NASCAR & Auto Racing

Villeneuve looks to rekindle career in NASCAR’s Truck series

So far, so good for former Formula One champion Jacque Villeneuve’s bid to convert to NASCAR racing.

“Jacques did very well,” said Mark Chambers, the Truck Series team manager for Bill Davis Racing who supervised Villeneuve’s test this week at Chicagoland. “He gives incredible feedback and adapted to the truck extremely well”

Villeneuve hasn’t raced on oval tracks since 1995, the year he won the Indianapolis 500 and the Championship Auto Racing Teams Indy Car championship. Mike Skinner, who competes in the Truck Series for BDR, helped out with the test.

““I definitely learned a lot,” said Villeneuve, who is scheduled to make his first Truck Series start at Las Vegas on Sept. 22 and could try to make his Nextel Cup debut before the end of this season in preparation for trying to run a full schedule next year.

“The truck has a lot more grip then I thought it was going to have. It turns very well. It took a little getting used to at first.”