Could it be? Could it really be??? Chrysler... expressing interest once again in NASCAR. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne hinted at Dodge returning to NASCAR. Followed by bankruptcy in 2009, Chrysler seemingly has the money to come back. Which I think is really great.
Given the success of Toyota in NASCAR. It has certainly opened up the idea of other manufacturers that could come to the sport. Other makes like Audi and Nissan are of those makes. Chrysler has made an appearance off and on throughout the years. It brings certain interest of marketing to NASCAR opening up different opportunities to teams.
If it ever came to fan vote of which manufacturer I would like to see enter I would vote Dodge. Dodge was sold to the Fiat corporation awhile back, but still thought of as a classic American vehicle. So let's go with it as a foreign make while still made in America. Treating it as equal to Chevy, Ford and Toyota. So by looking at it as the same candidate as Audi or Nissan.
I've always partial to the design of the body. Certain mock ups of Audi and Nissan just don't take with my tastes of when I see the race car. I'm not a huge Toyota fan, but I do approve of the design. The last championship won by Dodge was by Brad Keselowski in its last year being 2012. So it's possible it can win.
As we saw in 2015, Kyle Busch made it possible with his Triumphant come back to win the championship with Toyota. In 2016, we all thought with a huge season success once again with Toyota winning a good number of races that it would be yet again it would reign as season champ. Jimmie Johnson lying low until the chase driving a Chevy, proved that Chevy still could win. With all the cars being aerodynamically equal it really boils down to driver experience. So I'm more with design being that Dodge has the best design and is the better comeback fit.
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