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While the rest of the teams competing in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship will be launching and testing new cars together at European tracks, America's own will launch and test its car right in the good ol' U.S. of A.

Due to the team's location across the Atlantic, the FIA selected Barber Motorsport Park, the 740-acre facility in Birmingham, Alabama, set to host an IRL grand prix this year on its 2.3-mile road course, as the designated test track. After conducting three test sessions at Barber, USF1 will ship its car to Spain for the final group test prior to the season opener in Bahrain on March 14.

Team principal (and longtime motorsport journalist) Peter Windsor says the team will soon announce its driver line-up. Contrary to earlier reports that the team would employ American drivers (like Danica Patrick or Kyle Busch), it now appears most likely the team will use whatever drivers it can get its hands on. Among the current front-runners include Argentine pay-driver Jose Maria Lopez and British aspirant James Rossiter, a former ALMS driver and Super Aguri tester.

[Source: ESPN]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow testing at Barber? Barber Motorsports Park is really moving up in the world, I would love to see this F1 car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So it looks like FIA isn't going to have a NTSC version of the 2009 F1 review DVD? That's insane. USF1 isn't changing the fact that North American F1 fans are left in the dumps
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stupid comment system, i lost my paragraph long post. Well, long story short. I've been to races at Barber and i've been to a Moto gp race at the track that they'll be testing at here in Spain (Jerez). From a spectator's opinion, i think Barber is a much better track. From numerous vantage points you can see vast sections of the track. Its a great spectator track. The Jerez track is nice but its not even close to being as good in this regard. I do hope to attend the final testing at the Jerez track. I dont know if its a public event though.

      I love the fact that the test is going to be happening in my home town. Remember when IRL started testing here? Now we have a full blown race coming here in May. So you can obviously see my excitement! Hell, if your an F1 fan you should be excited too! Its funny, Talladega is literally a 30 minute drive down I-20. Its in the next county over. I love that that NASCAR only track is being shown up. I hope they wake up and bring new acts to town. I hate NASCAR!! Go Barber! and go USF1!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is there a day that is set for the Alabama test? Might be fun to drive up there and see the fruit or their labor, and hear a F1 engine in person for the first time :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, I've never heard one live either. Would be awesome to be able to hear one in my own home town.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bevo, I've been looking as well currently no luck in finding any such times for the USGPE practice.

        side note..I will bring earplugs for sure! I made that mistake when I showed up to the NHRA Gator Nationals...I've never been shook so hard 150 feet away from a top fuel drag car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        bring earplugs and dont bother with any digital cameras with more shutter lag than DSLRs... :D

        i hope when the tests come around, they make it memorable for the spectators and fans...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dates anyone/
      • 5 Years Ago
      An expensive mistake doomed for failure, if you ask me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice that you get us the news quickly. You know anytime within a week of it being reported to the rest of the world is fine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey if they want to hold a US GP at Barber that's fine by me!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why isn't Marco Andretti being thought of for the US-F1 Drivers Seat ...? Is he Testing?

        I cannot stand Danica P......She's all pro femminism, which is fine, then drapes her naked body over cars for photoshoots...or trampy shower scenes for go-daddy...WTF! money -whore-hypocrite if you ask me!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was already interested in the IndyCar race at Barber this year... and now this.

      nice.
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