Jacques Villeneuve Returns to Montreal
History will meet the future on August 29th of this year as Jacques Villeneuve will come back to the track named after his legendary father and F1 superstar Gilles Villeneuve to drive the No. 32 Toyota in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 being held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. Last year Villeneuve qualified Braun’ Racing’s No. 32 in fifth position at this historic venue and looked poised to challenge for the victory, before Villeneuve had a run in with another driver unable to keep control of his car due to falling rain on the track, which resulted in a sixteenth place finish.
Villeneuve is already a growing legend on the road-courses around the racing world and has a tremendous amount of experience on this particular 2.709 mile road circuit. In the past two decades Villeneuve has had a career that can be rivaled by very few in the history of road races. The story begins with his capture of world championships in both the CART and Formula One series and his win in what many consider the most prestigious race in racing history, the Indianapolis 500. Only two other racers in racing history have accomplished these three feats together in their careers, which is an amazing feat for any racer.
Braun racing might be the favorite to win next August on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, now that they have both the skilled and talented racer Jason Leffler and Jacques Villeneuve driving their cars. Montreal Formula One fans will certainly remember the excellent run Villeneuve had last year and will be looking forward to some exciting racing with his return. The feeling is Villeneuve has an excellent chance of having a good showing at this track and maybe even grabbing the victory if everything falls into place for him. The fun begins at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on August 29th with Nationwide Series practice sessions and qualifying runs, and will culminate in a 74 lap race on August 30th.
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