Innovator, team founder/owner
Few have impacted American racing in front of and behind the scenes like Haas. The Youngstown, Ohio native is the sole stockholder of Haas Automation, a company he built from a two-employee machine shop into a billion-dollar CNC machine tool-making powerhouse. Haas CNC machines have long been used by major teams like Hendrick Motorsports to create critical proprietary racing parts in-house. In the early 2000s, Haas launched his own teams. In 2002, Haas launched Haas CNC Racing, which became Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2009 season with the addition of inductee driver/co-owner Tony Stewart. The team won NASCAR Cup Series championships in 2011 with Stewart and 2014 with Kevin Harvick and has captured more than 90 races across all three of NASCAR’s premier divisions for these and other drivers. In 2016 the Haas F1 Team became the first American team in Grand Prix racing in 30 years, dating back to the demise of fellow nominee Carl Haas’ (no relation) Beatrice-sponsored team. The Haas F1 Team remains the only American team in Grand Prix racing.