Long associated with both Trans-Am and NHRA drag racing, the Dodge Challenger will take to a new race series — NASCAR’s Nationwide Series — tomorrow evening at the Daytona International Speedway.
Although we first saw Dodge’s new Challenger stock car last fall, the new stock car will make its official racing debut tomorrow evening in the Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona. The Challenger, much like Ford’s new Mustang stock car, will compete in four Car of Tomorrow events scheduled during the 2010 Nationwide season. Both Justin Allgaier (#12) and Brad Keselowski (#22) are set to pilot Challengers in tomorrow’s race.
“Our new Challenger race car brings true identity back to NASCAR,” Ralph Gilles, Dodge’s brand president, said in a prepared statement. “We’ve been looking forward to this race weekend for quite some time, and our loyal owners and fans are going to have a lot of opportunities to celebrate the return of the Challenger.”
As part of the celebration, Dodge will host nearly 100 Challengers — and their owners — during the race weekend in Daytona, including Saturday’s Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 race. The automaker will hold several activities to keep fans entertained throughout the weekend, but we imagine true gearheads will be preoccupied by watching a new generation of muscle car wars unfold upon the banked oval.