Haas confirms F1 entry interest – Let’s Not Get Too Excited Just Yet
NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas has confirmed he is hoping to put together a Formula One team for 2015 or 2016 after formally submitting his interest to the FIA.
The FIA announced in December that it wanted potential new teams to express an interest in joining the grid by January 3. The FIA also said it “anticipates that full applications will need to be submitted by 10 February 2014, leading to a decision on 28 February 2014,” before adding “In the event that no applicant is considered suitable by both the FIA and the commercial rights holder, no additional team will be selected.”
It is understood that there are three teams which have expressed an interest, with reports suggesting Stefan GP and a group including Colin Kolles are two of those to have done so. The most high-profile applicant, however, is the Gene Haas fronted Haas Racing Development.
Haas currently co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR, while Haas Automation is also a large CNC machine tool builder. Stewart-Haas Racing won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 2011 and Haas has now confirmed his interest in joining the Formula One grid via a statement released on Thursday.
“We have responded to the FIA’s ‘call for expression of interest’ regarding a Formula One entry on behalf of Haas Racing Development,” the statement read. “We respect the FIA’s evaluation process and will share more details in the coming weeks.”
Haas also owns the Windshear wind tunnel facility in Concord, North Carolina, which has been used by Formula One teams in the past.
First of all any interest from an American to enter into Formula 1 is welcomed. As most of you know I have been writing posts in the interest of addressing the American riddle and why F1 has yet to read it properly. We all still remember with great disappointment the last such effort USF1 with Ken Anderson at the helm. The US is a huge market not just for Formula 1 and its Auto manufactures but countless ancillary businesses and goods and services.
As far as the racing is concerned, any American, this includes myself can be nothing but excited to hear the news of an American team exploring the idea to compete in F1. American drivers aside we need an American team to compete in this European race discipline if F1 is to have any chance of moving out of the niche sport it is into mainstream sports here in the U.S.
My only hope is for the major players involved to comprehensively take into account what is required to put together an effort to not just get to the first race at the start of the year in March, but what it means to compete at the highest level of Motorsport and be a genuine contender for podiums and wins. That in the end has to be the goal of any American effort in F1.