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The March 2, 2017 online issue of HOT ROD Magazine contains an excellent article by Al Rogers on the current restoration status of the Rossi Engineering 1969 Dodge Daytona.  Bill Rossi, son of legendary car owner & mechanic Mario Rossi, purchased the car in 2013.  The Dodge Daytona was the last winged car to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Its final race was the 1971 Daytona 500, contested on  February 14, 1971.   After completion of the 1970 season, NASCAR president Bill France decided to end the dominance of the specially constructed “aero cars” by limiting their engine size to 305 cubic inches.  Rossi and his driver, Porterville, California native Dick Brooks, were the only team that fielded an “aero car” for the race, as the other teams opted for the ability to run the larger engines. While the other Dodge and Plymouth cars at Daytona were powered by the proven 426 cubic inch Hemi engine, Rossi’s 1969 Dodge Daytona was equipped with a relatively small 305 cubic inch engine built by Californian drag racer Keith Black.  Brooks would lead 5 laps in the event and finish in 7th position, after losing two laps due to a collision with Pete Hamilton’s Plymouth.

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Bill Rossi will debut the restored Dodge Daytona on October 13, 2017.  The car will be on display at the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum in Alexander City, Alabama, located fifty miles south of Talladega Superspeedway.