The FIA has granted Gene Haas a team entry to Formula One in 2015.
The American, who also owns a successful NASCAR team, revealed on Friday that the FIA had confirmed that his potential team entry for 2015 had been a success.
The confirmation follows a series of evaluator checks to ensure that Haas would be able to fully commit financially to the running of a Formula One team, checks that the American has passed.
The FIA’s confirmation is just the start of a lengthy road that Haas must travel to ensure his team appears on the grid in time for the 2015 season opener.
“Obviously, we’re extremely pleased to have been granted a Formula 1 licence by the FIA,” said Haas.
“It’s an exciting time for me, Haas Automation and anyone who wanted to see an American team return to Formula 1.
“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 licence application come to fruition.”
Haas’ team will be the first American entry to be granted entrance to the sport since the ill-fated USGP bid, which failed to appear in 2010.
Further details of Haas’ operation are expected to follow next week.
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