USF1 to be based in North Carolina
|By Matt Beer||Monday, February 9th 2009, 09:06 GMT|
One of the partners in the new USF1 project has confirmed that the team intend to be based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ken Anderson, who is creating USF1 in conjunction with former Williams team manager Peter Windsor, said they were close to finalising a base in the NASCAR heartland.
"We are looking at a couple of buildings in Charlotte, including one in the university area," he told the Charlotte Observer.
He said USF1 were confident that the facilities available in America were sufficient for a start-up Formula One team.
"90 per cent of the technology that exists in F1 comes from the US anyway," he said.
The team co-founder added that the squad also wanted an American driver line-up, hinting that they would be drawn from the US drivers currently competing in European junior categories.
"Not many people here know, but there are talented Americans in Europe doing very well right now," he said.
Anderson worked for the Ligier and Onyx F1 teams in the 1980s, before becoming a successful designer and engineer in US motorsport - especially with former IndyCar chassis constructor G-Force.
He is the part-owner of the Windshear wind tunnel in North Carolina, which is regarded as one of the most advanced facilities in the world.