A statement on the 71-year old driver’s website explained the decision, saying, “in a search for an engine for Daytona, Dodge was the only one (we) could find at this point.” Dodge withdrew its factory support from NASCAR at the end of last season, and Penske Racing reportedly liquidated its inventory of used Sprint Cup and Nationwide cars and engines after converting to Ford power for 2013.
Shepherd said his schedule after Daytona is in serious doubt, due to the lack of sponsorship.
“Morgan Shepherd Racing Ventures is actively seeking sponsorship for the February Daytona race, as well as the rest of the 2013 season,” he said. “Without it, MSRV's future is dim. If you would like to showcase your company, MSRV can do just that. At the age of 71, Morgan Shepherd can still wheel a car and race with the young guns.”