Driver of the No. 13 Geico Chevy looks to improve on recent results.
DOVER, Del. — Casey Mears is optimistic he will remain long-term with Germain Racing.
Mears, 37, told motorsport.com at Kansas that he had hoped to already have a new contract by now. Apparently, talks are moving in the right direction.
Everyone is excited about moving forward, I think it’s just a matter of getting some paper work done.
“Things are going well,” Mears said. “I had a really good conversations with Bob Germain (team owner) and Larry Rogers (general manager). Everyone is excited about moving forward, I think it’s just a matter of getting some paper work done. Everything is good so far.”
Mears, who qualified 21st for Sunday’s Fed Ex 400, has piloted the No. 13 Geico Chevrolet 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. Mears is 21st in the Sprint Cup point standings. His best finish this season is sixth at Daytona.
“I’ve got a lot of pride in how we’ve brought this team together,” Mears added. “It’s taken all of us to get it to this point. When I came here, it was a start and park program, running a half-season with stuff that really wasn't competitive.
“All of us — from Bootie’s (Barker, crew chief) end to Bob’s commitment to my work, too, behind the scenes and all the guys that has stood behind us, we’ve definitely got this program to the point when we can start seeing some of the results for all of that hard work.
“I’m encouraged that they want to keep things together and we’re just going to keep on moving forward here.”