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Haas’ American dream realized, expanded on NBC SportsWorld

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“‘I have people ask all the time. But of 100 people, hardly anyone makes it.’”

“After three years, we put forth a tender. And it went from there.”

This was the skepticism from Bernie Ecclestone about a potential new American F1 team, and the resulting response from Guenther Steiner.

NBC SportsWorld: One of a Kind: Romain Grosjean, Gene Haas carry American flag into F1 history

Ecclestone was skeptical an American Formula 1 team could work. The failure of the US F1 project put the U.S. and F1 in a negative combined light in 2010.

But at the same time, the journey for Haas F1 Team began. A meeting of the minds between Gene Haas and Steiner led to the eventual creation of the team in 2014.

A planned strategy to build the team into an actual member of the F1 grid was methodical and well-executed.

You’ve seen the special: Haas F1: America’s Return to the Grid on NBCSN.

Now, read the story from my MotorSportsTalk colleague and our lead F1 writer Luke Smith on NBC SportsWorld, of how Gene Haas’ dream materialized into reality – and bore even greater fruit than anticipated with Romain Grosjean’s incredible result of sixth place on the team’s debut at the season opening Australian Grand Prix.


Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”