One of the prime movers behind the USF1 team project, Ken Anderson, has said that he would very much like Indycar star Danica Patrick to be one of the team’s drivers. The team hopes to be on the F1 grid in 2010 as a showcase for American technological innovation and talent, and according to Anderson, Patrick – the world’s foremost female racing driver – epitomises that spirit.
[Danica is] “great”, Anderson said in an interview with the Associated Press. “I don’t know if it’s something she wants to do. We’d certainly love to test her and go from there.”
The publicity bonus of having a female driver compete in the F1 World Championship since Giovanna Amati in 1992 was not lost on Anderson, either.
“She gets a lot of press,” he added. “(Indianapolis Motor Speedway president) Tony George would probably be pretty mad with me if I took her out of the IRL but we’ll see,” said the ex-Ligier man.
Anderson and Peter Windsor, the other name connected with the project, are reported to be considering ex-Toro Rosso driver Scott Speed for the other seat.