For the 1986 Formula One season, Tambay joined former World Champion Alan Jones in the Haas Beatrice Lola-Ford, but the effort ended prematurely when sponsor Beatrice was bought by a company with no interest in racing.
Photo: Maureen Magee
It started with a phone call from the photographer/journalist Bernard Cahier. He said, “Carl Haas has a problem. Brian Redman flipped his car at the Mont Tremblant Can-Am. Are you interested in driving for Lola Cars in the States?” I talked to Carl Haas the next morning and he said that “there is a ticket for you at the airport, and could you come right away?”
That was how the relationship started. I had met Carl and his wife the year before at Riverside, but this was the beginning of us working together. They picked me up at the airport, and everything was very straightforward from then on. I had been doing Formula 5000 races, and I think that is where he first saw me and thought we could work together. I believe he had talked to Rolf Stommelen as well, but he was not available.
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