Penske Racing Will Ditch Dodge for 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season
Penske Racing is the only major multicar team left in the
NASCAR Sprint Cup with the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger of Brad Keselowski and
the #22 Shell/Pennzoil Charger driven by AJ Allmendinger but team owner Roger
Penske announced today that his team would be leaving Dodge to run a Ford
Fusion in 2013. This move from Dodge to
Ford will not only affect the #2 and #22 Dodge Chargers from the Sprint Cup but
also the # 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger driven by Brad Keselowski and the #12
Alliance Truck Parts/WURTH Dodge Challenger driven by Sam Hornish Jr. of NASCAR’s
This announcement comes as a stunning blow to the Dodge
NASCAR effort and with the loss of the teams piloted by Keselowski and
Allmendinger, the only driver from this year’s Daytona 500 to still be running
a Dodge is the self-owned team run by Robby Gordon. Penske was the last big name owner to stick
with the Dodge stock car program and with the loss of this partnership – we could
be looking at the final year for Dodge in NASCAR.
Ralph Gilles, the president and CEO of the SRT Brand and the
company Motorsports division, thanked Roger Penske for his time spent with
Dodge while also pointing out that Chrysler’s Motorsports efforts go well
beyond the world of NASCAR. He went on
to explain that the company will assess their Motorsports efforts for 2013 at a
later date – meaning that Dodge NASCAR fans should cheer hard for the remaining
Dodge racers could this could be the last year to do so.
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