|2013 Dodge Charger Daytona|
Unfortunately, the 2013 version of the Daytona does not have a wing – barely a spoiler – nor is the "hemi" engine really a hemi. Worse yet, it won’t be seeing any action on the high banks of Daytona or Talladega – or any other race track for that matter, a result of Chrysler’s decision not to compete in NASCAR next year.
|1969 Dodge Charger Daytona|
The original Charger Daytona won its first race, ironically at Talladega, although an asterisk is necessary. It was the first race run at the Alabama track and Richard Petty led a driver boycott over concerns about tire durability and safety. Richard Brickhouse drove a Daytona prepared by Ray Nichels to victory, the first of many to record their first victory at Talladega. It was also Brickhouse’s only Cup victory.
Ford countered with a drooped nose version of its Torino called, the Talladega which won the following year at Daytona. After just two seasons, however, NASCAR outlawed both cars.
Although there were subsequent Dodge Charger Daytona models (as recently as 2009) and even a model called simply the Dodge Daytona (a long way from the Charger), none featured the famous the wing and none came close to matching the cool factor of the original model.
There is hope, however, that this Daytona could return to the high banks. While Brad Keselowski will be driving a Ford next season, ther Dodge Charger Daytona may yet return to NASCAR’s victory lane.
"I surely hope so," said Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of Chrysler motorsports and Dodge’s Street and Racing Technology brand. "We're not shutting the door on this, put it that way. We'll let the history books tell us that someday."