The FIA recently posted a call for expression of interest in Formula 1. That’s a nice way of saying they would entertain new F1 teams should they meet the qualifications. Here’s what they said:
“The FIA has decided to open a new selection process to identify a candidate team to participate at a competitive level in the FIA Formula One World Championship from the start of the 2015 or the 2016 season up to 2020 inclusive. The overall long-term interests of the Championship will determine which candidates are selected.”
Not much has been said about potential teams that might have the desire to enter the series and with the costs involved in F1 these days, you’d have to be mad to try and enter the sport right? Especially if you were an American contingent as that’s only ever ended in tears as Peter Windsor can tell you from his still-born USF1 experience.
Not so fast. It seems that the boys in NASCAR might actually have an interest in the series. According the the authentic and charming Speed Sport News, Gene Haas, co-owner with Tony Stewart of the Stewart-Haas Racing team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has applied to the FIA to enter a team! Get out of here!
Could Haas be bringing some of the spiced-up-show style NASCAR know-how to Formula 1? A North Carolina boy taking it to the those refined and wealthy F1 folks in Europe? Well…maybe. Haas said:
“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.”
The FIA has requirements to participate and one of those is usually avery large chunk of cash for the entry fee and demonstration of financial fortitude and wherewithal. It will be interesting to see how many applications they received and who is interested but suffice to say, ti would be great to have an American team in the sport.