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Dodge unveils 2013 Cup car

Dodge has formally presented the new-model Charger that it will be fielding in NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2013, but faces doubts about its long-term involvement in the series.
The car manufacturer Chrysler used this weekend's NASCAR event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to show off the new generation Dodge Charger that the company hopes to field in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition in 2013.

New rules and regulations are being introduced in the series from next season to allow car manufacturers to bring more of their own individual styling to the cars and make the stock cars more closely resemble the road cars that they market to the public.

"NASCAR provided the manufacturers with basic specifications, but offered encouragement to venture beyond the look of the current race car," said Ralph Gilles, Chrysler's president and CEO of SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Brand and Motorsports. "From the start, it's been a collaborative effort with NASCAR."

"We're excited about the results of the collective efforts of NASCAR, Dodge and the other manufacturers to create the 2013 Sprint Cup cars," said NASCAR president Mike Helton. "The 2013 Dodge Charger race car design is a great example of what we look forward to seeing on the race track next season."

The new Dodge has been developed with considerable input from the Penske team, but that organisation announced last week that it was to drop Dodge and return to the Ford stable in 2013, leaving the future of the 2013 Dodge Charger and the very involvement of the manufacturer in NASCAR competition in considerable doubt.

"The same questions you're asking me is what we're asking ourselves," Gilles told reporters when asked about what Penske's decision meant for the manufacturer. "So we're just putting it all down on paper and trying to figure out what's the next big move.

"It's only been a couple of weeks," said Gilles after the unveiling of the new car, which notably saw no representatives of Penske at the public unveiling at LVMS. "I'm still kind of licking my wounds and trying to figure out the world right now. The good news is that the phone is ringing. There's a lot of people very interested to be part of what we've done ... I'm not too concerned."

Among Penske's reasons for dropping Dodge is thought to be the lack of other major teams running the same make of car against which they are able to benchmark themselves. Dodge's unwillingness to sign anything over a five-year renewal deal is also thought to have been a major factor in the break-up.

“We weren't willing to do a five-year type of deal just because we wanted to stay loose a little bit,” said Gilles when asked about this. “That's all I can say on that matter.”




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SRT Motorsports unveiled the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dodge Charger (right) on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The new race car was engineered and developed to bring more Dodge brand identity to NASCAR competition. On the left is the 2012 Dodge Charger R/T. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sports Media). (PRNewsFoto/Chrysler Group LLC, Chris Williams)
NASCAR President Mike Helton stands in between the passenger version of the 2013 Dodge Charger and its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series counterpart on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nev. [Photo Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images]
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, celebrates with champagne and crew chief Tony Gibson in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 26, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 26, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 26, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 26, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, wins, causing his crew to celebrate Sunday, April 26, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, races to victory Sunday, April 26, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory with a burn-out Sunday, April 26, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory Sunday, April 26, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Energizer Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 26, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 26, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 26, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
A detail view of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series logo as rain falls prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 25, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
People walk on pit road as rain falls prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 25, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #20 Hisense Toyota, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, lead the field to start during the NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #20 Hisense Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #20 Hisense Toyota, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

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