Long Pond, PA (August 1, 2016) – While Long Pond, PA, is a favorite stop among the NASCAR community, the weather during its 2016 visits has proved challenging.  The Axalta 400 in June was pushed to a Monday and now the July event followed suit.  Casey Mears and the GEICO team experienced a quick start to the weekend after showing speed during practice on Friday, but Mother Nature proved herself as a formidable foe when race time arrived.

Mears was 18th fastest in the opening practice session and looked sporty in qualifying after he advanced to the second round and placed the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 20thon the Pennsylvania 400 starting grid.

Race day was more challenging, as rain blanketed the Long Pond area and was relentless in its effort to water down the racetrack.  Ultimately, the precipitation prevailed and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was forced to return to Pocono Racewayon Monday to settle the scheduled 160-laps and 400-miles.

When the race finally saw the green flag on Monday afternoon, a large crowd was on-hand to take in the action.  Mears and his GEICO Chevy rolled off of the grid from the 20th position, but would ultimately find themselves in the top-15 and top-10 during the race.  He would even briefly take over as the leader with just 34 laps remaining before heading to pit road for tires and fuel.  The Germain Racing pit crew was diligent in their work over the course of the afternoon and at one point garnered significant television exposure after gaining nine positions during a single stop.  Unfortunately, heavy fog would roll into the area, bringing out the red flag with just 22 laps to go in the event.  Following a lengthy delay, NASCAR would deem it a complete race and Mears and his GEICO team would be left with a 21st place finish.

“It was a long weekend, especially since we had to test Watkins Glen last week just after Indy and then fly straight to Pocono.  I appreciate all of the hard work by our Germain Racing guys,” Mears said.  “The GEICO Chevy had some speed this weekend and we ran strong during the race, but the weather ended up causing the race to get called, leaving us with a 21st place finish, which isn’t the result we deserved.  It’s hard to accept, but we will head to Watkins Glen and focus on a strong run up there.”

Next up for Germain Racing is a trip to Watkins Glen, NY, for the season’s second and final road course race on the schedule.  Just last week, Mears and the GEICO team experienced a successful two-day test at the newly paved 2.45-mile racing circuit.

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Watkins Glen International for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, August 5th, at 12:30 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday at 12:15 PM (ET).

The Cheez-It 355 at the Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, August 7th, and it will be televised live on the USA network beginning at 2:30 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