Life after Fishel at GM Racing

Herb Fishel, the conservative but influential executive director of GM Racing, is to retire after 40 years in American motorsport. Doug Duchardt, currently the group manager of GM Racing's oval track group, will assume his responsibilities, and Pat Suhy, an engineer at GM Powertrain, will replace Duchardt

Life after Fishel at GM Racing

Fishel (61) worked with the late Zora Arkus-Duntov and Vince Piggins, the almost legendary figures who initiated the unofficial return to racing by General Motors with the Corvette and the Chevrolet Small Block V8 engine in the 1950s. Subsequently he has influenced GM's motorsport programmes throughout the second half of the 20th century at a cost, some would say, of an ultra-conservative approach to racing technology.

In 1991, all GM's racing programmes were combined under Fishel's supervision. He has been at the forefront of NASCAR's stubborn resistance to technical innovation.

Duchardt (39) has been responsible since 1999 for all programme management and technical development in the areas of engine, chassis and aerodynamics for the Chevrolet and Pontiac racing efforts in the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series.

Suhy (also 39) is currently the fuel system design engineer for Gen 3 and 4 V8 and high-feature V6 engines. He joined GM Powertrain in 1990 as an engine dynamometer development engineer, and has been active in the American Sedan class of SCCA national road racing series, as owner, crew chief, engine builder and driver of his own racing team.

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