Doug Duchardt named COO at Ganassi

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Fresh off of a strong season that saw Kyle Larson tally four wins, Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) is implementing a few organizational changes for 2018.

The company announced Wednesday that former Hendrick Motorsports (HMS) executive Doug Duchardt has been named the corporation’s Chief Operating Officer, with the aim of increasing “collaboration, performance and growth across all of CGR’s worldwide racing activities.”

The move is effective immediately.

“We are all so pleased to get someone with both Doug’s racing credentials and his business acumen,” CGR Owner and CEO Chip Ganassi said in a team release. “He has a lot of racing championships under his belt and a strong track record for running successful businesses and has the respect of the racing industry. Doug will be a great addition to help lead what I think is already a very good group of people.”

Duchardt will be integrated with all of CGR’s racing programs – including NASCAR, IMSA and INDYCAR. He’ll work closely with both Managing Directors Mike Hull (INDYCAR and IMSA) and Max Jones – who has been promoted to the position on the team’s NASCAR side as part of the announcement – along with team President Steve Lauletta.

“I am excited to become a part of Chip Ganassi Racing,” Duchardt said. “I, along with the rest of the industry have always admired Chip and what he does across so many forms of racing. What has been especially impressive of late has been the turnaround they have made in their NASCAR operation. I am also looking forward to competing in INDYCAR and IMSA once again.

“Along with Felix Sabates and Rob Kauffman, Chip has assembled a group of championship caliber people on each of his teams that I am looking forward to working with and helping them achieve even more success both on and off the track.”

While new to CGR, Duchardt has a decorated past within another Chevrolet organization in NASCAR. The Illinoisan was previously an executive vice president and general manager at HMS, where he directed operations for 12 seasons that included seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships.

He also has experience with General Motors, having managed their North American motorsports initiatives for more than two decades prior to his move to HMS.

The complete CGR Corporate Office will now include Ganassi, Lauletta, Duchardt, CFO Chuck Gattschalk and Vice President of Human Resources Rob Wilder.

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