Mais, oui! NASCAR developing a French connection?

With the driver shuffle for the 2007 season in full swing in Formula 1 and other series around the globe, NASCAR looks to be gaining some rather interesting "rookies" next year. First we had Colombian F1 pilot Juan Pablo Montoya returning to the Chip Ganassi fold to pilot a Nextel Cup car, and now it looks like the good ol' boy racing series will add some French flavor to the mix, with both Alex Tagliani (Champ Car) and former F1 World Champion Jaques Villeneuve rumored to be heading to NASCAR in 2007.
The Villeneuve rumor seems very likely to be accurate, after this weekend's announcement that the French-Canadian driver was being permanently replaced at BMW-Sauber by Polish test driver Robert Kubica. Villeneuve is known to have been talking to several NASCAR teams in recent months, and his departure from BMW is likely to mean the end of his Formula 1 career.

Champ car's French-Canadian veteran Tagliani has had trouble lining up a front-running ride over the last two years, and may be looking to refresh his career with a change of venue.


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