Could Dodge Be Bailing Out Of NASCAR?

Sam Hornish,Jr.

(WOMR file photo)

Today, Tuesday, Dodge is set to make a n announcement regarding its stake in NASCAR. reports that Dodge has set up a press conference to discuss the manufacturer’s 2013 plans, and that it does not include NASCAR!

Monday’s announcement that Penske Racing will use Roush-Yates engines, when they transition to Ford in 2013, was held to allow Dodge time to announce its plans for 2013.  However, weeks turned to months and Team Ford’s patience ran out as Dodge dawdled with its NASCAR plans.

Nevertheless, SRT Motorsports, Dodge’s racing entity, has ramped up its involvement with the Dart in Global RallyCross, and the Viper GTS-R made its first return to the American Le Mans Series since 2000 last weekend at Mid-Ohio. The GTS-Rs will run a limited schedule in 2012 to prepare for a full campaign with two factory-backed teams next year.

While there have rumblings in the garage area about Furniture Row Racing going to Dodge in 2013, it appears that Dodge may be reallocating their racing resources in 2013 to other racing series.  This could make perfect sense, since Dodge’s parent company is now Fiat (which stand for Fix It Again Tony)!

Could it be that Dodge may be, once again, bailing out on NASCAR?


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