rvrdgsfn, on April 15, 2012 - 17:41, said:
I didn't see that race last season - the track plan doesn't look that inviting. It'd be great to see them racing at Interlargos.
raysox, on April 15, 2012 - 16:36, said:
One discussion that we can start is, what would be the effects if an American team ever opened up shop? Like, based in Austin with engines by like, Chevy. Is that even feasible?
An American team was included in the 2010 entry 'expansion' - USF1 ran by Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor. They had a factory in Charlotte, NC and planned one in Aragon, Spain for the European events. Quite a lot of hype but they failed to deliver. All they managed was some drawings of the car and little else.
Needless to say their licence was revoked. And has yet to be reallocated to another entrant.
I could see it working, if the right people were involved. The likes of Roger Penske or Chip Ganassi, just as an example.
However, as with USF1, they would need a base in Europe, or else it would get too costly, being away from the European testing. That is, unless they could get the FIA (and other teams) to test in the US at least once a season. They already have testing in Abu Dhabi, so why not Circuit of the Americas?
I remember about 10 years ago there was talk of Dan Gurney setting up an American team (Eagle F1 as I recall) - talk was of Ford engines and all the big name sponsors you'd expect. That was the last I heard of it though.
And when Ford purchase Stewart GP, before they went with the Jaguar branding, it was thought they could become the Ford 'superteam', but I think that might have been a more international affair, with the team still being based in Milton Keynes.
And, another question to add to the mix... who would you pick as the drivers? Plenty of candidates out there...