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Casey Mears Surprises Dad with Birthday Gift

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (March 30, 2007) - Roger Mears, father of Casey Mears, drives his son’s motor coach from race to race during the NASCAR season and is a familiar face at the track.

However, the former off-road racer won’t be so easy to find this weekend in Martinsville.

Roger Mears, who celebrated his 60th birthday last Saturday, will be at the Barrett-Jackson auction—also known as the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Event”—in Palm Beach, Fla., from March 28 to April 1.

The younger Mears, driver of the No. 25 National Guard/GMAC Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, arranged for his father to attend the event as a birthday present and even slipped a blank check in with the ticket.

“I still don’t know what to say,” said Roger Mears, who rarely misses SPEED Channel’s Barrett-Jackson Car Search program and plans to make the trip south with his brother, open-wheel legend Rick Mears. “It’s a pretty amazing thing to do for your dad. I was speechless.”