Team: Germain Racing
Sponsors: Troy Lee Designs, Geico, Germaine Racing, Ford
- Bakersfield, CA
How did you get into racing?
My father Roger Mears, and my uncle Rick Mears.
When did you start racing?
In 1982 at age four, I started racing BMX and later ATV's, and then go-karts.
What is the most memorable moment in your career?
Starting from the pole at the Brickyard in Indianapolis in 2004.
-Named driver of Richard Childress Racing’s No. 07 Jack Daniel’s Chevrolet in August 2008 for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
-Mears’ first season with Hendrick Motorsports was highlighted with his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in May at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Mears, in the No. 25 Chevrolet, earned career highs in top-five finishes (five), top-10 finishes (10) and recorded his third career pole at Chicagoland Speedway. The team ended the 2007 season 15th in the Sprint Cup standings.
-Mears also competed in 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series races for Hendrick Motorsports. The No. 24 team earned an impressive 14 top-10 finishes during its partial season with Mears.
-In September, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Mears would move to the No. 5 Kellogg’s/CARQUEST Chevrolet for the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, a team that has posted four victories and two top-10 points finishes in the past three Sprint Cup campaigns under the watchful eye of Gustafson.
-Mears turned that late-season momentum from 2005 into a fast start in 2006. He became the first full-time NASCAR driver to be part of a winning Grand American Rolex 24 team at Daytona International Speedway and followed that with a runner-up finish to now-teammate Jimmie Johnson in the prestigious Daytona 500. In July 2006, Mears won his first career NASCAR race at Chicagoland Speedway in Nationwide Series competition.
-Mears finished the 2006 NEXTEL Cup season a career-best 14th in the final point standings, with two top-five finishes and eight top-10s.
-The 2005 Sprint Cup season was something of a rollercoaster ride for the Bakersfield, Calif., native. He watched two potential victories -- at Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway -- slip away after late-race cautions. However, Mears ended the season on a high note with three top-five finishes and nine top-10s for the year, including five top-10s in the final nine races.
-The 2004 racing season marked continued improvement for Mears. While tallying one top-five finish and nine top-10s in the Sprint Cup Series, he also competed in 17 NASCAR Nationwide Series events, including the race at California Speedway. He captured the pole there and went on to earn a career-best finish of second.
-Mears’ consistent performance in 2004 earned him his first career top-five Cup Series finish at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. In keeping with family tradition, he also captured the pole position in track-record time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Aug. 6, 2004. His uncle, Rick Mears, won six Indianapolis 500 poles during his open-wheel career.
-During his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie season in 2003, Mears competed in all 36 races for Chip Ganassi Racing. He ended the season with five top-20 finishes and placed 35th overall in the point standings.
-Mears also drove 13 races in the Nationwide Series, scoring one pole position and three top-10 finishes. He also competed in four ARCA races, winning three of them and marking his first victory in a stock car.
-Mears competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series full time in 2002, driving the No. 66 entry for owner Wayne Jesel. He finished in the top five once, while also securing seven top-15 finishes during his first season behind the wheel of a stock car.