MOTHER NATURE, LONG GREEN FLAG RUN BETRAY MEARS AT DOVER

Player Management International Media Release

Dover, DE (October 2, 2016) – Germain Racing had Dover circled on their calendar after being collected in an 18-car crash with just 46-laps to go in the race during their visit to the Monster Mile in May.  Casey Mears longed for his return to the high-banked racetrack in hopes of seeking redemption after he departed the facility heartbroken in the spring.

Much as they did during the May visit, the GEICO team battled Mother Nature this weekend and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying would again be canceled as rain enveloped the Dover area on Friday.  The field was set according to owner points and Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS would start 29th in Sunday’s race.

When the green flag got the Citizen Soldier 400 underway on Sunday, Mears and the GEICO Chevy quickly gathered up positions and made forward progress.  Unfortunately, Mears would begin battling an ill-handling racecar on just lap-10.  While the car proved to be a handful, the Bakersfield, CA, native continued to hustle his way around the high-speed one-mile oval, clocking lap times consistent with the front of the field.

His emotions from May would not differ much after today’s race, where only six cars finished on the lead lap and a challenging 200-lap green flag run left Mears struggling as he attempted to wheel an irritable racecar for most of the afternoon.  The Germain Racing team battled hard and, despite the circumstances, would score a 26th place finish and depart the state of Delaware with the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS intact.

“We had a tough day and the GEICO Chevy was a handful,” Mears said.  “Qualifying being rained out on Friday really set us back because it’s hard to start 29th at this place and get to the front, and the long green flag run certainly didn’t help us either.”  He continued, “We’re looking forward to Charlotte next week.  Everyone gets to stay at home, which will allow the guys to relax and we will show up on Thursday feeling refreshed.”

Germain Racing will enjoy next weekend at home when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the weekend’s opening practice session on Thursday, October 6th, at 1:30 PM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 7:20 PM (ET).

The Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Saturday, October 8th, and it will be televised live on NBC beginning at 7:00 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 Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com

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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MEARS HAS SPEED AT LOUDON; FINISHES A DECEIVING 27TH

Player Management International Media Release

LOUDON, N.H. (September 25, 2016) – As Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team returned to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the second and final time of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, a case of déjà vu plagued the No. 13 Chevrolet. Earlier this July, during the first race at the one-mile oval, Mears faced an ill-handling car and was relegated to a 27th-place finish. While yesterday’s story was different and featured better overall speed, a lengthy green flag run for the opening 125 laps presented a challenge at a track where passing is at a premium. When the checkered flag waved, the team found themselves in the same finishing position, as Mears took the checkered flag in the 27th position.

Starting from 31st-place, Mears quickly passed four competitors in the opening 10 laps to take over the 27th position; but by lap 35, the handling started to dissipate. The veteran driver reported the GEICO Chevrolet was loose on entry and exit and tight in the center. Crew Chief Bootie Barker encouraged Mears to “keep doing what you’re doing, man. Your lap times are good.” Mears worked his way up to seventh-place before being called to pit road under green for four tires, fuel, and minor adjustments, placing him in the 28th position after the field cycled through the scheduled stops.

The long green flag run ensued, until lap 124 when the first caution slowed the pace with Mears in the 27th position. When the leaders came to pit road, the GEICO Racing machine took the wave around to regain a lap on the track. During the middle portion of the 300-lap race, the team continued to work on the handling of the GEICO Chevrolet, with Mears clocking lap times as fast as the top-12 competitors.

With ten laps remaining, the sixth and final caution was displayed for a multi-car accident directly in front of Mears and the nose of the No. 13 machine. Using his impressive driving skills, the California native missed the spinning No. 17 car and kept the GEICO Chevrolet damage-free.  Once the debris was picked up, the field restarted with six laps to go, with Mears scored in the 30th position. In the closing laps, Mears made a mad dash and picked up three positions to cross the finish line in 27th-place.

“We were pretty good today and we were running top-15 lap times in the GEICO Chevy, but we just needed to be up there,” Mears said.  “The crew was solid throughout the weekend and we made a lot of changes and were able to find some speed.  We’re looking forward to getting to Dover since it is so close to the GEICO corporate office.  It’s always fun to host a lot of GEICO folks and I always enjoy my time with them. We appreciate all of their support.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Dover International Speedway for the running of the Citizen Soldier 400. Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet will hit the track on Friday, September 30th for opening practice at 10:00AM ET. Qualifying will follow at 3:40PM ET.

The green flag will wave shortly after 2:00PM ET on Sunday, October 2nd, with NBC Sports Network carrying live television coverage. Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio channel 90 will 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 Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com

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

THE WINDY CITY PROVES UNKIND TO MEARS AND GERMAIN RACING

Player Management International Media Release

Joliet, IL (September 18, 2016) – Casey Mears and Germain Racing arrived at Chicagoland Speedway looking to continue their string of solid runs as the season begins to wind down.  Weather would first wreak havoc with their plan when rain forced the cancelation of qualifying on Friday afternoon.  With the field being set according to Owner Points, Mears and his No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS would be forced to start Sunday’s race from the 29th position.

When the rain cleared, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was permitted three practice sessions where Mears and company demonstrated incremental improvement and finished up the day 20th on the board in final practice on Saturday.  Their focus quickly shifted to the 400-mile event slated for Sunday.

When race day arrived, bright sunshine and a large crowd welcomed the drivers to the starting grid.  Staring 29th, Mears and his GEICO Chevy made quick progress when the green flag turned the field loose for 267-laps of racing.  He promptly gathered up eight positions in just the opening four laps, putting him in 21st place and knocking on the door of the top-20.  Unfortunately, the racecar would betray him just a few laps later, as it started plowing and leaving the GEICO driver feeling as if he was on ice.  He would be forced to deal with this situation for the bulk of the afternoon.

As Mears became increasingly frustrated with the car during his team radio transmissions, things were further complicated when he was assessed a questionable speeding penalty during his scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 103.  Mears would be just one of a handful of drivers left scratching their heads by speeding penalties, including his good friend, Jimmie Johnson.  This setback proved challenging and the GEICO team spent the balance of the day attempting to regain lost ground while also dealing with an irritable racecar.

When the checkered flag brought a full day of racing to a halt, Mears and the Germain Racing team were relegated to a 34th place finish.

“That was painful, a long day, to say the least,” Mears said.  “We couldn’t get the GEICO Chevy to do what we needed it to do and the speeding penalty only complicated our efforts.  We’re looking forward to Monday and getting focused on Loudon.”

Few things are more beautiful than fall in New England and the Germain Racing team will now travel to the area to do battle with only nine races remaining in the 2016 season.

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, September 23rd, at 11:30 AM (ET).  Qualifying will follow at 4:45 PM (ET).

The New England 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 25th, and it will be televised live on NBC Sports beginning at 2:00 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 Germain Racing, please visit: www.germainracing.com

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