NASCAR’s Gene Haas wants an American Formula One team despite skepticism from F1 president and CEO Bernie Ecclestone.
Haas, who co-owns the Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR team, has paid the $5,000 application fee to F1’s governing body for new teams interested in racing in either the 2015 or 2016 season. But F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone isn’t sold on the idea of an American F1 race team, saying be doesn’t think Haas can afford it.
Haas believes that he can field a competitive and successful team saying he won’t really know until he tries.
The last American F1 entrant was Penske Racing from 1974 to 1978 and the last U.S.-based team was Parnelli Jones Racing in 1974 to 1976. The FIA had given entry to an American team (USF1) in 2009, but the team failed to ever hit the grid.
If the plan does come to be, Haas won’t be joined by Stewart, his partner in NASCAR.
[Source: Associated Press]