In an interview with Racer, Gene Haas revealed the reason why his company didn’t sponsor former Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean into the world of IndyCar.
Initially, Haas was open to sponsoring Grosjean into IndyCar but said that after his accident in Bahrain he changed his mind.
“He had asked if we would be willing to sponsor him in IndyCar, and I think at the beginning I was pretty open to it,” said Gene Haas to Racer.
“But then when he crashed in Bahrain, I was just so happy he didn’t kill himself. For someone who has just absolutely destroyed the car, I couldn’t be happier that he survived it.
“I don’t know… he has a wife and three kids, and I just told him I couldn’t see giving him money to go out and kill himself. I just felt like he needs to stay home and take care of his family. He escaped the big one there. If you understood what happened there… If that car had been a few degrees one way or the other, he wouldn’t have been able to get out through that hoop, and he would have died. So, extremely lucky.
“And the team was extremely lucky. I just could not fathom having to face a widow or his kids. I just couldn’t do that. So I said ‘Nah, stay home, I can’t help you there anymore.'”