Penske Racing announces move to Ford for NASCAR 2013
Penske Racing was the last major multicar team left still running Dodge Chargers in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series as well as having a pair of Dodge Challengers running in the NASCAR Nationwide Series but when the 2013 NASCAR starts in February next year, all of the Penske team cars will be based on the new Ford Fusion race car.
“It was important to get this agreement in place early so that we can plan ahead for the debut of the new 2013 NASCAR Fusion,” said Jamie Allison, Ford Racing director. “We will work with Roush Fenway on the final development of the new car during this season, but we want to be able to have our teams building their new cars for the 2013 season before the end of the year, as the transition to the new body is taking place. With the operations and technology resources Penske brings from all forms of racing, we know they will be a strong addition to our program, and we look forward to working with them and all our teams to create a stronger Ford NASCAR program with even greater depth.”
This is great news for Ford Motorsports, who has now secured yet another multicar team with a very long and successful history in the world of NASCAR racing. Ford has seen their programs attract several ex-Dodge teams including the one run by Mopar racing legend Richard Petty and with the addition of one more major team with two young, promising drivers – things are only getting better for the Ford camp.