TIRE FAILURE NO MATCH FOR PERSISTENT MEARS; BATTLES TO 21ST AT MARTINSVILLE

Player Management International Media Release

RIDGEWAY, Va. (October 30, 2016) – After Casey Mears fell victim to a crash at Talladega Superspeedway a week ago, the Germain Racing team was optimistic heading to Martinsville Speedway. Statistically, over the last few seasons, the shortest track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule has been one of Mears and Germain Racing’s best tracks; and the team looked to capitalize on their past success at the .526-mile paperclip-shaped track. After knocking on the door of the top-10, Mears suffered a flat right front tire, forcing the GEICO Chevrolet to pit road under green. Despite the tire failure and a broken sway bar as a result of the blown tire, Mears battled to cross the finish the line in the 21st position.

Under sunny skies and the warmest temperatures in years for the fall event at the Virginia short track, Mears took off from the 26th starting position and quickly embarked on his journey through the field. Within the opening 30 laps, he entered the top-20 and by lap 48, the veteran driver arrived in the top-15. Even though the GEICO Chevrolet was “loose on entry,” Mears continued his march forward and passed Tony Stewart to take over the 14th position on lap 55. During the middle portion of the 500-lap event, the No. 13 continued to consistently run inside the top-20 while long green flag runs ensued.

Unfortunately, misfortune would strike on lap 308, as the right front tire on the GEICO Chevrolet would fail, causing Mears to pit under green flag conditions. In addition, when the tire failed, the sway bar broke, causing the splitter to hit the ground abruptly on each subsequent lap. The fifth and final caution slowed the pace on lap 358, allowing Mears to return to pit road. The Germain pit crew provided him with fresh tires, fuel and a packer adjustment to help alleviate the issues, since the sway bar could not be fixed without going behind the wall for repairs.

Despite the final 113 laps being uncharacteristically caution-free and Mears continuing his drive with a broken sway bar, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet crossed the finish line in the 21st position.

“Our GEICO Chevrolet was a little off early in runs, but once we got going, the car definitely got better,” said Mears. “It’s unfortunate we had that tire go down and broke the sway bar as a result, because we were running strong all day up until that point. We kept pushing through the issues though and were able to come home with a solid finish considering what we were up against. We will head to Texas and try to finish the year out strong.”

With three races remaining in the 2016 season, the Sprint Cup Series now heads to the Lone Star State for racing in Fort Worth, Texas. Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, November 4th for opening practice at12:30PM ET. Qualifying will follow at 6:45PM ET.

The AAA Texas 500 will take place on Sunday, November 6th, with NBC carrying live television coverage beginning at 2PM ET. The Performance Racing Network (PRN) 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 Duracell, please visit: www.duracell.com

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

MEARS COLLECTED IN CRASH AFTER RUNNING UP FRONT AT TALLADEGA

Player Management International Media Release

Talladega, AL (October 23, 2016) – Casey Mears is one of the most talented restrictor-plate racers in the sport of NASCAR, as evidenced by his prior results at both Daytona and Talladega.  As the GEICO driver entered Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the season’s fourth and final plate race, his strategy was to get to the front and have an opportunity to race for the win in the closing laps.  All was well until lap 115 saw Mears fall victim to crashing racecars, which ultimately landed him in the garage after an early exit from the 188-lap event.

When the weekend’s opening practice got underway on Friday, Mears settled in quickly, placing his GEICO Chevy 12th on the scoring tower by the close of the session.  A fully confident Germain Racing chose to pass on their participation in final practice and instead set their sights on qualifying, along with Sunday’s race.

On Sunday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field was greeted by blue skies, bright sunshine and grandstands packed with fans.  Mears started the Hellmann’s 500 from the 28th position, but immediately began making his way through the field.  He promptly navigated the No. 13 GEICO Chevy into the top-10 and set his sights on the leader.  Mears kept his GEICO machine out of trouble and exercised patience as the race passed the halfway point.  He remained in contention and his spotter, Ron Lewis, offered frequent updates as the laps wound down.

Unfortunately, on lap 115, Greg Biffle tangled with the No. 83 car of Jeffery Earnhardt, sending him hard into Mears’ GEICO Chevy before causing all three cars to make heavy contact with the inside wall.  Mears absorbed the brunt of the crash, but other than a foot that got caught under the clutch and a broken heart, he walked away unscathed.  Mears ended up as collateral damage and would be relegated to an undeserved 39th place finish.

“Talladega can either make you very happy or very mad and today we came out on the backside of that,” Mears said.  “The GEICO Chevy was fast and I was able to drive to the front, so I really felt like as long as we stayed clean that we would have a chance to win this thing.  We’ve been in that position before both here and at Daytona and felt like we would’ve had the same opportunity today.  I was just riding along and the next thing I knew, I was hitting the inside wall and being sent to the garage.  I feel bad for everyone on this Germain team because we work so hard on our plate program and this was not the outcome we expected.”

Short-track racing is next up on the menu for Germain Racing.  Beating and banging will be plentiful when the No. 13 team makes its way to the ½-mile paperclip-shaped oval in Martinsville, VA, next weekend.

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Martinsville Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Friday, October 28th, at 11:00 AM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 4:40 PM (ET).

The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 30tht, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports Network 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

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

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

RESILIENT MEARS ENDS UP 23rd AT KANSAS

Player Management International Media Release

Kansas City, KS (October 16, 2016) – After a challenging weekend at Charlotte, Germain Racing was determined to have a solid run at Kansas Speedway and get back on-track for a strong finish to the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The Hollywood Casino 400 was the perfect opportunity for Casey Mears and company, as they departed the 1.5-mile facility with a favorable result earlier in the year. After struggling during qualifying and ending up 29th, the team made positive strides in the weekend’s final two practice sessions.

While Mears would find himself at odds with a poor handling car when Sunday’s race got underway, he and the crew communicated clearly to determine needed adjustments for the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS. The changes were impactful, as Mears was able to make a considerably stronger run after the first pit stop on lap 27. From there, the Bakersfield, CA, native was able to more easily maneuver through the field, even briefly leading the race before making a scheduled green flag pit stop after 95 of the event’s 267-laps.

The race’s eight cautions played in Germain Racing’s favor, with the fifth being the most critical. Mears was awarded the free pass, which allowed the GEICO Chevy to return to the lead lap after having been two laps down.  The persistent team found themselves in the 21st position when the race returned to green. Mears continued to make progress after the caution, returning to the top-20 on lap 213.

Unfortunately, on lap 214, the GEICO Chevy lightly scraped the outside wall. While Mears was able to spare the car of any significant damage, it impacted the handling for the rest of the race. Despite battling handling issues, a resilient Mears was able to hustle to a 23rdplace, lead lap finish when the checkered flag closed out 400-miles of racing at Kansas Speedway.

“It’s been a rough year for us, but today was all right.  The GEICO Chevy was good at times and we were able to finish on the lead lap and get a decent result,” Mears said. “Nothing was stellar, but at least nothing went wrong, so that was good.  We’re looking to forward to getting to Talladega this week. We’ve always had a solid restrictor-plate program and we go to these tracks looking to win.  We will be strong this weekend and we hope to put the GEICO Chevy in victory lane.”

Germain Racing now eyes the fourth and final restrictor-plate race of the year, as they return to the high-banked, 2.66-mile superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama.

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, October 21st, at 2:00 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow on Saturday at 4:00 PM (ET).

The Alabama 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, October 23rd, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 2:00 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

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

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