According to a report by Motorsport.com, Casey Mears, the driver of the No. 13 Geico Chevrolet has yet to enter into talks with Germain Racing concerning a contract past the 2015 season.
“Honestly, I really don’t know yet,” Mears told the site on Friday. “We’ve had a lot more speed this year. Obviously, our stuff has gotten better. As far as I know, everything is really positive. We haven’t really dove into those conversations yet.”
The 37-year-old driver and nephew of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears is in his 13th season of Sprint Cup Series competition and his fifth full year with Germain Racing. Through 11 races in 2015, Mears has yet to record a top-five finish and his best result of the year was sixth in the Daytona 500.
“All indications are that we’re moving forward into next year,” Mears said Friday, the day before finishing 19th in the SpongeBob SquarePants 400. “But at some point, we need to have that conversation for sure. I’m surprised that it took so long for someone to mention it because in this day and age, everything happens so early. Definitely, we need to start having conversations and find out when that’s going to be.”
The 2014 season began with Germain Racing switching from Ford to Chevrolet while also joining Richard Childress Racing in a technical partnership.
“Our little team has always been thrashing so hard just trying to get into starting the season that we really didn’t have an opportunity to understand how RCR did everything,” Mears said. “It’s definitely been a learning curve, but we definitely have to take advantage of those days when we are fast.”
Mears has raced for Germain Racing since joining it 21 races into the 2010 season at Bristol Motor Speedway. Before that he was with Chip Ganassi Racing (2003 – 2006), Hendrick Motorsports (2007- 2008) and RCR (2009).
Mears drove in nine races for three different teams in 2010 before joining Germain Racing, which is owned by Bob Germain Jr.
In 427 career Sprint Cup races, Mears’ lone win came in 2007 in the Coca-Cola 600 for Hendrick.
The 2007 season saw Mears earn five finishes in the top five, but since then he has only two, in 2008 at Sonoma and in 2014 at Daytona.