Formula One

 
         === NASCAR team owner Gene Haas granted Formula One entry ===
 
 Kannapolis, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation and
 co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, was granted a
 Formula One license by the FIA on Friday.
 
 The  FIA, which is the governing body of Formula One racing, confirmed that it
 has  accepted  an application from  Haas to  enter a new  team in the F1 world
 championship as early as the 2015 season.
 
 "Obviously, we're extremely pleased to have been granted a Formula One license
 by  the  FIA," Haas said in  a statement. "It's  an exciting time for me, Haas
 Automation  and  anyone who wanted  to see an  American team return to Formula
 One.
 
 "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 license application come to fruition."
 
 Haas  Automation, founded  in 1983 and based in Oxnard, Calif., is the largest
 CNC  machine tool builder in the western world. Haas also founded Windshear, a
 180-mph  rolling-road  wind tunnel in Concord,  N.C., that is the first of its
 kind  in North  America. It is only  the third rolling-road wind tunnel of its
 scale  in existence  and the world's first commercially available, full-scale,
 rolling-road wind tunnel.
 
 Haas  has  been a  team owner  in NASCAR's  premier series  since 2002 when he
 established  Haas  CNC Racing. In 2008,  he joined forces with Tony Stewart to
 form  Stewart-Haas Racing,  which has been in Sprint Cup competition since the
 start of the 2009 season.
 
 SHR  expanded  to a four-car  operation this  season. It fields Chevrolets for
 drivers  Stewart, Kevin  Harvick, Danica  Patrick and  Kurt Busch,  who's team
 receives primary sponsorship from Haas Automation.
 
 04/11 17:21:58 ET

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