Dodge to leave NASCAR at the end of the year

Dodge will pull out of NASCAR at the end of the year, the American manufacturer announced on Tuesday

Dodge to leave NASCAR at the end of the year

While the 2013 Sprint Cup models of Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota are put through their paces at Martinsville in a shakedown test, Dodge has announced its withdrawal from the series at the end of the year in an afternoon teleconference.

Following to Ford from 2013, the future of Dodge in NASCAR became uncertain as Penske led the development of its cars and engines, fielding the only full-time entries in the Cup grid and the Nationwide series.

Despite Penske's announcement last March, which Dodge officials labeled as a "business" decision back then, Dodge went on to unveil its 2013 car, but since then there had not been any clear indication of its tying up with a team to lead its competitive efforts looking ahead.

Penske Racing continuing to build Dodge engines for 2013, despite running Fords in its own cars, was initially a possibility but it recently closed the door on such option, also announcing Monday that it will run units supplied by Roush Yates engines.

Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of Dodge's Street and Racing Technology brand (SRT) said the "committee-level" decision was taken only last Friday, after it was unable to put together the structure it thought necessary to reach its goals.

He denied financial reasons played in the company's decision.

"Following the announcement of Penske Racing in March 12, we set up a detailed evaluation process to determine who our perspective new partners could be and specifically what the future would hold for us on and off the racetrack," Gilles said.

"We were initially pleased to see the vast amount of interest from teams and sponsors that came our way with a lot of interesting packages and ideas. We couldn't unfortunately put together a structure that made sense to continue our business and competitive objectives for next year.

"This decision was not based on budgets, even though we have diversified in many sports this year, this was really a NASCAR-centric discussion and the case of the different pieces of the puzzle not fitting together to satisfy the structure we needed to fit our overall business and competitive objectives."

This year Dodge has won three Sprint Cup races with Brad Keselowski, currently one of the leading entries into this year's Chase, while he has also notched up three victories in the Nationwide Series where his Penske team-mate Sam Hornish Jr is a title contender.

Gilles said Dodge remains committed to finishing its association with Penske Racing on a high at the end of the year.

"We're committed to and focused on the 2012 season with Mr. Penske and we're going to do anything in our power to secure hopefully a Chase win and also a championship potentially in the Nationwide Series," Gilles added.

Dodge had once retired from NASCAR already in 1977 but came back in 2001 with former Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Ray Evernham leading the development of its cars though a squad built around the manufacturer's return.

shares
comments
Penske to run Roush Yates engines when it makes Ford move in NASCAR Sprint Cup
Previous article

Penske to run Roush Yates engines when it makes Ford move in NASCAR Sprint Cup

Next article

AJ Allmendinger says he tested positive for a prescription drug called Adderall

AJ Allmendinger says he tested positive for a prescription drug called Adderall
The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team Plus

The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team

Saddled with uncompetitive Minardi machinery, Tarso Marques didn't manage to score points in his three partial seasons of Formula 1. But now the Brazilian has the chance to show what he can do in NASCAR, and explains the story of his comeback with new Cup Series entrant Team Stange

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2022
The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car Plus

The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car

NASCAR’s new stock car generation is encouraging an influx of fresh blood into its top tier. But there are concerns that parts are in short supply as the entire paddock tries to build up stocks at the same time

NASCAR
Feb 22, 2022
How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style Plus

How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style

After holding his nerve and hip-checking his team-mate on the run to the line, Austin Cindric made a perfect start to life as a full-timer in the NASCAR Cup Series by winning the Daytona 500. Here's how the Penske Ford man emerged first across the line in the first points-scoring race for the much-anticipated Next Generation cars

NASCAR
Feb 21, 2022
Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season Plus

Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season

There are plenty of uncertainties ahead of the 2022 NASCAR Cup season as an all-new fleet of cars take to the track for the first time. Ahead of this weekend's Daytona 500, our experts explain what you need to know

NASCAR
Feb 17, 2022
How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival Plus

How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival

The NASCAR Cup kicks off with the Daytona 500 this weekend, but a major overhaul and a subsequent mountain of work has been required to be ready for the arrival of the Next Gen cars

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2022
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Plus

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson’s journey to the 2021 NASCAR Cup title comes straight from the Hollywood blockbuster scripts. While Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines for both the right and the wrong reasons

NASCAR
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Plus

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup Series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Plus

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR
Oct 5, 2021