Today on SPEED, there was a televised press conference hosted by Bob Varsha that had Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson announcing they they had “officially” formed a Formula one team know for now as USF1.
The team will be based and operate out of Charlotte, North Carolina, though they will have some sort of shop in Spain as well it’s being reported. The presentation was a bit slick with the first six or seven minutes were pre-taped highlights promoting American involvement in Formula 1 since the late 50’s. There were then some Q&A where Ken and Peter managed to never answer any of the questions asked. There was a call in from Mario Andretti and a pre-tape package from Dan Gurney sprinkled in.
When asked why Charlotte as a base of operations, Anderson insisted that their was more resources and relevant technology for building an F1 car within 50 miles of there, then in the area where most teams are based in the UK. Also with less than half of the races based on the EU continent their is no real advantage to being based their anymore.
For me this presser raised more questions than it answered, and here are some of the things that I came away with.
- The team is sponsored by Vaperware. Not Compuware, because if it was Peter Karmonos would have insisted on Kwame Kilpatrick being put in charge. Had this happened USF1 would have had the best hospitality since Kwame would have insisted on an unending supply of hookers, hoe’s and Cristal, but that’s a different rant for a different day, and pretty much an inside bit.
- In actuality there were no sponsored announced though it is rumored they have $65mil in funding as of now. They will have “technical partners” but again no one mentioned.
- One of the sponsors/technical partners is likely to be FedEx since they were mentioned in passing as how they could get back to North Carolina faster from parts of Europe than teams based in the UK could due to air shipping.
- They have no engine supplier as of now, though they do have RFP’s out.
- They have no chassis designed as of now
- They have no shop space leased or purchased as of now, though they may be buying a closed down NASCAR shop in the next few weeks.
- They have no drivers now, or even a short list. They ran down just about every young American drivers name, save the Riley Boys, when asked about it.
- If you are interested in working for the team, don’t bother, they are only going to hire cronies they have worked with over the years.
- SPEED/FOX/News Corp is heavily involved in the team, may handle all their media based on comments and hints in the press conference.
Based off of this presser, I have some questions.
- How much back door money is coming from Bernie and Max to pull this off? Peter Windsor is in pretty tight with Bernie, and an old adage goes, if you want to know what Bernie is thinking, just listen to what Peter is saying.
- Mario and Dan Gurney are putting some of their reputations on the line coming out so large in backing this deal, makes me think it has some legitimcy, but you never no.
- How the hell are these guys going to be ready for race 1 in 2010 if they haven’t even started yet,
As a bit of a flyer here, and while sounding crazy, I’m also being serious too. If USF1 scores Toyota as an engine supplier, then the NEED to get Kyle Bush as their driver. Daniker need never get within 1000 miles of the car.
Bush might be the most talented American driver currently under the age of 35. The kid can flat out drive about anything, any time, anywhere. We’ve seen him be successful in all tiers of the NASCAR program, he did well on the dirt @ Eldora for Tony Stewart’s race, and I bet you put him in an open wheel car he’d kick ass there as well. Speaking of Tony Stewart, if was ten years younger and about 50 lbs lighter, I’d say that he should be the primary driver. Tony is like AJ Foyt and Mario, they could drive anything, anywhere at anytime. Tony is way to preoccupied with his many ventures and not missing out at the all you can eat buffet to be bothered. Kyle is very much in their mold in talent and temperament. It would be just a joy to see Kyle over there ruffling everyones feathers and making the Montoya era seem like the most gentlemanly of drivers.
Let hope that this thing succeeds but I think you will be able to call me Mr. Blue, since that will be the color of my face from holding my breath.