Hendrick Motorsports promotes Doug Duchardt to executive vice president and general manager

Longtime Hendrick Motorsports executive Doug Duchardt has been promoted to the newly created position of executive vice president and general manager.

Duchardt will report to team owner Rick Hendrick and company President Marshall Carlson.

The expanded role will put Duchardt in charge of all racing operations for Hendrick Motorsports and make him the primary liaison between the organization and NASCAR's competition group.

Duchardt joined Hendrick Motorsports in 2005 as vice president of development.