The North American based automaker Dodge has recently announced its intention to exit NASCAR after over a decade on the track.
The decision made by Dodge is very surprising because the company has recently unveiled the 2013 Charger for the Sprint Cup Series in March this year. The SRT president and CEO within the Chrysler Group LLC, Ralph Gilles, has been the one who announced Dodge’s decision to withdraw from NASCAR and reports have also shown that the company is calling it quits. Penske Racing said that it will switch to Ford.
Dodge’s decision to retire from the famous North American motorsport is very surprising especially after the car manufacturer has presented the 2013 Dodge Charger for the NASCA Sprint Cup Series earlier this year. The racer is looking more like the production model and benefits from a rule change which is enabling carmakers to use more glass and solid body components and this allowed designers to create production-realistic front and rear fascias and side body panels.
“NASCAR provided the manufacturers with basic specifications, but offered encouragement to venture beyond the look of the current race car. Our design and engineering group, working with Penske Racing, seized the opportunity”, as Ralph Gilles was saying back in March.