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Amy Henderson · Friday October 11, 2013
On Friday, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Germain Racing announced a technical alliance for 2014 that will see Casey Mears return to the Chevrolet camp with the No. 13 GEICO machine. The alliance, similar to the partnership RCR formed with Furniture Row Racing for 2013, will mean that the No. 13 team will run for their third manufacturer in four seasons. The organization had previously switched, from Chevy to Ford prior to the 2012 Daytona 500.
For Mears, it’s a homecoming of sorts. He raced for RCR in 2008 and ’09, experiencing moderate success until funding for the then-fourth RCR Cup team dried up. He also has a Cup win with Chevrolet in the 2007 Coca-Cola 600.
“We have worked with Casey before and he’s a very talented driver,” said RCR owner Richard Childress Friday. “We look forward to working with him and his crew chief ‘Bootie’ Barker. We are [also] very pleased to have a team like Germain Racing become our partner. Bob (Germain) and his team have been very committed to this sport and worked hard to improve every year.”
Germain, who has fielded teams in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series, including two Camping World Truck Series championship seasons, is ecstatic over the new deal. With his team having its best year in Cup, scoring a top-10 finish with Mears while putting the driver 23rd in the season championship, he feels this partnership will keep this organization moving forward.
“Richard Childress and RCR have an extremely competitive program with a long history of winning races and championships,” he said. “They have great people and tremendous resources, which will allow us to continue to improve our GEICO team’s performance in 2014 and beyond.”
Both Mears and sponsor GEICO are signed through 2014, giving the program stability headed into the offseason. In 375 Sprint Cup Series starts, Mears has one win, 12 top 5s, and 47 top 10s. He also has two top-15 points finishes.
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