13 Days until the Daytona 500

In Sprint Cup Series competition the #13 car has started 447 races and has 1 wins, 4 poles, 9 top 5s, 31 top 10s, and 161 DNFs.

  • Germain entered into Sprint Cup racing through a technical alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing beginning with attempting two races during the 2008 season. MWR supplied a Toyota Camry and technical support for Germain and driver Max Papis. Papis had previously driven for then MWR Vice President Cal Wells in the CART series.
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    Max Papis, 2009

    In 2009, Germain Racing attempted to run a limited schedule in the Sprint Cup Series with Papis driving the #13 with sponsor GEICO. The team qualified for 15 races in 21 attempts. Germain planned to run full-time in 2010, but it was required to start and park some events due to its limited sponsorship from GEICO and lack of additional sponsorship. In the first event of the 2010 season, Papis qualified for the Daytona 500, where he was involved in an early wreck before finishing 40th due to engine woes. After Watkins Glen, the team announced that Papis would be replaced. The team started and parked at Michigan and Bristol, then Casey Mears took over at Atlanta. Papis ran 33 races in the 13 car from 2009-2010.

 

  • For 2011, Germain Racing announced that Casey Mears  would take over the ride full-time for the 2011 season. Mears and the team missed the Daytona 500, but no other events. The team finished 32nd in owners points. On January 6, 2012, Germain Racing announced that Mears would return as the driver of the #13 GEICO Ford . GEICO is signed with the team through 2014. Mears led during the middle portions at Talladega, but crashed out. He finished 29th in points.
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    Casey Mears, 2011
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    Mears, 2013

    The team had a rebound year in 2013 with 1 Top 10 at Daytona and 7 Top 15s. Mears also improved to 24th in the standings, his best finish in the points since 2009. GEICO also plans to sponsor the team full season next year as well. In 2014, Germain formed a partnership with Richard Childress Racing to field Chevrolets . Mears had previously driven for RCR in 2009. The team started the new season off with a top-10 when Mears finished 10th in the 2014 Daytona 500 . Mears made the highlight reel after Marcos Ambrose punched him  during a post race altercation at Richmond. Mears eventually recorded fourteen top-20s and three top-10s during the season, and finished 26th in driver points, although on a much more competitive landscape than the 24th place in 2013. The team’s best finish is 4th at the 2014 Coke Zero 400.

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Mears, 2014

For 2015, Mears returned to Germain for what was to be the final year of both his and GEICO’s contracts with the team. Mears finished sixth at Daytona and fifteenth at Atlanta to open the season.

On July 14, 2015, it was announced that Mears had signed a contract extension with Germain and GEICO for 2016. On November 12, 2015, GEICO announced that it had extended its partnership with Mears and Germain Racing through the 2018 season.

Mears had a rough 2016 season, finishing 32nd at Daytona after caught speeding in the late of the race. Mears would finish better next week at Atlanta, finishing 14th. He was unlucky after being involved in a small accident with Michael Waltrip which ended Mears’ day at Talladega. On November 28, Germain announced Ty Dillon would replace Mears in the No. 13 starting in 2017. Mears started 227 races in #13.

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Ty Dillon will pilot the #13 car in 2017.
  • Peck Peckham made 20 start between the 1957 & 1958 seasons in #13. No photo was found.

 

  • Johnny Rutherford  started Smokey Yunick’s #13 car only twice in his career, but earned the only win the #13 claims by leading all 40 laps of his Daytona 500 qualifying race in 1963. At that time the qualifying races were points paying and constituted a full win.
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Rutherford

 

Other notable names in #13

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