“P*ssed Me Off” – Jimmie Johnson Makes a Brutally Honest Admission Regarding His Old Crew Chief

Published 11/13/2021, 6:05 AM EST
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, speaks ahead of practice at Auto Club Speedway on February 28, 2020 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)


Recently, NASCAR living legend Jimmie Johnson appeared on ‘In Depth with Graham Bensinger’. Over there, the 7-time Cup Series champion spoke about his days in the Hendrick Motorsports stable. When he first paired up with crew chief Chad Knaus, they stuck together for a long time. However, there were a few hiccups along the way.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Johnson said, “People were like, ‘How can you let him [Chad Knaus] talk to you that way?’. The trust we had for one another, I would say 80% of it was just the brutal truth.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“Honestly, even though it hurt, p*ssed me off at times. That brutal honesty is what made us better. Just maybe if we had handled it in a different way with one another. We could have stayed together through the end of our careers and potentially got the eighth.”

What else did Jimmie Johnson say?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Later on, he confessed that he wished that he could go back and correct it. Knaus’ behavior was a defense mechanism, and he only did it because he cared. Because Johnson got tired of it, he also retaliated, and in the car, he would wonder about what he would say to his crew chief.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 11: NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson attends NTT IndyCar Series testing at Circuit of The Americas on February 11, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Johnson confessed that he and Knaus did not evolve much in the latter stages of their partnership. Both of them had changed a lot over the course of their careers. The driver also revealed that in difficult situations, Knaus had a tendency to revert back to his attitude when they first started. To be precise, he used to micro-manage Johnson’s driving and explain where he made mistakes. This also bled onto solutions and how the Hendrick driver needed to work on it.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

According to the driver, the worst occasion was after they won the championship. At the start of the 2017 season, Johnson wanted to go to Aspen and not Charlotte, and Knaus did not like that at all. At that point, things got a little bit personal and he because to question Johnson’s commitment. Sadly, they never got around to repairing it, but they were always honest with each other.

DIVE DEEPER

Not Age: Jimmie Johnson Reveals Key Obstacle to His F1 Dream Despite McLaren’s Heavy Backing

22 days ago

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Dhruv George

12315 articles

Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT