dodge dart rally car moving.jpgThis past Monday the Chrysler Group held a press conference
    to announce a new race venture with a new driver and when the curtain dropped,
    championship rally racer Travis Pastrana was introduced as the newest drive in
    the Dodge stables.  Pastrana will pilot a
    purpose built 2013 Dodge Dart rally car in the Global RallyCross Championship
    in seven events beginning in May at the season opener at Charlotte Motor

    The 2013 Dodge Dart rally car that will compete with Travis
    Pastrana behind the wheel will be a far cry from the production version of the
    compact sedan, packing 600 horsepower and 550lb-ft of torque but like the Dart
    coming to dealerships around the country – the rally car will be powered by a
    2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.  All
    of that power will be channeled to all four wheels by means of an advanced four
    wheel drive gearbox developed by Sedav specifically for rally racing. 

    This could prove to be a great move by the folks at Dodge
    and SRT, bringing in former rally racing champion Travis Pastrana in an effort
    to bust into the emerging world of rally racing.  Along with a history of success, Pastrana
    brings with him a built-in fanbase that should help the new Dart rallycross
    team much like Ford did in signing the likes of Tanner Foust, Ken Block and Brian
    Deegan for their action sports racing team. 
    More importantly, the fact that the artwork showing the upcoming Dodge
    Dart rally car shows the SRT logo, perhaps this is the newest hint that the
    Street and Racing Technology could be working on a high performance Dart SRT4.

    The 2012 Global RallyCross season begins on May 26th
    with the full schedule shown below.  I
    will attempt to follow Travis’ success throughout the season, hopefully
    bringing news that the new Dodge Dart is helping Team Dodge and SRT Motorsports
    succeed as their NASCAR team slowly dies.

    May 26 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
    June 10 – Texas Motor Speedway
    June 30 – X Games, Los Angeles
    July 1 – X Games, Los Angeles
    July 14 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
    Sept. 1 – TBD
    Sept. 29 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

    Click here to head into the Dodge Dart section to discuss the new compact sedan!