Thursday, August 23, 2007
Updated: August 24, 9:35 AM ET
Villeneuve, Davis Racing to give truck ride a try
ESPN.com news services
Former Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve has entered into a partnership with Bill Davis Racing as he attempts to become the latest F1 driver to make the jump to NASCAR.
Villeneuve, who's also won the Indianapolis 500, will test a truck for Bill Davis Racing on Monday at Chicagoland Speedway.
The partnership between Villeneuve and BDR was first reported by ESPN.com's Marty Smith.
Sources close to Bill Davis Racing said the team intends to have Villeneuve compete in several Craftsman Truck Series events later this season. Those same sources also said Villeneuve will extensively test Bill Davis Racing's Car of Tomorrow program.
"Bill Davis Racing was aware of my interest in NASCAR and approached my management team with a view to allowing me to test within its truck program," Villeneuve said. "I'm glad we were able to work that out, and having spent the day with the team for my seat fitting, I am really looking forward to working with Bill and his staff."
Villeneuve, a Canadian citizen, won the CART championship and Indianapolis 500 in 1995. He then moved to Formula One and won the 1997 world driving championship. Only two other drivers, Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi, have achieved the feat.
Villeneuve has not raced on ovals since 1995, when he won both the Indy 500 and the Indy Racing League title. He used those accomplishments to land an F1 ride, and became world champion in 1997.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com's Marty Smith was used in this report.