NASCAR team owner Gene Haas hoping to own an F1 team in 2015

NASCAR team owner Gene Haas hoping to own an F1 team in 2015 image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted January 22, 2014 10:30

Submits formal letter of interest to the FIA

NASCAR team owner Gene Haas is the second American to show interest in Formula 1, since 2010, in hopes of putting together a team ready to race by the 2015 or 2016 season.

Early this year, the FIA opened a formal tender process for new teams to express interest by submitting completed application forms.  The deadline is February 10 with the announcement of whether or not the FIA has deemed an application worthy of approval will be on February 28, 2014.  Gene Haas’ has been filed under Haas Racing Development.

"In the event that no applicant is considered suitable by both the FIA and the commercial rights holder, no additional team will be selected," the FIA said in a statement.

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

Gene Haas is the founder of the Haas Automation and part-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR.  He also owns the Windshear wind tunnel facility used by Formula One teams in the past.

Rumor has it that the Haas Racing Development F1 team will be run by former Red Bull Technical Director Guenther Steiner with the car using a Ferrari engine and a chassis built by Dallara.