KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Gene Haas, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Tony Stewart, has expressed interest in forming a Formula One team for the 2015 racing season.
Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body of Formula One, recently announced it would consider entries for a new Formula One team beginning in 2015. Haas has reportedly answered that call by filing an entry for 2015.
Haas released a statement Thursday through Haas Racing Development.
“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 is the founder, president and sole stockholder of Haas Automation, a leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing. In 2002 he entered NASCAR, forming Haas CNC Racing. In 2008 Haas sold part of the team to Stewart, forming Stewart-Haas Racing.
With the addition of Stewart to the team, the fortunes of the team quickly turned around and ultimately lead to Stewart capturing the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship under the Stewart-Haas Racing banner.
The team, which has captured 19 victories since 2009 in the Sprint Cup Series, will field four cars in 2014 for Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick.
The last U.S. based team to attempt to race in Formula One was US F1, which was based in Charlotte, N.C. The team was granted entry for the 2010 season, but the program never got off the ground and the operation was shut down prior to the season opener.