Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevy will be pitted by the crew of Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 car, for the remainder of the season, Hendrick Motorsports announced Monday.
Johnson’s team struggled with slow pit stops during Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, costing him valuable track position on each stop. After Jeff Gordon crashed out of the race, his crew serviced Johnson’s Chevy for the rest of the race.
Afterwards, Chad Knaus said the decision to switch crews during the race was his. He said:
It’s a professional sport, and you see it all the time. If somebody’s out or somebody’s not getting it done, say in football, you get a different receiver in the game or a different quarterback, or whatever it is. Unfortunately, our guys weren’t hitting on all eight cylinders [Sunday], and we had an opportunity with the 24 crashing to bring those guys in. They did a good job. They came in and played relief, and I thought they did a good job [Sunday]. It’s unfortunate. I don’t like doing that stuff, nobody does. But it’s kind of your job.
The change only involves the seven over-the-wall crew members from both teams. The other team personnel will remain with their respective teams.