COTA president excited by Haas F1 entry

COTA president excited by Haas F1 entry

0861LW1D5920The president and CEO of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, has expressed his enthusiasm for the new American Formula 1 team proposed by NASCAR team owner Gene Haas.

The FIA confirmed last week that Haas’ project had been selected to take the 12th slot on the grid for the 2015 season, and today he explained his plans for the first time at a press conference. The team will be called Haas Formula.

Following the demise of USF1 and the problems faced by the likes of HRT, there has been a great deal of skepticism surrounding the announcement. However, COTA CEO Jason Dial has lent his support to the team, given that there could be a home outfit racing at the newly-built circuit come next season.

“News that an American team will be joining the ranks of world-class competitors in the Formula 1 paddock is a tremendously positive development for US F1 fans and Circuit of The Americas, which has given the world’s most popular motorsport a permanent home in Austin, Texas,” Dial said.

“Since our grand opening in 2012, we’ve enjoyed two successful F1 races, drawing more than half a million fans to our state-of-the-art track. Giving Americans a natural rooting interest through a U.S.-based F1 team is a great way to grow awareness for F1 in our country. We commend the new Haas Formula racing team for this undertaking.”

The success of the United States Grand Prix in Austin has played a large part in the sport’s resurgence in popularity in the nation, and with an American team and possibly an American driver on the cards, this could only be set to continue and accelerate.

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Luke Smith

Luke Smith

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