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Great water cooler chat but no chance it will ever happen.

Charlotte is NOT the center of the technology universe so what is the reason for being there? And no start up team will ever be a serious contender if the shortest travel distance to a race is 8000 miles. Nice try but it will never be a serious effort even if it did happen.

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American formula one team hopes to spread sport's popularity in US

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American formula one team hopes to spread sport's popularity in US

• Formal announcement of a two-car team due this month
• American drivers to be used, confirms team principal

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A formal announcement of a two-car American formula one team to be based in the Charlotte, North Carolina area is planned for later this month, one of the two principals in that team confirmed to the Charlotte Observer and ThatsRacin.com.

Ken Anderson said in a telephone interview that "95% of what you might have seen" about those plans in publications and on websites covering the world's most popular form of motor sport is true.

"We are looking at a couple of buildings in Charlotte, including one in the University [City] area," Anderson said. He also said the team is close to signing one driver for the team that would debut in 2010.

Anderson is a design engineer with a long history of involvement in racing. He was a technical director for a formula one team in the late 1980s before moving back to the US and serving as technical director of IndyCar teams for Chip Ganassi Racing and AJ Foyt Racing. Anderson designed the G-Force car used in the Indy Racing League in 1996 and the next-generation IRL chassis in 2002. He was later technical director of Nascar's Haas CNC Racing.

His partner in the effort is Peter Windsor, a former team manager of the Williams team who also worked for the Ferrari team and who has recently been a pit reporter for Speed's F1 broadcasts in America.

Anderson said the team would use American drivers. "Not many people here know much about it, but there are talented Americans in Europe doing very well right now, in F1 developmental series," Anderson said. He also said he hopes the new team would become the "conduit" for future Americans to develop into top-tier competitors on the international scene.

Anderson said an American team in formula one makes sense. "All of the teams' sponsors want a presence here and American companies are going global," he said. "Formula one is the biggest television show in the world, bar none."

Anderson said it would be cost-effective to run an F1 team in the US since "90% of the technology that exists in F1 comes from the US anyway". He said carbon-fibre chassis, braking systems, computer parts and software and many other elements used in F1 competition are made in the US or by companies that are based there.

One asset a Charlotte-area based F1 team might use is Windshear Inc's wind tunnel opened last year in Concord, North Carolina. The rolling-road tunnel, capable of testing cars at up to 180 mph, is the first of its kind in North America.

Reports surfaced about the effort this week, with sources saying the bid for a new US-based team has already won approval from Formula One officials. The effort already has a website, USF1.com, but so far the site consists only of a logo and a contact link.
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Would this be a vehicle for Kyle Busch? The timing seems right and he is the premier US sponsor bait right now that has the talent to make that kind of move.

Only Open Wheelers that fly the US Flag that have the name recognition with US sponsors are Danica Patrick, Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti.
You're forgeting Scott Speed, not really a great driver against the current F1 lineup but still he is the only American driver there. My bet is still Lewis Hamelton for the 2009 season.

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IndyCar driver Danica Patrick is a candidate for the new U.S. F1 team

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IndyCar driver Danica Patrick is a candidate for the new U.S. F1 team
USF1, which will be unveiled Feb. 24, will have a budget of $64 million
The team will be based in Charlotte, N.C., with a second base in Europe

MADRID (AP) -- An American team will be racing in Formula One next year, and IndyCar driver Danica Patrick is a candidate to fill one of the seats.

USF1, which will be unveiled Feb. 24, will have a staff of at least 100, a working budget of $64 million and an aim to put two American drivers on the starting grid. The team is looking at several candidates, including the 26-year-old Patrick.

"She's great. She gets a lot of press," USF1 technical director Ken Anderson told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "(Indianapolis Motor Speedway president) Tony George would probably be pretty mad with me if I took her out of the IRL but we'll see.

"I don't know if it's something she wants to do. We'd certainly love to test her and go from there."

NASCAR driver Scott Speed, who raced 28 times for F1 team Toro Rosso from 2006-07, is also a candidate.

Conor Daly -- son of former F1 driver Derek Daly -- and Josef Newgarden are also being mentioned, with both drivers presently competing in European junior categories.

The team will be based in Charlotte, N.C., and with much of the technology coming from the United States it means "there are a lot of companies we can lean on to outsource," according to Anderson.

Calls by the AP to motor racing's governing body Sunday to confirm that USF1's entry had been accepted were not returned.

The team is currently looking for a secondary base in Europe, most likely sharing with Epsilon Euskadi's team headquarters in northern Spain.

"We're talking to (F1 engineer) Sergio Rinland about basing it at Espselon. It's a beautiful city, it's certainly on top of our list," said Anderson, who worked as a designer and engineer in F1 and IndyCar. "Spain makes a lot of sense with all the winter testing."

Epsilon Euskadi is active in Le Mans and there is a wind tunnel there that meets FIA standards.

Getting back into F1 was a no-brainer for Anderson.

"It's the biggest sport in the world and the biggest TV show in the world," he said. "NASCAR has just become a national sport, never mind an international sport."

With the global economic downturn, more independent teams are possible, especially since FIA president Max Mosley stepped in to reign in the costs with sweeping regulation changes and cost-cutting coming into effect to avoid any other teams from pulling out.

Honda's exit in December is no surprise to Anderson since the Japanese manufacturer's core business interests lay elsewhere.

"Mosley had to step in and stop F1 from killing itself with the manufacturers throwing ungodly money and people and resources at it. It's got to get back to a real business like Frank Williams owns Williams, Ron Dennis owns McLaren, Eddie Jordan owns Jordan and they all had to show a profit at the end of the year and, therefore, had to make intelligent decisions.

"One little hiccup like this and it's all sort of imploded."

The drop in costs has "leveled the playing field" although Anderson is targeting points to start.

Pete Windsor, a former team manager at Ferrari and Williams, will partner Anderson and run the competition side of the team.

Anderson remains a throwback to the late 80s and early 90s of F1 when he worked at Williams, Ligier and Onyx.

"In '92, the Williams was the coolest car ever with active suspension, (anti-brake system), that was kind of the peak of technology and their budget for that was less than 30 million pounds," Anderson said. "I missed the days when we could do some crazy things."

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Last year, there was the Honda teams offer of Danica testing at the end of the 2008 season, but I am not sure it ever happened?
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Last year, there was the Honda teams offer of Danica testing at the end of the 2008 season, but I am not sure it ever happened?
Danica in F1?!?!?!?!? That could very possibly be the one thing that would bring a resurgance of US intrest in F1.

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Danica in F1?!?!?!?!? That could very possibly be the one thing that would bring a resurgance of US intrest in F1.
Danica has been great for racing, but she seems to struggle on IRL road courses. It's a big jump as Michael Andretti can tell her.

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Michael Andretti didn't have the single minded focus and commitment necessary to rise to the top of F-1, and never even wanted to base himself in Europe. It was IMO a half arsed attempt, and the waste of a potentially good F-1 seat another driver could have taken advantage of.

Danica Patrick used to have the commitment earlier in her career, when she moved to England at the age of 16 in order to advance her racing career. Patrick raced in Formula Ford and Formula Vauxhall, earning a second-place finish in Britain's Formula Ford Festival, the highest finish by a woman in the event.
Having her in F-1 would at the very least create more interest re the series in the U.S and Canada, and perhaps contribute to reinstate the U.S. and Canadian GP's.
I am not sure how she would measure up as a F-1 driver, but I think advertisers would love her.
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Its really a big surprise.
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The official presentation of USF1 took place on American sports channel Speed TV at noon local time. Dubbed a 'huge day for Formula One,' host Bob Varsha reiterated that the proposed challenger will be built in North Carolina and is to 'take on the world.'

Former Team Manager turned Journalist Peter Windsor was accompanied by his partner in the venture, Ken Anderson, former Technical Director at the Ligier and Onyx teams and known in the US for his open-wheel racecar designs.

When asked how they would go about setting up a Formula One team, Windsor replied: "There's no book about it. There's lots of books on how to drive a race car perhaps, but no books on how to do a Formula One team."

"But if you look at the way it's gone in the past or the recent past, it's been either find a rich trillionaire and have him dominate the team, own the team and if you're lucky enough you have a job once you've put the team together," he explained, "or you are lucky enough to be invited by a car company - a large car company to set up their Formula One operation for them."

The two scenarios mentioned were not the path the USF1 project wished to take, Windsor clearly stated: "Ken and I have been around long enough not to want to do either of those two things."

"We always wanted to do our own team our way," he declared.
"It sounds very - arrogant perhaps - but we have some history and some things we want to bring into the sport and I think we can do well. The key to that was not selling anything more but a very small stake in the team."

"We've set some unbelievably steep hills to climb - in a recession - we just wanted to sell off a small part of the team," he added. "And I'm pleased to say that as we sit here now, we've done that and we're now two guys that can say we're going to do a Formula One team."

The question of financial backing will forever be an important one in the F1 world, but no clear details were given during the interview.

"We've got the capital to do it and to some extent the recession has helped us a bit. For those out there who say 'where's all the money, where's the huge facility, where's the money pouring out of the sky,' that isn't going to happen with USF1. We've always had a very different approach and that approach will become visible as time goes on and this year unfolds," Windsor declared.



In regards to the all-American theme the USF1 project intends to put into operation, Ken Anderson is confident that a team based in North Carolina will not be at a loss in comparison to the European-based teams, much closer to the majority of race venues.

"Most of the technology in Formula One comes from the United States to begin with," Anderson said. "As of next year less than half the races will be on the Continent so there's less of a reason for being there."

"The cost of doing business in the United States is significantly cheaper than Europe, and there's a lot of good people here," he added.

The plan to have a Formula One team based on the eastern United States coast, several hours away from the nearest Grand Prix circuit, promises to be a time-consuming and costly expense for the USF1 operation.

That does not deter Ken Anderson however, as we live in a world used to dispatching people and equipment around the globe on a routine basis.

"The logistics side is actually pretty simple," he said, naming a few well-known express transportation services as an example and pointing out the delays which are part of any long trip.

"Anybody who travels a lot now is used to it," Anderson said. "Whether you're going to Australia from here or England is kind of a moot point."

Additional details on the USF1 project will follow over the days to come.

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