Haas F1 Team set for February 22 launch

Getty Images

Haas F1 Team seems to be going about things in a low-key, “act like you’ve been there before” strategy. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it will have its launch of its first ever Formula 1 chassis the same way.

Haas will roll out the as-yet-unnamed chassis just prior to the first test this winter at Barcelona, on February 22.

Gene Haas explained the rollout strategy to reporters during last week’s NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte.

“The idea is at the Barcelona practice. The car will be unveiled there,” Haas told reporters.

“The final assembly should be in Dallara, and then put over to Barcelona. You have to understand the engines are coming from Ferrari. The pieces will arrive from various places. They should all come together in Barcelona.

“I know we’ve done some testing of electronics, making sure we can communicate with ourselves, and there’s a lot of transponder. Ferrari has delivered some of the components, but I’m not sure about finished engines and components. Barcelona, we need to be ready to go.”

There’s a teaser of a livery out there, but this isn’t final. It was merely the team’s show car.

In some respects, you’d love to see Haas F1 Team go big with their arrival.

But by doing it quietly and as a part of the scenery, it shows a desire to fit in and get comfortable first – not stand out too much and make too big of a scene.

You can check F1 on NBC pit reporter/insider Will Buxton’s thoughts on that in the below sequence of tweets:

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”