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Two new American F1 teams, not one, in 2010?

Anyone else during the Spanish Grand Prix race hear about two possible US teams for 2010? I searched for a related article and found this on crash.net...

Though it is known that US GPE plans to submit an entry to Formula 1 in its new 'low-cost', budget-capped era in 2010, Bernie Ecclestone has now revealed that there are in fact two American teams battling for grid slots next season.

There has been much scepticism within the paddock about the US GPE project – led by former Williams and Ferrari team manager Peter Windsor, and esteemed F1 and IndyCar designer Ken Anderson – with many questioning just whether it possesses the necessary substance and funding to back up its bold claims, and suggestions that a North Carolina HQ when all other competitors are based in Europe would simply be unworkable.

Now, however, it transpires that there is another interested party from across the Pond keen to take advantage of the FIA's controversial new £40 million budget cap, with speculation that leading IndyCar Series contenders Penske and Andretti Green Racing are the most likely candidates.

The former, indeed, has past form in F1, having started just over 30 races in the mid-1970s, with John Watson famously triumphing for Roger Penske's eponymously-named outfit in the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix held around the legendary Österreichring. AGR similarly has experience of life in the top flight – albeit of a rather different nature, following team principal Michael Andretti's brief and unhappy foray with McLaren in 1993.

“There's two American teams,” Formula One Management (FOM) commercial rights supremo Ecclestone is quoted as having said by international news agency Reuters. “It's super; it will be good to see some new faces. Something like that is always good.”

The last US team to try its hand at F1 was the Carl Haas and Teddy Mayer-spearheaded Lola-Beatrice operation in the mid-1980s, with a best result of just fourth place and a mere six points from 19 starts, despite boasting the unquestioned talents of 1980 world champion Alan Jones and two-time grand prix-winner Patrick Tambay behind the wheel.

There are three available spaces on the 2010 starting grid for new entrants, with others to have expressed an interest including a David Richards-led Prodrive/Aston Martin/UAE-branded bid, iconic British marque Lola, GP2 Series front-runners iSport International, Mark Gallagher's newly-crowned A1GP Champions Team Ireland and former Honda satellite squad Super Aguri.

Two new American F1 teams, not one, in 2010? | Formula One News | 2009 | Crash.Net
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The more the merrier.
I only hope we'll see a return of F1 to our shores soon.
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Sporting Life had an article on it as well. Two teams would be great, and the manufacturers want to race here as well. Hope it comes to fruition.
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We might only see new teams from 2010, unless they reach an agreement with the well established ones!
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US F1 team makes 'no sense at all' - Stewart (GMM) A United States-themed formula one team makes "no sense at all" without there being a grand prix in America, Sir Jackie Stewart insists.
Team USF1, run by Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson and to be principally based in North Carolina's 'NASCAR country', submitted its official entry for the 2010 world championship on Friday.

But Scot Stewart, the famous triple world champion who is well known in the States for his commentating and long association with Ford, doubts the project can succeed while North America is completely absent from the F1 calendar.

"To have an American grand prix team without a grand prix in its own country, I'm sorry, that does not make commercial sense, or even common sense.

"So I think we have to have an American grand prix," Stewart, to turn 70 next month, told the New York Times.

He insists that America should be represented in formula one with a race.

"For this to be the largest commercial and intensely marketed nation in the world not to have a grand prix, with all the major carmakers in the world, the tire maker in Bridgestone, the fuel and oil producers -- for them not to have a grand prix, for me is nonsensical," said Stewart.

"It cannot be allowed to continue," he added.
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I am sure that once a US team comes back into the F1 ranks and shows that they are there to compete. Then the North American Grand Prix (Canada and Indy) will magical pop back up. The lack of fans dosen't stop a team from forming; look at Force India. It is made to bring people into th sport so then you can get a race in you home country.
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