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NASCAR: Chad Knaus Soaks in a Safari While Jimmie Johnson Tests for 2012

It was quite peculiar to learn that Chad Knaus, crew chief of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet team driven by Jimmie Johnson, was not present for the initial tests that took place at Daytona International Speedway. He was in Africa.This is certainly not breaking news, but as the story settles into the collective conscience, it seems almost surreal. How could a five-time consecutive championship crew chief prefer to watch lions and giraffes on safari rather than get his race team back into championship format?Moreover, how did he ever get the approval of Hendrick Motorsports to do such a thing at such a critical time during the season?Jimmie Johnson offered a fairly unsatisfying explanation:"We've got a very confident race team, and everybody is ...

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