Casey Mears is making his return to NASCAR in this weekend’s Daytona 500. He will pilot the No. 27 Rim Ryderz Camaro ZL1 for Germain Racing, built and staffed in collaboration with Premium Motorsports. After locking himself into the race based on his qualifying speed, Mears’ official starting spot will be determined in the second qualifying duel on Thursday night. This will be his 13th appearance in the Daytona 500.
Mears has 25 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway under his belt. He has an average start of 23.2 and an average finish of 20.0 at the famed track. Coming close to victory, Mears earned a second-place finish in the 2006 Daytona 500. He has a total of two top-five finishes, six top-10 finishes and has led 21 laps of competition. Mears has run five NASCAR Xfinity series races at the historic track, scoring two top-10 finishes.