DOVER, Del. - Dodge announced today that they have terminated their relationship with Bill Davis Racing. General Manager of Dodge Motorsports, Todd Goyer, stated that the contract was terminated before the Coca-Cola 600, in a face-to-face meeting...
DOVER, Del. - Dodge announced today that they have terminated their relationship with Bill Davis Racing. General Manager of Dodge Motorsports, Todd Goyer, stated that the contract was terminated before the Coca-Cola 600, in a face-to-face meeting with Bill Davis Racing.
"We can't get into the specifics of what happened," said Goyer. "But it was a material breach of agreement."
Loss of factory support mean BDR loses access to crucial engineering data, wind tunnel time and the use of factory supplied parts for race teams. Davis' teams can continue to run Dodge Intrepids, but will now be forced to pay for all of their equipment.
Davis who fields the cars for Ward Burton and Kenny Wallace in the NASCAR Winston Cup series will lose factory support from the automaker.
"Factory support means they have access to the technology that all the Dodge teams have and all the information sharing," Goyer said. "It's access to all the technical aspects, plus the marketing support and use of the Dodge brand name."
Speculation is that Davis was in conversation with Toyota. The automaker plans to be the first foreign car company to enter NASCAR, and will run the Toyota Tundra next season in the Craftsman Truck Series.
When asked about concern within the Dodge family about the remaining teams at Evernham, Penske, Ulta, Ganassi and Petty Enterprises, Goyer stated, "It is safe to say that if people do things outside of the terms of their contract, it will be terminated."
Goyer refrained on confirming or denying that the action came as a result of Davis being in talks with another manufacturer, and that the split was permanent.
"I can't speak about the future," Goyer stated when asked if there was any way the two parties could make amends.
The terms of the cancellation remain confidential.