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Villeneuve to make Daytona 500 try – EAST AUTO NEWS

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 just a few races on the planet 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 for those who get the prospect, attempt it out.”

Villeneuve ran the automobile earlier this week in a two-day take a look at 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 staff plans to compete part-time, getting into the highway 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 superb take a look at with the brand new staff, and though we’ve some work to do with the qualifying setup, we had been comfy and fast when operating within the pack. The staff is firstly of its journey over right here, however we’re working effectively and making progress.”

Villeneuve, who received the 1995 Indy 500 and CART title in addition to the 1997 F1 world championship, has helped the staff 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, will probably 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.

Villeneuve to make Daytona 500 try – EAST AUTO NEWS
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