Despite the loss of its primary NASCAR team, Dodge is moving ahead with plans for the 2013 Sprint Cup Series by unveiling its new Charger race car.
Exactly who will be campaigning for Dodge remains to be seen, however, following the surprise news that Roger Penske will shift his operations to Ford next year. The Detroit motor sports legend has promised to finish out this season with Dodge, however.
Ironically, the new NASCAR Charger bears a significant imprint from Penske racing, which played a significant role in its development. The new race car replaces the Challenger that Dodge had run in the Spring Cup Series since 2009.
“This endeavor,” said Ralph Gilles, Chrysler Group’s design chief and the president of its SRT Brand Motorsports, “embodies many of the design features of the street version into the race car. We’re extremely proud that the Dodge Charger street car is the only rear-wheel-drive model in Sprint Cup competition that is available with a V8 engine.”