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DODGING DODGE: Penske Racing has still not made a decision how it will handle engines next season when it leaves Dodge for manufacturer Ford.

But team president Tim Cindric has denied an Internet report that claims Penske has sold its engine shop to Michael Andretti.

“Contrary to recent published speculation, Penske Racing has not sold its engine company,” Cindric said in a statement Saturday morning. “The team’s focus continues to be on successfully completing the 2012 season, competing for championships and victories in the both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series for Dodge and our other sponsor partners.”

There has been speculation that Michael Andretti will form a NASCAR program with Dodge, and one published report claimed Penske had sold his engine shop to his fellow IndyCar team owner so that Andretti can build Dodge engines.

Penske could keep his engine shop and build Ford’s next season, but Roush Yates Engine currently supplies for all Ford teams and the manufacturer prefers that arrangement. Penske has always built his own engines.

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AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer contributed to this report.