The one-millionth Cummins diesel engine built for the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty was shipped from Cummins' Columbus, Ind. factory May 12. To commemorate the milestone, Dodge says it will hand off the keys of its one-millionth Cummins diesel-powered Ram to a sweepstakes winner. "Dodge Ram Cummins diesel owners are the most loyal Dodge customers," said Darryl Jackson, vice president of Dodge Marketing. "What better way to thank our loyal Dodge Ram owners than to give away a new Ram Heavy Duty, the Motor Trend Truck of the Year." "The one-millionth Cummins-powered Ram is the result of a very successful partnership. With the help of the Cummins team, we have redefined the meaning of tough trucks and set new standards for capability in the heavy-duty pickup segment," added Jackson. "Dodge has the longest lasting lineup of pickups on the market, and the Cummins diesels are a big part of that." Cummins says it has supplied Dodge with diesel engines since 1989 and has become the benchmark for diesel power in the heavy-duty segment. Since 1989, the straight-six Cummins Turbo Diesel engine has increased its horsepower and torque ratings by 91-percent and 39-percent, respectively, culminating in the current High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel, which delivers 305 horsepower and 555 lb.-ft. of torque. Fitted with the High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel, the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty features a gross combined vehicle weight rating (GCVW) of 23,000 lbs. "We are thrilled to reach this milestone in our partnership with Dodge," said Joe Loughrey, Cummins executive vice president - Engine Business. "The Cummins/Dodge combination has proven that the market for diesel power not only exists, but continues to grow in North America." The one-millionth engine is destined for installation in a Dodge Ram Heavy Duty 3500 Quad Cab which will be the grand prize in the Dodge Rodeo Sweepstakes and given away this December at the nationally televised Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Beginning this summer, the One Millionth Dodge Ram Cummins will be on display throughout the PRCA rodeo circuit. More than 20 million people attended a PRCA rodeo last year. "We are very proud of Dodge's sponsorship of the PRCA," said Steven J. Hatchell, commissioner of the PRCA . "Dodge trucks and rodeo are a great combination and the Dodge Rodeo Sweepstakes giveaway is just another benefit to the association. More than 170,000 people will attend the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas during the 10-day competition and one lucky rodeo fan will soon be driving one of the toughest horse-haulers on the market, the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty."