Dodge Avenger to Debut on Sunday at NASCAR’s
Fastest Short Track
The Dodge Avenger, which joins the Dodge
Charger in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition this season, makes its racing
debut Sunday in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway — the first
NASCAR Car of Tomorrow (COT) race.
Preparing for NASCAR’s 16 COT races in 2007 has
kept the candle burning at both ends for most NASCAR NEXTEL Cup teams
since the end of last season. The Avenger, Dodge’s racing version of the
COT, has been tested at tracks throughout the country getting ready for
the ultimate test in Thunder Valley, Tenn., this coming weekend.
The all-new 2008 Dodge Avenger, the
street-legal version of this great new race car, is a mid-size sedan
combining bold, aggressive Dodge styling with innovative interior
features, high-levels of safety and reliability, exhilarating
performance and excellent fuel efficiency of 30 miles per gallon (mpg)
on the highway (32 mpg based on 2007 EPA fuel economy standards).
Production of the all-new 2008 Dodge Avenger began at the Sterling
Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant in February and will start to arrive in
dealer showrooms next month.
NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow program is a
collaborative effort by the sanctioning body, manufacturers, teams and
industry suppliers to develop a safer, less expensive race car using a
more common design. The common design will debut on a very uncommon
track where the winner is often determined by survival of the fittest as
well as fastest.