Villeneuve to make Daytona 500 try
Jacques Villeneuve will try and qualify for NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500 subsequent month, driving the No. 27 Ford Mustang for Workforce Hezeberg.
“There are a number of races on the earth that stand out for me – the Indy 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Daytona 500,” mentioned Villeneuve. “It’s a part of that very small group of particular races that in case you get the prospect, attempt it out.”
Villeneuve ran the automotive earlier this week in a two-day check at Daytona Worldwide Speedway. Workforce Hezeberg is new to the NASCAR Cup Sequence in a joint effort between Toine Hezemans, Ernst Berg, and Reaume Brothers. The group plans to compete part-time, getting into the street course races with Loris Hezemans the first driver.
“It was nice to be again behind the wheel of a Subsequent Gen NASCAR at Daytona this week,” continued Villeneuve. “It truly is spectacular to drive. It was a great check with the brand new group, and though now we have some work to do with the qualifying setup, we have been comfy and fast when operating within the pack. The group is at first of its journey over right here, however we’re working properly and making progress.”
Villeneuve, who received the 1995 Indy 500 and CART title in addition to the 1997 F1 world championship, has helped the group put together for the season by testing not solely in Daytona however alongside Hezemans on the Charlotte Roval in October. He has 4 NASCAR Cup Sequence begins on his resume, the newest being in 2013 at Sonoma Raceway. Villeneuve has one superspeedway begin below his belt, ending twenty first within the 2007 race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Ought to Villeneuve qualify for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, it is going to be his first begin within the race. Villeneuve made an try in 2008 with Invoice Davis Racing, however didn’t earn a spot after crashing within the qualifying race.