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New Era for NASCAR: Pinty’s Series Leadership Shakeup Ahead of 2023 Season Kickoff

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series, the premier stock car racing event in Canada, is set to kick off this weekend with a reshuffled leadership structure. The series, which has become an essential part of the Canadian motorsport scene, will be under new management as the 2023 season gets underway.

Earlier this week, NASCAR named Doug Gonder as the new director of the Pinty’s Series. Gonder, who originally joined NASCAR in 2012 as a technical inspector, has steadily risen through the ranks, and most recently served as the assistant series director. Gonder’s promotion comes in the wake of Cherie Putnam’s retirement at the conclusion of last season. Doug, a native of London, Ontario, brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having previously worked in the ARCA Menards Series and at Delaware Speedway. His appointment is seen as a crucial step in NASCAR’s plan to continue expanding the Pinty’s Series.

“Doug is a trusted figure among competitors in the garage and is the perfect choice to lead the NASCAR Pinty’s Series into the future,” said Tony Spiteri, general manager of NASCAR Canada. “His relationships and technical experience are invaluable as the series continues to grow, welcoming new competitors, new race tracks, and new fans.”

Gonder’s promotion

Gonder’s promotion isn’t the only change in the Pinty’s Series leadership. Sam Putnam, a long-standing series official, has been appointed as the technical director, while Mike Hennink, a veteran of the series, will take on the role of supervisor of officials. Meanwhile, Rob Sharpe will continue as the race director, a position he’s held since 2019, and Stephanie Azevedo will return for her sixth season as series coordinator.

The Pinty’s Series is poised for a record-breaking season with a diverse 14-race slate, starting this Saturday at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ontario. Fans can stay updated with all the action and developments by tuning into TSN’s new subscription-based streaming platform, TSN+, and FloRacing in the United States. Tape-delay broadcasts will air on TSN and RDS2 in Canada.

With these leadership changes, NASCAR aims to usher in a new era for the Pinty’s Series, building on its legacy while positioning it for even more success in the future. The series has been a staple of Canadian motorsport for years, and these strategic moves indicate that NASCAR is committed to its growth and development.


For more details on the changes in the leadership structure and other exciting updates, you can check for NASCAR news. If you’re keen to follow the Pinty’s Series and other NASCAR events, the NASCAR calendar is your go-to resource.

These are exciting times for the Pinty’s Series, and the 2023 season promises to be one of the most thrilling yet. With new leadership and a record-breaking schedule, there’s never been a better time to be a fan of Canadian stock car racing.