After 11 years of competing in NASCAR, Dodge is reportedly once again pulling out of the racing series. Penske Racing, the only team running under the Dodge banner in 2012, announced in March it was switching to Ford for the 2013 season. On Monday, Penske Racing said it would also switch from Dodge engines to Roush-Yates Ford engines for 2013.

In March, Dodge rolled out its Sprint Cup Charger it planned to campaign in 2013, but NASCAR.com says it did not take part in a tire test at Martinsville Speedway this week.

This is not Dodge's first time leaving NASCAR. The company left the series in 1977 and returned in 2001. It has won 50+ races since then, and could still add to that tally before the end of the 2012 season. NASCAR.com reports that an official statement from Chrysler confirming its departure is expected later today.

*UPDATE: Chrysler has confirmed it is leaving NASCAR. Scroll down to read the official notice and watch a video of executive Ralph Gilles addressing the pullout.



Dodge to Withdraw from NASCAR at end of 2012 Season
by Mike Driehorst

August 7, 2012 2:30 PM

There's been a focused emphasis on quality and doing things right in recent years with Chrysler Group operations. That focus definitely includes our motorsports operations, according to SRT Motorsports President/CEO Ralph Gilles.

"We couldn't go forward with a structure that met our standards," Ralph said today in talking about the decision for Dodge to withdraw from the NASCAR track after this season.

In the video below, Ralph talks about how the "one-stop shop" relationship we had with Penske Racing was a bit unique. Since the Penske announcement in March to move to Ford next year, Ralph said we've not been able to assemble a complete structure to meet the company's high standards so we could "go out and race with confidence."

Ralph also talks about the unlimited passion our NASCAR fans, including employees, have for Dodge and how that is so much valued and appreciated.

As Ralph said, Chrysler Group remains committed to the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. Through the end of last week's races in Iowa, Brad Keselowski and his No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger are in seventh place in the Sprint Cup standings, 54 points behind the leader. Keselowski is tied with the most wins this season with three heading into the Aug. 12 Finger Lakes 335 at the Glen in Watkins Glen International, N.Y.

In NASCAR's Nationwide Series, Sam Hornish Jr. is in fourth place, 34 points behind the leader, heading into the Aug. 11 Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen. While Hornish, in the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts / WURTH Dodge Challenger, is winless this season, he does have six top five finishes and 13 top 10s through 20 races. Keselowski, driving the No. 22 Discount Tire/Snap-on Dodge Challenger, also has three wins in 15 starts in the Nationwide Series


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      m4rfun
      • 2 Years Ago
      NASCAR would be better off keeping Dodge and giving the "TOILETAS" the boot!
        richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @m4rfun
        m4rfun, your right, but we have people like gordon and bob, who support loser joegibbs racing. Loser joe will never win another championship, but there are still asian supporters who make excuses for losing to Chevy year after year.
      robsphase
      • 2 Years Ago
      NASCAR? Look in the stands, they are rarely even half full. With all of the rules and restrictions it's no wonder and who cares. They were really disgusting this year. The 48 team gets caught cheating AGAIN, nascar bluffs at an actual penalty. Then Rick gives them a call and they back off very quick and come up with an excuse. Yet if Kyle Bush even flicks a bugger at the 48 they are all too happy to penalize him. They need to watch the Ayrton Senna movie. Sir Jackie Stewart got put in his place as nascar needs to be. Stewart asked Senna why he had been in and caused so many crashes. Senna said "you of all people should know, I can't believe you asked me that, as a race car driver when you see a hole and you may make it, you go, when you stop doing this you are no longer a race car driver just a follower"
      Rick Cavaretti
      • 2 Years Ago
      Inevitably, someone here today will post 'but you can't use real stock bodies, they get damaged too easily'. If a bunch of pseudo-middle class guys running SCCA can repair their 30, 40 and even 50 year old British, Italian, French and German sports cars and coupes with their limited budgets, I'm sure a professional team with sponsor money coming out of their arses has the ability to repair a more modern, mass produced car, if not buy another chassis flat out.
      Collin McIver
      • 2 Years Ago
      NASCAR used to run stock cars. Cars bought off the showroom floor. If it went back to that it would be relevant but it has been a long time since this was a stock car race.
      barkeep
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, now they can focus on their SRT Viper cars in ALMS, and other racing series. It's a shame that this car will never see the light of day in NASCAR though.
        Malou H
        • 2 Years Ago
        @barkeep
        yes and no. Thats not dodge as much as it is SRT now. Dodge does not have a strong hand in that racing team. They should send chargers to SCCA Continental car and Rolex Cup
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Malou H
          1. Continental Tire is run by Grand-Am, NOT the SCCA. 2. Pretty sure the Charger isn't eligible for either series.
      paul1n1
      • 2 Years Ago
      All cars are the same except the metal placed on the frame.. Racing has become a joke and a ripeoff to the paying fan.
      semperfitexan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think any of the car companies are relevant . the cars are all the same ,just the crews are different .
        scionxd48
        • 2 Years Ago
        @semperfitexan
        Pretty good point. It's like they say: The car is only as good as the driver behind the wheel, and the crew standing behind the driver.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      I watch it for ten years. I finally came two the conclusion that it's boring. I am actually a former Dale Jr. fan. I heard he was in the lead. I still don't care. Look at the stands, its dying. The Cameras try to hide but every now and then they slip upward. Sure, Daytona will be packed, Bristol but most of the tracks are dead. It's expensive for the return and rules kill the excitement. They should pull out. I am not going to run out and buy a Charger because somebody won a race. I am smarter then that. Go spend that money on R&D.
      g999s
      • 2 Years Ago
      ZZZZZZZZ............NAPCRAP....
      scionxd48
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shame to see this happen, but I guess it's for the best. SRT has other kinds of motorsports to focus on. Primarily ALMS and Global RallyCross. Good theoretical idea: There's Challengers running the Continental Tire series in the GT class. How about bringing the Dart to the Street Tuner class to compete with Focus, GTI, Forte, etc? Also, put some money behind a team, and run a Ram Runner in the Baja 1000, like Ford has with the Raptor. I'm a NASCAR fan, but always willing to acknowledge other forms of motorsports. Definitely wish Dodge/SRT the best of luck, and hopefully the opportunity to return to NASCAR yet again in the future.
      brtundrgrnd2
      • 2 Years Ago
      I became a nascar fan when dodge made its return in 2001. Now nascar, Bill France and Mike Helton can kiss my _ss......................................
      paul1n1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Master-- you are correct --over regulated leads to a 3 hour circle jerk
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