Dodge will no longer participate in NASCAR 2013, CEO confirms image

Ralph Gilles, Dodge SRT and Motorsports CEO has confirmed that the manufacturer will no longer be a part of NASCAR after this season.

This move of leaving NASCAR has been taken after speculation about the future of Dodge. It all started with the shock in March 1 that Penske would switch to Ford for 2013 Sprint Cup. The announcement was made on Tuesday where he backed his statement by saying you have no idea how much we feel the pain.

In five months of continuous speculations and calculating all the options in sport, Dodge has decided to withdraw from this racing event. The announcement was made ten days before unveiling the 2013 Charger from Dodge. This project took around two years at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

As of now, Penske is the only team that is working as a full timer to run Dodges in 2012 with Brad Keselowski. However, there are speculations that question the existence of Dodge in 2013. Richard Petty Motorsports was planned to be the top candidate to run the Dodges, but it is already in contract with Fords. Tim Cindric, Penske President said to the USA TODAY Sports that Dodge engines will be build by 63-person engine shop of Roger Penske in 2013.