Visitors to the Haas Automation home page, www.HaasCNC.com, will discover additional important -- and fun -- clues to "The Haas Way" if they explore the <Haas Racing> link. The passions of winning, racing and machine tools have played important roles in the life of Gene Haas at least since his teenage years.
"When I was going to high school I worked part time in machine shops and in one I used to machine the magnesium wheels of race cars and here I am, 30 years later, still in the machine tool business and still working on race cars." He's referring to his ownership of Haas CNC Racing, a NASCAR based at a 40,000 square-foot facility in Harrisburg, N.C. A direct link: www.HaasCNCracing.com
He is the owner of the No. 66 car in the NEXTEL Cup Series and the 00 car in the Busch Series. He sees a strong business connection. "Being in a competitive, visible sport gives us an image of a dynamic organization that wants to win at all cost. And a lot of our customers use machine tools as suppliers to the racing industry. A good portion of our machines goes to people making such things as custom motorcycles, racecar parts and snowmobiles. We have paying sponsors -- Best Buy and Yellow Freight -- so racing is not a money-losing business. Racing is a male-dominated activity, and most of the participants and fans have something to do with mechanical activities. Actually I think we have a higher 'hit' ratio in machine tools with racing than we would with a general magazine."