One of the reasons Roger Penske gave for the decision was the lack of other teams running Dodge equipment, and on Tuesday Michael Waltrip said it was the inverse of this position that made him want to stay with Toyota, knowing that he had JGR as a big brother in the line-up after enduring a hard solo struggle in the start-up years.
"To be able to survive and creep along and make small gains and now use this place and Andy [Graves] and partner with JGR, it's finally working like I hoped it would when we first got started," added Waltrip.
Ford unveiled its 2013 Cup car
based on the new model Fusion production model at the start of the year, with Chrysler unveiling its new Dodge
Charger in March in Las Vegas. Chevrolet confirmed last week
that their 2013 Cup car will be the rear-wheel drive Chevrolet SS V8. The replacement to the current Chevy Impala SS is based on the street car being made by its Australian division Holden.
"Over the last 18 months, the manufacturers have all met either at the race track or via conference calls to try to work with NASCAR's direction where we could put our production car elements into these race cars while maintaining parity," said TRD vice president of chassis engineering, Andy Graves. "We all had some give-and-take, and it's been a long process. But we're very pleased with the results."