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Danica is Gene Haas' "dream driver" in Formula One

Danica Patrick waits for practice at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2014
Danica Patrick waits for practice at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2014
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Gene Haas won’t have a Formula One team on the starting grid until 2016 but he may have found his “dream driver”.

Danica Patrick in one of our cars would be the dream driver,” Haas said during an interview posted on the official Formula One website on Wednesday, June 11.

Patrick currently drives for Stewart-Haas racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Haas is the co-owner of the team, along with NASCAR star Tony Stewart. Patrick’s racing resume includes 122 NASCAR races and she drove open wheel cars in the IndyCar Series for seven-seasons. In 115 career IndyCar races she won one race and had seven-podiums.

Earlier this year Haas’ entry into Formula One was approved by their governing body the FIA. Haas will attempt to have a team ready to race in 2016 and will need two drivers. His enthusiasm about having one of NASCAR’s biggest stars transferring over to his future F1 team is apparent.

“The question was about the dream driver! But she surely fits the bill,” Haas said. “She is a woman in a man's sport - that would attract a lot of attention. She weighs about 50 kilos - which these day sounds fantastic - so indeed she's got a lot of attributes that would be good to have.”

Haas’ F1 team will have two-drivers and he is looking for an experienced F1 driver to take one position and that leaves the door open for an American to take the other.

"Realistically the first driver is going to be a current F1 driver who knows the ins and outs of the sport, to help us sort out what we have to do and who can give a lot of feedback," Haas said. "In that mold would be driver number one. Driver number two would be American."

Patrick, a Scottsdale, Arizona resident, has a shot to earn the second seat at Haas F1 and if she does she could be the first female F1 driver to drive in a Grand Prix since Giovanna Amati in 1992.