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Is Jacques Villeneuve eyeing full-time comeback in IndyCar?

Jun 12, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

Jacques Villeneuve AP

Jacques Villeneuve apparently had so much fun finishing 14th in this year’s Indianapolis 500 — the first time he’d been at the Brickyard since his victory there in 1995 — that he may be thinking about pursuing a full-time ride in IndyCar.

So says announcer and former racer Derek Daly, who tweeted a photo during last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix of himself, Adrian Fernandez and Villeneuve in Montreal.

There’s been no word yet from Villeneuve if he is indeed thinking about pursuing a full-time return to the U.S.-based open-wheel series. He’ll be racing this weekend in the World Rallycross race in Norway.

But if what Daly tweeted is true, we’d love to see Villeneuve back in IndyCar. In our mind, he not only still has some gas left in his tank, but he also likely has some unfinished business remaining.

Like winning another Indy 500.

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  1. randominternetpunter - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    That would indeed be wonderful….JV knows a good series when he sees one.
    His perceived polarizing effect will bring more eyeballs and add column inches.

    I must admit that IndyCar seems to be gaining traction with every race while F1 seems to be disappearing up it’s own backside.

    Kudos to Mark Miles,Beaux Barfield and Derrick Walker for consistently making the correct assessments throughout this season so far.

    • indycarseries500 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      I agree with the first point and the third but you’re joking with the second point, right? The statement may be somewhat true but to imply IndyCar is anywhere close to Formula 1 is ludicrous.

  2. indycarseries500 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    If he wants to and can get a ride, go for it JV. He seemed the happiest I have ever seen him this May, don’t if that’s because he’s a family man now, doesn’t have the high-pressure demands of Formula 1/trying to get/stay in F1 or if he truely enjoyed it.

    • crunge4461 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Who would have been happy driving for BAR Honda? Would love to see him full time in IndyCar…any time a past world drivers champ, not to mention CART and 500 winner, wants to come race in the series I say fantastic!

  3. techmeister1 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    If JV is up for it, great. It’s always a tough challenge when you’ve been out of the game for any length of time.

    As far as the F1 detractors, they are delusional.

    • moezilla - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Delusional F1 detractors like Ferrari for instance? Seems like even the most die hard Formula 1 fans should sit up and take notice when one of the biggest names in the sport is calling for a “sit down” with the rest of the series to discuss the “down turn” of said series….I know it sounds like a prime example of “sour grapes” on the part of Ferrari, considering their recent lack of performance, but given their claims of being the “ultimate form of motorsport”, Formula 1 has basically turned into a better funded version of Indy Car….minus the “testicular fortitude” to race on high speed ovals….I’m just sayin…..

  4. testover6370 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Only if he adds a new car or better yet team. Otherwise I don’t want him displacing a new young talent coming up the ladder

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