One of Bob Germain’s goals as owner of Germain Racing has been to field two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Unfortunately, he’s never really had the budget to do so. That though may soon be changing.
For the season opening Daytona 500, Germain has announced that they’ll field a second car with Casey Mears returning to the team for the February race. Mears, will drive the No. 27 Chevrolet which will be built and staffed in collaboration with Jay Robinson, owner of Premium Motorsports. Pat Tryson will lead the team as crew chief.
“I have considered running a second car in the Daytona 500 for years,” said Germain. “My immediate focus is still on our No. 13 team and the full season that Ty Dillon will run. However, when the chance to field a second car with Casey Mears came together this year with Jay Robinson building the car and providing the at-track crew, I wanted to jump on it. The Daytona 500 is a race that our team, sponsors and fans are all passionate about, and I am too. In a race where anything can happen, having a second entry is an exciting opportunity. Casey has been a part of our Germain Racing family for years, and I’m grateful that he’s willing to get behind the wheel for me again in this one race.”
Mears, joined Germain in the middle of the 2010 season at Bristol. He replaced Max Papis in that year. He’d remain in the car until being replaced by Ty Dillon following the 2016 season.
In his time with German, Mears had one top five finish (4th in Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona the 2014 July race) and five top 10’s to his credit. He also led 74 laps too.
Mears, has made 488 Cup Series starts overall with his lone victory coming in the 2007 Coca-Cola 600. He’s also had 13 top five finishes and 51 top 10’s to go along with 484 laps led. He hasn’t made a start since the 2016 season finale at Homestead.