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As director of motorsports for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), John Doonan develops the overall strategy and manages Mazda’s motorsport programs in North America. Programs include, the American Le Mans Series, GrandAm GT/ST Programs, SKYACTIV-DIESEL Racing Engine program, World Challenge Touring Car, Mazda MX-5 Cup, Mazda Road to Indy, the Mazda Motorsports Driver Career Development Ladder, Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda.
Doonan joined Mazda in 2003 as the regional advertising manager in the Midwest region. In 2005 Doonan became manager, motorsports and team development and in 2011 was promoted to director of motorsports.
Doonan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Augustana College and an MBA from Western Illinois University. Doonan lives with his wife and three children in Plainfield, IL.