Dodge announces it is exiting NASCAR [video]

SRT replacement in the works?

[UPDATE] Dodge has released a video announcement added above.

Dodge has been a fixture on the NASCAR circuit for over a decade, but a recent report is indicating the company is calling it quits.

Automotive News says Dodge will exit the popular racing series in 2013. This is a little surprising since the company unveiled their 2013 Charger for the Sprint Cup Series back in March. However, Penske Racing announced plans to switch to Ford and Dodge recently pulled out of a two-day tire test for 2013 vehicles.

These are just rumors at the moment, but SRT CEO Ralph Gilles will be hosting a conference call later today. This has spawned speculation that Dodge's exit could pave the way for an SRT successor, but we should find out soon enough.


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NASCAR offers zero engineering R&D benefits and its popularity is waning.
Aug 8, 2012 9:47 am
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But it is an excellent commercial vehicle for many organisations involved.
Aug 9, 2012 9:27 am
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World Car fans, try posting the video from Ralph Gilles on behalf of the Dodge and Chrysler group stating why they're quitting nascar. They're quitting NASCAR because Penske provided them with the best all in house way of operating and building their nascars, and NASCAR was their primary team. After many attempts to please the Penske Group, Penske still deserted Dodge despite how whole hearted Dodges attempt at NASCAR was, even building a 2013 prototype.... They tried to make deals with other teams and other teams were very forth coming to the Dodge NASCAR group but the right relationship couldn't be found at this time. So for the short while Dodge is withdrawing until a proper partnership can be found in the not too distant future.
Aug 7, 2012 8:19 pm
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*EDIT* i meant Penske was their primary team
Aug 8, 2012 5:45 pm
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Only fielding a few cars hurt Dodge's competitive return on investment. If a couple more teams had signed up, things would have been different.
Aug 9, 2012 9:41 am
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