One of the figures reportedly central to a prospective US based formula one team has confirmed the intention of 'USF1' to contest the 2010 world championship.
Ken Anderson, an American engineer involved with NASCAR and Indycar and also a F1 technical director of the 80s, told the Charlotte Observer that "95 per cent" of the unofficial information carried by websites in recent days was correct.
In collaboration with British broadcaster and writer Peter Windsor, also a former F1 team manager, Anderson said they are scouting possible headquarters in North Carolina, and that a formal announcement of the team is due later in February.
Anderson also said USF1 is close to signing its first driver for 2010, hinting that he is an American who is currently racing in a junior open-wheeler series in Europe.
"All of the teams' sponsors want a presence here and American companies are going global," he said.
He said a US based team, despite every other F1 outfit being headquartered in Europe, is possible because "90 percent of the technology that exists in F1 comes from the US anyway".