• Oct 4, 2006

It's surely a credit to stock car racing that F1 drivers have been migrating to NASCAR. In the new parody movie Talladega Nights, it seems like a joke that the antagonist (pictured) is a French F1 driver come over to America to race stock cars, but that's looking less and less like a joke as it becomes reality.

McLaren recently released its departing driver Juan Pablo Montoya from his contract early so he can begin testing stock cars. And the speculation continues to mount that former world champion Jacques Villeneuve is planning to move to NASCAR as well. Other former F1 drivers have gone back down the totem-poll to sports-car racing, endurance racing, Indy cars, and touring cars, but Jacques indicated his intentions by asserting that NASCAR was not, in his bespectacled eyes, a step down from F1.

The latest reports claim that the French Canadian son of legendary Ferrari driver Gilles Villeneuve has already signed a contract with Roush Racing. Roush drivers won the Nextel Cup in 2003 and 2004, and the team is considered to be Ford's leading NASCAR challengers. In addition to the five cars run in the top-tier Nextel Cup, Roush also runs six cars in the lower Busch Series and two Craftsman trucks. While it's not yet clear where the former Indy 500 winner would start (nor, for that matter, confirmed that he will), he'd be joining a winning team with the apparatus to give him the opportunity to win. After racing for Williams, BAR-Honda, Renault, Sauber and BMW, JV's been given no shortage of opportunities to win in F1 – time will tell if his fortunes will turn for the better in NASCAR.

[Source: GrandPrix.com]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      To those who think this is no big deal, consider this:
      JPM & JV between them bring:
      2 Indy 500 wins
      3 CART Championships
      1 F1 WDC
      One cannot say these guys are not top notch drivers! It is indeed a move fwd for Nascar internationally to attract such talent.
      • 8 Years Ago
      did Ricky Bobby predict this or what!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "he can say what he wants about this not being a step down... but it is, he should have gone for A1GP or LMS/ALMS"

      Earnhart Jr: 27 million US a year
      Jeff Gordon: 23 million US a year
      Tony Stewart: 15 million US a year

      Those are F1 pay checks and will inevitably attrack the best drivers in the long run as the redneck walls come down.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who is the guy in the picture above? For a picture of Jaques Villineuve, look here:

      http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns17557.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      JPM is a top notch driver that wrecks every car he gets.

      JV was at the right place at the right time, thats why he is has a F1 title, but just look at his performance afterwords.

      Even so, they will be top notch drivers at Nascar.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey, is that BORAT?
      • 8 Years Ago
      And why not? Now that JAPCAR has gone to the ricers, these foreign guys will feel right at home. Don't think many good ol' boys will be cheering- GO Frenchie, though!
      • 8 Years Ago
      thanks for this information
      • 8 Years Ago
      And to top it all off, NASCAR will be racing at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal beginning next year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "After racing for Williams, BAR-Honda, Renault, Sauber and BMW, JV's been given no shortage of opportunities to win in F1."

      I don't believe this is an accurate line, especially with regard to the machinery that JV has been given. It must be remembered that he only had 3 race-winning capable machines in his hands, Williams in 96 and 97 and Renault in 2004. If i recall properly, he was runner-up in 96 and champion in 97, plus in 2004 he was placed into a car with only 3 races left to run and from being out of a car for almost a year! The rest of the cars mentioned have yet to win a race, save for BAR with only won this year after all the leading cars crashed out!
      • 8 Years Ago
      NASCAR is the way to go. It is so fortunate that NASCAR, American Le Mans, Rolex, all these are developing so beautifully.

      At last motorsports fans do not have to suffer that turd called Formula 1.

      NASCAR and american le mans are also better managed and do not resort to fraud and race fixing. The teams and drivers get healthy share of the profits and are loved and respected.

      • 8 Years Ago
      JPM and JV are great drivers, though they probably won't win any good citizens awards. I think that may be the reason they find themselves in NASCAR. JV has done pretty well in the last few years given what he was driving.

      I have always liked both drivers. JPM seemed to be developing quite well as an F1 driver until this season. If I had a team I would want him instead of the overrated Coultard. But DC is a better person evidently.
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