Chad Knaus stepping off pit box and into leadership role

Knaus, along with Jeff Andrews, are both being promoted to new leadership roles within HMS.

Knaus, 49, has won 82 races atop the pit box and seven championships including a record five in succession. His driver has also made the Cup Series playoffs every year the system has been in place since 2004, doing so with Jimmie Johnson and later William Byron.

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But following the 2020 season, the veteran crew chief will oversee the technical development of the entire four-car organization, including the ‘Next Gen’ car set to debut in 2022. Byron’s replacement crew chief will be revealed at a later date.

“When I started at Hendrick Motorsports (in 1993) working for Ray Evernham, my goal was to be a crew chief,” Knaus said. “Starting at a young age, I wanted to win every race we entered and battle for every championship. Mr. (Rick) Hendrick has given me the chance to do exactly that, and I could not be more thankful to him. After all these years, my competitive desire has not changed at all, but now I have a family that deserves my attention. This new executive role will allow me to compete in a different way with all four of our teams while spending more time with my wife and two young children. I appreciate the company supporting my decision, and I’m truly excited about the challenge…

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