Johnson, Knaus extend contracts with Hendrick Motorsports

Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson have won six titles together.

Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson have won six titles together.

One of the most successful driver-crew chief pairings in NASCAR history will continue to be a force on the track, at least for a few more years. Hendrick Motorsports announced Monday that driver Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus have signed contract extensions.

In addition the team announced that longtime sponsor Lowe’s Companies Inc. has also extended its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports after signing a two-year agreement that will continue its full-season primary sponsorship of the No. 48 NASCAR Sprint Cup team and six-time series champion Johnson in 2016 and 2017. Johnson’s contract extension with Hendrick is for the next two years, the extension for Knaus for the next three. Lowe’s has been Johnson’s primary sponsor for each of his 497 career Sprint Cup starts.

Johnson competed in his first full-time Sprint Cup season in 2002. Since then he has earned 74 victories, six titles and averaged a third-place (3.07) championship points finish. Crew chief Knaus has led the No. 48 team to at least three Sprint Cup wins in each of its 14 full seasons (2002-15). Johnson’s six championships trail only first-ballot NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty, who each posted seven. MORE>>>

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