According to a report by AutoWeek, Penske Racing will switch from Dodge to Ford in 2013. An announcement is expected later today. Penske currently fields Dodge Chargers for AJ Allmendinger and Brad Keselowski in the Sprint Cup Series, and Dodge Challengers for Sam Hornish Jr and Parker Kligerman (who shares that ride with Keselowski).
Penske switched from Fords to Dodges in 2003, after Dodge returned to the sport. That year, Ryan Newman won eight races in a Penske Dodge. He went on to win three more times in Dodges, while his teammate Rusty Wallace won once in a Penske Dodge in 2004. Kurt Busch won 10 times in Penske Dodges, while Keselowski has won three times.
If this news is confirmed, Robby Gordon Motorsports would be the only team fielding Dodges in the Sprint Cup Series. Derricke Cope was rumored to be starting a team that would field Dodges, but nothing concrete has come through.
This news comes 10 days before Dodge planned to unveil their 2013 Dodge Charger for use in Cup competition.
Update: Penske confirmed the news with an announcement.
Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas said:
This is an historic day for our racing program, and we are thrilled to see another member of the extended Ford family coming back. Working together with Penske Racing gives Ford another championship-level program, and we are excited to take our racing program to all-new levels.
Roger Penske added:
We look forward to joining the Ford Racing NASCAR program beginning in 2013. We appreciate the long-term commitment that Ford has made to Penske Racing and for their continued support of the sport.