GERMAIN RACING DEPARTS RICHMOND WITH 29TH PLACE FINISH

Player Management International Media Release

Richmond, VA (April 24, 2016) – Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team arrived in Richmond, VA, fresh off of two solid runs and a new sponsor announcement that saw Duracell climb aboard their No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for the 2016 season.  While they looked to turn in another strong performance, Richmond International Raceway would put up resistance and send the team home with a 29th place finish.

“We struggled all day and just couldn’t get the car where we needed it to be,” Mears said.  “It’s been a tough year so far, but not from a lack of effort.  We’re hoping we can get it turned around next week at Talladega, where we’ve always been strong.  It’s also the GEICO 500, so everyone’s excited to get there and get the No. 13 GEICO Chevy on-track.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hit the track on Friday, but so did Mother Nature, causing the cancellation of qualifying after heavy rain blanketed the ¾-mile oval.  Mears and his GEICO Chevy would be forced to start from the 25th position when the ninth race of the 2016 season went green on Sunday afternoon.

When the racing action got underway on Sunday, Mears quickly encountered a handling issue that would plague him for most of the afternoon.  After going a lap down to the leaders, he would hustle throughout the day and work his way back onto the lead lap by lap 364.  After a long day of racing, Mears and Germain Racing would be credited with a 29th place finish.

Mears and Germain Racing will now head to Talladega Superspeedway where they will take part in their sponsor’s namesake race, the GEICO 500.

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Talladega Superspeedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, April 29th, at 2:30 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday, April 30th, at 12:30 PM (ET).

The GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 1st, 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.

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

DURACELL TO POWER GERMAIN RACING IN THE 2016 SEASON

Player Management International Media Release

Mooresville, NC (April 21, 2016) – Germain Racing is excited to announce that battery market leader Duracell has signed on to become an associate sponsor of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and driver Casey Mears in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  Duracell will be a full-season associate sponsor and will appear on the car beginning this weekend at Richmond International Raceway.

“Duracell is a leader in their industry and we’re excited to have them on-board and look forward to working with them to help build their brand through NASCAR,” team owner Bob Germain said.  “We’ve worked hard to develop our Sprint Cup Series program over the last eight years and adding a company like Duracell only serves to assist in our growth.  We’re also proud to have two Berkshire Hathaway companies as partners and I think it says a lot about the progress we’ve made.  We appreciate the relationship with Duracell and are thankful for their support.”

Germain Racing entered the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with a host of sponsor commitments.  Most notably was a three-year extension from primary sponsor GEICO that will see the Gecko on the hood of the No. 13 entry through at least the end of the 2018 season.  Now, Duracell will ride along with Mears on the B-post of the GEICO Chevy and will appear on the decklid during the races where the GEICO Military livery adorns the racecar.  GEICO and Duracell are both members of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies.

Duracell has a long history with the military and is looking to continue to build upon their relationship through their partnership with Germain Racing and GEICO Military.  The trio will be hosting service members at the racetrack during race weekends, while also featuring the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS showcar at various military exchange and commissary locations.

“Duracell is extremely excited about partnering with Germain Racing to raise awareness of the sacrifices our military men and women undergo on a daily basis. This is another great opportunity to bring honor to our country’s soldiers,” said Jeff Jarrett, SVP of Marketing for Duracell. “Our history is rooted in the military – providing batteries that powered walkie-talkie’s used in military operations during WWII.  Just as then, Duracell is trusted to deliver long-lasting power when needed most.”

“Adding Duracell as a sponsor is exciting news and the opportunity to deepen our work with the military is something we all look forward to,” said Mears, who drove a National Guard Chevrolet to victory lane at the Coca-Cola 600 in 2007.  “Duracell is the most recognized and trusted battery brand by consumers and I’m honored to be able to represent them on the racetrack.”

About Duracell

Started in the 1920’s, the Duracell brand and company was recently acquired by the Berkshire Hathaway Company (NYSE-BRK) and has grown to be the leader in the single-use battery market in North America.  Its iconic brand is known the world over. Our products are trusted in the devices that keep people connected, protect their families, entertain them, and simplify their increasingly mobile lifestyles.  Berkshire Hathaway is a $210B holding company owning subsidiaries that engage in diverse business activities. Visit www.duracell.com for more information; follow us on Twitter.com/Duracell and like us on Facebook.com/Duracell.

Germain Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, NC.  For information on the team and team sponsors, please visit www.GermainRacing.comor follow the team on Twitter @GermainRacing.

MEARS 24TH AT BRISTOL DESPITE DAMAGE FROM LATE-RACE CONTACT

Player Management International Media Release

BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 17, 2016) – Bristol Motor Speedway, proclaimed as the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, is a short-track that drivers either love or love to hate, as the high banks can cause havoc and tempers to flare at a moment’s notice. As the Sprint Cup Series entered the race weekend in the Tennessee Mountains, Casey Mears and his Germain Racing team were optimistic.

After consistently running inside the top-20 for the first half of the 500-lap race, Mears received contact from a fellow competitor on lap 340, sending the GEICO Chevrolet spinning down the embankment, where he made a masterful save and avoided oncoming racecars. Despite the unseen damage underneath the car hindering the handling in the final stages, Mears crossed the finish line in the 24th position.

“We battled really hard today,” said Mears after the 500-lap race. “I felt our GEICO Chevrolet was pretty good all weekend leading up to the race and then especially on that first run. It’s frustrating because we deserved a better finish but after that spin, something was off with the car; whether it was the tow or another issue, we will figure it out once we are back at the shop. We never gave up though which is a credit to this team. I’m looking forward to hitting the track in Richmond.”

Mears qualified in the 16th position and quickly moved the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet up three spots into 13th-place within the opening 15 laps on Sunday afternoon. As the first caution flew on lap 53, Mears found himself in the 12th position. The Bakersfield, California native would consistently run inside the top-15 for the initial 95 laps.

The handling began to fade by lap 117, when Mears radioed the car was “bouncing like a pogo stick” while still running directly outside the top-20. With the ability to play strategy on pit road, crew chief Bootie Barker called his driver to pit road for left side tires only, allowing Mears to restart 13th on lap 194. The strategic call allowed Mears to stay inside the top-20, although tightening up the handling on the GEICO machine.

Misfortune arrived on lap 340, as Mears received contact from another competitor, sending the GEICO Chevrolet spinning down the 24-degree embankment. However, the veteran driver made a dirt-tracking slide save to forego making contact with the walls or fellow cars. “I’m glad we aren’t torn up too bad and still have time to get back up there,” radioed Mears before returning to racing action from the 27th position. Despite not seeing any cosmetic damage, Mears felt something off underneath the car as the subsequent green flag run continued. The Germain Racing team battled through the final 100 laps and Mears was able to cross the finish line just behind his close friend Jimmie Johnson, in the 24th position.

The Sprint Cup Series now heads to Richmond International Raceway in Virginia for another short track racing event. Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track on Friday, April 22nd for opening practice at 11:00AM ET.  Qualifying will follow at 4:15PM ET.

The 400-lap race will take place on Sunday, April 24th, with FOX carrying live television coverage beginning at 1PM ET. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio channel 90 will also have the live radio broadcast.

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 Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com