NASCAR's Haas interested in starting F1 team
17 January 2014 – NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas has confirmed that he is interested in setting up a Formula 1 team.
"We have responded to the FIA's 'call for expression of interest' regarding a Formula 1 entry on behalf of Haas Racing Development," Haas, who co-owns the Stewart Haas Racing outfit, explained in a statement.
"We respect the FIA's evaluation process and will share more details in the coming weeks."
In December, the FIA announced a tender process for new teams to potentially join the grid from 2015 or 2016, with January 3 the deadline for expression of interest and February 10 the closing of full formal applications.
German publication Auto Motor und Sport claims that three parties have emerged; Haas Racing Development, previously failed entrants Stefan GP and a group put together by former F1 team boss Colin Kolles.
The report adds that if Haas' squad is given the green light, it is to be spearheaded by former Red Bull technical chief Günther Steiner, with Dallara initially designing a chassis and Ferrari supplying engines and gearboxes.