Hendrick Motorsports announced on Tuesday that Doug Duchardt has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President and General Manager, effective immediately. According to the HMS press release, he will report to President Marshall Carlson, in addition to team owner Rick Hendrick.
“I’m honored to work with this incredible team of people, Duchardt said. “I will continue to focus on giving them the resources and opportunities they need to be successful. We have a winning tradition that all of us want to protect and build on, and I’m lucky to be in a position to contribute to those efforts.”
Duchardt joined Hendrick Motorsports in 2005 as Vice President of Development, directing engine , vehicle engineering, chassis and body opereations. In his new position, he will direct all racing operations for HMS, manage technical relationships and serve as liaison between Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR.
“Doug has led by example from his first day with us,” Hendrick said. “We’re in a competitive and ever-changing industry, and he brings a global view that will be critical to our long-term success. Doug shares the organization’s values, understands the importance of relationships and has helped promote a culture of teamwork and communication. We know those are things he will lean on and grow in the years to come.”
Prior to joining Hendrick Motorsports, Duchardt worked for General Motors, most recently as Director of North American Motorsports Initiatives and was, therefore, involved in NASCAR, Grand-Am, American Le Mans, NHRA and IndyCar, among other racing series.