New View for Knaus at Charlotte Test
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin on December 8, 2013 | 12:30 P.M. EST
"I have never actually seen these racecars go around the race track from the stands. So it's going to be unique for me to get up there and see what it looks like." (Photo: Getty Images)
If the weather cooperates, Chad Knaus will have a new perspective during NASCAR's test for 2014 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday as he will watch the cars from high above the track.
After a whirlwind week in Las Vegas for Champion's Week, Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team will not be taking part in the test. Hendrick Motorsports' other three teams will be in attendance with Regan Smith driving Jeff Gordon's car. Multiple 40-lap races are planned for the test with the teams participating as NASCAR looks to lock-down new rule packages for next season. The current forecast for Monday is calling for a 60% chance of rain.
"I'm going to spend a little time in the garage and then I'm actually going to take a little bit of time and I'm going to go up into one of the suites," Knaus said. "I'm going to watch some of the races that they are having and try to get a feel for what it is that NASCAR is really trying to do and see if I can offer a little bit of a different perspective. I have never actually seen these racecars go around the race track from the stands. So it's going to be unique for me to get up there and see what it looks like."
For Johnson, the past few weeks since capturing his sixth championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway have felt weird to him because he was in the routine of racing every weekend.
"It's been a tough week or two to adjust and I'm finally now getting into vacation mode," Johnson said. "I think I'll enjoy vacation for a little bit. We have some teams going for the test and we'll let those guys work it out. We've just been busy and we need to shut it down for a little bit and recharge the batteries."
As of now, Johnson appears he will have the exact same team for next season when he goes after that elusive seventh championship.
"We are making one change that we know of for sure and that's going to be with our second race engineer position," Knaus said. "We brought in a bright young man by the name of Richard Boswell. He is going to be coming from us from JR Motorsports. Everybody else is the same as far as we know right now. Sometime things change after Christmas but I'm really, really excited because I feel like this 48 team is in its infancy."