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Mears takes over for Papis in No. 13 Toyota

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09:05 AM ET 08.19 | Casey Mears will be taking over driving duties for Germain Racing's No. 13 Toyota for the remainder of the season, stepping in for Max Papis. Papis will be moving into a full-time Camping World Truck Series ride in 2011. Mears will drive for seven races, starting at next month's event at Atlanta. Under Geico sponsorship, Mears will also drive for 18 races next season. Mears is excited about transitioning over to Germain, saying, "It's a great opportunity and I believe with all the hard work that Germain Racing has put into their Cup program, as well as our relationship with Michael Waltrip Racing, that we'll be able to do good things."

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August 19, 2010  09:18 AM ET

The other day Papis said he was staying with Geico. I don't know if he said it was going to be in the Truck Series.

August 19, 2010  09:27 AM ET

yeah, JK, I was just having a flashback to the geico article too. You know, there have been soooo many new articles here this week, i've lost track. But it seems to me they were talking about the #13. I guess I will have to backtrack and check.

I;m not sure I see Mears as a step up in the #13 from Max.

August 19, 2010  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

yeah, JK, I was just having a flashback to the geico article too. You know, there have been soooo many new articles here this week, i've lost track. But it seems to me they were talking about the #13. I guess I will have to backtrack and check.I;m not sure I see Mears as a step up in the #13 from Max.

Ok, my own memory failed me again. Earlier article did mention Mears coming to the #13. Great T&R, two postings in a week on, basically, the same story, just chapter 1 and chapter 2.

August 19, 2010  09:38 AM ET

"It's a great opportunity" ....did not Casey say that about Red Bull too!

So can Casey beat Max 22nd place finish, in the 7 races he will run this season?

August 19, 2010  09:52 AM ET

Disco Stu says-CAsey Mears has had his chances to prove himself as a cup driver, and he has proven that he just cant get it done..

August 19, 2010  09:59 AM ET

Awww, he's fine.

August 19, 2010  10:02 AM ET

Papis has full sponsorship from Geico for the Truck Series next year. Mears will be an improvement over Papis. Having said that, I am not taking bets on it.

August 19, 2010  10:34 AM ET

I'm not gonna defend Casey, cuz I ain't thrilled with the skills he has displayed over the years, but, "just sayin", he's not always had the best of situations:

If I recall, he was "bumped" out of the ride with Hendrick
His RCR ride was during a time when RCR themselves admitted to big problems at all teams
His little stint with Red Bull seemed more of a personality clash than talent shortage.

August 19, 2010  10:39 AM ET

I have a few opinions here...

1. Rick Hendrick destroyed Casey Mears when he split him from Darian Grubb when Dale Earnhardt Jr. came to the team. At that point I believe it was Mears' 5th crew chief in like 3 and a half seasons. You need consistency. Look at how he ended 2007 with Grubb as his crew chief, the two were running in, if not very close to, the top 10. Then Hendrick just simply put Mears in the #5 car and dismantled the #25.

2. While I like Max Papis, and he is a great guy, it is fairly obvious he doesn't have a good handle on the Cup cars. It's a shame, as he has more personality than most of the Cup drivers of today, but his forte really is sports cars and open wheel. His personality may fit very well in the Truck Series however.

3. Speaking of Germain Racing, how about that Miguel Paludo from Brazil finishing 9th in the Truck race from Bristol last night? It was the kid's first ever Truck Series start.

August 19, 2010  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I have a few opinions here...1. Rick Hendrick destroyed Casey Mears when he split him from Darian Grubb when Dale Earnhardt Jr. came to the team. At that point I believe it was Mears' 5th crew chief in like 3 and a half seasons. You need consistency. Look at how he ended 2007 with Grubb as his crew chief, the two were running in, if not very close to, the top 10. Then Hendrick just simply put Mears in the #5 car and dismantled the #25.2. While I like Max Papis, and he is a great guy, it is fairly obvious he doesn't have a good handle on the Cup cars. It's a shame, as he has more personality than most of the Cup drivers of today, but his forte really is sports cars and open wheel. His personality may fit very well in the Truck Series however.3. Speaking of Germain Racing, how about that Miguel Paludo from Brazil finishing 9th in the Truck race from Bristol last night? It was the kid's first ever Truck Series start.

seems like Hendrick has bent over backwards to give the 88 EVERYTHING that team needs to succeed....i understand that a mechanic and an engineer were taken from the 5 team, and given to the 88, and that may in part explain the struggles of the 5 car...and yet the 88 flounders...

August 19, 2010  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

seems like Hendrick has bent over backwards to give the 88 EVERYTHING that team needs to succeed....i understand that a mechanic and an engineer were taken from the 5 team, and given to the 88, and that may in part explain the struggles of the 5 car...and yet the 88 flounders...

the 88 team started to struggle when it lost a key engineer. that guy? his name is Darian Grubb, currently the crew chief on the #14 old spice/office depot chevrolet. it hasnt been right since..

August 19, 2010  12:09 PM ET

casey mears has been with all of the top teams and hasnt been able to get it done.. why is no one blaming him, just the teams hes driven for?

August 19, 2010  12:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

"It's a great opportunity" ....did not Casey say that about Red Bull too! So can Casey beat Max 22nd place finish, in the 7 races he will run this season?

Isn't that what they all say? Had he told the truth I think it would go like this.

"I am so glad to get another ride after not living up to Rick Mears reputation in Ganassi, Hendrick & Childress cars. Then this year I failed to qualify for Daytona, Fontana, Las Vegas and Atlanta and was released from the #90 Key Motorsports car. So the fact that anyone is giving me a ride is awesome."

August 19, 2010  12:45 PM ET

I just don't like Mears,,or his Dad,,nothing but a spoiled brat,,or should I say ,,""another spoiled brat"",,I think dear ol dad bought the ride for him.

August 19, 2010  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

the 88 team started to struggle when it lost a key engineer. that guy? his name is Darian Grubb, currently the crew chief on the #14 old spice/office depot chevrolet. it hasnt been right since..

the "key engineer" must have hit the road a few years back then...

August 19, 2010  12:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

casey mears has been with all of the top teams and hasnt been able to get it done.. why is no one blaming him, just the teams hes driven for?

please read post #5, above.

August 19, 2010  02:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

the "key engineer" must have hit the road a few years back then...

considering this is the 2nd season i believe of the 14 car being on the track, yes he left a few years back

August 19, 2010  03:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

considering this is the 2nd season i believe of the 14 car being on the track, yes he left a few years back

why yes, i too believe i have seen the 14 team on the track for a few years...im not a ****....i also believe that this Grubb fellow crew chiefed the 48 to a DAytona 500 win, which leads me to believe hes been gone a bit longer...

August 19, 2010  03:30 PM ET

Darian Grubb is an absolutely brilliant engineer/crew chief. He has produced wins with Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears, and Tony Stewart. He had Mears on the right rack prior to Hendrick bending over backwards for Jr. The #5 team should have been dismantled and the #25 should have stayed. Then if Mears had had a disastrous 2008 all the blame truly would be on him. I'm not saying he's a "great" driver, but him not flourishing ISN'T completely his fault.

As for fixing Jr, put Tony Gibson (current crew chief for #39 Ryan Newman) back on his pit box and that'll be a start. Remember that it was Gibson that was the crew chief the year Jr. won 6 races.

 
August 19, 2010  04:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

why yes, i too believe i have seen the 14 team on the track for a few years...im not a ****....i also believe that this Grubb fellow crew chiefed the 48 to a DAytona 500 win, which leads me to believe hes been gone a bit longer...

yes, he was an engineer on the 48 car who took over CC duties while chad k was suspended.. that was in 2006. darian was moved to the 88 team in 2008 when it was formed, and the team performed well most of the year, sitting in the top 5 of points for a good portion of the year.. then he left to go to SHR and its been all down hill for the 88 team since..

what do you mean when you say hes been gone a bit longer? do you make stuff up for the hell of it, or just have a bad memory?

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