US F1 Team to race from 2010 Paul Logothetis February 16, 2009 - 6:19AM www.theage.com.au An American team will be racing in Formula One from 2010, and IndyCar driver Danica Patrick is a candidate to fill one of its seats. USF1, which will be officially unveiled on February 24, will have a staff of at least 100, a working budget of 50 million euros ($A99 million) and an aim to put two American drivers on the starting grid. The team is looking at testing out a number of candidates, especially the 26-year-old Patrick. "She's great. She gets a lot of press," USF1 technical director Ken Anderson said. "I don't know if it's something she wants to do. We'd certainly love to test her and go from there." NASCAR driver Scott Speed, who raced 28 times for F1 team Toro Rosso from 2006-07, is also a candidate. The team will be based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, and is currently looking for a secondary base in Europe, most likely sharing with Epsilon Euskadi's team headquarters in northern Spain. Getting back into F1 was a no-brainer for Anderson. "It's the biggest sport in the world and the biggest TV show in the world," he said. "NASCAR has just become a national sport, never mind an international sport." With the global economic downturn, more independent teams are possible, especially since FIA president Max Mosley stepped in to reign in the costs with sweeping regulation changes and cost-cutting. "Mosley had to step in and stop F1 from killing itself with the manufacturers throwing ungodly money and people and resources at it," Anderson said.