Former Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve will test a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Toyota Tundra fielded by Bill Davis Racing Monday at Chicagoland Speedway.
Villeneuve has not competed on an oval course since 1995, his final season in the CART Series. He jumped to Formula One the following year, winning four races and finishing second in the driver's championship to Williams teammate Damon Hill. He won the World Driving Championship in 1997, besting Michael Schumacher in a controversial final round at Spain's Jerez circuit. He ran for BAR, Renault and BMW-Sauber in subsequent seasons, but was never again able to approach his 1997 success. He was released by BMW at the midpoint of last season in favor of Robert Kubica.
The 36-year old has competed only sporadically since then, most notably driving for Peugeot in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The former CART and Indy 500 winner said of his new deal, “Bill Davis Racing was aware of my interest in NASCAR, and approached my management team (about) allowing me to test within its truck program. I’m glad we were able to work that out, and I am really looking forward to working with Bill and his staff. We have spent the last few months considering a number of NASCAR options, and we’re in agreement that the truck offers the closest reference point to the Car of Tomorrow.”