General Motors has announced that Mark Stielow will replace Mark Kent at the helm of its internal racing and motorsports division.
This leadership shuffle comes just as GM prepares to open its new racing and technical development center in Concord, North Carolina, which will help it to optimize the technology transfer that happens between its race cars and its production vehicles.
Stielow, a longtime General Motors engineer and project manager, will oversee all of the company’s IMSA, IndyCar, NASCAR and NHRA racing endeavors.
“At the beginning of this year, GM announced it would take steps to bring our racing and core product engineering programs closer together to improve technology transfer,” the automaker said in an emailed statement to Racer Magazine this week. “Today, we took another step in that direction with the appointment of Mark Stielow to the newly-created position of Director, Motorsports Competition Engineering. He will be responsible for overall engineering and technical direction for NHRA, Indy Car, IMSA and Motorsports Operations and will have a direct link to General Motors’ vehicle integration organization.”
Kent has been moved to the expanding GM Defense division, where he will leverage his expertise gained in the racing world to help support the rapid growth of the recently established operations arm.
“Mark Kent, who was Director of Motorsports Competition, assumes the role of Director, GM Defense Facility Operations and will leverage his experience in the fast-paced motorsports world to support the rapid growth of GM Defense,” the automaker said. “He will be responsible for operationalizing the new GM Defense facility in North Carolina.”
Earlier this year, GM Defense was awarded the production contract to build, field and sustain the U.S. Army’s new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV), which is a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 from the waist down. The deal will see General Motors deliver over 2,065 of the specially designed vehicles to the U.S. Army at a cost of $214.3 million.