Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

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    Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

    Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season
    Company says it couldn't find team to replace Penske

    By Bryce G. Hoffman, The Detroit News
    August 8, 2012

    Chrysler Group LLC announced Tuesday that Dodge will pull out of NASCAR at the end of the 2012 season.

    "This decision was not based on budgets," said Ralph Gilles, head of the company's motorsports division. "It's more a question of going and racing at the level we were accustomed to."

    Dodge was left hanging after its factory-backed team, Penske Racing, announced in March that it would race with Ford in 2013. Since then, Gilles and his staff have been scrambling to find another team to partner with. But he conceded that those efforts had been unsuccessful.

    "My staff is exhausted," he said. "We had our hopes up, just like everyone else."

    Gilles said he understood fans would be disappointed by the decision and apologized for letting them down.

    "We feel their pain," he said. "We had our hopes up, just like everyone else."

    That was not good enough for George Katona of Stockbridge, Ga.

    "I've been a Mopar fan all my life. I just feel that's a slap in the face," he said, adding that he has decided not buy the 2013 Dodge Charger he had his eye on because of Chrysler's decision. "I just feel that strong about it."

    He said Dodge should have found another team to work with and turned them into winners.

    But Gilles said that would be difficult, given the consolidation that has occurred in NASCAR in recent years and Ford Motor Co.'s efforts to dominate the sport. Ford already had a winning alliance with Roush Fenway Racing, and Gilles said its decision to create a second alliance with Penske means Ford is now backing two of the top teams in field.

    "That was an aggressive decision on Ford's behalf," he said, adding that the Dearborn automaker is trying to achieve "a critical mass" in NASCAR to promote new vehicles like the redesigned Ford Fusion.

    Kevin Kennedy, a spokesman for Ford Racing, said, "We didn't hide the fact that we were looking for a second championship-capable team. We're in NASCAR to win and then to market that success. He calls it 'aggressive,' I call it good business. We're just trying to be as successful as we can. Our job is to have a winning program."

    NASCAR said it regretted Chrysler's decision to withdraw.

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    Re: Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

    It's really sad, but not unexpected. After losing Petty, and especially after losing Penske, Dodge doesn't have any teams left. There were rumors they were going to help Furniture Row buy out Penske's engine department, but they were basically starting from fresh and... it's hard to do that. The sport is more competitive than its been in years.

    The worst part is that the new car they were going to run next year looks fantastic.

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    Re: Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

    This is not good news but perhaps Fiat can use the capital to shore up its European operations.
    I want a car so violent that the mere thought of full throttle would cause a heart attack. That actually going wide open throttle in would result in nothing less than instant death!
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    Re: Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

    Pontiac is gone, now Chrysler. who's next?

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    Re: Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

    One more nail in the coffin as NASCAR slowly descends to irrelevancy.
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    Re: Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

    Maybe Honda will throw it's hat in the ring?
    Get used to more.

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    Re: Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

    I wish they'd all quit.

    And I wish there was true stock car racing again.

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    Re: Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

    Quote Originally Posted by krusshall View Post
    One more nail in the coffin as NASCAR slowly descends to irrelevancy.
    It's still the second most popular sport in the US after the NFL. I think you're over-reacting just a tad!

    Dodge had been a bit player over the past few years, and the real impact to their exit is more emotional than anything else. While I'd much rather see Toyota pulling out instead, this is not the demise of the sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prowlerjc View Post
    I wish they'd all quit.

    And I wish there was true stock car racing again.
    There is...It's called the Rolex Sports Car Series. You can see BMW M3s racing LS3-powered Camaros there. Even the original dash shells are used.
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    Re: Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

    "I've been a Mopar fan all my life. I just feel that's a slap in the face," he said, adding that he has decided not buy the 2013 Dodge Charger he had his eye on because of Chrysler's decision. "I just feel that strong about it."

    Don't get what he's so upset about. Not much Mopar in those cars anyway. Same goes for the other makes. There are much better race series he could be watching. Rolex for example.

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    Re: Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

    Wow, this really sucks. Lose Dodge, lost Pontiac, yet we gained Toyota? Something is wrong here. I think they need to change some of the regulations with number of teams, number of manufacturers, number that can be owned by each. The last thing we need is 2 or 3 teams owning all of NASCAR, all running a single brand of cars.

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    Re: Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

    Quote Originally Posted by SeetheUSA View Post
    Maybe Honda will throw it's hat in the ring?
    Rumor is, Hyundai/Kia wants in. Supposedly, they have a pushrod engine ready to go.
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    Re: Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

    If NASCAR turns into a Toyota, Hyundai/Kia love fest, I will no longer support NASCAR.

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    Re: Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

    Quote Originally Posted by Beau Tie View Post
    Wow, this really sucks. Lose Dodge, lost Pontiac, yet we gained Toyota? Something is wrong here. I think they need to change some of the regulations with number of teams, number of manufacturers, number that can be owned by each. The last thing we need is 2 or 3 teams owning all of NASCAR, all running a single brand of cars.
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    Re: Dodge to quit NASCAR after 2012 season

    Hyundai and Volkswagen both want in.
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