Contract Status: Driver: 2018; Primary Sponsor: 2018; Manufacturer: 2015+
Germain Racing to honor Smokey Yunick with Darlington Throwback scheme: Building on the efforts of Darlington Raceway to salute racing's yesteryears, Germain Racing unveiled their "throwback" paint scheme for the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS Tuesday. In the "Bojangles' Southern 500" the black and gold colors made famous by car owner Smokey Yunick and bearing the logo of his Daytona Beach business, will race again with driver Casey Mears behind the wheel. Yunick, an Army Air Corps pilot in World War II, embodied the grit, ambition and creativity of the workers who founded and developed America, as well as NASCAR. The 367-lap Labor Day weekend event in Darlington, S.C., is the perfect setting for seeing Yunick's black and gold #13 Chevy race "again."
"That paint scheme is memorable because it stood out. Nobody used number 13, it had no sponsors, and it was gold and black. It was an attention-grabber," said Mario Andretti, who raced the Chevrolet for Yunick in 1966. "That car, with Curtis Turner driving, was on pole in 1967 when I won the Daytona 500. It will be fun to see the #13 black and gold Chevrolet race again. The stories behind that car, including stories about Smokey and Curtis Turner are worth revisiting. Race fans will enjoy it for sure. There will be a lot of reminiscing. Very special for Darlington to have that car in the race."
"Obviously, it's very exciting to be running a Smokey Yunick paint scheme on our GEICO Chevrolet SS," said driver Mears. "Out of all the history of NASCAR I'd have to say he's probably one of the top five most innovative people in the sport. We feel fortunate to be able to run a paint scheme that has so much meaning and cool history in NASCAR."
Smokey Yunick is beloved by many that knew him as being a natural engineer. He seemed to see "problems" as opportunities and built his reputation on creating solutions. Yunick was a driver, crew chief and two-time NASCAR "Mechanic of the Year" whose first Southern 500 was Darlington Raceway's second. Yunick built the race-winning Hudson for Herb Thomas.(Germain Racing), see an image of the car on the #13 team paint schemes page.(5-11-2016)
Duracell joins Germain as associate sponsor: Germain Racing announced that battery market leader Duracell has signed on to become an associate sponsor of the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS and driver Casey Mears in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Duracell will be a full-season associate sponsor and will appear on the car beginning this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Germain Racing entered the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with a host of sponsor commitments. Most notably was a three-year extension from primary sponsor GEICO that will see the Gecko on the hood of the #13 entry through at least the end of the 2018 season. Now, Duracell will ride along with Mears on the B-post of the GEICO Chevy and will appear on the decklid during the races where the GEICO Military livery adorns the racecar. GEICO and Duracell are both members of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. Duracell has a long history with the military and is looking to continue to build upon their relationship through their partnership with Germain Racing and GEICO Military. The trio will be hosting service members at the racetrack during race weekends, while also featuring the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS showcar at various military exchange and commissary locations.(Player Management International)(4-22-2016)
GEICO and Mears Inks Multi-Year Extension with Germain Racing: Longtime partner, GEICO, announced that they have extended their relationship with Germain Racing as the primary sponsor of the #13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry through at least the end of the 2018 season. GEICO is wrapping up their 15th season as a team sponsor and their eighth with Germain Racing. Along with the sponsorship extension comes a new primary paint scheme, as well as new GEICO Military livery that will appear at select races during the season. Additionally, Germain Racing and driver Casey Mears have agreed to a three-year extension that will continue Mears' status as the driver of the #13 GEICO Chevy through the 2018 racing season.
Since the inception of Germain Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program in 2009, GEICO has been alongside the organization every step of the way, from a part-time program to a full-time team that now consistently performs in the top-20, while also finding itself in contention for wins at both Daytona and Talladega. The sponsorship extension further solidifies and expands an already rock-solid relationship that has seen GEICO's famous gecko adorn the hoods of Germain Racing's NASCAR Xfinity Series entry in 2008 and Camping World Truck Series entry in 2011.
Aside from its team support, GEICO has become synonymous with the sport of auto racing, establishing itself as an entitlement sponsor at Talladega Superspeedway with the GEICO 500, while also blanketing many racetracks across the country with the GEICO logo, including campgrounds where fans make their home during each race weekend. Their ever-present GEICO banner can also be spotted flying overhead at nearly every NASCAR event. GEICO' s support of NASCAR and its fan base is unwavering and they look forward to their continued engagement of fans in America's greatest spectator sport.
"NASCAR is a natural fit for us and it has provided access to a brand-loyal fan base that now has a clear line of sight into GEICO's multiple product lines and the many ways that we can service their insurance needs," said GEICO vice president of marketing, Ted Ward. "We've enjoyed our partnership with Germain Racing and Casey Mears and the character of their organization is in line with our corporate values. We are excited about the extension and look forward to building upon our successful relationship in the sport of NASCAR."
Germain Racing is in its 12th year of NASCAR competition and boasts two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships. The opportunity to further expand its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program with GEICO has team owner Bob Germain excited about the future.
"I'm thrilled to be able to extend our partnership with GEICO thru 2018. We are proud to be associated with a company that supports our sport in so many ways and we feel fortunate to be able to represent them on the track," said team owner, Bob Germain. "We're thankful for GEICO's unwavering support and this extension allows us to keep building upon the foundation we've laid and continue to add people and resources in an effort to accelerate the grow th and progress of our program. It also allows us to make long-term commitments to our great partners Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing and ECR, along with our driver, Casey Mears; all of which have played an integral role in the development of our Sprint Cup Series program."
Mears, a race winner in his 13th year in the Sprint Cup Series, was equally enthusiastic about the news. "This is great news for our Germain Racing team because everyone has worked so hard to build this GEICO program and people in the garage are taking notice of what we're accomplishing," Mears said. "GEICO is such a great partner and they not only support our team, but the sport in general, which makes me even prouder to have the opportunity to drive the GEICO Chevy. We appreciate their belief in us and have enjoyed our relationship with everyone at the corporate office, as well as the GEICO associates that we get to interface with each week at the racetrack."(GEICO Racing PR)(11-12-2015)
Sad News - Gail Sommer Germain: After a long, courageous and inspiring fight with breast cancer, the wife of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Bob Germain Jr. has passed away at the age of 45. Gail Sommer Germain bravely and openly shared her struggles, victories and experiences as she fought through the disease. Mrs. Germain made it her mission, her legacy, to help other women who are also struggling with the emotional and physical strains of fighting against cancer. Mrs. Germain made her battle with cancer very public in an effort to inspire other women to keep their grace and dignity throughout the challenges of cancer. Gifts to The Gracie Foundation Inc., named after her nickname, "Gracie," are used fully to fund comfort gift bags for women undergoing cancer treatments. The Gracie Foundation is formed so that 100-percent of donations are used for creating thoughtful "gifts that boost positive energy in women undergoing chemo or radiation treatments." In honor of Mrs. Germain and her gracious battle, the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS race car has long featured a pink ribbon on the C-post and a nod to Gracie on the B-post. This tradition, along with a special message on the decklid of the #13 GEICO Chevy SS will be continued at Darlington Raceway for Sunday's "Bojangles Southern 500." Germain Racing crew members will also wear pink arm bands in honor of Mrs. Germain. The family will hold a private memorial for Mrs. Germain.(Germain Racing)(9-5-2015)
Mears will return to Germain Racing: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Casey Mears has been with Germain Racing since 2010. Today, the team announces Mears will continue to wheel the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS in 2016. "I'm really happy to announce that Casey Mears is back in the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS next year. He's been an integral part of the team's growth and success over the past 5 years and I am confident he can continue to help us move forward and reach our goals. We've come a long way as a team, and assembled a group of extremely talented people who enjoy working together. As the team owner, that's really the thing I'm most proud of. And, of course, the long term support of GEICO has given us the stability we needed to make it all happen," said team owner Bob Germain, Jr.
"It's really exciting to drive the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS again in 2016. I think that it's been a long time in the making here at Germain Racing, being competitive at the Cup level. It's been a long process to get the GEICO program to where we are now. We are finally starting to see some of the benefits from all the hard work from the last four or five years. I'm very excited to carry on the GEICO relationship and to be a part of Germain Racing's continued growth," said driver Casey Mears.(Germain Racing)(7-14-2015)
Mears hopes to return to Germain Racing next year UPDATE: Casey Mears' status is uncertain for next season. While the 37-year-old driver of the #13 Geico Chevrolet remains optimistic, Mears expected to have his next contract signed by now. "Honestly, I really don't know yet," Mears told motorsport.com on Friday. "We've had a lot more speed this year. Obviously, our stuff has gotten better. As far as I know, everything is really positive. We haven't really dove into those conversations yet. All indications are that we're moving forward into next year. But some point, we need to have that conversation for sure. I'm surprised that it took so long for someone to mention it because in this day and age, everything happens so early. Definitely, we need to start having conversations and find out when that's going to be." Mears has piloted the No. 13 Geico Sprint Cup car for Germain Racing since the Bristol August race in 2010. The team changed manufacturers before last season from Ford to Chevy - along with a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. While there were rumors that Ty Dillon could end up with the ride next season, it's more likely that Richard Childress' grandson would drive the #33 Chevy with support from Bass Pro Shops. Germain Racing declined comment on Mears' status.(Motorsport)(5-10-2015)
UPDATE: Mears and his Germain Racing team are working through the second season of a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing, and that has brought the driver something even more than competitive engines and chassis: It's brought stability, the ability to focus on fine-tuning instead of starting from scratch. It's a breath of fresh air for a driver who knows all too well what it's like not to have that luxury. 2015 is a contract year for Mears. In early May, the driver said that he hoped to return, but there had not been much conversation between him and the team yet, and there were rumors that the ride would go to RCR development driver Ty Dillon. Mears says that he and the team have talked since, and he feels positive about the future. "We definitely have talked about it," he recalls. "Things sound really good. Nothing's nailed down yet, but we're definitely talking about moving forward and nothing really changing, hopefully. I've talked to Bob (Germain) and he's excited about our future. Everybody seems to be on the same page, so we just have to figure it out." The team has come so far together. It's climbed from a start-and-park operation that some in the sport ridiculed to a contender that almost everyone respects. Mears and his teammates have done it the hard way, and they've done it together. They want to build a future together.(Frontstretch)(5-30-2015)
Nickelodeon announces driver lineup for SpongeBob SquarePants 400 weekend: Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants will take over Kansas Speedway, for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 weekend, May 8-9. The world's most famous sponge and his Bikini Bottom friends will take an adventurous ride on the cars of four NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, all vying to win the coveted SpongeBob SquarePants 400 trophy. The SpongeBob SquarePants 400 will feature an all-star NASCAR Sprint Cup lineup including:
Greg Biffle, driving the #16 Cheez-It/ Patrick Star Ford Fusion
Michael McDowell, driving the #95 WRL/Larry the Lobster Ford Fusion
Casey Mears, driving the #13 Squidward Tentacles Chevrolet SS
David Ragan, driving the #55 Aarons/SpongeBob SquarePants Toyota Camry
NASCAR driver Ben Kennedy will join in on the fun when he takes out his #11 Local Motors/ SpongeBob SquarePants Toyota Tundra for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway on Friday, May 8. Additionally, NASCAR XFINITY Series star Bubba Wallace will pilot the #6 SpongeBob SquarePants Ford Mustang for the Winn-Dixie XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 2. His Ford machine will feature SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends Patrick, SquidWard, Mr. Krabs and Sandy Cheeks.
"It's really fun to be part of the Nickelodeon lineup for the Kansas race and get to feature Patrick Star and Cheez-It on our No. 16 Ford," said Biffle, who boasts a pair of victories on the 1.5-mile oval at Kansas. "Nickelodeon does a lot to bring sports to kids, which is something that is important and I'm glad to be a part of it. Kansas is a good track for us and Saturday night races are always exciting. Hopefully we can get another Kansas win."
Also at the speedway, attendees will be able to enjoy some pre-Mother's Day fun in the Nickelodeon Kids Zone, which will be located in the Kansas Speedway Fan Zone. The area will feature appearances from the SpongeBob SquarePants costumed characters, a SpongeBob SquarePants photo station and more.
On Wednesday, May 13, Nickelodeon will air episodes of Hammer Down, a docu-series produced by NASCAR Productions, in a special racing-themed night during the NickSportsprogramming block on Nicktoons. Hammer Down is an original, four-episode series featuring four of NASCAR's rising stars--Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Kenzie Ruston-that give fans an all-access pass into the young athletes' lives as they aspire to become elite NASCAR drivers, while also enjoying time with friends and coming of age as young adults. The NickSports programming block airs every Wednesday, from 9:00-11:00 pm (ET/PT).(Nickelodeon/VMG)(5-1-2015)
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