USF1 has taken another step towards confirming its presence in motorsport's top flight by revealing that respected ALMS and IndyCar man John Anderson has been installed as team manager.
Until recently operating in a similar role with Gil de Ferran's race-winning Acura sportscar project in the United States, Anderson was appointed by USF1's co-owners, unrelated namesake Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor, and will start work immediately.
"I've known John and been close with him for nearly 20 years - to be able to hire someone as experienced, as organized and as successful as he is will only enhance our team as we move forward," team principal Anderson claimed, "He is simply the best at what he does and knows what it takes to be successful in motorsports."
Originally hailing from Sydney, John Anderson first came to the United States in 1980, finding work in Can-Am before moving on to the open-wheel scene and working with the likes of Gerry Forsyth, Barry Green, Dan Gurney, Rick Galles, AJ Foyt Jr and Kenny Bernstein. During that time, he chalked up two major open-wheel championships and a brace of Indianapolis 500 victories.
Having worked variously as mechanic, team manager and race strategist, he brings vital experience to the nascent USF1 operation, where he will be co-ordinating team operations in both the USA and Europe, acting as a liaison between the engineers and shop staff and spearheading testing.
"I came to the US for what I thought was a few years and I've never left," the new recruit laughed, "I've had some good runs but, now, to be able to work with America's F1 team, especially with my friend Ken Anderson, is an unbelievable opportunity.
"Ken's mindset of USF1 - to have an open mind, be flexible and explore best practices - is why I'm here and I want to be a part of this.
"[The role] is all about getting the right group of guys who can work, live and play together, and also understanding where everyone's strengths and weaknesses are. Ken and Peter have put together a strong group, and I can only help to strengthen the bonds and be a part of America's resurgence in the top motorsport in the world."
Anderson's move has been facilitated in part by de Ferran's ongoing struggle to find the finance for a move from the ALMS to IndyCar, but he expects the roles to be broadly similar.
"The parallels with the ALMS car and an F1 car, with their complexity and performance envelope, are very similar," he said. "An F1 car is of course the pinnacle of construction and technology, and to be involved is a high point of my career."