Throwback to the Black and Gold in Honor of Smokey Yunick for Darlington Raceway’s “Bojangles’ South

(Mooresville, N.C. – August 31, 2016) After months of anticipation and even more planning, the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS has been completely decked out in the black and gold paint scheme that Smokey Yunick made famous. The GEICO hauler has been loaded and the throwback uniforms are tucked inside. This Germain Racing team is set to wow fans with their nod to Yunick, a key figure in NASCAR’s history as the Sprint Cup Series heads for Darlington Raceway for the “Bojangles Southern 500.”

Germain Racing team owner Bob Germain Jr. is looking forward to seeing the black and gold GEICO Chevy race, “The whole Darlington Raceway 'Tradition Returns' program is very fun and exciting. It's great to have the chance to throw back to NASCAR's roots. NBC and NASCAR have embraced this campaign and this year, we’re all in with our GEICO Chevy. Smokey Yunick's famous number 13 Chevrolets are part of NASCAR’s roots and we are proud to fashion our race car like his. He raced many car numbers, but it's my understanding he enjoyed the mysterious or daring nature of the 13 number. Our fans have really spoken up on Twitter asking us, GEICO, Casey and Bootie to race this paint scheme. The GEICO logo looks great on the black and gold Chevy and I can't wait to see the car on the track at Darlington this weekend."

“It’s a terrific opportunity for us to more deeply engage NASCAR fans and the heritage of the sport. As GEICO celebrates 80-years as a company, the timing is good for us to participate in this popular throwback promotion on Labor Day weekend, especially as we honor NASCAR legend Smokey Yunick and his legendary paint scheme,” said Ted Ward, GEICO Vice President of Marketing.

“I’m really excited about running the Smokey Yunick scheme on our GEICO Chevrolet SS. It’s very fun to be able to do something like this. I’m a bit partial, but I think our GEICO Chevy’s scheme is the best. Hopefully we’ll be able to hold Smokey’s name up proud and make his family proud and have a good run this weekend at Darlington,” said Mears who’ll wear a throwback firesuit and has a special helmet for the weekend.

Smokey Yunick is beloved by many that knew him as being a natural engineer. He seemed to see “problems” as opportunities and built his reputation on creating solutions. Yunick was a driver, crew chief and two-time NASCAR “Mechanic of the Year” whose first Southern 500 was Darlington Raceway’s second. He built the race-winning Hudson for Herb Thomas. Bootie Barker is crew chief for the No. 13 GEICO Chevy.

"I can’t believe it’s finally time. I have so enjoyed the social media reaction to the 13 GEICO race car! It’s such a privilege to have my father honored this way. Together with my husband and kids, we are heading to Darlington on Friday and are excited to see the car on track for the first time,” said Trish Yunick, daughter of Smokey Yunick.

The GEICO Chevy will feature a special teal ribbon steering wheel from MPI as an effort to raise ovarian cancer awareness in September. Additionally, the No. 13 GEICO Chevy features a teal ribbon decal in honor of Erin McCann, who is fighting the disease. As every week, the GEICO Chevrolet continues to carry the GRACIE heart on the b-post to honor the life and mission of Gail “Gracie” Germain and The Gracie Foundation Inc. that works to provide care packages from women afflicted with breast cancer.

Mears will wheel chassis 544 which was first run at Kansas this spring, then in the first Michigan race this season. Germain Racing is on track starting with practice, Friday, at Darlington Raceway (@TooToughtoTame). Keep the conversation going with us @GermainRacing or on Broadcast partners NBC/NBCSports and MRN will cover all the action.

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