Travis Pastrana to race a 600hp all wheel drive Dodge Dart in Global RallyCross
This 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
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