Jimmie: Knaus Will Decide When To Step Down
Jimmie Johnson said crew chief Chad Knaus not in danger of being fired but... (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)
By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chad Knaus, the only crew chief Jimmie Johnson has known while winning six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, isn’t on the chopping block.
But Johnson, who was eliminated from this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Talladega, Ala., made it clear that he knows the day is coming when there will be a different pit boss calling the shots for his No. 48 Chevrolet.
“Yeah, that day is out there,” Johnson said Friday as he began preparations for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. “I think a crew chief’s lifespan is much shorter than a driver’s. They live in dog years and drivers can carry on much longer.
“I’ve been accused of being loyal to a fault in the past, that’s me. I have no plans or desires to make a change. When Chad decides he’s had enough of being the guy on the box, it will be his decision to step down. As far as I’m concerned, we’ve made it 13 years in this thing. I want to see it go as long as it can.”
Johnson admitted that the public and media’s perception is that there is a lot of tension between him and Knaus. But he added that looks and sounds can be deceiving.
“We’re honest with each other and know each other well enough to work through the bad times,” Johnson Read the full story »