Gene Haas got his start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in late 2002 at Kansas Speedway, where Jack Sprague finished 35th after crashing in the Protection One 400.

Haas' Formula One team got off to a much better start, with Roman Grosjean finishing sixth in the team's debut at the Australian Grand Prix. That earned some kudos from the boys on the NASCAR side of Haas' operation, as well as from their rivals.

INCREDIBLE job by our friends and neighbors, @HaasF1Team. We knew you could do it! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ #HaasF1 https://t.co/Vnlwuw7Alk

β€” Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) March 20, 2016

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Great job man... πŸ‘πŸΌ https://t.co/MbnTsY56u7

β€” Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) March 20, 2016

Great job guys. What a start. https://t.co/K20BfknZn2

β€” Team Penske (@Team_Penske) March 20, 2016