Formula 1 - NASCAR team owner Haas interested in entering F1

NASCAR team owner Gene Haas has expressed an interest in entering Formula One from 2015 or 2016 with what would be a US-run team.

Formula 1 - NASCAR team owner Haas interested in entering F1

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Team co-owner Gene Haas speaks during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week Awards Ceremony in 2011 (AFP)

"We have responded to the FIA's 'call for expression of interest' regarding a Formula One entry on behalf of Haas Racing Development," the Stewart-Haas co-owner said.

"We respect the FIA's evaluation process and will share more details in the coming weeks."

The governing International Automobile Federation said in December it was seeking by January 3 formal expressions of interest from would-be new teams.

Full applications have to be submitted by February 10 with a decision due on February 28.

Formula One last admitted new constructors in 2010, with a US F1 team initially accepted but later removed from the entry list when it became apparent they were not in a position to race.

That failed team was led by Ken Anderson, a former technical director of Haas CNC Racing which was the previous name of Stewart-Haas.

Formula One media reports indicated Haas, who owns a full-scale rolling road wind tunnel in North Carolina, is working with former Red Bull and Jaguar technical director Guenther Steiner on the latest project.

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