Discount Tire, sponsors of the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge driven last weekend by Jacques Villeneuve on the NASCAR Nationwide Series, issued a statement today expressing displeasure with comments made by their driver following Saturday’s race in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
A statement from the
company said, "Together, Penske and Discount Tire have achieved great
success in the Nationwide Series, including a championship, and have maintained
the highest levels of integrity and sportsmanship throughout that relationship.
Although we believe the contact between Villeneuve and Patrick to be
unfortunate, it is a part of professional racing. However, Villeneuve’s
post-race comments did not reflect our ideals regarding sportsmanship. Having
said that, we continue to be very proud of our relationship with the Penske
Villeneuve spun Danica
Patrick out of fourth place on the final lap Saturday, then blamed the crash on
Max Papis before insisting the incident “had nothing to do with me.”