Doug Duchardt, a long-time NASCAR industry executive, has been named the President of Spire Motorsports, the organization officially announced on Monday. Duchardt’s new role with the organization will begin immediately.
Having nearly three decades of experience ranging from General Motors to leading some of the most iconic race teams, Duchardt is one of the sport’s most accomplished individuals and brings a championship pedigree to the team’s rapidly growing operations.
“As Spire Motorsports continues to grow, it’s important to add impactful personnel at every level,” said Jeff Dickerson, co-owner of Spire Motorsports. “I’ve known and had a close personal relationship with Doug Duchardt for nearly 20 years. Doug’s resume and body of work speaks for itself. Having him on staff raises our competitive bar immediately. He brings a results-based work ethic to our team that will pay immediate dividends. Our expectations for the impact his presence will make across our entire organization cannot be overstated.”
Duchardt holds a Bachelor of Science and an Honorary Professional Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, a Master of Science in Engineering from Purdue University, and an Advanced Certificate for Executives from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.
“He has a rich history with General Motors which has resulted in close and deep personal relationships at the manufacturer level and positions him firmly at the intersection of our crucial relationships with both Hendrick Motorsports and Trackhouse Racing.”
Before taking on his newfound role with Spire Motorsports, Duchardt spent the last six seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing, first serving as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and more recently as an executive consultant – where he served as a liaison between CGR and General Motors in establishing the team’s European facility for Cadillac’s sportscar world endurance program.
As COO, he was responsible for all components of competition and business development across the entire organization, including NASCAR, IndyCar, and IMSA operations. Additionally, Duchardt was charged with navigating and finalizing negotiations with CGR’s corporate partners.
By the conclusion of his tenure with Chip Ganassi Racing, the Morton, Illinois-native played a central role in four IndyCar championships, including a victory in the 2022 Indianapolis 500, as well as wins in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and last season, a podium finish in the 24 Hours of LeMans.
“! have been impressed with Spire Motorsports’ incremental growth since its inception,” said Duchardt. “It’s an exciting opportunity to join the team as we work toward increased competitiveness in the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series. Walking into the facility you can feel the enthusiasm and energy. I am also looking forward to working with my previous teammates at Chevrolet, Trackhouse Racing, and Hendrick Motorsports as Spire prepares for the 2024 season.”
On the NASCAR side, Duchardt spent 12 years at Hendrick Motorsports as Vice President of Development before transitioning to Executive Vice President and General Manager, directing all phases of competition.
In his time with Hendrick, the industry veteran oversaw seven NASCAR Cup Series championships, including a one-two-three finish in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points with Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, and Jeff Gordon.
Joining Spire Motorsports, Duchardt will be responsible for oversight across the entire organization including competition, personnel, and business operations – as the team fields a three-car effort in the NASCAR Cup Series and a multi-truck team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.