Gene Haas US Formula 1 team bid accepted from 2015 by FIA

Gene Haas

The United States is to have a team on the Formula 1 starting grid from 2015 after the FIA accepted an entry from Nascar's Gene Haas.

It follows an indication from chief executive Bernie Ecclestoneexternal-link earlier this month that two new teams are likely to start next season.

Haas has been accepted following a period of due diligence.

"Obviously, we're extremely pleased. It's an exciting time. Now, the really hard work begins," he said.

"It's a challenge we embrace as we work to put cars on the grid."

Haas forms one half of the Stewart-Haas Racing teamexternal-link based in Kannapolis, North Carolina.

He also owns factory facilities in Brussels, which are likely to be key for a European base.

The US last tried to get a team on the grid in 2010 at a time when F1 was seeking significant expansion, only for the plans to fail to come to fruition.