Knaus to maneuver into managerial position at Hendrick in 2021
Chad Knaus will start the subsequent chapter of his racing profession with a brand new position at Hendrick Motorsports in 2021.
Knaus, the present crew chief for William Byron and the No. 24 staff, will change into the staff’s vp of competitors, with reponsibility for personnel (crew chiefs, pit crews, engineering, fabrication, meeting, and different) for all 4 of Hendrick’s Cup Collection groups. Knaus may even oversee the group’s preparations for the Subsequent Gen race automotive in 2022.
“Once I began at Hendrick Motorsports (in 1993) working for Ray Evernham, my aim was to be a crew chief,” Knaus stated. “Beginning at a younger age, I wished to win each race we entered and battle for each championship. Mr. Hendrick has given me the prospect to do precisely that, and I couldn’t be extra grateful to him. In any case these years, my aggressive need has not modified in any respect, however now I’ve a household that deserves my consideration.
“This new government position will permit me to compete another way with all 4 of our groups whereas spending extra time with my spouse and two younger youngsters. I recognize the corporate supporting my determination, and I’m actually excited in regards to the problem forward of me to assist us develop and win. I’m additionally trying ahead to working intently with Jeff, who I love and have nice respect for. I owe a lot to Mr. Hendrick and everybody at Hendrick Motorsports, and I’m prepared for the subsequent chapter.”
Knaus has 82 wins thus far,as a Cup Collection crew chief. Final month, Knaus guided Byron to his first win within the Daytona oval race, which additionally certified them for the playoffs. Knaus and Byron have labored collectively for 2 seasons after Knaus and Jimmie Johnson cut up following seven championships and 17 seasons collectively.
Knaus will report back to Jeff Andrews, who has been promoted to government vp and basic supervisor. That transfer goes into impact instantly. Andrews, who most lately served as vp of competitors, will oversee competition-related departments and proceed to help Hendrick’s technical relationship with Chevrolet. He’s additionally the first liaison with NASCAR’s competitors group.
“In my virtually 29-year NASCAR profession, I’ve been lucky to work for only one group,” Andrews stated. “Mr. Hendrick is a racer and a fierce competitor. His drive to win is contagious, and I’m grateful to have a staff of like-minded individuals who share that keenness. Racing is all I’ve ever performed professionally. Once I left my house and my household 33 years in the past to pursue this dream, I by no means may have imagined the alternatives which were supplied by so many individuals, most significantly, Mr. Hendrick.
“It’s been a privilege to develop inside this wonderful group, and I look ahead to working alongside Chad in his new position. He and I share a love for this enterprise and a dedication to offering the perfect sources for Hendrick Motorsports to win into the foreseeable future.”
Stated Hendrick of the adjustments, “As we glance to the years forward, Jeff and Chad are going to play vital roles in our success. They’re great leaders who’re revered inside our group and throughout the complete auto racing world. As well as, they every carry distinctive strengths and ability units that may complement one another extraordinarily effectively and profit all of Hendrick Motorsports. We’re within the enterprise of successful, and this mixture goes to assist us do exactly that.
“In life, it’s uncommon to witness true excellence first-hand, however that’s exactly what we’ve been handled to with Chad. At the moment’s announcement is bittersweet as a result of, for my part, he’s the best crew chief our sport has ever seen. Though we’re going to overlook him atop the pit field, I’m heartened that Chad has made this determination for himself and his rising household and that he’s energized in regards to the alternative to maneuver us ahead in a brand new capability. There is no such thing as a one with increased requirements or a stronger ardour for successful. He’ll proceed to raise Hendrick Motorsports and instill his championship mentality all through the corporate.”