Following Lowe’s and Jimmie Johnson’s lead, Chad Knaus has signed on for five year more years as Johnson’s crew chief at Hendrick Motorsports. The plan is to sign Knaus to a lifetime deal, but for now, Knaus will be with the team until 2015.
Team owner Rick Hendrick said:
Chad and I have talked about what he would like to do down the road. Chad and I are looking at other things to secure his future and investments. He likes his role as crew chief right now … but down the road when he’s tired of being a crew chief he can make a big impact on the whole company and he’s already doing that. If he gets tired of it in three years we’ll do something else, but he tells me he wants to do it [for at least five more years].
Knaus has been Johnson’s crew chief since he entered the Sprint Cup Series in 2002. Johnson and Knaus have teamed up to post 47 wins in that time. Johnson has never finished lower in points than fifth. In addition to winning four championships, Johnson has also finished second in the points twice.