New GM Racing Head Appointed
Mark Kent named director of GM Racing
DETROIT – General Motors has named Mark Kent its new director of racing. Kent will oversee engineering and marketing activities for all of GM’s motorsports programs, including NASCAR, NHRA, SCCA, Grand American, American Le Mans and IRL.
Kent, 44, replaces Doug Duchardt, who held the position for the last two years.
Kent has experience in powertrain development both for production and race vehicles. From 1987 to 1992, he held motorsports engine engineering and program manager positions for winning IMSA GTU and SCCA Trans Am programs. Most recently, he was the GM Powertrain design systems engineer for the Northstar V-8 line-up of engines.
“Our racing efforts will benefit from Mark’s motorsports engineering and program management experience and his competitive nature,” said Steve Shannon, executive director of GM Marketing Services. “He has a strong track record of leading and supporting successful racing programs for the company.”
Kent takes the reins to GM’s extensive motorsports program on March 1, 2005.
Release Date: February 17, 2005