|Bill Davis Racing and Petty Enterprises on
Board for Dodge's Return to NASCAR Winston Cup in 2001
Dave Blaney, Kyle and Adam Petty, and John Andretti will Pilot Dodge Intrepid R/Ts at Next
Year's Daytona 500
|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
|"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."
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)