NASCAR's Gene Haas Wants a Formula One Team

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Hound Hound on Jan 28, 2014

    This would be GREAT!! Would be super to see an American team in F1, especially if it could be powered by a Ford motor!