Report: FIA set to grant Formula One entry to Forza Rossa

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A new report from noted Formula One journalist Adam Cooper states that the FIA is understood to have granted a Formula One entry to Romanian group Forza Rossa Racing, making them the 13th franchise in the World Championship.

This comes after the FIA said in April that it was “in the process of conducting further investigations for Forza Rossa” in a statement.

Said statement also confirmed an entry for Haas Formula, a U.S.-based team led by NASCAR team co-owner and machine tools magnate Gene Haas.

However, it looks like the Haas team could choose to delay their F1 debut to 2016 in order to prepare more thoroughly.

Two months have passed since Haas Formula got the green light, but even with that additional entry delay, Cooper writes that Forza Rossa is believed to be still aiming to hit the grid next season.

The team is expected to be put together by former Force India and HRT team principal Colin Kolles (pictured) and operate out of his base in Munich, Germany.

Additionally, the report states that the team plans to run on Renault power. However, it bears noting that the man leading the project, ex-Romanian health minister Ion Bazac, has used the Forza Rossa banner as the country’s main importer for Ferrari.

With that in mind, we probably shouldn’t count out a possible engine deal with the Prancing Horse – if and when the team is officially confirmed, that is.

Kanaan, Dixon to rejoin Chip Ganassi Le Mans effort

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Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will be rejoining Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their four-car armada at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team revealed late last week. Both drivers contested the event last year, with Dixon in the No. 69 entry – finishing seventh in the GTE Pro class – while Kanaan replaced an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 – finishing sixth in GTE Pro.

For Kanaan, this also represents a return to the Chip Ganassi organization, with which he contested the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017 before departing for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018.

Kanaan will join Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 67, while Dixon will reunite with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, the three drivers having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, in the No. 69.

Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, and Billy Johnson will share the No. 66 entry, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68.

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