Villeneuve and manager Pollock split after 15 years

Jacques Villeneuve may get a lot of flack lately, but push comes to shove, he's one of the world's most accomplished drivers. Villeneuve and the man behind his career are splitting ways, however, after fifteen years in partnership. The news comes shortly after fellow F1 refugee Ralf Schumacher split with his manager.

Craig Pollock signed Villeneuve when the Canadian driver was competing in Formula 3, took him to CART where he won the title and the Indy 500, signed him with Williams F1 where he took the championship in his second year, then brought him along when he took over BAR in '99. After a few years of stagnating performance, Pollock engineered Villeneuve's switch to NASCAR, where the two have been working hard to raise the budget for Jacques to compete in next season's Sprint Cup. (Craig also secured Jacques a race seat with Peugeot at Le Mans, where JV took his first shot at becoming the only living driver to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport: the Indy 500, F1 World Championship and Le Mans). Having made an unsuccessful attempt to buy out Bill Davis Racing, the stock car team for which Villeneuve is driving, the longstanding partnership between Craig and Jacques is dissolving as JV remains in Canada, closer to the NASCAR action, and CP returns to Europe.

[Source: Le Journal de Montreal via Autosport, Photo by Clive Rose/Getty]

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