Haas Seeks to Start Formula 1 Team

Gene Haas

Gene Haas, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, has applied to operate a new Formula 1 team. (Photo: Getty Images)

NASCAR Sprint Cup car owner Gene Haas has applied to own a Formula 1 team, Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed Thursday.

A report on the German website auto motor und sport reported that Haas is one of three new applicants to field a Formula 1 team as soon as 2015.

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

Haas is founder of Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in the western world.

He formed a NASCAR team in 2002 but had little success until bringing in Tony Stewart as a co-owner/driver after the 2008 season. The team won the Cup title in 2011.

Haas surprised many late last season announcing that he would expand Stewart-Haas Racing to four cars to hire Kurt Busch. Haas’ company will serve as Busch’s sponsor. Busch joins Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick.

The FIA issued its “call for expression of interest’’ in November. It’s a new selection process to identify a new team to compete in Formula 1 at the start of the 2015 or ’16 season. Applicants had to file paperwork and submit an administrative fee of $5,000. Responses were due Jan. 3.

The German website reported that Haas’ plans are to design a car in-house but to have it initially designed by Dallara. Ferrari would be the engine partner. Former Red Bull team manager Guenther Steiner would oversee the team.

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