Richard Petty says there is currently no decision about which manufacturer his NASCAR Sprint Cup team will represent in 2013, despite the current Ford squad being favorite to take over as Dodge's lead squad.
Dodge has yet to announce its 2013 Cup lineup after Penske – its top team since '03 – decided it would switch to Ford next year.
Petty gave Dodge some of its best years in NASCAR in the 1970s as a driver, winning two Cup titles and 37 races for the brand. The NASCAR legend also fielded Dodge Chargers with his squad, most recently until 2008, when his team was known as Petty Enterprises.
Richard Petty Motorsports currently runs Ford Fusions for Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose, with technical support from Roush Fenway Racing and Roush-Yates engines. The team won at Watkins Glen last year with Ambrose. Petty believes Dodge is yet to make any firm decisions about the shape of its 2013 NASCAR program, but left the door open to a return to the manufacturer, while also acknowledging that he is in talks to extend his Ford deal.
"Right now, [Dodge] are pretty confused," Petty said. "They got a plug pulled out of them and weren't really expecting it. I would imagine they're going to have to sit down and have some prayer meetings to figure out really what they're going to do. But I don't know.
"We'll consider going anywhere to make a living out of this... Right now, we're still up with the Ford deal and we're going everything we can to win races with them."
Besides Richard Petty Motorsports, Dodge has few good options for 2013 as all major rivals are currently tied to multi-year deals with Chevrolet, Ford or Toyota.