Now that he is a married man (having wed former Miss Sprint Cup Brooke Werner last August), Jimmie Johnson’s longtime crew chief Chad Knaus has decided the time has come to sell his $3.1 million mansion in Cornelius, NC and look for new digs.
Far more than a mere bachelor pad, the impressive 7,897-square-foot gated home has a semi-open floor plan on the 1s floor, a huge foyer, upscale kitchen, living space, and butler’s pantry, as well as 5 bedrooms and 6 full baths, as well as a media room, large wine cellar and a resort-style infinity pool within feet of Lake Norman.
Just goes to show that that being on the winning end of 5 consecutive championships (2006-2010) as well as 61 victories with the Hendrick Motorsports #48 has really paid off!
Knaus has been worked in NASCAR since 1991, serving with 4 teams. After starting out with Stanley Smith’s stock car team, Knaus became employed on the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team led by crew chief Ray Evernham and piloted by Jeff Gordon. From 1993 to 1997, Knaus advanced from being a general fabricator to managing the entire chassis and body construction program for the No. 24 team. He also worked as a rear tire changer on the original Rainbow Warriors pit crew, and was a part of the 1995 and 1997 championship teams.
Following the 1997 season, Knaus joined Dale Earnhardt, Inc. as car chief, where he worked with Steve Park. During the 1998 season, he moved to Tyler Jet Motorsports, and in 1999, the call came that would lead Knaus to Dodge, Melling Racing. Ray Evernham wanted Knaus to lead the Dodge development team, an opportunity he quickly accepted. During two Dodge test sessions, Knaus worked with Melling Racing driver, Stacy Compton. The two worked well together, resulting in Knaus’ hire as crew chief for Stacy Compton in 2001, with the pair sweeping the poles at Talladega in 2001 after starting on the front row for the Daytona 500 and qualifying 3rd at Daytona in July. Despite restrictor plate track qualifying prowess, Compton and Knaus scored just one Top 10 (Daytona 500) and 5 Top 15 finishes. Knaus then returned to Hendrick Motorsports for the 2002 season, becoming crew chief for then rookie driver Jimmie Johnson, and the rest is history.