On the heels of Penske Racing’s announcement that they would be switching from Dodge Charges to Ford Fusions in 2013, Richard Petty Motorsports co-owner Andy Murstein said that Dodge reached out to RPM about a possible switch from Ford to Dodge.
Dodge is set to unveil its 2013 Dodge Charger for use in the Sprint Cup Series on March 11th. The problem is that with Penske’s decision, no big teams will field Dodges next season. Robby Gordon Motorsports is the only team that fields Dodges besides Penske.
We received calls from several manufacturers today asking if they could meet with us. It seems that while sponsorship is down, car manufacturer support is strong. That is probably due to the fact that the car companies are all doing significantly better these days than a few years ago. Thus Petty has been approached by several manufacturers recently.
Back in 2001, Petty Enterprises fielded Dodges for John Andretti. They switched from Pontiacs when Dodge returned to Sprint Cup competition. The team fielded Dodges until the end of 2008, when the team merged with Gillett Evernham Motorsports and became RPM. Less than a year later, RPM merged with Yates Racing and began fielding Fords. Their contract with Ford is up at season’s end.
Murstein also dropped one more interesting tidbit:
What’s interesting is that while there are the usual suspects there is one new manufacturer that is trying to break into the sport.
Honda has been rumored to be considering breaking into NASCAR, though there is nothing to indicate any truth to that rumor.