Doug Duchardt has joined Chip Ganassi Racing as the Chief Operating Officer and will begin with the organization effective immediately.
Duchardt moves to CGR after spending more 12 years at Hendrick Motorsports as the executive vice president and general manager. He left that role in the summer of 2017. Duchardt was a part of the team’s seven NASCAR Cup Series championships from 2006-10, 2013 and 2016.
“I am excited to become a part of Chip Ganassi Racing,” said Duchardt. “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.”
Along with the addition of Duchardt, Chip Ganassi Racing also announced that Max Jones has been promoted to managing director of the team’s NASCAR operation. He joins Mike Hull, the managing director of the team’s IndyCar and IMSA operations.
The organization has also added a newly formed corporate office to oversee all CGR racing and commercial activities. It will include team owner and CEO Chip Ganassi, president Steve Lauletta, COO Duchardt, CFO Chuck Gottschalk and vice president of human resources Rob Wilder.
In what the team calls an effort “to increase collaboration, performance and growth across all of CGR’s worldwide racing activities,” Duchardt will work closely with managing sirectors Jones and Hull as well as Lauletta.
“We are all so pleased to get someone with both Doug’s racing credentials and his business acumen,” said Ganassi. “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.”