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NASCAR team owner Gene Haas granted 2015 F1 entry // A new team gets set for Formula One next year

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NASCAR team owner Gene Haas granted 2015 F1 entry
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Recent comments by FOM chief Bernie Ecclestone suggested we could see two new teams on the grid for the 2015 season. The first of those has come to light, with NASCAR team owner Gene Haas given a spot on the grid for next year’s F1 season. The FIA have approved the entry, with Haas saying: “Now the really hard work begins. It’s a challenge we embrace as we work to put our cars on the grid.”

The American held a press conference today to explain some more of the details behind his entry. He was joined by Guenther Steiner, who was previously a technical chief at Red Bull Racing, and moves to be team principal of the new Haas Formula.

Haas said that 2015 is as good a time as any to enter because: “The first year is going to be a difficult year no matter what happens. 2015 is too close, 2016 is too far.”

He’s pointed towards the main headquarters of the team being in Kannapolis, North Carolina, but with potential for a base in Europe as well. Haas says those details very much depend on any future technical partners, but he didn’t have anything to announce on that front.