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News of  February 22, 2000
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Bill Davis Racing and Petty Enterprises on Board for Dodge's Return to NASCAR Winston Cup in 2001

Ward Burton, Dave Blaney, Kyle and Adam Petty, and John Andretti will Pilot Dodge Intrepid R/Ts at Next Year's Daytona 500
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Dodge Intrepid R/T Winston Cup show car

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Daytona Beach FLA - Dodge officially announced the complement of Winston Cup teams and drivers slated to help carry the Dodge banner in its celebrated return to NASCAR Winston Cup racing beginning with the 2001 Daytona 500.

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Bill Davis

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Bill Davis Racing and Petty Enterprises have been named to partner with Evernham Motorsports, which under the direction of Ray Evernham has been hard at work developing the company's Dodge Intrepid R/T Winston Cup program since it was announced last October.The announcement brings to total seven Dodge Intrepid R/Ts that will debut at next year's Daytona 500, led by drivers Ward Burton and Dave Blaney in the Davis Racing camp and Kyle Petty, John Andretti and Adam Petty in the Petty Enterprises camp. Drivers for the Evernham Motorsports' two-car effort will be announced at a later date.
"We have created a strategic alliance that blends some of the very best racing minds and driving talent in Winston Cup racing today," said Jim Julow, Vice President - Dodge Division. "Our driver lineup features a healthy blend of established Winston Cup stars and emerging stars of the future. The three great racing organizations they represent will help carry the championship motorsports heritage of the Dodge brand well into the 21st Century."

It was a pair of legendary Pettys - Lee and Richard - who had much to do with Dodge's first successful run in the NASCAR Winston Cup ranks from the 1950s through the 1970s. Along with notable drivers such as David Pearson and Buddy Baker, the Pettys helped Dodge amass 160 Winston Cup victories and two manufacturers titles.

As the clock continues to count down toward the 2001 season, Dodge has positioned itself on the fast track to a new, successful era in stock car racing's most popular series with the collective resources of Dodge Motorsports, the Evernham, Petty and Davis organizations, and the unique support of Dodge's network of almost 3,000 U.S. dealers.

The Dodge Intrepid R/T Winston Cup show car, the program's first major milestone, was unveiled at last month's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, less than 100 days since the program was announced. And the development effort continues in earnest. Three-eighths-scale model wind tunnel testing is well underway. The first full-scale model goes to the wind tunnel for its first of 22 scheduled test days later this month.

On track testing is set to begin late next month with a shakedown run at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte for a Dodge Intrepid R/T powered by a Dodge NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series motor. As race car and Winston Cup engine development continues, some 12 track tests are scheduled from then until early Summer, when Dodge officially presents its race car and engine package to NASCAR for approval.

(Feb. 19, 2000)

 

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