Despite having been turned down in 2010, NASCAR team co-owner (with Tony Stewart) Gene Haas has finally been granted an F1 racing license to race in 2015. This is the first time in four years that FIA boss Bernie Ecclestone has admitted any new teams to the Grid.
"Obviously, we're extremely pleased to have been granted a Formula One license by the FIA," He said in a statement. "It's an exciting time for me, Haas Automation and anyone who wanted to see an American team return to Formula One. Now, the really hard work begins. It's a challenge we embrace as we work to put cars on the grid. I want to thank the FIA for this opportunity and the diligence everyone put forth to see our license application come to fruition."
While the Stewart-Haas team now runs the following teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; the No. 4 Budweiser/Outback Steakhouse/Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 GoDaddy.com/Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS for Danica Patrick, the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart, and the No. 41 Haas Automation/State Water Heaters Chevrolet SS for Kurt Busch, no drivers have been named as yet for the new F1 team.Nor have they announced whether they will continue to receives engine and technical support from Hendrick Motorsports for their Formula 1 cars, the same as they currently get for their NASCAR racers.