Knaus isn’t concerned about expiring contract

Jimmie Johnson re-upped with Hendrick Motorsports last year. Crew

chief Chad Knaus, an equally important part of the team that has

won four straight Cup championships, hasn’t extended his current

contract beyond 2010.

Knaus, however, is convinced his deal will get done in due

time.

“The contract deal will get done at some point,” Knaus said.

“I’m signed up through the end of 2010, and it’s not on the

forefront of my mind right now. What’s important to me right now is

just getting the cars built, getting to Daytona and getting the

season back in place. Once the contract negotiations start, then

we’ll worry about that.”

Johnson and Knaus are viewed as an inseparable combination,

but Knaus said he could envision working with another driver —

just not any time soon.

“We really enjoy working with each other — and why change

it?” Knaus said. “Will I at some point work with another driver?

Yeah — I mean, more than likely. Will he work with another crew

chief? Yeah, more than likely. Let’s be honest. He’s younger than I

am. He’s probably going to drive longer than I want to be a crew

chief.

“Am I in a managerial role somewhere else doing something, or

am I in a managerial role here working with these other teams? At

some point, yeah, I’ll be working with other people. Do I hope that

he’s always a part of my relationship with Hendrick Motorsports?

One hundred percent. I’d love for that to be the case.

“There are no guarantees in life. You don’t know what’s going

to happen years down the road. I feel like I’ve got four to six

more years that I can do this, and then that’s it. Then I’ve got to

go and do something else. Now, hopefully, that go-and-do-something

else is here.”