Germain Racing to switch to Chevy, partner with RCR

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Germain Racing will make the switch from Ford to Chevrolet for its No. 13 entry next year and form a technical alliance with longtime Chevy team Richard Childress Racing.

“Richard Childress and RCR have an extremely competitive program with a long history of winning races and championships,” Germain Racing owner Bob Germain Jr. said. “They have great people and tremendous resources, which will allow us to continue to improve our Geico (sponsor) team’s performance in 2014 and beyond.”

Germain Racing fields the No. 13 car for Casey Mears, who will continue with the team next season. It just so happens that Mears formerly drove for Richard Childress Racing.

“We are very pleased to have a team like Germain Racing become our partner,” RCR President and CEO Richard Childress said. “Bob and his team have ben very committed to this sport and worked hard to improve every year. We have worked with Casey before, and he’s a very talented driver. We look forward to working with him and his crew chief Bootie Barker.”

Germain Racing began competing at the Sprint Cup level with its No. 13 car in 2009. The organization previously competed in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, winning two championships with Todd Bodine as its driver.

Meanwhile, Richard Childress Racing has a tally of six Cup-level championships, all coming with the late Dale Earnhardt as driver. RCR fields three cars in the Sprint Cup Series — currently fielding the No. 27 for Paul Menard, the No. 29 for Kevin Harvick and the No. 31 for Jeff Burton. Harvick and Burton will be leaving the team at the end of the 2013 season. Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman will be joining Menard in the RCR Sprint Cup driver stable next year.

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