According to a poll conducted by FOXSports.com, NASCAR fans want Dodge in NASCAR more than any other manufacturer.
The network’s poll showed 65 percent of its readers want Dodge in NASCAR more than any manufacturer. Honda was second after receiving 13 percent of the vote, while Nissan and Audi were third with a little less than 10 percent. Volkswagen and Hyundai made up the final two spots, netting 3 and 2 percent of the vote, respectively.
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne spoke to NASCAR boss Brian France during the Ferrari World Finals in Daytona last week. The executive admitted it was his decision to pull Dodge from NASCAR in 2012 and said the automaker was open to returning to the stock car racing series one day. The brand won the championship in its last NASCAR season in 2012 with Brad Keselowski and Team Penske.
Dodge still participates in NASCAR in one form. The brand has a heavy presence in Canada’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series – the premier stock car racing league in the country. Every NASCAR Pinty’s Series driver’s champion since 2010 has been behind the wheel of a Dodge, with this year’s champion, 16-tear old Cayden Lapcevich, fielding a Dodge Challenger-bodied stock car.