Labonte to drive '04 Intrepid at California - DodgeIntrepid.Net Forums - Dodge Intrepid, Concorde, 300m and Eagle Vision chat
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-19-2006, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 175
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Labonte to drive '04 Intrepid at California

Labonte to drive '04 Intrepid at California
Newman scheduled to drive Intrepids for five races
By David Newton, NASCAR.COM
February 18, 2006
12:55 PM EST (17:55 GMT)


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bobby Labonte will drive the 2004 Dodge Intrepid instead of the Charger in next week's Nextel Cup race at California.

"Bobby came straight out of the Chevy into the Dodge camp,'' said Labonte's teammate/owner Kyle Petty. "He's not run a downforce Dodge car. So he's going to give us an honest assessment of where the Intrepid is compared to where the Monte Carlo is.

"For us, we feel it's a great opportunity for us to be able to use a driver of his caliber and say this is what it is.''

The Charger has been the topic of controversy since it was re-introduced to NASCAR last season. Dodge owners contend the nose creates an aerodynamic disadvantage on intermediate tracks such as California.

All of the Dodge teams are gathering data on the Charger for a test at Kentucky Speedway next month. The first test earlier this month was canceled due to weather, putting the teams further behind.

If no solution is found, Dodge owners hope NASCAR will grant them some concessions on the spoiler to create more downforce.

The Charger was introduced before NASCAR announced it was going to a smaller spoiler and softer tires. The only Charger to win on an intermediate track last season was Jeremy Mayfield, and his victory came on fuel mileage.

Ryan Newman of Penske Racing South and Kasey Kahne of Evernham Motorsports ran the Intrepid, which no longer is made, at the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway last season.

Newman will race the Intrepid in the next five races.

Petty said whatever the results from California, he is committed to the Charger, noting he has only one Intrepid in his fleet of more than 30 cars.

"That is for our own personal knowledge as much as anything,'' he said. "We are Dodge and we are Dodge Chargers and that's our position. At the same time, there is a lot of talk among the Dodge teams on, 'What is the Intrepid?'

"It is something we need to readdress.''








Find this article at:
http://www.nascar.com/2006/news/head...pid/index.html
gordo2448 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-22-2006, 01:20 PM
Intrepid Modder
 
Mopar Dewd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: now Omaha, Ne
Posts: 510
Feedback: 2 / 100%
                     
That's Awesome! Just wish Kasey Kahne would get to run it as well again...
Mopar Dewd is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-22-2006, 03:10 PM
Intrepid Pro
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Catonsville, Md.
Posts: 3,652
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
You'd think with all the testing and resources they would have found this out. I mean the new Charger in Nascar is FAST. Make no doubt about that, but on the intermediate tracks and in traffic, they have the downforce problem. With all the resources it amazes me that this one slipped by. Anyway, I'll be looking forward to this week's race. I still think Labonte will do a heck of a job with Petty enterprises and have a good season. Too bad they both got wrecked at the 500.
moparman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 01:24 PM
Intrepid Fan
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Begen County, NJ
Posts: 167
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
I'm holding very high hopes for the Petty Ent. team as a whole, but I'm not holding my breath either. The Intrepids were relatively underpowered when they were new, so how is Bobby going to be competitive in them now coming from the faster Joe Gibbs cars?
Silver R/T is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 08:38 PM
Intrepid Pro
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Catonsville, Md.
Posts: 3,652
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
I think Labonte is such a better driver than Petty has had for the past few years that his input on the track has to help.

I love that Charger you have there, when are you getting it painted ?
moparman is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-02-2006, 10:00 AM
Intrepid Fan
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Begen County, NJ
Posts: 167
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
I agree with you 110% on that. Not to dis on Jeff Green, but he is certainly no Bobby LaBonte.

As for the Charger, I have 3 small kids at home, so sadly Pampers come before paint and chrome. It will eventually be shot IN FC7 Plum Crazy with black bumble-bee stripes. I just keep hopin' that Foose comes by and borrows her for a while....
Silver R/T is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-03-2006, 05:05 PM
Intrepid Pro
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Catonsville, Md.
Posts: 3,652
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Just make sure you put up the pics when you're done. And hopefully the kids won't scratch it !
moparman is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-13-2006, 02:05 PM
Intrepid Fan
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Begen County, NJ
Posts: 167
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by moparman
I think Labonte is such a better driver than Petty has had for the past few years that his input on the track has to help.
So much for that thought....

So far Bobby's best finish was 30th, and Kyle's not much better with a best finish of 25th.

I heard that they're going to get their engines from Evernham now, so that should also be a help.
Silver R/T is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the DodgeIntrepid.Net Forums - Dodge Intrepid, Concorde, 300m and Eagle Vision chat forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Member names may only be composed of alpha-numeric characters. (A-Z and 0-9)

!!ATTENTION ADVERTISERS!! If you intend on advertising anything on this forum, whatsoever, you are required to first contact us here . Additionaly, we do NOT allow BUSINESS NAMES unless you are an Authorized Vendor. If you own a business, and want to do sales on this site via posting or private message, you will need to follow the rules. Shops, Stores, Distributors, Group Buys without being authorized will see your account terminated.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Been looking at a 95 Intrepid Infinitrium General Discussion 9 01-21-2006 11:20 PM
Action by UAW could slow work at Delphi moparman General Discussion, other Mopar Vehicles 0 10-28-2005 05:32 PM
Dark Days At Daimler moparman General Discussion, other Mopar Vehicles 12 08-08-2005 02:29 AM
95 Intrepid at Junkyard 79lilred General Discussion (First Generation) 4 01-11-2002 01:23 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome