August 17, 2008 on ESPN
Driver Casey Mears pays visit to MIS
Michigan International Speedway
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not knowing his future in 2009, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
driver Casey Mears is still remaining positive about driving
the No. 5 Kellogg’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports
for the remainder of the 2008 campaign.
who recently announced he was leaving the No. 5 team following
the 2008 season, was at Michigan International Speedway
on Wednesday promoting the 3M Performance 400 presented
by Bondo, which will be held at MIS on August 17. Tickets
and camping for the race weekend are still available.
part of the event, Mears drove hot laps in the MIS pace
car with media members and fielded some tough questions
about his future in NASCAR.
are a lot of opportunities out there right now,”
Mears said. “I’m just focused on winning races
for Hendrick Motorsports and hopefully I’ll get
a deal done in the near future.”
is no stranger to success at the two-mile Irish Hills
oval. He has made 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at
MIS with his best finish of fourth coming in June of 2007.
Mears won his only ARCA RE/MAX Series start at MIS in
2003 and also posted four top-10 finishes in five career
Nationwide Series starts at the track. He placed 11th
in the 3M Performance 400 last year.
is a great track to race at,” Mears said. “With
the multiple grooves here you can pretty much race anywhere.
I like to set my car up for the bottom of the track, but
if we need to move up to the wall, you can race there
too. It’s fun to drive here.”
name “Mears” goes a long way in the racing
community. Casey is the son of Roger Mears, who raced
in three CART races at MIS in 1982 and 1983. Casey’s
uncle Rick Mears was arguably the most famous driver in
the family having won three open wheel races at MIS and
also the Indianapolis 500 four times.
enjoyed growing up in a racing family,” Mears said.
“My dad (Roger) and uncle (Rick) were very successful
in this business. My uncle Rick won here at MIS and also
at Indianapolis a few times. It’s definitely been
nice to keep the family tradition going. I’m having
a lot of fun.”
and camping are available for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo on August 17 and
NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 on August 16 by calling
the official MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010 or by
visiting MISpeedway.com. Michigan International Speedway,
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