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Villeneuve returning to Indy 500

Jacques Villeneuve will drive a one-off entry for Schmidt Petersen Motorsports at Indianapolis

Published: February 27, 2014, 4:00 AM

Jacques Villeneuve

Schmidt Petersen Motorsports has announced an entry in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 race for former race winner, Jacques Villeneuve.

The Canadian-born driver, son of the legendary Gilles Villeneuve, won the Indy 500 in 1995 and the Formula One World Championship in 1997.

Villeneuve exited the F1 scene in 2006 and has made only sporadic appearances in Le Mans, NASCAR and other lesser series since then. He hasn't raced a single-seat, open-wheel car since 2006.

Earlier this year, he signed on with the Scottish Albatec Racing team to contest the FIA World Rallycross Championship in a 600-horsepower Peugeot 208 RX Supercar.

The Albatec team has released him from that full-season contract to race at Indy, which conflicts with the British round of the RX championship, which comprises four-lap races.

Asked why he was returning to Indy, Villeneuve responded: "I’m a racer, with a passion for racing, and the Indy 500 is without question the biggest event on the motorsport calendar. Not many drivers get the chance to drive on that track, and for me it’s a personal challenge; with a first and second there already, I need to finish in the top two to keep up the average!"

The Indianapolis 500 race is scheduled to run on May 25, 2014.