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NASCAR team chief evaluating F1 options

Gene Haas reveals he is hoping to secure an entry into F1 from 2015 having lodged an application with the FIA
NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas has revealed that he is evaluating the possibility of launching a bid to enter F1.

Haas, co-owner of the Stewart-Haas Racing team, is reported to be working with former Jaguar technical director Gunther Steiner on the project, with the American outfit having lodged an application with the FIA after it invited teams to express an interest in joining the grid in 2015.

"We have responded to the FIA's 'call for expression of interest' regarding a Formula One entry on behalf of Haas Racing Development," Haas said in a statement. "We respect the FIA's evaluation process and will share more details in the coming weeks."

The governing body invited teams to lodge an expression of interest to join the grid last month, with a decision due to be taken on who has been granted an entry – if anyone – by the end of February.

Should Haas secure an entry, it would raise the possibility of an American team finally earning a place in F1 after the much-discussed demise of USF1 without ever turning a wheel.

Ex-F1 team boss Colin Kolles and Stefan GP – who have previously failed to secure an entry – are also believed to have lodged applications with the FIA.




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Gene Haas, Founder of Haas Automation and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, and NASCAR driver, Kurt Busch, announce a deal with Busch to drive a fourth car for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014 during a press conference at Stewart-Haas Racing on August 27, 2013 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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benignlyindifferent

January 17, 2014 11:44 AM

This project actually has a possibility of success. Haas has significant motor racing infrastructure in America and abroad as well as long established relationships with various open wheel racing companies. Their business interests are very diverse and profitable and they will be able to immediately shore up some form of sponsorship to make it worthwhile. Two questions I have are, why do you want to be in F1 at the present time, and, if you really do, why begin from scratch when there are several good, small established teams that with new ownership and significant cash could really improve quickly.

1Jez

January 17, 2014 11:11 AM

Good luck to them. I think it would be good for F1 to have a US team. Fingers crossed if there is another new team that they are not another moving chicane like HRT. I do hope that, coming from four speed tin top dinosaurs that have only just updated from carburettors, they fully appreciate what they're in for...



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