Longtime Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan has been let go by General Motors after a 25-year-run with the brand.
The announcement, made Wednesday, sees the departure of Fehan, arguably the face of the factory operation since its formation.
While declining comment, Fehan indicated to Sportscar365 that a change in management within GM was one of the guiding factors behind the decision.
Longtime GM Racing director Mark Kent was replaced by Mark Stielow as its new director of motorsports competition and engineering in September.
Fehan led the Pratt & Miller-run squad to 14 team championships, 13 manufacturer and driver titles as well as 113 race wins, including eight class victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the program’s 22 seasons to date.
In a statement, Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s U.S. Vice President, Performance and Motorsports said Fehan’s contributions went “far beyond” the team’s success on track.
“He developed strong relationships between Corvette Racing and the Corvette engineering, design, powertrain and marketing teams, and a variety of corporate sponsors, along with the various series and sanctioning bodies in which Corvette Racing competed,” said Campbell.
“Doug’s passion and enthusiasm created an incredible connection with race fans around the world. Any fan who met Doug will never forget him.”
Fehan joined GM racing in 1988 and worked on a number of projects including Chevrolet Beretta Trans-Am, Chevrolet Intrepid GTP and Oldsmobile’s World Sports Car efforts before being named program manager at Corvette Racing in 1996.
His replacement has yet to be announced.
Fehan is the latest to have departed Corvette in the last 12 months, following longtime drivers Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin, along with crew chief Dan Binks, who retired from the team following January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.
This article was updated at 4 p.m. ET with additional information