Bad News For Multi-Awarded Knaus

Chad KnausChevrolet No. 48 crew chief Chad Knaus has been slapped with suspension and accompanying penalties in connection with an allegedly illegally modified car he is prepping up for the upcoming Daytona 500. Feeling “deeply saddened”, Knaus for the first time announced in public the details surrounding the perceived irregularities in the car adjustments that he handled including the consequences that he will be facing. He met with the media before his team’s practice sessions for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 to be held at the Phoenix International Raceway.

Saying that he did not expect the results of the findings, Knaus said, “We do, and unfortunately they didn’t like something and they addressed that.” Together with Ron Malec, Chad Knaus was handed down with a six-week suspension after NASCAR officials discovered that the C-posts in the car Knaus prepared were illegitimately modified. The inspection was done in Daytona last February 17, nine days shy of the Daytona 500. Aside from the one and a half month suspension, Knaus is also fined $100,000 and the team was deducted 25 owner points and 25 driver points. Although a request for appeal was granted, there is no date set yet for the hearing.
However, Knaus feels positive on the appeal process. He said that they have a strong case because the car, which failed in the last inspection, is the very same car with the same modifications, which passed numerous inspections in four preceding races in Talladega and Daytona. “It’s unfortunate that I have to keep taking advantage of the process from time to time, but it’s good that it’s there. We’ve seen some things changed or reversed or even maximized through that process,” Knaus said.
Incidentally, with his 11 years running as a crew chief, Chad Knaus had been penalized nine times and had experienced got suspended three times by NASCAR. Nevertheless, he has won the Sprint Cup championship five times. And, his positive outlook on the appeal may be fueled by his winning an appeal in a previous hearing.
The C-posts, when strategically adjusted, can provide aerodynamic advantage to the car driver. Knaus mentioned that he respected the inspection process and he wants to have his day in the appeals hearing I order to prove his point. The dilemma of the team is that they do not know who will replace Knaus if the appeal is turned down and he serves his six-week suspension.