Dodge has a long legacy in the NASCAR realm and it continues today with the introduction of the revamped crosshair front grille to the 2011 Sprint Cup Charger.
The NASCAR race cars, which merely attempt to mimic their namesake production model's exteriors, remain tightly regulated from a technical standpoint and a new, spec lower nose is being implemented for the coming new year. Dodge and the Penske Racing team took the nose and incorporated the revised crosshair front grille (which is growing quite familiar from the consumer standpoint) with an altered front splitter.
"With the introduction of the all-new 2011 Dodge Charger for the street, we worked closely with Penske Racing to develop the Dodge brand identity while maintaining neutral aerodynamics within the NASCAR rules," said Dave Bailey, senior manager of Dodge Motorsports Engineering. "Coupled with NASCAR's new common lower nose for 2011, the revised front end carries the image and character of the Charger forward in true Dodge performance fashion."
In the headline Sprint Cup series, competing stock cars include the Charger, Chevrolet Impala, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry. Shown at right for comparison are three current Chargers from the Sprint Cup Penske Racing team driven by some of the most dedicated racers in the world: Kurt Busch (No. 2), Sam Hornish Jr. (No. 77), and Brad Keselowski (No. 12).
The 2011 Sprint Cup Series schedule kicks off with the Shootout on February 12 before heading to Daytona for the season opener on February 20.