Gene Haas hails team’s “super successful” first season to date

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Although the majority of Haas F1 Team’s 28 points came in the first four races, when Romain Grosjean scored 22 of them with a sixth, fifth and eighth within the opening four flyaway races, team owner Gene Haas has still called it a “super successful” first season.

Haas and team principal Guenther Steiner spoke to assembled reporters at Haas’ U.S. headquarters outside Charlotte in Kannapolis, N.C. on Tuesday to address how the year has gone.

“It’s been super successful,” Haas told reporters. “We’ve said this a number of times, If we said [at the start] we would have 28 points by midyear, we all would have taken that one. Midyear has been a little tough on us because we haven’t really scored any more points.

“But I think we did better than expected at the beginning, we were less than happy with what happened in the midseason but we have four more races. We have the latest aero package. So we’re optimistic.”

Steiner added that Romain Grosjean’s setup input has been invaluable over the course of the season. The Frenchman has been exactly what they needed even though as a new team, Haas has been without any prior setup input or data to work off.

“I think what he gave us is the confidence of where the car is,” Steiner explained. “As much as he sometimes complains about the car, he knows what the car needs to do. He doesn’t tell you to make you happy. He tells you with his experience, the car is doing this, that or the other. Or it isn’t right or it’s right. So we’re confident. He’s one of the crucial elements of our success here this year.”

This weekend at Circuit of The Americas (Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC) marks the first time an American team has raced in a United States F1 race since the Haas Lola team (unrelated Haas, this was the late Carl Haas) in 1986 on the streets of Detroit, in what was called the Detroit Grand Prix and not the United States Grand Prix.

It’s a potential dream weekend for the team, with Grosjean set to make his 100th Grand Prix start and Esteban Gutierrez, the Mexican, getting a sampling of what it’s like to race on his home continent of North America before his home race in Mexico next week.

And they enter on an optimistic high, after both cars made it to Q3 in Suzuka two weeks ago for the first time. Although as Haas related, that made for a learning process even then.

“Keep in mind that we learned the hard way that when you go to Q3, you have to start on your qualifying tires,” Haas explained. “So the people that beat us were people behind us that started on their medium tires and they had a 1-pit strategy where we had to pit twice.

“Obviously, I think some of the guys in front did the two-stop strategy but they had faster cars. But our cars were definitely faster and the cars are faster around the turns now. So I think that will help us quite a bit in the rest of the races.”

Haas embraces the team’s American-ness, but it isn’t a be-all, end-all for their success.

“We get a lot of people that would like to see us to, say, become the American team. We’d like to have people throw money at us, too,” he noted.

And unlike other teams which have either popped up and gone away, or faded after several years, Haas knows the future is bright because there is a wealth of knowledge to grow on for year two.

“The good news is we’re going to have a second season,” Haas said.

Steiner added, “Not everybody had that … We will have a second season.”

Additional reporting from NBC Sports’ Nate Ryan in Charlotte. Look for more from Grosjean, Gutierrez and the Haas F1 Team with Nate later this week on

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

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Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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