Dodge Charger Pursuit to pace back-to-back NASCAR races in Phoenix

(February 29, 2012) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Taking a moment from setting benchmarks in the police vehicle segment, the new 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit will pace both NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series races in Phoenix on March 3 and 4.

“Phoenix marks our new track-proven Dodge Charger Pursuit’s inaugural pace car weekend, while highlighting the fastback sedan’s benchmark levels of performance and the Dodge brand’s 62nd year of NASCAR racing heritage,” said Peter Grady, Vice President of Network Development and Fleet at Chrysler.

“With its rear-wheel-drive design, best-in-class V-8 power, up to 27 highway mpg, six available Mopar factory-installed police packages and the fastest lap time ever recorded (1:33.70) during Michigan State Police’s annual evaluation tests — Dodge Charger Pursuit can get it done protecting the streets and leading on the track.”

From the first Dodge Coronet Carl Wilkerson drove in a 1950 Grand National race in Canfield, Ohio, the Dodge brand has more than 62 years of stock car history. The inaugural pace car run of the new 2012 Charger Pursuit marks another milestone in the Dodge brand and Charger nameplate’s storied history.

Designed and engineered to be America’s high-performance police vehicle, the new 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit V-6 and V-8 models set new levels of performance during the Michigan State Police’s (MSP) 2012 Police Vehicle Evaluation tests.

Rapid acceleration is critical to quickly catching up to target vehicles. During MSP’s 2012 Police Vehicle Evaluation tests, the 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 delivered the police sedan segment’s fastest acceleration times.

    0-to-60 mph (5.83 sec)
    0-to-70 mph (7.38 sec)
    0-to-80 mph (9.18 sec)
    0-to-90 mph (11.43 sec)
    0-to-100 mph (13.65 sec)