MEARS ENDS UP AS COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN EARLY CRASH AT CHARLOTTE

Player Management International Media Release

CONCORD, N.C. (October 9, 2016) – Each and every week, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams prepare for any situation that may come their way. However, one thing will always remain out of their control: the weather. The last two race events have been impacted by rain and as Hurricane Matthew made its way up the East Coast on Friday and Saturday, heavy downpours would once again delay the green flag and postpone the Bank of America 500 until Sunday afternoon.

Under clear and sunny skies, Casey Mears and the GEICO Racing team were prepared for the 334-lap battle on Sunday. Starting from the 29th position, Mears quickly reported on lap 10 that the front end of the No. 13 Chevrolet was “terrible.” With a scheduled competition caution slowing the pace of the field on lap 25, the veteran driver visited pit road for four tires, fuel and a piece of tape on the grill, as Crew Chief Bootie Barker wanted to see how the track would change under the sunshine before making major adjustments.

On the lap 31 restart, Mears took off from the 29th position and after feeling out the handling of the GEICO machine, the California native radioed the car was “not any better and too tight to run the middle.” Unfortunately, just a few circuits later on lap 62, misfortune struck, as the No. 88 car, driven by Alex Bowman, blew a right front tire and hit the outside wall, collecting Mears and the No. 13 machine in the process. With significant damage, the Germain Racing crew was forced to take the GEICO Chevrolet to the garage.

After assessing the repairs needed, the damage was deemed catastrophic, hindering Mears from returning to the racing action and relegating the team to a 40th-place finish.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Mears after the accident. “I just was going into the corner and saw him (88 of Alex Bowman) come up all of a sudden. We were having a rough start to the race; just kind of hanging on and actually those guys were going by us. They must have blown a right-front tire or had something come loose.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Kansas Speedway for the running of the Hollywood Casino 400. Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet will hit the track on Friday, October 14th for opening practice at 1:00PM ET.

The green flag will wave shortly after 2:15PM ET on Sunday, October 16th, with NBC carrying live television coverage. Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio channel 90 will feature 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

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

MOTHER NATURE, LONG GREEN FLAG RUN BETRAY MEARS AT DOVER

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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

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

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