‘MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ Returns in 2023, Direct Connection Grudge Race Competitors Use New HurriCrate Series Engines

Auburn Hills, Michigan. – Dodge and MotorTrend announce the 2023 return of the one-day festival of street-legal drag racing, MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge, along with a new format for the popular Dodge Direct Connection Grudge Race that spotlights the Roadkill Nights event. Grudge Race entrants will form a duo in 2023, using all-new Dodge Direct Connection HurriCrate engines, derived from the all-new 3.0L Hurricane Twin Turbo engine, as the fundamental building blocks of their respective dragcar building projects.

* MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge returns for an eighth edition in 2023

* Roadkill Nights continues to grow each year – the 2022 event set a new one-day attendance record of over 40,000 attendees

* In Dodge Direct Connection Grudge Race, participants will use all-new Direct Connection HurriCrate Series engines in their drag car build projects

* Direct connection HurriCrate engines, derived from the all-new 3.0L Hurricane Twin Turbo engine, were announced today along with the opening of the brand display at the 2022 Special Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas

* 2023 Dodge Direct Connection Grudge Race pairs an experienced drag racer and online car builder (The Mentor) with a ‘rookie’ online builder/racer (The Protege)

* The Mentor will help The Protege build, tune and test their drag car build project before The Protege finally battle it out on the strip during Roadkill Nights

* Grudge Race participants will also be connected to a Dodge Power Brokers dealer and have VIP access to the Direct Connection Tech hotline at (800) 998-1110 to assist with construction projects

* Visit DCPerformance.com to learn more about Direct Connection, the Dodge brand’s exclusive source for factory-supported performance parts available through Dodge Power Brokers dealers.

* For more information about the Dodge brand, visit Dodge.com or DodgeGarage.com

* Visit MotorTrend+ or MotorTrend FAST TV to watch the latest episode of Roadkill

The 2022 Edition of MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge, held on August 13, set a new one-day attendance record with more than 40,000 performance enthusiasts showing up in person, along with more than a million views online. The 2023 event will represent the eighth edition of Roadkill Nights, which has evolved from humble beginnings in a stadium parking lot to its current form with a massive footprint that draws tens of thousands.

“Roadkill Nights just keeps evolving and getting better every year, and we knew we’d do it again next year, so we thought, ‘Why wait?’ We are now announcing that our horsepower circus will come to the city in 2023,” said Tim KuniskisChief Executive Officer of the Dodge Brand – Stellantis. “Next year, Dodge Direct Connection Grudge Race competitors will have new Direct Connection HurriCrate engines at the heart of their build projects. Since this is new technology for our enthusiasts, we are going to give them more time to enter their race cars. We can’t wait to see the results next summer at Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge.”

The Dodge Direct Connection Grudge Race puts online car builders in a head-to-head drag race competition. In the 2023 Grudge Race, two competitors will team up to create a Dodge of Plymouth towing machine using a new Direct Connection HurriCrate Series engine. Direct Connection’s HurriCrate engine range was announced today in conjunction with the opening of the Dodge brand’s exhibit at the 2022 Special Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, November 1-4.

In the 2023 Dodge Direct Connection Grudge Race, an experienced drag racer and online car builder (The Mentor) will team up with a ‘rookie’ online builder/racer with no previous drag racing experience (The Protege). The mentor will “school” The Protege in building, tuning and testing their build project before The Protege finally battle it out on the drag strip for the Direct Connection Grudge Race crown during the Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge event. All competitors will be linked to a Dodge Power Brokers dealer and have VIP access to the Direct Connection Tech hotline at (800) 998-1110 to assist with their construction projects.

“We are proud to partner with Dodge and bring fans back to Roadkill Nights in 2023,” said Eric Schwab, MotorTrend Groups group please. Roadkill Nights really brings to life the thrill of clenching, top speed drag racing. There’s something for everyone – drag racers, families, foodies and anyone looking for a great day of unparalleled fun.”

Additional details about the MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge event in 2023, including dates, location and information about the Dodge Direct Connection Grudge Race and event participants, will be announced later in 2023.

Roadkill Nights is an event produced by ROADKILL, a brand of MotorTrend Group, with a hit show that delivers a unique taste of ‘Automotive Chaos Theory’. For more information about Roadkill and Roadkill Nights, follow on Facebook at facebook.com/roadkillshow or on Twitter at twitter.com/roadkillshow. Fans can follow the action for Roadkill Nights with hashtags #RoadkillNights and #PoweredByDodge or watch ROADKILL on MotorTrend+, MotorTrend TV or MotorTrend FAST TV via Samsung TV Plus and XUMO.

Visit DCPerformance.com to learn more about Direct Connection, the Dodge brand’s exclusive source for factory-supported performance parts available through Dodge Power Brokers dealers. For more information about the Dodge brand, visit Dodge.com or DodgeGarage.com.

ROADKILL

The ROADKILL brand delivers a unique taste of ‘Automotive Chaos Theory’ and features authentic gearboxes David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan in various media, including Roadkill Nights branded events, and Roadkill, Roadkill Extra, Roadkill Garageand Roadkill’s Junkyard Gold shows, available on MotorTrend+.

MotorTrend Group

MotorTrend Groupa Warner Bros. Discovery company, is the world’s largest automotive media group dedicated to introducing, inspiring and intensifying people’s passions for the automotive world. Consists of over 50 iconic brands including MOTORTREND, HOT ROD, ROADKILL, TOP GEAR AMERICA and more, MotorTrend Group is the ultimate source of entertainment and information for car enthusiasts and car buyers alike, with a monthly audience of over 26 million and over 110 million social followers. With world-class automotive entertainment on the #1 automotive fan television network, digital streaming channels, iconic events, the largest automotive social network, over seven decades of print and digital editorial content, and cutting-edge resources for new car buyers, MotorTrend embodies every corner of the car culture. From electric vehicles to timeless classic customs, MotorTrend Group brings the latest automotive trends to fans of all generations.

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For over 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried the spirit of the brothers John and Horace Dodge. Their influence continues today as Dodge shifts up a gear with a lineup that delivers unparalleled performance in each of the segments in which they compete.

Moving forward as a pure performance brand, Dodge offers SRT Hellcat versions of the Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger and Dodge Durango, as well as an R/T plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version of the all-new 2023 Dodge Hornet, representing the the brand’s first electrified performance car. Dodge delivers the drag-strip dominating 807 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock; the 797 horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Redeye, the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world; and the 710 horsepower Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, the most powerful SUV ever; and the best standard performance in the compact commercial vehicle segment with the Dodge Hornet. Combined, these four powerful vehicles make Dodge the most powerful brand in the industry, with more horsepower than any other American brand in the entire range.

In 2022, the Dodge brand was ranked #1 in the JD Power APEAL Study (Mass Market), making it the only domestic brand ever to do so for three years in a row. In 2020, Dodge was named the #1 Brand in Initial Quality, making it the first ever domestic brand to be ranked #1 in the JD Power Initial Quality Study (IQS).

Dodge is part of the portfolio of brands offered by leading global automakers and mobility providers Stellantis. For more information about: Stellantis (NYSE: STLA), visit www.stellantis.com.

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