LONDON Feb 19 American racer Danica Patrick
said she was flattered to be linked to a proposed new U.S.
Formula One team but the project was news to her.
"There weren't any quotes (in the stories) from me, because
they haven't spoken to me," the first woman to win an Indy Car
race told Canadian newspapers after appearing at an auto show in
Toronto on Wednesday.
"It's very flattering. I think that any time you are in the
same sentence as Formula One, it's a flattering thing," added
"I haven't really expressed a lot of excitement and interest
in world travel. We'll see what they have to say, though. Maybe
The planned USF1 team, to make its debut in 2010, is due to
be unveiled on Speed TV on Feb. 24 at 1300 EST.
Those behind it have also set up a website (www.usf1.com)
currently ticking down the hours.
"Proving that American technology, American drivers and the
American competitive spirit can compete and win on the F1 global
stage has been our mission for several years now," the website
"Judging by the overwhelming response we have received from
F1 fans both in the U.S. and worldwide, from within the F1
industry and from the U.S. hi-tech industry, we think that many
of you agree with us."
International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max
Mosley said recently that the plans were to be taken seriously
but they depended on new regulations to bring down the costs of
competing from next year.
The team, who plan to be based in North Carolina and Spain,
have yet to confirm an entry to the championship or any
The glamorous Patrick is the most marketable commodity in
the U.S. Indy Car series and has appeared in photo spreads and
Sports Illustrated's swimsuit section.
Patrick, who spent some of her formative years competing in
junior series in Europe, has expressed interest in Formula One
in the past but has said any test would have to be a serious
Formula One has not had a female driver since Italian
Giovanna Amati failed to qualify her Brabham in 1992.
(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)