By Patrick Rall
A day after Penske Racing, the last major race team to run
Dodge stock cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, announced that they would be
shifting to Ford for the 2013 racing season, the Chrysler Group introduced the
shadowy teaser (which we have lightened up for easier viewing) above offering
us a first look at the 2013 Dodge Charger Sprint Cup car. The 2013 Charger “Cup Car” will make its
grand debut at 10:30 am on March 11th at Las Vegas – right before
the Kobalt Tools 400 begins.
NASCAR lifted the restrictions on some of the aspects of
race car body construction which allowed the Chrysler engineers to design a
2013 Dodge Charger stock car that looks a great deal like the road version of
the Charger. The image above shows a
long “greenhouse” area with a window opening that is closer to the design of
the standard production 2012 Charger; minus the 4 doors. It is hard to tell from the picture offered
but it does look like the 2013 Dodge Charger Sprint Cup car might have some
scalloping in the hood like the production model and event he indentations in
the body side appear to be present in the new race car – both of which really
add to the production look of the street Charger.
The big question is this: once the 2013 Dodge Charger is
ready for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will there be anyone to drive it? You would think that with the fuss made over
this new 2013 stock car body, the company would have a major team lined up for
next season. Or, they are hoping that
this new body will entice new teams.
The future of Dodge in NASCAR hangs in the balance but the
automaker appears to be working to keep themselves in the sport with the new
2013 Charger. Do you think that Dodge
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