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Sources have confirmed to PitPass.net that Michael Andretti has purchased the engine program from Penske Racing, and will field at least one full-time Dodge in the Cup series in 2013 and beyond.
No word on who the driver is, and even though yesterday I thought that Matt Kenseth was headed to JGR at the end of the season, the 2003 Cup series champ did confirm to the Journal Sentinel on Wednesday that he will drive for “a new cup team” in 2013 and beyond. Sounds like it could be with Andretti Autosport!
One option on the table is for Andretti to base his team out of the old Evernham Motorsports shop at the Statesville Regional Airport in Statesville, N.C. Additional info from this unnamed source that this new deal with Dodge is also with Richard Petty Motorsports, currently a Ford team paired with Roush-Fenway Racing. Despite RPM being a present Ford team, that team has a long history with Dodge, therefore RPM going back to Dodge is no stretch of the imagination at all.
Most likely, this is why we didn’t get the announcement of Petty to Dodge in Michigan a few weeks ago, they were trying to get Kenseth. However, both of these official announcements could come as early as next weekend.
It makes sense that if Andretti is starting up a new NASCAR team, having an in-house engine shop would be a huge bonus to the operations. Additionally, it makes good sense to have a “past NASCAR champion” in your stable. That would guarantee getting your car into the show, if there was not a lot of speed in the cars, initially.
Let the “Silly Season” games begin!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!