Over the weekend of 7 July, Chrysler Group will bring together one of the world’s legendary motor racing personalities and one of its most celebrated race cars at the largest historic motor sports event in the world.

As part of the activities to celebrate the introduction of the Dodge brand to the UK, NASCAR racing legend Richard Petty will drive a restored 1972 Dodge Charger race car on the famous hillclimb course at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Known in NASCAR circles as ‘The King’, Richard Petty is the most decorated driver in the history of NASCAR, winning a record number of 200 career victories and seven Cup Championships in his illustrious career.

Peter Lambert, Managing Director of Chrysler Group UK, said: "We jumped at the chance to invite Richard Petty over for this great event, as the new Dodge brand, and the new Dodge Caliber are launched in our dealerships in July.

"The Goodwood Festival of Speed is much more than just a hillclimb. As motor racing’s equivalent of Wimbledon it is an extravaganza of motoring sound and colour and I’m sure that Richard and his classic Charger will fit right in."

Richard Petty said: "It’s an honour just to be asked to be a part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s such a prestigious event and one that is popular worldwide. The names that have been a part of this Festival throughout the years are true champions and it’s always special when you’re invited to be a part of something as big as this.

"We’re going to drive our 1972 Dodge Charger during the weekend so we’ve put a lot of time and effort into restoring this car. We want to make sure it’s at its best for Lord March and all the visitors to the Festival. Dodge has been a huge partner throughout my career and I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel during this prestigious event."

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