Villeneuve Hired By Braun
Braun Racing has announced that former Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve will drive the No. 32 Dollar General Toyota in the upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series’ inaugural event at Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin) and at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada.
Villeneuve earned his first career CART Series win at Elkhart Lake and the return to Montreal will mark his third career Nationwide Series start at the world-renowned road course named after his father, Gilles Villeneuve, also a legendary F1 racer.
Last season in Montreal, Villeneuve qualified Braun Racing’s No. 32 Toyota Camry in the sixth position. Despite heavy rain conditions that enveloped the area for the second consecutive year, he brought home a fourth-place finish. A two-time winner at Road America in the CART Series (1994 and 1995), Villeneuve also claimed the pole position for the 1995 event.
“It’s great to be back driving with Braun Racing and Dollar General,” said Villeneuve. “Racing again after an exciting and fun race last year in Montreal, and now to also be doing the race at Elkhart Lake (Road America) where I won my first Indy race is going to be full of good memories! I am very much looking forward to it!”
In a career that has spanned more than two decades, Villeneuve has found success that can be rivaled by very few. He has captured world championships in both the CART and Formula One Series and was the winner of the 1995 Indianapolis 500. To win championships in both CART and F1, in addition to the famed Indy 500, is a feat that has only been accomplished by two other drivers.
“We are very happy to have Villeneuve back behind the wheel of the Dollar General Toyota at Road America and Montreal,” said Braun Racing owner, Todd Braun. “He is an extremely talented driver and has had very strong runs in our cars in the past. His experience and success at Road America will be a great asset to our team and its road course program.”One Comment