NASCAR Top-30 Preview:
No. 27 Casey Mears
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Mears' car sits on pit road at Texas. Mears posted 24th in final points, his best showing since 2009.
By Dominic Aragón
January 10, 2014
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.
While inconsistency has been the Achilles’ heel for Casey Mears and Germain Racing, 2014 can change for both with their newly formed alliance.
With Richard Childress Racing forming an alliance with Germain Racing, the single car operation will benefit on a variety of platforms. According to a Germain Racing press release from October, the alliance “includes technology sharing, engineering, research and development [with RCR].”
However, an alliance with a powerhouse team does not guarantee immediate results or success.
Inconsistency throughout Mears’ career has cost him his seat at powerhouse organizations. While Mears was trying to jumpstart his stalled career in 2010, Germain Racing picked up Mears to drive the No. 13 car, replacing Max Papis.
2013 was arguably Mears’ best year since 2009, and Germain Racing’s best in the Cup Series to date. Mears began the year with four finishes of 16th or better in the first six events, and scored his first top-10 finish since 2009 in July at Daytona. Yet, Mears only managed one more top-20 finish after 9th at Daytona, and stayed stagnant at 24th in points for much of the season.
The organization benefitted tremendously from the added funding from Geico Insurance, as the company supplied more sponsorship dollars to the team than any previous season.
In 2014, Casey Mears and the single car operation that is Germain Racing will likely see improvement in competitiveness and results at all types of racetracks. Superspeedway performance is the team’s forte, and Mears will likely be a contender for strong finishes at all four of those races. But with the dominant organizations on the racetrack, it is likely the No. 13 team will still be content with finishing on the lead lap at most races.
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