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Ty Dillon to drive No. 13 Germain Racing Chevy in 2017
Germain Racing announced Monday that Ty Dillon will jump full-time into NASCAR's premier series next season, taking the reins of its No. 13 Chevrolet. Dillon replaces Casey Mears , who had driven the No. 13 GEICO-sponsored entry since the second half of the 2010 season. The 24-year-old Dillon has made 18 Sprint Cup starts over the last three years, including a relief stint for the injured Tony Stewart during the early stages of last season. In a Monday morning appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR's Radio's "The Morning Drive" program, Dillon indicated that an agreement with Germain Racing came together earlier in the year. The challenge, he said, was staying mum until this week. "The questions kept coming and coming," Dillon told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "The cool thing is that I knew what I was doing; I just didn't say anything. It's kind of like having an awesome secret that you want everyone to know, but you kind of had to hold it back. I guess all good things are worth waiting for. I'm just excited for what's to come."
Ty Dillon to drive for Germain Racing in 2017
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman gets you caught up on the news about Ty Dillon replacing Casey Mears in the No. 13 in NASCAR's Premier series for Germain Racing in 2017.
Casey Mears inks extension with Germain Racing
Driver will return to the No. 13 Chevrolet in 2016 Casey Mears has signed a contract extension to keep him with Germain Racing for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Mears, 37, has been with Germain Racing since late in the 2010 season. During that time, he has one top-five finish and five top-10 finishes, all of which have come at restrictor-plate tracks. "I'm really happy to announce that Casey Mears is back in the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS next year," team owner Bob Germain Jr. said in a release provided by the team. "He's been an integral part of the team's growth and success over the past 5 years and I am confident he can continue to help us move forward and reach our goals. We've come a long way as a team, and assembled a group of extremely talented people who enjoy working together. As the team owner, that's really the thing I'm most proud of. And, of course, the long term support of GEICO has given us the stability we needed to make it all happen." In his fifth full-time season with Germain , Mears is currently 20th in the Sprint Cup Series point standings. "It's really exciting to drive the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS again in 2016," Mears said in a team release. "I think that it's been a long time in the making here at Germain Racing , being competitive at the Cup level. It's been a long process to get the GEICO program to where we are now. We are finally starting to see some of the benefits from all the hard work from the last four or five years. I'm very excited to carry on the GEICO relationship and to be a part of Germain Racing 's continued growth." In his 13 seasons in the sport's top series, Mears has one win, which came in 2007 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600 with Hendrick Motorsports . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Germain Racing extends deals with Mears, GEICO
Casey Mears and Germain Racing have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep Mears in the No. 13 Chevrolet through 2018, the team announced Thursday. GEICO also extended its relationship with Germain Racing to be the vehicle's primary sponsor through 2018. GEICO has been a primary sponsor with the team since its inception in 2009. "This is great news for our Germain Racing team because everyone has worked so hard to build this GEICO program and people in the garage are taking notice of what we're accomplishing," Mears said in a team release. "GEICO is such a great partner and they not only support our team, but the sport in general, which makes me even prouder to have the opportunity to drive the GEICO Chevy. We appreciate their belief in us and have enjoyed our relationship with everyone at the corporate office, as well as the GEICO associates that we get to interface with each week at the race track." Mears has piloted the car full time since the 2011 season, notching one top five and five top 10s during that span. He currently sits 22nd in the points standings with two races remaining in the 2015 season. If it holds, it would be his best finish with Germain Racing .
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Richard Childress Racing will offer technical insight as Germain shifts to Chevrolet in 2014
Ty Dillon lands Twisted Tea for No. 13 multi-year deal
WELCOME, N.C. -- Twisted Tea, the No. 1 maker of hard iced tea in the United States, has partnered with Ty Dillon , Germain Racing and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in a multi-year agreement to be primary sponsor of the No. 13 Chevrolet SS. Twisted Tea will serve as primary sponsor for select races during the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season along with an associate sponsorship for the entire 2017 season with RCR's No. 3 XFINITY Series team. "We've been involved with NASCAR for a few years, and we know that Richard Childress Racing , Germain Racing and Ty Dillon are the best of the best, and we couldn't ask for a better team to race with," said Michelle Sullivan, Sr. Director, Head of Marketing. "Our team members and Twisted Tea drinkers are fiercely loyal NASCAR fans, and we wanted to partner with a team and driver who share the same commitment to a captivating race day -- whether it be on the actual race track or with a twisted tailgate featuring Twisted Tea." Founded in 2001, Twisted Tea Brewing Company was built on the promise that a hard iced tea should taste like a real iced tea and deliver a refreshing drinking experience. With a wide variety of styles, Twisted Tea is continuously searching for the best flavors to introduce to its drinkers. Twisted Tea will use program assets provided by RCR and Germain Racing to continue to reach its loyal fan base, which largely consists of NASCAR fans. The No. 13 Chevrolet SS will be featured on select Twisted Tea packaging. The car, along with Dillon, 24, will also be featured among other brand initiatives in 2017. "What a thrilling opportunity to partner with America's favorite hard iced tea brewer," said Bob Germain , Jr., owner of Germain Racing . "NASCAR and Twisted Tea have some of the most loyal consumers in the world. We're pleased to announce this new partnership with our new driver, Ty Dillon ." "I'm looking forward to celebrating in Victory Lane with a cold Twisted Tea and meeting some of their loyal drinkers," said Dillon. "It's an honor to partner with a brand that has such loyal customers as I prepare for my first full-time season in the Cup Series." Last December, Germain Racing announced Dillon will compete full-time in the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS after racing full time since 2014 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series . Dillon will compete in 2017 for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. He is a four-time winner in NASCAR's three national series and won the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver Award. Based in Mooresville, North Carolina, Germain Racing formed a technical alliance with RCR in 2014 which includes engineering, crew support and engine power from ECR Engines. &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Dillon, Jones, Suarez revved for captivating rookie race
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! When Erik Jones threw his hat into the Sunoco Rookie of the Year race, it landed alone in an empty ring. That was early last August, the summer sun beating down on the new Furniture Row Racing entry unveiled among much pomp at Watkins Glen International . Three months passed and the season ended without a challenge. But Jones' candidacy wasn't a solitary act, and the contest among first-year drivers in 2017 will be no walkover. Ty Dillon 's late-November landing with Germain Racing and Daniel Suarez 's sudden January thrust into a full-time ride vacated by Carl Edwards have made the Rookie of the Year pursuit in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series a compelling one. The three blossoming drivers -- all aged 25 or younger -- are already familiar with each other's talents, having gone head-to-head in both XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series events the last few years. "We know each other very well, we get along well and for me, something that is very cool is to see how slowly all of this group of drivers, we've been making our way up now to the Cup level," said Suarez, the oldest of the bunch at 25. Last year's XFINITY Series champ will drive Joe Gibbs Racing 's No. 19 Toyota in Edwards' place this season. "So I think now it's going to be a lot of fun. I believe that you guys will enjoy it as much as we're going to enjoy it, so looking forward to it and hopefully we can start in the right way in the Daytona 500 ." The trio's collective rise to the sport's top level might not be considered all that gradual. Dillon made his first NASCAR national series start midseason in 2011, and his rookie rivals didn't make their national debut until later -- Jones late in 2013 and Suarez a year afterward. All but Suarez have partial experience in NASCAR's top series -- Dillon has made 18 starts over the last three years, and Jones has three pinch-hit appearances (and most of a fourth as a relief driver) in Gibbs equipment in 2015. As Jones has prepared for his first full-time foray into NASCAR's top division with a newly-expanded Furniture Row operation, he's been mindful of the benchmark that Chase Elliott established in winning the rookie award last year. Elliott's first season in Hendrick Motorsports ' No. 24 Chevrolet produced a playoff appearance and victory contention on several race weekends, a performance Jones wouldn't mind emulating. "I think he set a really good standard for the rookies and showed that we can come in and be competitive right away," says the 20-year-old Jones, who has a Truck Series championship from 2015 in his portfolio. "I hope I can have as good of a year that he did. He was obviously in contention for more than one race win and made it pretty deep into the Chase format as well, so that's a really good year for a rookie. I hope I can do the same, but he definitely set the bar high." Jones and Suarez have natural ties to each other through their connections to Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing , which shares a technical alliance with Furniture Row. Dillon operates outside that circle, having risen through the ranks with Richard Childress Racing and its staunch Chevrolet roots. RCR's alliance with the Germain organization continues for 2017. Dillon echoed the sense of familiarity he has with his fellow rookies, but he's also embraced the notion that he might be considered the dark horse among the three. Germain Racing is still seeking its first victory since it first entered the Monster Energy Cup fold in 2009. Dillon hopes he can personally lead a potential breakthrough. "It's a great rookie class, and the thing is all three of us are similar in a lot of ways and the way we approach racing ," Dillon said. "We all have an understanding of each other on the race track. We go hard every lap and I think it's going to be an exciting rookie race. I kind of feel people put us on the back burner -- me and Germain Racing -- and I think they'll be surprised." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Leavine Family Racing , Circle Sport merge for full slate
RELATED: See the changes for the 2016 CONCORD, N.C. (January 21, 2016) -- Leavine Family Racing (LFR) will join forces with Circle Sport Racing to run the full 36-race schedule in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). In addition, the race team will enter into an alliance with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and will make the switch to run Chevrolet SS race cars powered by ECR Engines this race season. Veteran driver Michael McDowell , who is entering his third season driving for Leavine Family Racing , will be the primary driver and compete in at least 26 NSCS races in 2016. RCR driver Ty Dillon , who finished third in the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship, will pilot the team's entry for the remaining NSCS races. Specific races for each driver are being determined but both drivers will enter the Daytona 500 . Leavine Family Racing team owner Bob Leavine has been preparing to take the team from a partial schedule to the full series schedule since the team’s inception. The 2016 season proved to be the perfect time to make the leap, thanks in part to the new alliance with Joe Falk's Circle Sport Racing team and technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing . "The manufacturer and alliance switch provides our team with the best opportunity to improve on-track performance and to create long-term sustainability," said Leavine. "This was the right time for us to make this change. We have been turning over every stone looking for the right plan for our team and our people in 2016, and we've finally found a great fit that's going to help us continue to grow both on the track and as an organization." Joe Falk, owner of Circle Sport Racing , had been an owner in NASCAR starting in the late 1990's. Circle Sport competed in its first race in 2012 and has been associated with Richard Childress Racing during that time. "I'm happy to be working with Bob (Leavine) and the team to combine our efforts for a successful 2016 and beyond," said Falk. "We've put together a top notch program obtaining all cars and engines from RCR." McDowell is entering his ninth season as a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and is scheduled to make his 200th start in 2016. “This is a big step for our competition program,” said McDowell. “The technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing is a huge asset to our growing team and we’ll have access to some of the top equipment in the Cup Series. This type of alliance has worked really well for single-car teams such as JTG Racing and Germain Racing in the past and I’m excited about what we’re going to be able to do in 2016.” Primary sponsorship of the No. 95 Chevrolet SS will include Thrivent Financial, K-LOVE Radio and Cheerios Brand. Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing is seeking additional sponsorship to fill out the season. Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing will kick off their first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Daytona Speedweeks in February 2016.
RCR forms technical alliance with Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing
RELATED: See the changes for the 2016 CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ty Dillon is set to expand his Sprint Cup Series horizons, signing on to the newly-merged Circle Sport- Leavine Family Racing team in 2016 for an undetermined number of races. Richard Childress Racing , owned by Dillon's grandfather and organizational namesake, and Circle Sport- Leavine Family Racing have agreed to form a technical alliance in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, beginning with the 2016 season with drivers Dillon and Michael McDowell . The partnership includes technology sharing, engineering, research and development provided to Circle Sport- Leavine Family Racing as they switch its No. 95 Sprint Cup Series cars to Chevrolet beginning with the 2016 season. Circle Sport- Leavine Family Racing will also benefit from utilizing ECR Engines. Dillon will run select races, including the Daytona 500 , for Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing in 2016, while McDowell will be the primary driver for the team. "This is a big step for our competition program," said McDowell in a team release. "The technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing is a huge asset to our growing team and we'll have access to some of the top equipment in the Cup Series. This type of alliance has worked really well for single-car teams such as JTG-Daugherty Racing and Germain Racing in the past and I'm excited about what we're going to be able to do in 2016." For Dillon, a favorite to win his first XFINITY Series championship behind the wheel of RCR's No. 3 entry, it's a chance to expand on a brief Cup slate in 2015 in which he picked up a better finish than his starting position in each of his five appearances. At the very least, it's a chance to expand his overall racing knowledge as he looks to lock up a title he nearly had last year with an eye on a full-time Cup ride in 2017. "Every time I get an opportunity to run the Cup Series, I use it to add notes to my notebook for hopefully a full season to come," Dillon said Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour. "I can't thank the Leavine family and Joe Falk and Circle Sport enough for giving me the opportunity to run some races in the Cup Series this year. I want to do the best I can with them. I want to go out there and take this team and show people what we're made of ... run with it and get some really good finishes. I know I can do it at this level and I'm ready to show people." All of Dillon's seven Cup starts (he made two in 2014) have come with Circle Sport, behind the wheel of the No. 33, so familiarity certainly won't be an issue. Sharing a ride with a fellow driver, however, may be a different story. Luckily the 23-year-old knows the value in the extra feedback that McDowell can give and thinks it can be beneficial to his overall driving ability. "Michael is a great, accomplished racer and he's been running in the Cup Series for a while now," Dillon said. "He's a really, extremely good road racer so hopefully I can lean on him for that a little bit and just grow a relationship that I have with him." According to the team, McDowell is expected to run at least 26 of the season's 36 races, with Dillon's slate expected to be anywhere from six to 16. Both drivers will be in certain races, starting with the season-opening Daytona 500 (Feb. 21, 1 p.m. ET, FOX).