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Doug Duchardt - Vice President of Development

Full name: Douglas E. Duchardt
Birthdate: April 3, 1964
Hometown: Morton, Ill.
Residence: Charlotte, N.C.
Family: Wife Pam; sons Jack and Matt; daughter Hannah

In February 2005, Doug Duchardt was named Hendrick Motorsports’ vice president of development, a position in which he oversees race-car evolution through design, engineering and production in the chassis, body and engine areas.

After nearly a decade in various roles with General Motors, Duchardt joined GM Racing in 1996 and was named director in June 2003.  Managing GM’s North American motor sports initiatives, he worked closely with NASCAR teams, including Hendrick Motorsports, and was responsible for Chevrolet’s on-track performance.

During Duchardt’s involvement in GM Racing, the Chevy Monte Carlo garnered five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series manufacturer championships.

From 1999-2003, Duchardt was the group manager for GM Racing’s Oval Track Group, responsible for all program management and technical development in the areas of engine, chassis and aerodynamics for the NASCAR efforts of Chevrolet and Pontiac.  He was also group manager of the Cadillac LMP Program in 2001 and 2002.

Duchardt previously served as engine manager for the Oval Track Group and was responsible for the 1998 introduction of the SB2 engine, which in its first year of competition produced a superior reliability rate to its successful predecessor.

A native of Morton, Ill., Duchardt graduated in 1987 from Missouri University of Science and Technology in mechanical engineering and went on to earn a master’s degree in engineering from Purdue University in 1992.  He joined General Motors in 1983 as a co-op student with Buick.

In recognition of his professional accomplishments, Duchardt was presented with an honorary professional degree from his alma mater, Missouri S&T, in December 2009.

In his current position, Duchardt works hand-in-hand with vice president of competition Ken Howes, who oversees Hendrick’s day-to-day competition-related activities.