Further lending credence to the speculation that Michael Andretti may be considering the creation of a NASCAR team for 2013, Chrysler officials are reported to be moving ahead with plans to buying Penske Racing’s NASCAR engine operation.

Company sources from Chrysler have been reported by mikemulhern.net to have ordered a full inventory of the NASCAR operation, less than two weeks after Penske Racing President Tim Cindric announced that the operation had not been sold.

Chrysler owning the operation would then allow the manufacturer to run a customer engine program similar to Toyota’s TRD NASCAR program, raising the possibility that Andretti would be able to purchase power for a fledgling program.