Dodge has revealed its new NASCAR race car, which will make its debut at the Daytona 500 next year for the start of the 2013 Sprint Cup series. As teased in this photo, the new car is designed to bear a strong resemblance to the 2013 Dodge Charger street car.
While in recent years many Sprint Cup cars haven't looked very similar to their road-going namesakes, Dodge says a variety of new rules in NASCAR, which loosened restrictions on the placement of glass and shapes of body panels, allowed the 2013 Charger race car to look like the sedan that's on sale at dealerships around the country. Among the identifying cues for the 2013 Charger race car are the deep side scallops seen on the production car, along with a similar profile, and front and rear bumpers that match the street-legal Charger.
Ford employed a similar strategy with the 2013 Fusion race car; the NASCAR entrant looks remarkably like Ford's newest version of the eponymous midsize sedan.
There is one slight hurdle for the 2013 Dodge Charger: there are currently no teams signed up to use the Dodge race car in the Sprint Cup. Longstanding partner Penske Racing recently announced it would switch to Ford Fusion racers for the 2013 NASCAR season, leaving Dodge without any confirmed entrants in next year's championship.
The 2013 Dodge Charger race car will be fully revealed Sunday, March 11 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ahead of the Kobalt Tools 400 race.