Germain Racing will field a second car in the Daytona 500 later this month for one of its former drivers, Casey Mears.
Mears will drive the No. 27 Chevrolet which will be built and staffed in collaboration with Jay Robinson, the owner of Premium Motorsports. Pat Tryson will be the team’s crew chief.
“I have considered running a second car in the Daytona 500 for years,” said team owner Bob Germain. “My immediate focus is still on our No. 13 team and the full season that Ty Dillon will run. However, when the chance to field a second car with Casey Mears came together this year with Jay Robinson building the car and providing the at-track crew, I wanted to jump on it.
“The Daytona 500 is a race that our team, sponsors, and fans are all passionate about, and I am too. In a race where anything can happen, having a second entry is an exciting opportunity. Casey has been a part of our Germain Racing family for years, and I’m grateful that he’s willing to get behind the wheel for me again in this one race.”
Sponsorship for the car was not announced.
Mears drove the No. 13 for Germain Racing from mid-2010 through the 2016 season before the ride was taken over by Ty Dillon. The two will now be teammates in the Daytona 500, which will be Dillon’s fifth and Mears’ 13th. Daytona 500 will be Mears’ first race since the 2016 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He has a career-best finish of second in the event when he was runner-up to Jimmie Johnson in 2006.