Hendrick announce new VPs

Hendrick Motorsports general manager Marshall Carlson has announced that the team's long serving competition director Ken Howes and former General Motors executive Doug Duchardt have been named vice presidents over the organization's racing operations

Hendrick announce new VPs

"These are two gentlemen that bring an immeasurable amount of experience, creativity and energy," Carlson said. "Ken and Doug share a vision that will contribute to our success and carry us forward.

"Hendrick Motorsports marked its 20th anniversary in 2004, which was a significant milestone and a tribute to all the people working here. This sets us up for another two decades of outstanding teamwork and championship racing."

Howes began his racing career in 1968 as a Formula 1 mechanic in his native South Africa, moved to the United States in 1984 and joined Hendrick the following year, moving up through the ranks to eventually land the role of competition director in 2001. He will now oversee all day to day competition related activities as vice president of competition.

Duchardt had a variety of roles for almost a decade within General Motors before moving to GM Racing in 1996, and since that time has worked with a variety of NASCAR teams as the general manager of GM's Oval Track Group, developing program management for engine, chassis and aerodynamics in the series. He has been appointed to the role of vice president of development, and will oversee all areas of the team's race car evolution.

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