After 17 seasons working with Jimmie Johnson, seven-time winner of the lower, Knaus entered the 2019 season in a pair with 21 rookie William Byron, final season's rookie.
The 2 males took a fast begin on Sunday as Byron took pole for the following weekend at Daytona 500. The Hendrick Motorsports drivers swept the primary 4 qualifying positions .
When requested when he was working with Byron, he nonetheless felt 21 years previous. Knaus replied, "Dude, I'm removed from that. A smart man as soon as stated to me, he stated, "Once I was younger, I had a behavior of going to mattress sore and waking up feeling nicely. Now that I'm previous, I really feel good in mattress and get up painfully. "It’s true.
"However that put somewhat wind within the sails, . Being surrounded once more by a younger group of men, seeing this enthusiasm, huge eyes, open eyes could be very entertaining and the timing shall be propitious.
Byron & # 39; s Pole was the fifth consecutive certainly one of a HMS driver on the 500. Though HMS had skilled aggressive difficulties over the previous few years seasons, there nonetheless remained the crew to beat coming to Daytona.
"A number of onerous work and quite a lot of effort for and on the a part of everybody to HMS to have the ability to do it, "stated Knaus," I feel the primary 4 locations are a fairly wonderful feat. "
" Should you return and take a look at our efforts to qualifying on the final races, the 4 vehicles have all been in a good field and that's a fairly wonderful factor to do.
Again the place he began ]
In some ways, Knaus noticed his profession come to an finish
"The final time I got here right here with a brand new driver (Johnson), we sat on the pole. So it's fairly cool. It truly is. It's actually particular for me, "he stated.
"You already know, lots of you had been right here within the 24th day, of their youth, to be a part of it and to have the ability to come again as a crew chief. of the 24th. A automotive and qualifying first for the Daytona 500 is for me only a improbable dream. "