After a three-week hiatus from the NASCAR Busch Series, Casey Mears is ready for some extra road work this weekend as he returns to the National Guard Chevrolet at Watkins Glen International.
Although Mears has competed sporadically in the Busch Series for the past seven years, he has never run at the Glen. In fact, Saturday will mark his first-ever start in a Busch Series race on a road course.
Mears certainly isn’t hurting for experience, though, having raced in four NEXTEL Cup events at Watkins Glen with a career-best finish of fourth in 2004. He’s led eight laps and, impressively, has completed all but one circuit in Cup competition there.
Mears also knows there’s a challenge in switching back and forth between series, especially with the new Chevy Impala SS "Car of Tomorrow" that his No. 25 NEXTEL Cup team will race Sunday.
This weekend, Mears’ No. 5 National Guard Chevrolet will honor the 42nd Infantry "Rainbow" Division, which is spread over eight states, including New York. Its soldiers were among the first to respond to the 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center.