Contract Status: Driver: 2014; Primary Sponsor: 2014; Manufacturer: 2014+
Career start #400 for Mears: #13-Casey Mears will start his 400th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(7-27-2014)
Germain Racing announces associate sponsors for Sonoma: Germain Racing is delighted to celebrate the 40th Vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon with Caymus Vineyards this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Caymus is in its second season as an associate sponsor on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by Californian Casey Mears. In Sunday's race, a special 40th Cabernet logo will appear on the rear quarter panels of the race car. "With the release of Caymus Vineyards' 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, we are celebrating our 40th vintage of producing Cabernet. This vintage is bottled in a limited-edition package that pays homage to our family history. In the fall of 1971, such a milestone was just a dream for my parents, Charlie and Lorna Wagner. In a bold move that impresses me to this day, they sat me down and asked me to join them in creating a new winery. We would name it Caymus, after the historical Mexican 'Rancho Caymus' of which our land is a part. My folks were 60 and 57 and I was 19. We would construct a small winery amongst the vineyards that my family had planted - we had 55 acres of vines when we embarked on the wine business. The 2012 vintage has turned into quite a year, with the good fortune of our 40th Anniversary coinciding with a great vintage in Napa Valley," explained Chuck Wagner, Owner/Winemaker.
Germain Racing team owner Bob Germain is thrilled to be part of such a milestone for Caymus. "To know the Wagner family is to really appreciate the love they put into their wines. Being able to celebrate such a significant milestone for Caymus Vineyards makes this weekend's trip to Sonoma Raceway even more exciting," said Germain.(Germain Racing)
AND Similar to how a crew chief involves a race car driver in making decisions about the race car, Oil Can Henry's involves their customers in the repair and maintenance decisions about their vehicles. Germain Racing is proud to announce that Oil Can Henry's will return as an associate sponsor for the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS, driven by Casey Mears at Sonoma Raceway. Oil Can Henry's has a unique approach to servicing vehicles. Oil Can Henry's earns its customers' trust with a service that involves them in the process and educates them about their vehicle meanwhile providing premium quality Castrol Lubricants for their cars' engines. There are no waiting rooms at Oil Can Henry's. Instead, customers remain in their vehicles, where they can relax with a free newspaper and watch and listen as trained technicians complete the services they request.(Germain Racing)(6-19-2014)
Corrigan Propane an associate sponsors for #13 at Michigan: Corrigan Propane began in 1958, when Bernie Corrigan started the business with a single service station and one tow truck. Similarly, Germain Racing began modestly and moved into the spotlight of NASCAR's biggest stage, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, the #13 GEICO Chevy will feature Corrigan Propane as an associate sponsor for the Quicken Loans 400. What began as a single service station has expanded into a family of companies including: Corrigan Propane is the residential arm of a family of Corrigan companies like Corrigan 24-hour Towing, Corrigan Construction, Corrigan Lubricants, Corrigan Transportation, Corrigan Propane and Technical Environmental Services. Today Corrigan is owned by Mike and Tim Corrigan and the company's five Michigan locations provide solutions for commercial and residential customers in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.(Germain Racing)(6-14-2014)
CarSense returns as associated sponsor on the #13: at Dover, the #13 GEICO Chevy featured area car sales and service specialists, CarSense, as an associate sponsor on car driven by Casey Mears. CarSense has earned back to back "Top Place to Work" awards from Philly.com, and will be an associate sponsor for back to back race weekends. Look for CarSense on the #13 GEICO Chevy in Sunday's Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. CarSense proudly delivers liquid engineering in Castrol oil changes for car owners of all makes and models of vehicles, meanwhile CarSense makes the used car buying process easier for shoppers with features such as CarSense Certified and the CarSense Lifetime Engine Guarantee.(Germain Racing)(6-6-2014)
Military scheme for Mears at CMS, Take 5 returns as associate: Associate sponsor Take 5, Home of the 5-Minute Oil Change, has held onto the #13 GEICO Chevy through the bumps and bangs of short track action at Richmond, and the high speed chess match at Talladega. This time, Take 5 is staged to participate in the marathon of NASCAR - the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race starts in the dimming light of early evening, finishes under the lights over Memorial Day weekend and involves large doses of strategy, endurance and luck. Take 5 Oil Change offers convenient drive-thru oil changes featuring liquid engineering in Castrol products. This is the third race for Take 5 with the GEICO Chevy SS, but the 600 weekend features a very special military-themed GEICO Chevy, complete with camouflage striping to tie into the Memorial Day weekend.(Germain Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #13 Team Schemes page.(5-22-2014)
GEICO and Germain Racing to salute military at Charlotte UPDATE: As the month of May gets underway, the racing season is in full swing. Casey Mears and his GEICO team have been on a solid run, notching three top 20 finishes in their last three outings and now announce an initiative to honor our nation's military. GEICO's history with the military is long and rich and the company will now pay tribute to the troops by running a special paint scheme at the Sprint Showdown on Friday, May 16th, and also throughout Memorial Day weekend at the Coca-Cola 600. The #13 GEICO Chevy SS will feature camouflage accents on the side of the car, along with the Gecko wearing a military helmet and 'GEICO Military' across the hood. 'Thank You For Your Service' will adorn the decklid, while the television panel of the car will feature the Gecko offering a salute while standing at attention. GEICO also honors members of the U.S. military each year for their contributions toward drug and alcohol abuse prevention, fire safety and fire prevention or traffic safety and accident prevention with the GEICO Military Service Awards.(Player Management International)(5-9-2014)
UPDATE Fast Lube Plus to be associate sponsor on #13: This week is a very special week for Germain Racing driver Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Chevy team. Fast Lube Plus, with locations in and around Cary, NC, is joining Mears in the debut of a very special paint scheme being featured on the #13 GEICO Chevy at Charlotte. The camouflaged GEICO Chevy will first race Friday night in the Sprint Showdown - a qualifying event for Saturday's Sprint All Star Race. Mears is in the Top 10 for fan votes which could mean he is voted into the Sprint All Star Race field if he doesn't gain entry via the Sprint Showdown. Fast Lube Plus offers Castrol liquid technology in their oil changes at locations in Cary, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Apex and Garner. Stop into Fast Lube Plus for shock and suspension service, too.(Germain Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #13 Team Schemes page.(5-15-2014)
Associate sponsor joins Germain at Kansas Speedway: Heading to the Midwest following a wild and competitive race weekend in Alabama, Casey Mears and the #13 GEICO Chevy SS will bring a familiar local Castrol oil change service center to the track with them for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' "5-hour Energy 400" at Kansas Speedway. Dipman Automotive Service of Olathe, KS, will be featured as an associate sponsor throughout the team's trip to the 1.5 mile tri-oval located about 15 miles west of downtown Kansas City. Located on West Sante Fe Street in Olathe, KS, Dipman is a Goodyear tire center that offers the liquid engineering of premium quality Castrol oil products.(Germain Racing)(5-9-2014)
Take 5 to ride again with #13 Talladega: The #13 GEICO Chevy driven by Casey Mears will again feature associate sponsor Take 5, Home of the 5-Minute Oil Change. This time, Take 5 will ride along for the high speed thrills of the "Aaron's 499" at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, May 4th. Take 5 is celebrating "30 Years of the Fastest Oil Change on the Planet" and what better way to celebrate than by taking a trip to Talladega? Take 5 Oil Change opened it's sponsorship of the #13 GEICO Chevy SS driven by Casey Mears last weekend at Richmond.(Germain Racing)(5-2-2014)
Ambrose & Petty discuss penalty and the punch: #9-Marcos Ambrose was involved in a post-race altercation with #13-Casey Mears last weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Ambrose, who was fined $25,000 and put on probation until the end of the year by NASCAR for his role, spoke publicly for the first time about the incident on Thursday during a press event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Q) CAN YOU GO THROUGH WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE RACE?
Ambrose: "The altercation I had with Casey was quite impromptu. As I was walking past the 13 car, as he'd finished the race, I was actually heading over to have a chat with David Gilliland (#38) just to say we're all good after we got into each other a couple of times. Some words were said and I was confused about why Casey was so annoyed at me, and I think you just see a lot of the passion that the drivers have and the commitment we have to try to win these races and try to run at the front. That passion kind of got out of hand and got out of control pretty quick. To be honest with you, once he put his hand on me and started pushing me around I was just trying to stand up for myself and my country and my family and my reputation and I threw a punch down on him to get him out of the way and let him know that I didn't respect him not giving me my private space. As it goes down, if I had my chance to think back about it, a wiser man would have walked away a little bit earlier and not got himself in that situation. I don't apologize for my actions. I was just standing up for myself and my team and my family and letting people know that you can't get in my private space like that and expect not to have any consequences."
Q) HAVE YOU TWO TALKED?
Ambrose: "We have. We've spoken in-depth more than once. I honestly believe that we'll enjoy having a beer with each other. I think we have a mutual respect for each other. I like Casey a lot. I didn't have any beef with him after the race, but emotions just got out of hand and we both recognized that if we had our time again it wouldn't happen again, but now it has, you can't take back what has happened. I've spoken to him and I'm not carrying anything forward. He has to decide what he wants to do moving forward, but if we get ourselves in a pub somewhere I'd buy him a beer no problem."
Q) WERE YOU UPSET AT THE PENALTY?
Ambrose: "No, I got myself in a bad situation. I caused an action that NASCAR needed to reprimand, so I'm happy to pay it and happy to move on. It's a heavy fine. That's the biggest fine I've ever received in racing and I think that NASCAR needed to do something and whatever they chose to do I'll pay it." Q) HAS THAT EVER HAPPENED TO YOU IN AUSTRALIA?
Ambrose: "No, I have not. I've never been in this situation before, and it was for 18th. That just shows you the passion we have in our sport that I'm able to get myself in a physical fight and draw a claret to finish 18th. That just shows you how deep the talent is and how much passion and commitment we all have to what we're doing."
Q) IT LOOKED LIKE ONE OF THE CREW GUYS TRIED TO PUNCH YOU.
Ambrose: "I did not get punched. I was able to duck and weave and get out of trouble. The person in question, I haven't seen the footage, so I don't know if there was a swing thrown, but there certainly was aggression at the end. I've had a phone call from somebody to apologize for his actions and that's it for me. I've got no beef with him, either. I'm happy to move on and put the week behind us. It's certainly not a proud moment of mine, but I certainly don't take anything back that I did. Casey and I spoke about it and he said, if the shoe was on the other foot he probably would have done the same thing. I was just standing up for myself and standing up for my family and you get to a point where you've got to defend yourself and that's exactly what I did."
Q) SOME SAY YOU SHOULDN'T BE FINED BECAUSE WHEN THEY PROMOTE THAT RACE THEY'RE GOING TO SHOW THAT FOOTAGE. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT?
Ambrose: "I think my NASCAR career may well be remembered by one of the best finishes of all-time and one of the best fights of all-time, too. It's OK. Our sport is made up of passion and everyone has their own angle. Certainly, it's not a great thing to explain to your kids on Sunday what you did. I'll take that penalty and the repercussions from my actions and pay it, and then people can do whatever they want from there. It's not for me to call NASCAR out on taking advantage of a situation like that."
Q) ANY IDEA WHY HE WAS SO MAD AFTER THE RACE?
Ambrose: "He was mad at the race and he was mad at himself and we were around each other at the end of the race. It's a full contact sport out there. I'm charged up. I'm full of adrenaline too. I was actually pretty calm. I think one of the reasons I laid down such a good shot on him was that I wasn't riled up. I was actually fairly lucid in my thoughts and was able to get a good punch off because I wasn't bound up with too much adrenaline, but adrenaline is just part of what we do. It was an emotional race. A lot of drivers got into each other and there was a lot of action up and down the grid. I look back at it and it's a beef and an argument between myself and Casey. Unfortunately, it got put on national TV and three-and-a-half million people saw it."
Q) SO YOU KNOW WHO TOOK A SWING AT YOU?
Ambrose: "Yes. I'm not even sure it was a swing. I haven't seen the footage, but I know there was aggression by the people out there and I've got no problem with it, I really don't. Casey's team is standing up behind Casey and my team stands up behind me and that's just what we do."
Q) IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU MIGHT DO THE SAME THING IF A SIMILAR SITUATION ARISES
Ambrose: "I would walk away earlier before it got out of hand. I could tell it was getting out of hand, but I just didn't walk away quick enough and get out of that situation. So if I look back at it, I could tell it was not going well and I should have taken up. We spoke for maybe a minute-and-a-half before he started shoving me around and I should have walked away a lot sooner than what I tried to."
Q) DID HE SAY ANYTHING OR WAS IT MORE OF THE FACT HE WAS HOLDING YOU?
Ambrose: "There was plenty of stuff said, but before the pushing. He was upset and he was letting me know how upset he was and then when I went to walk away he just couldn't handle it any longer. As soon as he grabbed hold of me there, I knew I was gonna have to get a shot in and I was just waiting for the right moment."
Q) WHY IS RIGHT AFTER THE RACE THE RIGHT TIME TO ADDRESS AN ISSUE LIKE THAT?
Ambrose: "It's not, and I think I've learned my lesson on that one. I think next time I might scamper into the race hauler or scamper back to the plane and have a sleep on things. There's just so much emotion. In this example, this is the first time I've been involved in something like this. At the time, even after the incident went down, I didn't think much of it. I just thought, 'Well, he started pushing me around and I just had to get him away from me,' because I didn't know what was gonna happen next. If he starts pushing me in the toolbox what happens next? Is he gonna try to throw one on me? So I was trying to get out of there and it wasn't until a few hours later that the adrenaline starts to whoa down and you start to realize what you had done. And then the next day when you have to talk to your kids about it and your wife is mad at you, you realize that walking away would have been a much smarter option."
RPM Owner Richard Petty comments
Q) DO YOU FEEL IF YOU'RE PROVOKED YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO DEFEND YOURSELF?
Petty: "You've got to defend yourself no matter what, but if he knew he was gonna be fined $25,000 he might have let the guy take another swing at him (laughing). As you can see in the tape, he did not initiate any of that. He was trying to get away, so I think, from that standpoint, I don't know what their rationale is. I'll just have to talk to them (NASCAR) and see what they come up with."
Q) WERE YOU EVER IN ANY SCRAPS OF NOTE?
Petty: "No comment (laughing). It used to go on a little bit all the time, but they didn't have all of the TV cameras and all that stuff, so you could go around behind a truck and do what you needed to do and there wasn't very many people who knew about it."
Q) HOW DO YOU APPROACH THE INCIDENT IN RETROSPECT?
Petty: "I always look at it as you have to defend yourself no matter what the circumstances are, and that's what I saw in the Marcos situation. What provoked it? I have no idea. I don't even think Marcos knows really what provoked the whole thing, but in the scheme of things if you can't protect yourself, then NASCAR is not gonna come and protect you, so he had to do what he had to do."(see the full transcript at Ford Racing)(5-1-2014)
NASCAR will look at Ambrose, Mears incident UPDATE 2 Penalties: NASCAR will investigate a post-race incident that resulted in both #9-Marcos Ambrose and #13-Casey Mears being punched, but Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition, said "we don't think it was anything too severe." FOX caught the incident after Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The network's video shows Ambrose and Mears talking to each other when Mears shoves Ambrose. Ambrose responds with a right cross to the left side of Mears' head. Ambrose is pulled away while Mears pursues. Then Ambrose is sucker-punched by someone else. Pemberton said that series officials did not meet with either driver after the race. Series officials met with Ambrose's crew chief, Drew Blickensderfer, and Sammy Johns, director of competition at Richard Petty Motorsports. Pemberton said officials watched footage of the incident. Pemberton said they would continue to investigate the situation. He was unaware of anything on the track that would have precipitated the confrontation. "We'll get all the footage that we can and look at it and see what happens from there," Pemberton said. "We've got to take our time and do everything. Sometimes there's things for us to look at that we don't have available right now, so to make any kind of statement or call on it (at this point), we'd be wasting everybody's time."(Motor Racing Network)(4-27-2014)
UPDATE: Casey Mears didn't let a punch keep him away from a race Sunday morning. The driver of the #13 Chevy was in Huntersville, NC for a 5K race put on by the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. It came not long after the checkered flag fell in Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway. Mears finished 19th in that race, and left with a bruised left eye after a punch from fellow driver Marcos Ambrose. "He got me pretty good with that shot." Mears told NASCAR.com after completing his 5K run. Mears wore sunglasses for most of Sunday's event, but it was clear the punch left a gnarly bruise and swollen left eye. Replays of the incident show Mears and Ambrose talking just after the race ended. The situation escalated when Mears forcefully shoved Ambrose. The driver of the #9 Ford then returned with a right hook to Mears' face. On Sunday, Mears remained affable despite being on the wrong end of the punch. "One thing I can say is that out of all the NASCAR fights, when you see people swing it's usually a lot of fly-swatting," Mears said. "He actually connected, so that was pretty good." Mears said the bad blood began on the track while the two were battling for position. He didn't mention one specific incident, but conceded both drivers did things the other was not happy with.(NASCAR.com)(4-28-2014)
UPDATE 2 - NASCAR Penalizes Drivers Marcos Ambrose And Casey Mears: NASCAR has penalized drivers Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears for their involvement in a post-race altercation in the garage area following last Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Ambrose, driver of the #9 Ford, and Mears, driver of the #13 Chevy, were found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), and 12-4.9 (Behavioral Penalty; involved in an altercation in the garage area after the race) as outlined in the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result, Ambrose has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 28, while Mears has been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 28.(NASCAR)(4-29-2014)
Take 5 joins Germain Racing as an associate sponsor at Richmond: The #13 GEICO Chevy driven by Casey Mears will feature associate sponsor Take 5, Home of the 5-Minute Oil Change, for the Virginia 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, April 26th. The sponsorship is a great addition to the company's celebration of "30 Years of the Fastest Oil Change on the Planet." The company slogan, "We Change Your Oil, Not Your Schedule" is a fun concept to throw into the context of the short-track, high-speed action of Richmond International Raceway. Take 5 Oil Change offers convenient drive-thru oil changes featuring liquid engineering in Castrol products. Take 5 oil changes come with a complementary beverage and the overall experience in Take 5's "stay in your car", low pressure, high speed oil change environment. Take 5 Oil Change understands the value of the driver's time and is competitively priced and the company's certified manager and staff are there to serve seven (7) days a week.(Germain Racing)(4-22-2014)
Thomas Tire & Automotive Joins Germain Racing at Darlington: Heading into the "Bojangles Southern 500" race weekend at Darlington Raceway, Germain Racing announces that North Carolina's Thomas Tire & Automotive joins the team as an associate sponsor on the #13 GEICO Chevy driven by Casey Mears. Thomas Tire & Automotive will be on board for Saturday's 501.3-mile race to be held in Darlington, SC, at the 1.366-mile race track located just an hour from two Thomas Tire & Automotive locations in Aberdeen, NC. Thomas Tire & Automotive has several locations to bring customers the best in tires, maintenance and repairs, resulting in a total auto care experience.(Germain Racing)(4-9-2014)
Texas' The Arbor Car Wash and Lube Joins Germain Racing at Texas: Heading into the Lone Star State, Germain Racing, announced that Texas' owned The Arbor Car Wash and Lube will be an associate sponsor on the #13 GEICO Chevy SS driven by Casey Mears for the 2014 "Duck Commander 500" at Texas Motor Speedway. The Arbor Car Wash and Lube is a leader in offering Castrol Oil changes and car washes in the Austin, TX, area. They have highly trained professionals that will assist you in choosing the correct oil for your vehicle. The Arbor Car Wash and Lube offers all Castrol products including Castrol Edge, GTX SynBlend, GTX High Mileage, and GTX. They also carry a full line of air filters and wiper blades as well as numerous options in car washes. After finishing 24th in Martinsville, VA, last week, Germain Racing driver Casey Mears and owner Bob Germain Jr. are tied for 20th in the Sprint Cup Series points standings after six races in the 2014 season.(Germain Racing)(4-4-2014)
Mears continues testing at Darlington Tuesday: A test session at Darlington Raceway featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Casey Mears will be FREE and open to the public today, April 1, from 1 pm - 9 pm. Mears, who drives the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS for Germain Racing, had already turned laps around the track Too Tough To Tame on Monday and will do so again today for the fans. Darlington Raceway will open two sections of the Colvin Grandstand on the backstretch of the track for fans to watch the test throughout the afternoon and evening under the lights. The ticket office will remain open throughout the night to accommodate fans who wish to purchase a ticket for the April 11-12 Bojangles' Southern 500 race weekend, which is just days away. Fans need to use the Gate 3 entrance to the track off of Highway 151. The parking lot is located next to the track's administration building and certain sections of the Colvin Grandstands on the backstretch will be open for public viewing. Times of the test are subject to change. Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on Saturday, April 12 and Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 on Friday, April 11 are now on sale, visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or call 866-459-7223 for more information.(Darlington Raceway)(4-1-2014)
Taylor's Discount Tire and Automotive joins Germain: Germain Racing announced that North Carolina's Taylor's Discount Tire & Automotive will be an associate sponsor on the #13 GEICO Chevy SS driven by Casey Mears for the Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The race track is located just up the road from Taylor's Greensboro, NC, location. Taylor's Discount Tire & Automotive is a leader in offering Castrol Oil Changes, name brand tires, auto repair and brake services for customers located in and around the Greensboro area.(Germain Racing)(3-25-2014)
Southern Classic Auto Wash and Lube Center joins Germain: Germain Racing announces the addition of Southern Classic as an associate sponsor on the #13 GEICO Chevy SS driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Casey Mears for the 2014 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Southern Classic Auto Wash and Lube Center, has three locations in the Tri-City Tennessee community and is opening their fourth location in Bristol, TN, during the second quarter of 2014. Southern Classic specializes in Castrol oil changes and preventive maintenance for your vehicle.(Germain Racing)(3-13-2014)
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)
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