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Okay. Dodge submitted a new vehicle to Nascar, but they are not even confirming what it is being called! In addition to this, they are still not even sure what it looks like! Fernandez has admitted that the car's "graphics" are still undecided. (This article was orginally written on August 6th).

Second, according to a message on another board, Dodge has told its NHRA teams that they will be racing the Charger after the Stratus is phased out. NHRA funny cars only allow coupes to run.

"We know at this point what we will call the car, but we are not at liberty to say yet. We have the car functionally, but we do not have it approved graphically, so we still have some work to do on the car," Fernandez said.


NASCAR's examining new Dodge; name a mystery

By JIM UTTER

ThatsRacin.com Writer


INDIANAPOLIS - Gary Nelson, NASCARs managing director of research and development, said Friday the sanctioning body was making steady progress on a new Dodge car submitted for approval for competition beginning in the 2005 season.
Prior to the July 1 deadline, Dodge submitted a finished car to NASCAR. NASCAR and Dodge continue to work through some issues with the car and NASCAR will soon begin wind tunnel and on-track testing, Nelson said.

The car must be approved for competition by Sept. 1, when NASCAR will design body templates teams can use to build the new cars. NASCAR will keep the original car submitted for approval.

Asked the name of the Dodge entry, Nelson said he would leave that announcement to Dodge officials.

John Fernandez, director of racing operations for Dodge, wouldn't bite when asked the name on Friday.

"We know at this point what we will call the car, but we are not at liberty to say yet. We have the car functionally, but we do not have it approved graphically, so we still have some work to do on the car," Fernandez said.

"We've been very happy in terms of the relationship we've had this time with NASCAR. ... There are very clear indications to us what they want us to do with the car before we go in."

Fernandez said the new car should be more identifiable as a Dodge than the current make, the Intrepid first introduced in 2001.


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