Villeneuve planning to make NASCAR bid
INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indianapolis 500 champion and Formula One star Jacques Villeneuve is heading back to the Brickyard.
Villeneuve will attempt to qualify the No. 32 Toyota for Braun Racing in NASCAR’s annual Cup visit to the historic 2.5-mile oval July 25.
Villeneuve drove for Braun Racing in the Nationwide Series race at Road America last month, qualifying second and leading three laps before an electrical problem late in the race relegated him to 25th.
The 39-year-old Canadian won the Indy 500 and the CART season championship in 1995 while driving for Team Green. He moved on to F1, winning the points championship in 1997.
Villeneuve hasn’t raced fulltime on any circuit since 2005. He’s bounced around several NASCAR series the past five years and has made two Cup starts, both in 2007.