Chad Knaus is an American NASCAR crew chief. Knaus has 81 triumphs as Jimmie Johnson’s group boss and is the only NASCAR team boss to win five back to back titles. He has worked in NASCAR since 1991.
Throughout this time, he has worked for four groups: Dale Earnhardt Incorporated, Melling Racing, Tyler Jet Motorsports, and Hendrick Motorsports.
He has been a team boss in NASCAR for a very long time and is viewed as one of the best NASCAR group heads ever.
Knaus grew up around the circuits of the Midwest helping his dad, John, race against racers like Mark Martin, Alan Kulwicki, Rusty Wallace, and Dick Trickle. When he was 14, Knaus filled in as group head during his dad’s Rockford Speedway title season.
They won the Great Northern Series title and completed second in the NASCAR Winston Racing Series. A couple of years, Knaus moved to North Carolina in 1991 to seek after an occupation in stock vehicle racing.
Subsequent to working with Stanley Smith’s stock vehicle group, Knaus joined the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports group drove by team boss Ray Evernham and by driver Jeff Gordon.
From 1993 to 1997, Knaus progressed from being an overall fabricator to dealing with the development program for the No. 24 group.
He even filled in as a tire changer on the first Rainbow Warriors pit group. Knaus was a part of the 1995 and 1997 team.
Following the 1997 season, Knaus joined Dale Earnhardt, Inc. as car chief, where he worked with the No. 1 group driven by Steve Park and Darrell Waltrip in the 1998 season.
After Park got back to the group, Knaus and Waltrip moved to Tyler Jet Motorsports. In 1999, Knaus moved to Melling Racing after Evernham, who had quite recently left Hendrick Motorsports, welcomed him to lead the Dodge improvement group.
During two Dodge test meetings, Knaus worked with driver Stacy Compton. The two functioned admirably together, bringing about Knaus’ advancement to group boss for Compton in October 2000.
In 2001, Compton and Knaus began in the first row for the Daytona 500, took the pole position at the Talladega 500, and qualified third at the Pepsi 400 at Daytona.
Knaus got back to Hendrick Motorsports for the 2002 season, turning out to be team head of the No. 48 vehicle driven by the new driver and future super-star Jimmie Johnson. The group recorded three race wins, six top-five positions, 21 top-ten positions, and four pole positions, two of which were for the Daytona 500 and Aaron’s 499.
As per Celebrity Net Worth, he has a net worth of $5 million. He is right now working at Hendrick Motorsports as the Vice President.
|Net Worth||$5 Million|
|Birthday||August 5, 1971|