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#13 NASCAR Team News and Links

OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS
Germain Racing
Ty Dillon

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
GEICO (32 races)(2018)
Twisted Tea (3 races)

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS
ZAK Products
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Germain Racing - Twitter
Germain Racing - Facebook
Ty Dillon - Twitter
Ty Dillon Motorsports - Facebook
GEICO Racing - Twitter
ZAK Products - Twitter

STATISTICS
Ty Dillon - ESPN
Ty Dillon - RacingReference.info

MORE INFO
2017 #13 team paint schemes
2016 #95 team paint schemes
2016 #13 team paint schemes
2015 #13 team paint schemes
Paint Scheme Gallery
Driver Appearances
Team Address/Contact


Races [3] that Twisted Tea is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
Auto Club - 3/26
Kansas - 5/13
one more TBA

Contract Status: Driver: 2017?; Primary Sponsor: 2018; Manufacturer: 2017+


#13 Team / Driver News

Ty Dillon named 'Most Interesting Sportsman in the World': Richard Childress Racing XFINITY Series driver and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver for Germain Racing, Ty Dillon, was named the 'Most Interesting Sportsman in the World' for Spring 2017 by industry leader Fin & Field. Dillon, 25, is the youngest ever nominee of the award.[More](5-26-2017)

The Richard Childress Racing family is expanding: RCR XFINITY Series [and Germain Racing Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series] driver Ty Dillon and wife, Haley, announced on May 8 that their family is growing by one! Congratulations to the couple who are due with their first child in November.(Richard Childress Racing)[click to continue](5-9-2017)

Twisted Tea debuts on the #13 at Auto Club Speedway: This weekend, the #13 Chevrolet SS features primary sponsorship for the first of three races from Twisted Tea, major associate branding from GEICO and showcases associate sponsorship relationships.[More](3-23-2017)

Twisted Tea to the #13 UPDATE: Sports Business Journal's Adam Stern reports that Twisted Tea will be the primary sponsor on Ty Dillon's #13 Germain Racing's Chevy for a few races. GEICO will be the primary for 32/36 points races (Adam Stern's Twitter). Twister Tea was the sponsor of the since closed #44 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford for some races in 2016. Brian Scott drove the #44 before retiring after the 2016 season. See an image of the scheme on the #13 Team Schemes page.(2-1-2017)
UPDATE: 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 in a multi-year agreement to be primary sponsor of the #13 Chevy. 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 #3 XFINITY Series team. 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 #13 Chevy will be featured on select Twisted Tea packaging. The car, along with Dillon, 24, will also be featured among other brand initiatives in 2017. Last December, Germain Racing announced Dillon will compete full time in the #13 GEICO Chevy 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, NC, Germain Racing formed a technical alliance with RCR in 2014 which includes engineering, crew support and engine power from ECR Engines.(Richard Childress Racing)(2-1-2017)

Mears working on 2017: Casey Mears, who will be replaced in the #13 GEICO Chevy next season by Ty Dillon, tweeted Tuesday, "Thank you for all the support out there. Working on what's next. Having fun exploring all options and directions."(12-7-2016)

Ty Dillon replacing Casey Mears at Germain Racing UPDATE: Beginning in 2017, Ty Dillon will take over full-time driving duties of the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Germain Racing. Dillon follows Casey Mears, a seasoned veteran who, over the last six years, has helped build Germain Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program into a viable organization that has garnered the respect and attention of NASCAR's elite. The 24-year old Dillon has made 17 starts in the Sprint Cup Series for several different teams, including Circle Sport/Leavine Family Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing. He scored a career-best sixth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2016 while serving as a relief driver for Tony Stewart. Germain Racing notched two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championships and two top-10 points finishes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series before making the jump to the nation's top racing series. Since the inception of their Sprint Cup Series program in 2009, the team has established itself as an accomplished restrictor-plate program, while also achieving success at the series' road course events. With the switch to Chevrolet and the addition of Richard Childress Racing as a technical partner in 2014, they have experienced improvement at the challenging intermediate tracks. Team owner, Bob Germain, aims to continue making progress in the coming years. RCR's partnership with Germain Racing includes technology sharing, research and development, and engineering under the Chevrolet banner. Germain Racing will also continue to utilize the highly reliable and powerful engines from ECR Engines.(Germain Racing)(11-28-2016)
UPDATE: 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. A team spokesperson confirmed Monday that Robert "Bootie" Barker would return as the team's crew chief in 2017. GEICO returns as primary sponsor, extending a relationship that bridged Germain Racing's transition to a full-time Sprint Cup team in 2009. The Germain team shares a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing, the multicar organization founded by Dillon's grandfather, and its entries are powered by Childress-owned ECR Engines. Dillon said that the existing partnerships should help smooth his own transition to a full slate of racing in NASCAR's premier series.(NASCAR.com)(11-29-2016)

Latest on Mears 2017 plans; Dillon to #13?: Casey Mears says he and the Germain Racing #13 team are concentrating their efforts only on the remaining five races of 2016 and can't speak about next year. "Not at the moment," Mears said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. "Right now we're just focused on what we talked about at the beginning of the season. Focus on the remainder of this year first and foremost." Rumors have Germain opting to replace Mears next season, possibly with NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ty Dillon. Dillon's Richard Childress Racing organization has a technical alliance with Germain. Geico, the #13 team's primary sponsor, is signed through 2018. In many cases, sponsor and driver contracts run concurrently. "As I know more, we can talk about it," Mears said. "But right now we're just focused on getting through this weekend."(NASCAR.com)(10-21-2016)

Baldwin meets with employees, 'exploring all my opportunities' for team's future UPDATE3: Unsure about his organization's future, #7 team owner Tommy Baldwin met with his employees Monday "so I can give them the options if they needed to go find a job.'' Baldwin said Tuesday that "I'm exploring all my opportunities right now. I'm trying to figure everything out.'' He hopes to have his plans solidified by some point in December. Among the options, there is one thing Baldwin said he won't do. "I would never shut down,'' said Baldwin, whose team debuted in the Cup series in 2009. "Don't use that word. The options are keep going or sell. That's the only two options we have.'' Baldwin admits he's given his employees a similar message "in six out of the eight years" of the team and always made it to the next season. "The technology has just increased,'' Baldwin said. "Everyone has just become smarter. The race teams, with Michael Waltrip Racing shutting down (after the 2015 season) and some other things, it put a lot good people, dispersed a lot of good people to different teams. Everyone had to spend a lot more money to keep up with the Gibbs and Hendrick programs. It's funny to me how everyone thinks our racing is not good. This is the most competitive that NASCAR has ever been.'' Baldwin admits it has been a struggle at times for the team and driver Regan Smith. Baldwin has one of the 36 charters granted to Sprint Cup teams at the beginning of this season. That adds value to his organization, ensuring that his team - or whoever purchases the charter, if that happens - would be in every Cup points race. Baldwin's car is 32nd in the car owner point standings, ahead of five other teams that have charters (another team below Baldwin's leased its charter for this season). Smith is 33rd in the driver standings. He finished a season-best third at Pocono in August. His only other top-10 finish this year has been an eighth-place result in the Daytona 500.(NBC Sports)
UPDATE: hearing that Baldwin has sold the #7 TBR charter to the #95 Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing team. Not sure if that means the team will have two charters and run two teams or if Circle Sport gets one of the charters and runs the #33 team again. Supposedly Casey Mears will be the driver of the #95. Rumors have floated around the Ty Dillon would take over the #13 Germain Racing Chevy ride with increased support from Richard Childress Racing. No word if Baldwin would stay on as a part-owner or crew chief, move on to another team or keep running the #7 TBR team as an open team.
UPDATE2: FS1's NASCAR Racehub show confirmed Wednesday with multiple sources that Tommy Baldwain Racing has signed paperwork to transfer ownership charter to Leavine Family Racing (#95 Chevy). It was also reported that LFR leased their charter for 2016, supposedly from Circle Sport, which ran the #33 Chevy for years under the ownership of Joe Falk. Baldwin could play an advisory role with the team. TBR declined to comment. (10-19-2016)
UPDATE3: Leavine Family Racing is in the process of buying a charter for next season as its relationship with Circle Sport owner Joe Falk (who has a charter) will end after 2016, Leavine VP Jeremy Lange said Wednesday. Lange wouldn't confirm from which team it is buying a charter. The team plans to operate one Cup car (the #95) next year with a Richard Childress Racing alliance. Michael McDowell has been the Leavine primary driver since 2014 and has built a good relationship with the team but does not have a deal signed yet to drive for the team next season.(ESPN)(10-20-2016)

Sad News - Gail Sommer Germain: After a long, courageous and inspiring fight with breast cancer, the wife of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Bob Germain Jr. has passed away at the age of 45. Gail Sommer Germain bravely and openly shared her struggles, victories and experiences as she fought through the disease. Mrs. Germain made it her mission, her legacy, to help other women who are also struggling with the emotional and physical strains of fighting against cancer. Mrs. Germain made her battle with cancer very public in an effort to inspire other women to keep their grace and dignity throughout the challenges of cancer. Gifts to The Gracie Foundation Inc., named after her nickname, "Gracie," are used fully to fund comfort gift bags for women undergoing cancer treatments. The Gracie Foundation is formed so that 100-percent of donations are used for creating thoughtful "gifts that boost positive energy in women undergoing chemo or radiation treatments." In honor of Mrs. Germain and her gracious battle, the #13 GEICO Chevrolet SS race car has long featured a pink ribbon on the C-post and a nod to Gracie on the B-post. This tradition, along with a special message on the decklid of the #13 GEICO Chevy SS will be continued at Darlington Raceway for Sunday's "Bojangles Southern 500." Germain Racing crew members will also wear pink arm bands in honor of Mrs. Germain. The family will hold a private memorial for Mrs. Germain.(Germain Racing)(9-5-2015)

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