SRT Motorsports said that when the 2012 season ends, Dodge will withdraw from NASCAR competition. This was confirmed by Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC, at a recent media teleconference call. This decision has a direct impact on its participation at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well as the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Presently, Penske Racing fields two Dodge Charger cars in the Sprint Cup Series and two Dodge Challenger cars in the Nationwide Series. Last February, Penske Racing revealed that it will terminate its partnership with Dodge, which began in 2003 at the end of the 2012 season.
Dodge has posted 215 victories in the Sprint Cup Series, which include the 55 wins since 2001. It had a representative in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup in seven of the past eight seasons.
The 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion is Brad Keselowski who drove a Dodge from Penske Racing. Currently, Brad Keselowski places seventh in the Sprint Cup Series standings. He has had three wins in his mission to be at the 12-driver Chase field for the second straight year. At the Nationwide Series competition, Sam Hornish Jr. is involved in a four-way rivalry to be the champion for the season.
“We’ve spent an intense five months working to identify and evaluate all options for our future involvement in NASCAR,” Gilles said. “A number of opportunities emerged, and our team worked diligently to put a structure together to fit our overall business and competitive objectives. While we have been pleased and enthused with the amount of interest from teams and sponsors over that time, in the end, we simply couldn’t develop the right structure.”