MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Germain Racing’s 10-year relationship with GEICO kicked off in 2008 and the Mooresville, N.C.-based team is proud to announce that the GEICO logo and legendary Gecko will continue to appear for years to come on the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet, driven by Ty Dillon in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In addition to its sponsorship of Germain Racing, GEICO continues to have an expansive presence within NASCAR, including the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, the popular GEICO campgrounds, a large midway display at various racetracks, as well as the newest component, the GEICO Restart Zone, all of which are complemented by a sizeable multilevel media platform.“Being able to partner with GEICO all these years has been a source of great pride for our race team and for me personally. They’re an incredible company and they support our sport in so many different ways. We’re very fortunate to be the team that gets to represent GEICO on the race track. I appreciate their support and I look forward to working with them in the years to come,” says team owner, Bob Germain, Jr. “Ty Dillon has given us some very exciting races in his rookie season. We have extended Ty’s contract, and look forward to crew chief Bootie Barker and Ty leading the team to more success. They will be supported by all of the same great team members who have helped build Germain Racing.”In addition to GEICO, Germain Racing has been successful in building many successful sponsor relationships that have spanned multiple years, such as Caymus Vineyards, WIX Filters, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes and ZAK Products. In 2017, the organization and its driver kicked off a multi-year agreement with Twisted Tea that has seen the drink company experience a demonstrated increase in sales with their specially branded ‘No. 13’ packaging.“GEICO is an amazing sponsorship partner and a great supporter of NASCAR as a whole. I love having the chance to represent them and be a part of their widespread footprint in the sport, along with their long-standing relationship with Germain Racing. We’ve experienced success together during my rookie season and I’m excited for what the future holds for our No. 13 GEICO team,” says driver Ty Dillon, a 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender.Germain Racing will continue its technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing (RCR), one of the most prestigious organizations in NASCAR. The partnership with RCR, as well as the power of ECR Engines, provides the single-car team with the opportunity to experience continued growth as they race side-by-side each week with NASCAR’s top teams.
Winners of the Chamber Business Awards include (L-R): Jeff Quast of SpeedPro, Tom Robinson of KCP&L, Nancy Hansen and Sandi Russell of Twisted Sisters, Vida Bikales of The Barn Players, Ashley McDonald and Ken Bacon of Shawnee Mission Health, and Jose Ramirez of Moss Printing.The Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce recognized its business award winners Saturday night during the Chamber’s annual gala.The 2014 winners, who were nominated by Chamber members and then voted on by the entire membership, include the following:Corporate Business of the Year: Shawnee Mission HealthSmall Business of the Year: The Barn Players and SpeedPro Imaging of Shawnee (tie vote)New Business of the Year: Twisted Sisters Coffee ShopVolunteer of the Year: Jose Ramirez of Moss PrintingChamber Ambassador of the Year: Tom Robinson of KCP<he gala included both a silent auction and live auction during the dinner at the Overland Park Marriott.
#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Services on the line between Saint-Dié-des-Vosges and Épinal have been suspended since December 2018 due to the condition of the infrastructure.zoom inzoom outOther than the Épinal – Arches section, which will remain part of the SNCF Réseau network, the lines are not electrified. Services are worked by diesel multiple-units funded by Grand Est. The region expects to make the rolling stock available to the new operator, together with maintenance facilities, although it says that maintenance may initially need to be undertaken on a temporary basis at existing SNCF Mobilités depots.The concessionaire will be responsible for passenger information and marketing, including the management of any stations not shared with other operators. The region will pay PSO support under a formula that reflects the level of ridership and revenue. As with the Nancy – Mirecourt – Vittel – Contrexéville line in Lorraine tendered last month, Grand Est says ticketing and fare collection would be the responsibility of a separate operator under a contract covering the entire regional rail network.In line with French legislation, existing staff employed by SNCF on the routes would have the right to transfer to the new operator without the loss of their existing conditions of employment.Indicative timescaleExpressions of interest are due by September 30, and Grand Est expects to issue an invitation to tender to shortlisted consortia in the first quarter of 2021 next year. Its aim is to select a preferred bidder by the beginning of 2023, allowing two years to complete the renovation ahead of reopening.However, the region says the start date and the duration of the public service contract are ‘indicative’, and may be modified to reflect progress with the procurement. The planned 22-year duration is intended to allow the concessionaire to recoup the significant investment it must make in renovating the infrastructure. The train operating element may be split into an initial firm tranche and one or more optional extensions. A TER service on the Strasbourg – Saint-Dié-des-Voges line calls at the junction with the Sélestat line at Molsheim. (Photo: Wikimedia/Eole99)zoom inzoom outFRANCE: Passenger trains on the Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Épinal line are expected to resume running in 2025 under plans unveiled by the Grand Est regional authority on July 29.As part of a pilot programme to transfer responsibility for selected rural lines to local control, the region has invited expressions of interest for a €903m concession to reactivate the mothballed line and operate two regional services for up to 22 years.The competitively-tendered Bruche-Piémont-Vosges package covers TER trains on the cross-country Strasbourg – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Épinal route running southwest from the Alsace capital and the branch which diverges at Molsheim and runs south to reconnect with the Strasbourg – Mulhouse main line at Sélestat, along with a range of feeder bus routes.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outAccording to Grand Est, the current service on these two branches totals around 1·5 million train-km/year. SNCF Mobilités operates 650 000 train-km on the Strasbourg – Molsheim – Barr – Sélestat route and 200 000 train-km for short workings between Strasbourg and Molsheim. The Strasbourg – Molsheim – Saales – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges service accounts for another 650 000 train-km, but trains between Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, Arches and Épinal have been replaced by buses since December 2018 due to the condition of the infrastructure.The region anticipates a service of between eight and 10 trains each way per day on the Épinal – St-Dié-des-Vosges section following reopening, adding another 260 000 train/km per year; some of these services would run through to or from Strasbourg.Infrastructure renewalsThe winning concessionaire will be expected to set up a new subsidiary to run the lines, with separate business units for infrastructure management and train operations. The latter would need to hold the necessary safety certification and operating licences.The concessionaire will be responsible for financing and implementing the renovation of the mothballed Arches – St-Dié-des-Vosges section and for upgrading the rest of the route as far as Molsheim. It must also rehabilitate the Obernai – Sélestat section of the other line, and would then become responsible for infrastructure maintenance on both routes. Total cost of the work is estimated at €193m.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#