On March 1st Penske Racing announced they will be partnering with Ford Racing beginning with the 2013 NASCAR season. This will be a multiyear agreement. Penske Racing has been running Dodge cars since 2003 and is currently the only major NASCAR team to be using Dodge Engines. According to Rodger Penske “Penske Racing has had and continues to have a terrific relationship with Dodge and we thank them for their partnership and their support over the past 10 years, Our organizations have experienced many great memories together and our teams are committed to produce wins and championships with Dodge this season.”
Penske Racing ran Fords prior to switching to Dodge from 1994 to 2002. They will be competing with Ford Fusions in the Sprint Cup Series and Ford Mustangs in the Nationwide Series. This can only be a reflection of Fords work with their new FR9 engine and their performance on the 1.5 mile tracks. With Fords representing three of the first four cars starting the Daytona 500 at the front and two of the top 3 cars at the finish including the winner, this looks like a really great move on Penske Racings part. Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company’s president of The Americas: “This is an historic day for our racing program, and we are thrilled that Roger Penske is returning to Ford. Working together with Penske Racing gives Ford another championship-level program, and we are excited to take our racing program to all-new levels.”
What is unclear at this time is if Penske Racing will be providing their own engines as they do now with Dodge or using engines provided by Roush Yates Engines. Roush Yates Engines currently provides almost all of the engines for the Ford teams. What is also unclear is if Dodge will be able to find a major NASCAR team to run their cars and engines in the Sprint Cup Series next year. Dodge is scheduled to unveil its 2013 Sprint Cup car on March 11 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“We appreciate the long-term commitment that Ford has made to Penske Racing and for their continued support of the sport,” Said Rodger Penske.