Contract Status: Driver: 2014; Primary Sponsor: 2014; Manufacturer: 2014+
Drivers test at Bristol: According to MRN's Dustin Long, drivers #13-Casey Mears, #32-Travis Kvapil, and #95-Michael McDowell tested at Bristol Motor Speedway on Tuesday. What as planned as a two day test was condensed down to one day because of weather.(2-26-2014)
KMC Wheels joins Germain Racing: Germain Racing announced the addition of KMC Wheels as a major associate sponsor on their #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and driver Casey Mears for the 2014 season. KMC Wheels, which was founded in 1982, is not unfamiliar to Mears who has long used their cutting edge custom wheels on a variety of vehicles over the years. KMC Wheels is a brand of Wheel Pros, which has multi-disciplinary sponsorships encompassing nearly the entire sport of auto racing, as well as off-road truck racing. The relationship with Germain Racing and Casey Mears will be their first full-time sponsorship effort in the sport of NASCAR and will serve to complement their current programs, while also expanding their reach among the racing world. Wheel Pros' longstanding commitment to motorsports has Mears excited to be the KMC Wheels brand ambassador in the world of stock car racing.(PMI)(2-14-2014)
Germain Racing to switch to Chevy UPDATE: #13-Germain Racing is changing manufacturers once again. Ending a two-year relationship with Ford, team owner Bob Germain informed Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates Engines, on Tuesday that his company will be moving to General Motors for 2014. "We value Germain Racing as a customer, and we hate to see them leave," Yates said. "We wish them well." Germain is expected to form an engine and technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing similar to the relationship #78-Furniture Row Racing. Germain Cup driver Casey Mears drove for RCR in 2009. Attempts to reach Germain Racing owner Bob Germain for comment have been unsuccessful.(FoxSports)(10-1-2013)
UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing (#27, #29, #31) and Germain Racing (#13) have agreed to form a technical alliance in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, beginning with the 2014 season. The partnership includes technology sharing, engineering, research and development provided to Germain Racing as they switch their No. 13 GEICO Cup Series cars to Chevrolet next season. The partnership also includes Germain Racing utilizing the highly reliable and powerful engines of ECR Engines. This will also be a homecoming of sorts for the team's driver, Casey Mears, as he drove for RCR in 2009. "We are very pleased to have a team like Germain Racing become our partner," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "Bob (Germain) and his team have worked very hard to become one of the better single-car teams over the past few years and we are looking to build on what they've already achieved. They've proven they can be winners by what they did in the Camping World Truck Series. Bob is an asset to this sport for wanting to improve the team's performance and take them to the next level. We also look forward to having Casey back in the RCR family."
"Richard Childress and RCR have an extremely competitive program with a long history of winning races and championships. They have great people and tremendous resources which will allow us to continue to improve our GEICO team's performance in 2014 and beyond.," said Bob Germain Jr., team owner.(Germain Racing)(10-11-2013)
Sixteen Cup teams found with modified roof flap spacers UPDATE: Sixteen teams found to have modified roof flap spacers (lighter) during NASCAR inspection. Teams listed: #1-McMurray, #2-Keselowski, #9-Ambrose, #11-Hamlin, #13-Mears, #15-Bowyer, #16-Biffle, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #18-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #21-Bayne, #22-Logano, #43-Almirola, #55-Waltrip, #56-Truex Jr. and #99-Edwards. The modified/confiscated roof-flap spacers are on display at Daytona in the NASCAR hauler. NASCAR's Kerry Tharp addressed media on confiscated roof-flap spacers - "Spacers not in compliance with those kits." The roof-flap kits are supplied to teams for #NASCAR by one company (a Roush company) and are not to be changed.(SPEED's, Dustin Long Fox/NASCAR on Twitter)
AND Thirty-one cars, including 16 in the Sprint Cup Series, failed inspection before Thursday's practices at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR confiscated the teams' roof flaps, which are designed to keep cars on the ground during spins and wrecks at high speeds, for further inspection. Penalties could be possible. The roof-flap spacers had been illegally machined down to reduce weight. NASCAR inspectors made those Cup teams install new, unaltered roof flaps before drivers were allowed on the track for the first of two practices. Inspectors then went to the Nationwide garage and found similar issues on 15 cars. "When you find something in one garage, you communicate to the other garage," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. "We looked into it and this is what we found."(Associated Press)(7-4-2013)
UPDATE: NASCAR Sprint Cup teams expect widespread penalties after 16 cars were found with illegal roof-flap spacers at Daytona Thursday, but they don't know how severe those penalties might be. The teams caught scrambled Thursday to make compliant spacers, which are used to attach the hinge of the roof flaps. Teams and manufacturers get roof flaps from Roush Composites and, according to the NASCAR rulebook, "the hinged air deflectors must be installed as specified in the instruction sheet supplied with the hinged air deflector kit." But it was apparent that many teams had lightened the spacers or changed them. It wasn't clear what tipped off NASCAR inspectors to the violations, but after a sweep of the Sprint Cup garage Thursday, NASCAR went through the Nationwide garage and took pieces from 15 Nationwide teams Thursday night. A non-compliant part might just be a monetary penalty but because it dealt with a safety piece - the roof flaps pop up during a spin to try to keep the car on the ground - a points penalty is definitely possible, as well as crew suspensions. NASCAR traditionally issues penalties the Tuesday after a race weekend. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said the widespread use of the illegal spacers most likely indicates that those pieces had gotten through inspection previously. "It's probably not something that was on a normal inspection routine," Pemberton said. "The teams are told that they must assemble all that stuff using all the parts that's in the kit. Once in a while you'll find things like that and it's probably something that teams have probably done a little bit in the past." Whether the number of teams involved will impact the penalties and whether crew chiefs who are on probation will face more severe penalties will be determined Monday and Tuesday, Pemberton said. Because teams didn't have extra kits at Daytona, NASCAR allowed the teams to make spacers that were compliant.(Sporting News)(7-5-2013)
Valvoline NextGen to sponsor Mears for two races: Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway extends the team's relationship with Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc., to four seasons as driver Casey Mears will wheel the #13 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion for 400.5 miles in the Greater Cincinnati area venue. "Promoting Valvoline NextGen recycled oil products to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans is a great opportunity to reach the do-it-yourself community. On the other hand, if the drivers in the Kentucky Speedway grandstands don't want to change their own oil, Valvoline NextGen is a blend of recycled oil that can be requested at many oil change service centers," said Bob Germain Jr., Germain Racing team owner.
Germain Racing's normally blue and green #13 Ford Fusion that typically bears the familiar gecko alongside the GEICO logo, shifts its stripes and colors to showcase the Valvoline NextGen paint scheme at Ashland Inc.'s hometown race track, Kentucky Speedway, on Saturday night, and will do so again at Michigan International Speedway in August. "Valvoline has supported Germain Racing for many years and I'm glad to be part of promoting the Valvoline NextGen brand to the Sprint Cup Series fans. We'll be running the Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion at Kentucky and again at Michigan, tracks where we look forward to good results," said Mears. "The NextGen oil is 50-percent recycled. It's specially engineered for today's hotter running engines as well as a green product to help our environment."(Germain Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #13 Team Schemes page.(6-28-2013)
Caymus Vineyards to be associate sponsor for Mears: Germain Racing announced that Caymus Vineyards, part of the prestigious Wagner Family of Wine, will be on board the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion of driver Casey Mears as an associate sponsor for the upcoming Sonoma Raceway event. "We are very proud to have Caymus Vineyards and the Wagner Family of Wine partner with us on the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion at Sonoma this year. I had an opportunity to visit Caymus with friends in 2011 and Chuck Wagner actually took the time to give us a personal tour. The Wagners are certainly one of the most well respected families in the wine-making business and we're looking forward to representing them on the track," said Bob Germain Jr., team owner of Germain Racing.
"We are pleased to be an Associate Sponsor of Casey Mears from Germain Racing and supporter of NASCAR for this year's Sonoma race. In addition to enjoying this great sport, Caymus has many friends connected with NASCAR and we are happy to be able to support them in some way," said Chuck Wagner, Owner/Winemaker, Caymus Vineyards and Wagner Family of Wine.(GEICO Racing)(6-18-2013)
Germain Racing to show support for Susan G. Komen Foundation: The #13 Germain Racing team will show support for the Susan G. Komen Foundation beginning at Talladega Superspeedway by promoting the upcoming "Rivals Series Shootout", a golf tournament held September 25, 2013, at Lake of Isles Country Club, North Stonington, CT, with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The Rivals teams are made up of baseball names from New York Baseball Alumni and Boston Baseball Alumni, with Bucky Dent being the team captain for the New York side and Tim Wakefield serving as captain for Boston. The "Rivals Series Shootout" logo can be seen on the decklid of the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion and the C-post pink ribbons Germain Racing normally places on the car will be adapted to the Susan G. Komen Foundation pink ribbon logo.(Germain Racing)(5-5-2013)
Mears says additional funding is helping team's performance: From an interview with Frontstretch:
Q: You finally have enough sponsorship this year to run the full schedule?
Mears: Yes. What happened was GEICO was very influential in making it happen. They stepped up to a level where Bob Germain was able to go ahead and make the full season. So we are doing the full season, but we're not quite fully-funded. It's a little tight in some areas, but we'll be able to run.
Q: That must be a weight off your shoulders, not having to pull in early.
Mears: That's a huge weight off. Last year, we'd have two or three good runs and then have to start and park. We didn't really realize how tough that was to rebound from and how frustrating. The start and parks just killed us last year, just deflated the team and it was really hard to rebound from. The guys would get frustrated - it was like, "wait a minute, we're working hard yet, what for? We're going to have to park." So, I think mentally, that was a tough process to get through. Having that weight lifted off our shoulders and knowing we're going to go run all the races definitely set a new tone in the shop.
Q: As a competitor, how hard was it for you to hear that call on the radio to pull it in?
Mears: The first time I had to do that was probably one of the hardest things I ever did. I mean, I grasped the concept. I understood that as a whole, it was better for our team and for our program, but the first time I ever did that, I just thought, "What am I doing? What are we doing here?" It was definitely difficult and to have that weight lifted definitely allows us to focus on the things we need to focus on.(Frontstretch)(4-12-2013)
Mears to promote Distracted Driving Awareness Month: The month of April is underway and it serves as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. For the second straight year, DRIVE SMART Virginia, GEICO and Germain Racing will partner to bring attention to one of our nation's biggest hazards, distracted driving. Casey Mears will carry the DRIVE SMART Virginia logo on his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion for the Martinsville and Richmond Sprint Cup Series races on April 7th and April 27th. Mears and his GEICO team will help deliver the message that 'driving distractions can be deadly... buckle up, phone down'.(Player Management International)(4-4-2013)
GEICO to fully sponsor the #13 thru 2014: GEICO Racing tweeted today that "We will be sponsoring Germain Racing & Casey Mears for the full season for both 2013 & 2014!(GEICO Racing)(2-21-2103)
Tradebank joins Mears as associate sponsor at Bristol: In Sunday's race, Tradebank will be featured as an associate sponsor on the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion at Bristol Motor Speedway. Tradebank's barter network helps business owners use barter to maximize the return on their products and services. Since 1987, Tradebank has been the strategic business partner for companies of all sizes and in virtually all industries attract new customers and conserve cash.(Germain Racing)(3-15-2013)
Mears and Geico off to fast start 2013: Time flies, but the #13 Germain Racing team maximized each moment that's passed since departing Homestead in November. Casey Mears and his GEICO team took few days off in the off-season and instead committed themselves to being prepared for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. No sooner than the team arrived home from last season's finale, they found themselves working feverishly to build new racecars, as the 2013 season will see a new bodystyle enter NASCAR. The new #13 GEICO Ford Fusion will look more similar to the Ford Fusion found at local dealerships, bringing about excitement with fans and teams alike. A single car team with just 30 employees, Germain Racing's hard work and diligence paid dividends. When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a preliminary test in December, Mears and his GEICO team were one of the only organizations to arrive at the track with a fully built, steel-bodied racecar. In January, the team was expected to be challenged by back-to-back tests at Daytona and Charlotte, but the speed charts indicated otherwise. Daytona's 2.5-mile superspeedway saw Mears and his #13 GEICO Ford Fusion in the top ten before Charlotte's 1.5-mile quad-oval found them third when the off-season's final test concluded.
Most notably, Germain Racing is quickly becoming a destination point for NASCAR talent. Even the Sprint Cup Series' top teams experience employee turnover in the off-season, but Germain was immune to it. Instead, they added team members, including a shop foreman and mechanic. They also retained their pit crew and have a pit crew coach and consultant on staff. Both GEICO and Mears are signed on through the end of 2014, providing a level of stability that will allow Germain to experience continued growth.
Mears was pleased with the progress made in the off-season, as well as at the 2013 tests. "We have a great team and the guys have passion about what they do in the shop each day and their hard work has paid off," Mears said. "It was fun to go to the front at the Daytona test, and encouraging to make changes, work hard and keep digging to end up third at the Charlotte test. We're happy to continue with Ford and have the Roush Yates horsepower again this season." He continued, "I can't thank GEICO and Bob Germain (team owner) enough for the support and commitment they have given our program. Our program shows that you don't have to be the biggest team; you just have to work harder than everyone else. Our team has strength of character and remains focused on the process, which are two of the biggest reasons for our success." (Germain Racing)(1-28-2013)
2013 silly season notes for #13-Casey Mears / Germain Racing: No changes as Casey Mears is supposedly signed thru 2014 and sponsor GEICO is signed thru 2014, which will be the primary for about 20 races. GEICO stays on the car for races it is not the primary unless another sponsor can be found. Mears tends to start and park or not run the full unsponsored races. Robert "Bootie" Barker returns as the crew chief and the team will run Fords with Roush Yates engines. See more about other teams on my 2013 Team / Driver Silly Season Chart.(1-4-2013)
GEICO renews with Germain through 2014: It has been two years since Casey Mears took the wheel of the #13 GEICO/Germain Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry and rescued an otherwise struggling upstart team. Mears' vast experience coupled with team owner Bob Germain's unwavering commitment culminated in an effort that has made unprecedented progress and now, just 24-months later, finds itself running door-to-door with the elite teams in the nation's top auto racing series. GEICO, in the midst of their fifth year with the team, is as much a partner as a sponsor and has played an intricate role in the team's development and is updated weekly on the goings on in the Germain Racing shop. This week, GEICO announced they have officially extended their sponsorship of Germain Racing and driver Casey Mears through the end of the 2014 season, leaving the Gecko to co-pilot the #13 GEICO Ford Fusion for the next two seasons.(Player Management International)(9-13-2012)
Bristol Motor Speedway
Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 12:00pm/et
Born in MARCH
11 Kathy Cindric, Albert Garwood, Derek Daly, Troy Ruttman
12 Lynne Garrow, Casey Mears, John Andretti, Red Byron, Terri Brooks, Lorrie Earp
13 Jeff Spraker
14 Artie Kempner, Aric Almirola, Albert Einstein, Kristen Yeley, Tina Gordon, Harold E. Holly Jr., David Poole, Lee Petty, Bill Rexford
15 Andy Graves
16 Jay Guarneri, Kevin Cywinski, Troy Andrews, Katrina Spencer, Wes Adams
17 Tom 'Tiger' Pistone, Gloria Lewis, Dee Eolin, Doug Rice
18 Mark Donohue, Ryan Truex, Alex Garcia, Jack Smith, Derrick Gilchrist
19 Brian Burns, Wyatt Dallenbach, Chris Graves, Tom Umscheid
20 Jeff Thousand, Mike Messick Jr.
21 Larry McClure, Fonty Flock, Jeff Krogh, Bob Hayden, Joe Menzer, Mike Moore
22 Marianne Fairlie, Billy Hagan, Pam Miller, Todd Trickle, Ronald Hayden, Eric Bilyeu, Mike Bodick, Jerry Wittig, Randy Heffner, Darrel Haskins, Tim Harrison
23 Andrew Fairlie, Erin Crocker, Mike McCarthy, Wes Adams, chaplain Tim Griffin, Johnny Beauchamp
24 Jimmy Makar, Brenda Young, Jim Makar, Austin Petty, Scott Pruett
25 Peg Adamczyk, Danica Patrick, Dave Moody, Donnie Disharoon, Justin Marks, John Ray, Doyle Ford, Bobby Calkins, Aaron Eaton, Tortuga Twins
26 Nathaniel O'Hare, Nina Feeney, Austin Green, Doug Williams, Natalee Jarrett, Dan Ford, Blaise Alexander
27 Cale Yarborough, Andy Hall, Maurice Petty, Keith Wilson, Jeff Fuller, Bob Kelly, Rodney Combs, Gary DeHart
28 Shelby Pressley, Chris Meyers, Peter Jellen
29 Kim Wood Hall, Jamie DiPietro, Carole Houchins, Olivia Andretti
30 Pam Bickford
31 Angus Young, Richard Jackson, Scott Houston, Dana White, Rocky Ryan
Born in APRIL
1 David Gilliland, Ruben Garcia, Kim Irvan
2 Sam Johns, Dan Pardus, Ricky Hendrick
3 The Garrow's, Speedy Thompson, Shorty Rollins, Jeff Wernham
4 Bill France Jr., Justin Diercks, Robert Richardson, Scott Brzozowski
5 Mike Bliss, Buffy Waltrip, Brandy Wallace, Eric Kerley
6 Ken Bouchard, Jeffrey Overcash, Chris Carrier, Ramo Stott, Herb Thomas, George Elliott
7 MRO's Billy Mauldin, Loy Allen Jr., Chandler Parrott, Brittany Elliott, Russell Crowe, Bill Carpenter
8 Matt Yocum, Bill Fleischman, Monte Dutton, Butch Mock, Junie Donlavey, Eddie Wood, Robert Pressley, Mark Green, Kathy Ehret, Connie Champion
9 Suzanne Belber, Ed Schafer, Jacques Villeneuve, Jamie Little, Chuck White, Hunter Nicole Dodson, Richard Brown
10 John Dowd, Steve Bisciotti, Kasey Kahne, Robby Pearson, Neil Castles Jr., D.K. Ulrich, Tom Dignan Sr
11 Karsyn Jarrett, Bass Master, Al Keller
12 Mike Calinoff, Tim McCreadie, Lori Lucus, Richard Hutcherson Jr., Bob Strait, Duane Cross, Curtis Turner
13 Dr. Joe Mattioli, Dalton Buice, Dan Gurney, Mike Ford, Jessica Punch
14 Tony Raines, Steve Byrnes
15 Bobby Hutchens, Marty Smith, Kevin Conway, Jason Rudd, Brian Holshouser