MEARS’ RUN IN THE FAST LANE AT THE GLEN DERAILED BY WHEEL AND FUEL ISSUE

Player Management International Media Release

Watkins Glen, NY (August 5, 2017) – Casey Mears and the Biagi-DenBeste Racing team headed to the Finger Lakes Region of New York this weekend for the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ first road course race of the season.  Mears has always experienced success at road course events and he eagerly anticipated the opportunity to get on the track at Watkins Glen International.

Mears and his No. 98 GEICO Military Ford Mustang were 16th in the opening practice session on Friday.  On Saturday, the Bakersfield, CA, native wheeled around The Glen in a prompt 72.753-seconds at a speed of 121.232-miles per hour, landing him 17th on Saturday’s starting grid.

When the green flag turned the field loose for 82-laps of racing on Saturday, Mears took off from the 17th starting position, but immediately charged forward.  He broke into the top-15 by lap two and continued hustling the No. 98 GEICO Military Ford to the front.  Mears was up to eighth by lap 24 and feeling optimistic, but it would be just after the mid-way point of the race when things took a challenging turn.

On lap 45, Mears reported that the No. 98 GEICO Military car had a loose wheel, sending him scrambling to pit road under green to rectify the issue, surrendering precious track position.  After receiving four fresh tires, he returned to the racing surface and quickly gathered up lost real estate.  Pitting during green flag conditions meant that Mears would rejoin the race in the 30th position.  Despite the setback, the speedy veteran made quick work of the field and found himself back in the top-20, running in the 19th position, on lap 60.

Mears had wheeled the GEICO Military Ford up to 17th with just 10 laps remaining and appeared poised for a top-15 finish after overcoming the loose wheel issue.  Unfortunately, just four laps later, a surprised Mears radioed that he was out of gas.  This would prove insurmountable, as the race was approaching the closing laps.  Mears received a push to pit road where the Biagi-DenBeste Racing pit crew refueled the GEICO Military Ford and sent him back out for the race’s final restart of the day.  While he restarted 27th with just three laps to go in the race, Mears managed to hustle the GEICO Military Ford up to 25th in the final two laps and score a top-25 finish.

“That was a tough one to take because the GEICO Military Ford was fast and we really had a top-8 or top-10 car,” Mears said after the race.  “The Biagi-DenBeste guys gave me a good car and we definitely should’ve been there at the end, so it’s heartbreaking.  I’m looking forward to getting on the track at Mid-Ohio next weekend and having some more fun on a road course.”

Casey Mears and the No. 98 GEICO Military Ford Mustang will hit the track at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, August 11th, at 2:00 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday at noon (ET).

The Mid-Ohio Challenge NASCAR Xfinity Series race is on Saturday, August 12th, and it will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 3:30 PM (ET).  The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

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MEARS AND GEICO MILITARY TEAM MARCH TO TOP-15 FINISH AT KENTUCKY

Player Management International Media Release 

SPARTA, Ky. (July 8, 2017) – Each and every race weekend, drivers and teams are in control of many variables that will impact their performance, but there is always one element that is out of any person’s control – the weather. And Mother Nature decided to roar her ugly head on Friday evening for the second consecutive week, only an hour before the scheduled start of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Due to the magnitude of the severe storms in the Sparta region, NASCAR was forced to postpone the 200-lap event until Saturday afternoon.

Under clear and sunny skies, Casey Mears and his Biagi-DenBeste Racing team were ready for battle on Saturday. Rolling from the 25th position, Mears quickly used his veteran skills to miss a multi-car crash on the initial green flag start. With cars spinning directly in front of the nose of the GEICO Military Ford, Mears dodged the accident and only received minor damage to his grill. After pitting for repairs, the seasoned driver restarted from 33rd-place. Within one lap, Mears gained five spots and in just five laps later, the No. 98 machine held the 24th position.

When the scheduled competition caution slowed the pace on lap 26, Mears ran in the 22nd position – a gain of 11 spots in as many circuits. The California-native reported his GEICO Military Ford was “way too loose” as Stage 1 was coming to close, but despite this handling condition, Mears ran in 18th-place on lap 45. During the stage break, crew chief Jon Hanson called Mears to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to help the loose feeling. Once back under green, Mears continued to run inside the top-15 and by lap 100, the No. 98 Mustang took over the 13th position.

Over the final 100 laps, the GEICO Military Ford continued to be troubled by the loose handling ailment, even though the No. 98 team took every opportunity to make adjustments. “Loose everywhere” was the common chatter on the radio and with 30 laps to go, Mears found himself in 18th-place. In the closing laps, Mears drove the GEICO Military Ford back into the top-15 and crossed the finish line in the 15th position. This is the pairing’s third top-15 effort of their limited 2017 Xfinity Series schedule.

“It was nice to get out of there with a top-15 finish today,” Mears said.  “The Biagi-DenBeste crew worked hard on the car all day and I was able to gradually get to the front.  I was fortunate to miss that first crash at the green flag, which was a little scary since it happened right at the start/finish line.  We’ve been able to rack up some top-15 finishes with the GEICO Military team and we will keep making progress as the season moves along.”

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MEARS OVERCOMES BACKUP CAR TO FINISH 21ST AT CHARLOTTE

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Concord, NC (May 27, 2017) – Whenever Casey Mears enters the infield at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he is quickly reminded of his 2007 Coca-Cola 600 win. He piloted the No. 25 National Guard car to Victory Lane for Hendrick Motorsports on Memorial Day weekend and his relationship with the military continues to run deep. Mears was elated when GEICO announced in February that they would feature the GEICO Military paint scheme on the No. 98 Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford Mustang. The Charlotte weekend is always special to him and 2017 would elicit those same emotions.

Mears and his GEICO Military team got to work when the NASCAR Xfinity Series took to the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday. A home game of sorts, the teams and drivers are afforded the opportunity to slumber in their own beds during the final week of May.

Mears and the No. 98 GEICO Military Ford Mustang appeared to have speed when practice got underway. Unfortunately, the Bakersfield, CA, native would experience a failure in the right front of his racecar that sent him hard into the outside wall. The heavy contact caused significant damage, resulting in the Biagi-DenBeste Racing team bringing out the backup car. The team hustled to get the GEICO Military Ford ready, but Mears was faced with a formidable challenge when he arrived at the speedway for qualifying. Despite the setback in practice, he managed to secure a 25th place starting position in Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300.

When the NASCAR Xfinity Series took the green flag on Saturday afternoon in front of a passionate crowd, Mears looked to remain patient and gather positions as the day wore on. With 200-laps and 300-miles of scheduled racing, the GEICO Military Ford would be afforded time to make progress. He battled an ill-handling racecar, but the Biagi-DenBeste pit crew made adjustments during pit stops to assist in his effort. Mears broke into the top-20 and as the laps continued to count down, he managed to hold his position. 12 caution flags slowed the field over the course of the afternoon, but Mears managed to keep his No. 98 GEICO Military Ford out of trouble and score a solid 21st place, lead lap finish.

“It was a long day, but we managed to salvage a decent finish in the GEICO Military Ford,” Mears said after the race. “We obviously had the problem in practice, forcing us to go to our backup car. I’m proud of the effort that our Biagi-DenBeste guys put in to get the GEICO Military Ford ready for the race today. We fought handling issues all day, but the team made great decisions when it counted. I thought we did the best we could with what we had. Now we have to start focusing on putting together our car in order to be ready for Pocono.”

Casey Mears and the Biagi-DenBeste Racing team will hit the track at Pocono Raceway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, June 9th, at 1:00 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow on Saturday at 9:35 AM (ET).

The Pocono Green 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race is on Saturday, June 10th, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 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.

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To learn more about Biagi-DenBeste Racing, please visit: www.biagidenbesteracing.com