Hendrick Extends Knaus Gustafson
April 30, 2010 | 11:41 A.M. EST
Knaus, who is coming off his fourth consecutive championship with driver Jimmie Johnson, extended with Hendrick until 2015.
Last November, Johnson signed a five-year contract extension to keep him behind the wheel of the No. 48 Chevrolet. Now with Knaus' extension, the plan is for them to stay together in the same term.
"I'm pretty pleased obviously," Knaus said. "I've spent the majority of my life at Hendrick Motorsports since 1993 and I'd have a hard time thinking I'd ever go somewhere else. This No. 48 team and the No. 24 team are very important to me and I'm glad to be a part of that and I want to stay here for a long time to come.
"My contract is with Hendrick Motorsports but it's very well known that I'm going to be with the No. 48 car. The No. 48 is where my heart and soul is; being spawned off the No. 24 car and being raised in the environment of the No. 24 I think it's a natural fit. So I'm really pleased to be working with Jimmie. I enjoy working with Jimmie and the whole Lowe's team and it's going to stay."
Gustafson, who is currently Mark Martin's crew chief, signed a four-year extension. It's not clear yet what his role will be with the team when Kasey Kahne comes into the fold.
"My goal is to stay with Hendrick Motorsports and that is what I am going to do," Gustafson said. "That is what I want to do. I don’t know what Mark’s (Martin) plans are for the future so I couldn’t say anything about that. But unless Rick Hendrick sells these cars, then I would say this is where I will be.
"Whatever it takes for us to be successful, that is what I want to do. Beyond that, no matter what it is, where I need to fill, what role I need to fill to help make this team the most successful, that is what I will do."