Spire Motorsports Steal Hendrick Motorsports Insider as They Appoint New President

Published 12/04/2023, 9:12 PM EST

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Chevrolet-associated Spire Motorsports just broke the internet with its million-dollar acquisition, taking over Kyle Busch Motorsports from the “Rowdy” himself following a massive deal. However, as we near the end of 2023, it looks like that itself isn’t the last time the team is going to make the headlines.

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Bruce Dickerson and Co. just made the headlines once again by roping in former Hendrick Motorsports‘ GM into their stable as the new President. Doug Duchardt who has been with Chip Ganassi Racing for the last 6 years was named the President of the team where his astute industry expertise will play a key role in uplifting the Spire camp as the team aims for the moon in the upcoming seasons.

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In a short span of time, Spire Motorsports has transformed itself into a revered team in NASCAR. Especially this year when the team bought KBM for a million-dollar deal to expand its operations. Even before that, the Chevy-partnered team made the news when it announced that its #77 driver Ty Dillon would be replaced by the Truck Series sensation, Carson Hocevar for the 2024 season.

Such major moves have been an important factor in pushing the team’s boundaries. Now coming to the latest news, the last day the team named its new President who will take charge immediately. Doug Duchardt who spent 12 years in the Hendrick Motorsports camp as Vice President of Development before becoming the Executive Vice President and then the General Manager, will now be the head of Spire Motorsports as the team fields a three-car effort in the NASCAR Cup Series and a multi-truck team in the Truck Series.

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He also played an instrumental role in HMS during his tenure with the team going on to win 7 titles with the great Jimmie Johnson as its flag bearer.

Duchardt reacts to his new responsibility

During his 27 years in the industry, Doug Duchardt has had many roles to play in different teams including HMS, and CGR from where he switched over to Spire Motorsports and GM. According to RACER.com, the team’s co-owner Dickerson said, “As Spire Motorsports continues to grow, it’s important to add impactful personnel at every level. 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.” 

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With such a significant official in its top ranks, the scene at SM will certainly change for the better as we’ve seen with HMS and CGR. Reacting to his new responsibility, Duchardt shared his excitement, saying, “I have been impressed with Spire Motorsports’ incremental growth since its 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.”.” 

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Furthermore, he shared how the atmosphere in the team is perfect for his liking with Spire Motorsports becoming more and more competitive than ever before. He added, “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.

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