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Cup preview: Germain Racing

Updated: February 13, 2014, 7:47 AM ET
By John Oreovicz | ESPN.com

Casey MearsJerome Miron/USA TODAY SportsCasey Mears and Germain Racing are switching from Ford to Chevrolet and hoping an alliance with his old team -- Richard Childress Racing -- pays dividends.

One in a series of 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team previews ahead of the season-opening Daytona 500:

[+] EnlargeCasey Mears and Robert 'Bootie' Barker
Jonathan Ferrey/Getty ImagesCasey Mears and crew chief Robert "Bootie" Barker found some serious speed in Daytona testing last month.

GERMAIN RACING

Principal owners: Bob Germain Jr.

Manufacturer: Chevrolet

Engine source: Earnhardt-Childress Racing

Alliances: Richard Childress Racing

Drivers (crew chiefs): Casey Mears (Bootie Barker)

2013's top finisher: Mears (24th)

2013 grade: C-minus

2014 preseason grade: C-plus

2014 outlook: Two-time Camping World Truck Series champion Germain Racing continues to make progress in the Sprint Cup Series. Casey Mears improved five places in the standings (to 24th place) and notched 20 top-25 finishes. Germain's 2014 prospects are boosted by a change in manufacturer from Ford to Chevrolet and a new alliance with Richard Childress Racing. The team got off to a good start, with Mears running in the top five in preseason testing at Daytona.

Quotable: "Richard Childress and RCR have an extremely competitive program with a long history of winning races and championships. They have great people and tremendous resources, which will allow us to continue to improve our GEICO team's performance in 2014 and beyond." -- Bob Germain Jr.

Quotable: "Bob and his team have worked very hard to become one of the better single-car teams over the past few years and we are looking to build on what they've already achieved. They've proven they can be winners by what they did in the Camping World Truck Series. Bob is an asset to this sport for wanting to improve the team's performance and take them to the next level. We also look forward to having Casey back in the RCR family." -- Richard Childress

DRIVER LINEUP

Mears
Mears

Casey Mears (#13 GEICO Chevrolet): "It was nice to finally get on the track and turn some laps. The test went really well and our Chevrolet SS felt great. All of the guys on our Germain Racing team did a great job in the offseason getting prepared to start 2014. It was nice to see some familiar faces at RCR and that relationship seems to be working out well. I can't wait to get back to Daytona for Speedweeks."
2014 goal: Top 20 in championship

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