Just as the last weeks of the season put teams and drivers in a time crunch last year so was the career of Casey Mears. Mears had been given rides at Chip Ganassi, Hendrick and Richard Childress Racing based almost entirely on his last name.
The results have been less then desired for the driver and teams involved. At the end of last season Mears had made 252 starts, cracked the win column one time. He had notched just 12top fives to go along with 46 top tens.
He lost his ride at Childress Racing last season when Jack Daniels who had sponsored the 07 car opted to leave the sport.
Mears had no options for 2010, the economy was struggling and despite some hard runs to close out 2009 he’s largely been considered a fall back option at best. He signed on to pilot the #90 car but poor qualifying attempts and a lack of funds ultimately saw the two part ways when the opportunity to sit on a pit box in case Denny Hamlin could not run a complete race arose.
Since then Mears has moved on to Team Redbull following the recent medical troubles of Brian Vickers. In a way it’s almost odd considering that Mears was also the driver who replaced Vickers in the #5 Kelloggs car at Hendrick Racing.
One thing is sure if Casey Mears is to ever be more then just one of the “Mears” it’s got to be now. In his first run in the #83 car he finished 22nd after starting 39th. Bigger things are needed for both sides.