Vil­leneuve plan­ning to make NASCAR bid

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

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