After a four-year absence, is it time for Dodge to return to NASCAR?

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NASCAR is, if nothing else, the most American form of motor sport, but one of the Big Three United States automakers hasn’t been represented for several years. Dodge officially left NASCAR in 2012, leaving Ford, Chevrolet, and Toyota to fight among themselves.

But Dodge may soon return to NASCAR, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said in a recent interview with Autoweek. Marchionne said he’d “love to” have Dodge back in NASCAR, and that he’d already talked to NASCAR executive vice president Jim France about it.

Marchionne was also the one who made the decision to pull Dodge out of NASCAR in the first place. That decision was made in 2009, as Fiat was taking the first steps to rebuild Chrysler after the U.S. firm’s bankruptcy. Marchionne said that, at the time, FCA couldn’t justify Dodge’s participation “when I was trying to pay bills…

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