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With the 2012 season over, Dodge is no longer part of NASCAR.
And while their departure was discussed before the 2012 season even ended, the 2013 offseason has made it even clearer that Dodge will be taking a huge loss by not being in NASCAR.
For one thing, the new car on which NASCAR has been working is turning out to be something special.
With speeds that drivers have never seen, the new cars of 2013 are looking like they could change how drivers race.
Dodge did exit the 2012 season with a championship, but could they have won more if they decided to stick around? Keselowski might only be getting started, and with a driver like Joey Logano who is full of potential, Dodge is clearly missing out on a huge opportunity.
Without Dodge in NASCAR, Keselowski and the Penske Organization have already moved on.
Brad was quoted by David Newton of ESPN.com as saying:
“It's hard to get a great read on the whole manufacturer change because, obviously, it's a different car. But I think all the signs are there that we have the potential to be just as strong, if not stronger than we were last year, which is very, very encouraging."
It was Penske's choice to switch over to Ford in 2013, and when Dodge lost its top team in NASCAR, they decided to exit the sport.
"One of the best advantages of switching to Ford is it gives us something to prove all over again," Keselowski continued over at ESPN.com. "That we can continue to be successful no matter what the manufacturer or no matter what the circumstance is."
Keselowski is already looking strong for the 2013 season, and has already made strides with Ford as the new manufacturer for Penske Racing.
Dodge leaving NASCAR was a big loss for the organization, and now with Penske Racing looking stronger than ever, it only adds more insult to injury for Dodge.