UPDATED: Daniel Knost will be Danica Patrick’s crew chief in 2015


UPDATED (4:30 p.m. ET): Multiple reports have now confirmed that Daniel Knost, Danica Patrick’s ‘interim’ crew chief for the final three races of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, will be her full-time crew chief in 2015.

Bob Pockrass of The Sporting News and Dustin Long of Motor Racing Network are relaying word from Stewart-Haas Racing that Knost’s interim tag has indeed been shed.

Late last year, SHR opted to swap crew chiefs for Patrick and fellow driver Kurt Busch. Patrick’s former CC, Tony Gibson, was announced as Busch’s CC for 2015, but Busch’s former CC, Knost, was instead dubbed as an interim CC for Patrick that could be pushed to a full-time role.

Prior to today, SHR had not confirmed if Knost would be the full-time crew chief for Patrick and her No. 10 GoDaddy-backed team.

But Patrick’s comments on the subject before last night’s GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Alabama (where she took part in the coin toss and presented the trophy to the winning Toledo Rockets) appeared to signal that Knost would get the nod.

“I think something new is both scary but also exciting,” she said to AL.com’s Tommy Hicks. “Until you go there, you don’t know how great it could be. We [she and Knost] worked together a little bit at the end of last season. I think that was a really good thing to do in preparation for 2015.

“Everybody at Stewart-Haas has been working very hard to make sure that every team is as good from top to bottom as possible, and we’ll probably have some changes for next year within the team, but it’s like I said, you never know what you can have until you dare to try something different.

“Daniel is a very smart guy and I’m excited to see what we can do.”

Following SHR’s swap, Patrick finished 36th at Texas, 22nd at Phoenix, and 18th at Homestead to close out 2014 with Knost as her CC. As for Busch, he finished eighth, seventh, and 11th in those same events with Gibson.

Knost made the jump from engineer to crew chief last season with Busch on the No. 41 team, and the two scored a Chase berth-clinching victory in the spring at Martinsville.

But consistent results for the pair were largely missing, with occasional Top-5 runs breaking up stretches of mediocre finishes. Busch was then knocked out of the Chase in the opening Challenger Round.

In the lead-up to Knost joining the No. 10 team as interim CC, Patrick noted that his engineering-based background may end up fitting well with her.

“…He’s definitely like the kind of engineers – in fact, in IndyCar, it was called an engineer instead of a crew chief – that I was used to dealing with,” she said in late October. “We’ve gotten along anyway whether he’s been on my car or not. I’m definitely open-minded and looking forward to the opportunity to see how it will go with him.”

Now, that opportunity will indeed continue into the upcoming season.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

McLaren Formula E Hughes
McLaren Racing

Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.