Born: March 12, 1978
Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.
Residence: Charlotte, N.C.
Children: Samantha, Hayden
Hobbies: Dune/razor riding, RC cars, Motorcycles, Hiking,
Outdoors, Exercise/training, Family, Kids
Driver of the No. 13 GEICO Chevy SS
Mears has raced in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for 14 years, leading laps in
Earned one Win, 13 top-five and 51 top-ten finishes along with 3 pole awards in
Cup with more than 470 starts to date
Has one Win, 16 top-five, 32 top-ten finishes, 4 pole awards in 93 NXS starts over
Became first full-time NASCAR driver to win Rolex 24 Hours when he set a Daytona Prototype record in 2006 and won the overall, 44th Rolex 24 Hours race for Chip Ganassi
Family history is rich in racing, with roots still very deep in the open-wheel side of motorsports
Mears earned two pole awards and three victories in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2003; he swept the Pocono events
Scored an impressive fourth-place finish in his CART debut in 2000
While Mears boasts a distinguished resumé, his family history is rich with motorsports success. He is flanked by father, Roger Mears, who is a championship off-road racer, while his uncle, Rick Mears, has netted four Indianapolis 500 wins.
Mears joined Germain Racing in 2010 at Bristol Motor Speedway. At that same track, in August, 2012, Mears put the GEICO race car at the front of the field for the start of the race. He didn’t receive official credit for a pole award due to the rules of that season, but he earned the place based on the team’s practice results and a rainout of time trials.
Since joining the team, Mears has become a driver to watch each time the Sprint Cup Series unloads at Daytona and Talladega. His calm demeanor and road course racing roots have also helped develop him into a strong competitor at Martinsville Speedway, Pocono Raceway, and, of course, the two road course events.