“I felt very confident a lot of people were going to take two tyres,” Knaus said. “With the way the car was running — honestly the way that we typically run on two tyres — it wasn't even an option for me. I felt like if we got four tyres, we would be in a position because of the double-file restart that we would start in the first three rows and we would be OK. Fortunately enough, we were able to start in the second row. It worked out …
“With the amount of laps we had left, 30-plus laps, I was very comfortable taking four tyres. I felt like the people that took two tyres, their left-side tyres would deteriorate pretty quickly. So at that point I was committed to it.”
Under those circumstances, even with a premium on track position, Gordon and Letarte should have opted for four tyres. Instead, they brought a knife to a gunfight.
So concerned was the #24 team with beating the #48 out of the pits that it restarted the race with half the arsenal it needed to keep the lead.
Knaus, however, will be the last to say his team-mates made a wrong call. If similar circumstances arise again, he wants them to do the exact same thing.