2013 Dodge Charger Withdraws from NASCAR
|   Saturday, August 11, 2012
When Penske Racing decided to switch brands from Dodge to Ford, Dodge lost the only racing team that was running under it's banner. After 11 years of competing, with no team to be partners with, Dodge had no choice but to withdraw from the sport. Since the new year means a Ford Engine for the Penske Racing team, Dodge also had to make new decision about rebranding itself. The motor company had decided to rebrand itself as the SRT and Motorsports, a decision which took five months to make, and now it seems they have to re-evaluate their strategic plan.


The company is devastated to see that it could no longer compete in the series the way it used to, something that the entire company is feeling at the moment. Of course the company has yet to go back on its commitment in racing in Canada and the ARCA racing. It also has not yet ruled out the possibility of returning to the NASCAR series in the future, much like what it did before. The last time Dodge jumped out of the NASCAR series was in 1977 but made a stunning and powerful return in the year 2001.

Since it's return Dodge has won nearly 55 plus races and it is expected to win more before the year ends, Add to that the 215 wins in the sprint cup before the return. An official statement form the parent company, Chrysler, about the withdrawal from the series is yet to be made but still expected later this month.

The Chrysler team is not the only ones devastated from the new. Chairman and CEO of NASCAR, Brian France made a statement in a press conference on how they were saddened by Chrysler's decision to move out of the NASCAR series in 2013. NASCAR and DODGE have had some real memorable moments this last few years and it really is a shame to see the two split.

All four teams, Chevrolets, Toyota, Dodge and Ford had passed the NASCAR spec requirements for the next Sprint CUP in February. Even the fans of Dodge held their breathe in March when Dodge unveiled the magnificent machine it had designed to compete in the championship cup.

OF course the Dodge team was completely caught off guard and was completely shocked to hear Penske's decision to move away from Dodge.
Since then, Dodge had tried restlessly to find a powerful team willing to partner up and use the car Dodge had spent two years designing and preparing. Now the team faces utter disappointment to see that the car may never experience the tracks of the NASCAR races.

As per crew chief Larry McReynolds, this is no small deal. The days when NASCAR was a major sport and had so many teams competing that the withdrawal of a single team hardly meant anything are gone. In 2013 the sport had only four teams and now with Dodge's withdrawal, there are only 3 teams left. Not a very positive image for the sport.
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