Germain Racing

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Germain Racing
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Owner(s) Bob Germain
Base Concord, North Carolina, United States
Series Sprint Cup Series
Race drivers Sprint Cup Series:
13. Casey Mears
Sponsors Sprint Cup Series:
13. GEICO
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Career
Debut 2004 Infineon 200 (Charlotte)
Latest race 2014 Camping World RV Sales 301 (Loudon)
Races competed 421
Drivers' Championships 2006 and 2010 (Truck Series)
Race victories 22
Pole positions 9

Germain Racing is an American NASCAR team. It is owned by Bob Germain. The Germain family owns many car dealerships across the United States. It currently fields the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for Casey Mears in the Sprint Cup Series. The team previously fielded the #03, #9, #30, #62 and #77 Toyota Tundra's in the Camping World Truck Series and the #15 Toyota Camry in the Nationwide Series. Previously, the team had been affiliated with Arnold Motorsports, a former Sprint Cup Series team until the 2005 season.

The team formerly fielded Ford Fusions until 2014, when the team switched to Chevrolet, ending a two-year partnership with Ford, and will have a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing.[1]

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Car #13 History[edit]

The #13 driven by Casey Mears at the 2013 Toyota Owners 400.

Germain entered into Sprint Cup racing through a technical alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) beginning with two races during the 2008 season, with MWR supplying a Toyota Camry and technical support for Germain and driver Max Papis.[2] Papis had previously driven for MWR vice president Cal Wells in the CART series.[2]

In 2009, Germain Racing attempted to run a limited schedule in the Sprint Cup Series with Papis driving the #13 with sponsor GEICO. The team qualified for 15 races in 21 attempts. Germain planned to run full-time in 2010, but it might be required to start and park some events due to its limited sponsorship from GEICO and lack of additional sponsorship. [3] In the first event of the 2010 season, Papis qualified for the Daytona 500,[4] where he was involved in an early wreck before finishing 40th due to engine woes. After Watkins Glen, the team announced that Papis would be replaced. The team will start and park at Michigan and Bristol, then Casey Mears would take over at Atlanta. Papis ran 17 races in 2010, with 10 DNFs and 5 DNQs. Mears then finished out the 2010 season starting and parking in some events.

The best finish for the #13 team is 8th with Papis at the 2009 Watkins Glen race.

For 2011, Germain Racing announced that Casey Mears will take over the ride for the 2011 season. Mears and the team missed the Daytona 500, but no other events. The team finished 32nd in owners points.

On January 6, 2012, Germain Racing announced that Mears will return as the driver of the #13 GEICO Ford. GEICO is signed with the team through 2014.[5] Germain Racing switched to Chevrolet for 2014.

Casey Mears had a rebound year with 1 Top 10 at Daytona and 7 Top 15s. Casey also improved to 24th in the standings, his best finish in the points since 2009. GEICO also plans to sponsor the team full season next year as well.

In 2014, Germain formed a partnership with Richard Childress Racing to field Chevrolets. Mears had previously driven for RCR in 2009. The team started the new season off with a top-10 when Mears finished 10th in the 2014 Daytona 500. Mears then added eight additional top-20s and another top-5 during the first half of the season, and sat 23rd in points at the halfway mark.

Car #60 History[edit]

The No. 60 at Charlotte

The #60 car debuted in 2011 Todd Bodine driving and sponsorship from Tire Kingdom for the Daytona 500. Bodine and team did not qualify for the event. For the rest of 2011, Mike Skinner ran the car with sponsorship from Big Red as a start-and-park ride to gain enough funds for the #13 to race on weekends that Geico is not the sponsor. In October 2011, Germain Racing parked the #60 ride for the remainder of the season after running 20 races, but never finishing better than 38th.

Nationwide Series[edit]

Car #03 History[edit]

Germain debuted in the Nationwide Series in 2007 with the #03 Germain Toyota Camry with Todd Bodine driving. He finished in the top-ten in his first two attempts, and ran three more races after that. The car did not run again until 2008, when Bodine drove to a fourth place finish. Michael Annett made the next attempt at the season-ending race at Homestead, where he finished 36th after a crash.

Car #15 History[edit]

Germain Racing fielded its first full-time entry in the Nationwide Series in 2008, with Mike Wallace driving. Wallace brought his car number, 7, and his sponsor, Geico, with him from Phoenix Racing. The team purchased the legal assets of the former Busch Series team of Yates Racing for purposes of an exemption as part of NASCAR's all-exempt tour policy in the three national series. Wallace finished eighth in his first and only season with Germain with 1 top-5 and 8 top-10s. After the end of the 2008 season, GEICO moved to the Cup Series due to a conflict of interest with series sponsor Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

At the start of the 2009 season Germain changed the #7 team to #15 and hired Michael Annett for the season. Annett drove the #15 full-time in 2009, with HYPE Energy and Pilot Travel Centers sponsoring. Annett went on to finishing third in the Rookie of the Year battle and 10th in the overall driver points. He collected 4 top-10 finished in his first full-time season.

In 2010, Annett continued driving for the team. Pilot Travel Centers continued their sponsorship of Annett and the team. Annett finished the year with 2 top-10s en route to a 13th place finish in the final standings.

For 2011 Annett moved to Rusty Wallace Racing's #62 for 2011, bringing Pilot Travel Centers with him. Todd Bodine drove the #15 at Daytona with Tire Kingdom as the sponsor, as rookie driver Timmy Hill was under 18 and not eligible to run in a national touring series. After Daytona, the #15 owner points were sold to Rick Ware Racing.

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Truck #03 History[edit]

The #03 truck debuted in 2007 at Lowe's Motor Speedway with Justin Hobgood racing. He qualified eighth, but finished last after an early wreck. The next race for the team came at New Hampshire International Speedway, but Sean Caisse did not qualify for the race. The following month, Justin Marks made his Truck Series debut at the Easy Care Vehicle Service Contracts 200, with voodoo ride sponsoring, finishing 22nd. Marks ran the final three races of the season, posting a best finish of eighth place at the Ford 200.

In 2008, the 03 truck again ran part-time, with Chrissy Wallace driving for four races, with her best finish being 18th in her debut at Martinsville Speedway. Dustin Skinner drove one race later in the season at Martinsville, but wrecked and finished 34th.

Chrissy Wallace was supposed to drive the #03 full-time in 2009, but failure to obtain sponsorship negated those plans, and the #03 shut down operations.

Truck #9 History[edit]

Musgrave's 2006 #9 truck

The #9 Toyota debuted at Daytona in 2005 with rookie Shigeaki Hattori behind the wheel. Although he had two seventh place starts, Hattori struggled in his transition to stock cars, and was released towards the end of the season, and replaced by Justin Hobgood, whose best finish was a 20th at Phoenix International Raceway. 2005 champion Ted Musgrave, whose team, Ultra Motorsports, had shut down only days before preseason testing, came to the team with a sponsor in Team ASE. He went the entire 2006 season without a win, before picking up a win at Texas in 2007. ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Justin Marks replaced Musgrave in the 9 with sponsorship from Construct Corps/Crocs. Marks had one pole and an eighth-place finish but he was replaced later in the year. The 9 truck was filled for the rest of the year by Chrissy Wallace, Michael Annett, David Reutimann, Paul Tracy, and Sean Caisse. The #9 only ran a limited number of races in 2009 with Max Papis, and sponsor Geico.

Papis drove the #9 full-time in 2011 with Geico, but only managed two top-10 finishes and finished 18th in points. For 2012 Germain shut down their truck operations and GEICO moved up to the Cup Series with Mears.

Truck #30 History[edit]

Germain debuted with this truck in 2004 at the Kroger 200, where Bodine finished fourth after starting third in the 30 truck. Bodine won two races that year Fontana and Texas, before missing the field at the Ford 200.

Bodine left for Fiddleback Racing in 2005, and was replaced by Chad Chaffin. Chaffin recorded four top tens with the team before he left to join upstart team Wyler Racing after Michigan. Bodine would return to the team after Fiddleback Racing shut down. The Bodine-Germain combination would win five races together, ending up with a third place points finish.

Lumber Liquidators became the team's new primary sponsor in 2006, and Bodine and crew would take home 3 victories along with the Truck championship. In the 2007 season, Bodine won at Texas and Talladega and finished fourth in points. He won an additional three races in 2008 and moved up to third in points. Lumber Liquidators left the team after 2008, but Bodine still won the first race of the season in 2009. Copart and Ventrilo sponsored the team for most of the season, and Bodine finished 4th in points. GEICO sponsored the truck for the first race at Daytona, but the team ran without sponsorship for most of the season. Bodine won his second championship in 2010.

Bodine and the #30 team ran the first ten races of the season before parking the truck due to lack of sponsorship. Bodine ran the #5 truck due to a new partnership between Germain Racing and Randy Moss Motorsports. In 2012, Germain Racing shut down its truck operations due to a lack of sponsorship. Bodine moved to Red Horse Racing, while Germain sold its Truck Series equipment to former manager Mike Hillman, Sr., who started his own race team.

Truck #62 History[edit]

The #62 truck ran only in 2011, as a full-time team with Brendan Gaughan driving the Toyota with sponsorship from South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. Brendan Gaughan left for Richard Childress Racing taking his sponsorship with him after Germain shut down their truck teams.

Truck #77 History[edit]

In 2010, Germain Racing ran the #77 truck part-time with many drivers. Miguel Paludo was the first to drive in 2010, qualifying for the second races at Bristol and Kentucky with sponsorship from Stemco/Duroline. Paludo finished 9th and 20th respectively. Next in the seat of the #77 was Jason Bowles who drove unsponsored at Las Vegas, bringing home a 16th place finish. Tom Hessert III drove the truck at Homestead with sponsorship from Cherry Hill Classic Cars. He finished 29th.

The #77 began the 2011 season as a full-time team driven by ARCA Champion Justin Lofton. However, Lofton and Germain parted ways after Texas, with Lofton taking his sponsorship to Eddie Sharp Racing. The #77 was shut down following Lofton's departure.

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