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Jimmie Johnson: Approaching fatherhood an exciting time for Knaus

Crew chief Chad Knaus has spent much of his career in NASCAR helping to guide Jimmie Johnson to seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships. In the coming months, Johnson may be offering the guidance in return.

Knaus made news this week with the announcement that his wife, Brooke, is pregnant with the couple’s first child. The baby is due in August.

Johnson, to no surprise, sent his best wishes and hinted that starting a family might be a calming influence.

“I’m excited for him,” Johnson said before opening practice at Bristol Motor Speedway. “I can also recall him through my process of being a parent and the sleepless nights and different aspects of parenthood, his curiosity and then, he just doesn’t know yet. He hasn’t been there. I’m excited for him to go through those experiences. He and Brooke are going to be amazing parents. It’s an exciting time for them.

“I think it will help make him a more patient man. I know being a parent has made me a more patient man, so he has that lesson coming for sure.”

Knaus has had some practice with Johnson’s two children, daughters Genevieve and Lydia, who are often seen at the race track with the No. 48 team. And true to his crew chief mentality, he is already prepping for his son’s August arrival. Brooke tweeted out a screenshot of her email inbox, which was topped with back-to-back-to-back baby/pregnancy-themed emails from Knaus.