Axalta is in Baja, Ensenada, Mexico to compete in one of the most grueling races of the year as the 800.5-mile SCORE Baja 1000 is about to get underway for more than 275 teams.
Axalta, which is sponsoring an entry in the Baja 1000 for the second straight year, will be along for the ride on the No. 42 Ford Raptor with Casey Mears and Doug Fortin.
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Returning to the desert after a few years in IndyCar racing and 15 years in the NASCAR Cup Series, Casey Mears, 41, comes from one of the legendary families of motorsports—The Mears Gang of Bakersfield, California.
A third generation racer, Casey Mears returns to Baja in the dusty trail of his grandfather Bill Mears, his father Roger Mears, his uncle Rick Mears and his brother Roger Mears Jr. All of this group, except Casey Mears, have at least one SCORE Baja 1000 race win.
Despite the heritage and growing up in the deserts of Baja, Nevada and California, Casey Mears will still be considered a SCORE rookie in this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 as he has never raced or navigated in a SCORE race.
His IndyCar career was short-lived and he switched to stock cars, racing in 107 NASCAR Xfinity races over 10 years and 489 NASCAR Cup races in 15 years. He had one career NASCAR Cup race win, 51 top-10 finishes and won three poles.
In 2006, Casey Mears joined Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon to set an event record in winning the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. He currently also races in many of the events in Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks Series.
For this year’s SCORE Baja 1000, Casey Mears will be the driver of record for the No. 42 Axalta Ford Raptor (Geiser Brothers-built). His second driver will be veteran desert racer Doug Fortin, 49, Jr. El Cajon, Calif., a three-time SCORE Baja 1000 overall winner (1997, 2001, 2003).
Mears talked with Jeff Gordon earlier this year for Axalta Racing’s Around the Track interview series, discussing the Baja 1000, his time at Hendrick Motorsports, growing up in a racing family and much more.