Roger Penske is dumping Dodge and going back to Ford in 2013 with Yates building his engines.
I remember when Ryan was driving Dodge from 2003-2008. He drove Ford for Roger from 2000-2002. Newman had his very best year ever in 2003 with the Dodge Intrepid(11-poles/8-wins)and was awarded "Speed Channels Driver Of The Year!" Newman also had 7 DNF'S in 2003(bad luck for sure!)......those were the days folks.
But, the Dodge Charger(in 2005) initially was a pig with lip stick. Newman's team didn't have a clue how to balance that car. The only team that mastered that car was Ray Everham with driver Kasey Kahne taking over for Bill Elliot's #9 car. I remember Penske trying all kinds of different nose combinations of the Intrepid/Charger variety. Finally after years of struggle. Nascar and Dodge Motorsports agreed upon an approved nose for all Dodge Charger race teams!
I guess the most notable Dodge driver would have to be The King...Petty!
I always wondered how Nascar fans felt about Toyota being in Nascar?
Well, Nascar life will go on with out Dodge. Chevy has dominated Nascar for many years or should I say General Motors.