Sunday, September 23, 2007
Jacques Villeneuve makes NASCAR debut
Canadian racer Jacques Villeneuve made his NASCAR debut at last night's Craftsman Truck race in Las Vegas. Of course Villeneuve is a former Indy 500, Formula 1 and CART champ. He was driving the #27 Toyota for Bill Davis Racing. He qualified 7th and was doing okay when on lap 46 he had a fender bender with rookie Brian Scott. This killed his truck and he went down a lap and finished 21st. Villeneuve said afterwards that he was surprised a minor collision did so much damage. He will race the remainder of the Craftsman Truck series races and Davis says he plans to have Villeneuve in a Toyota in the 2008 Sprint Cup. This is all because of Juan Pablo Montoya's success. 1995 Indy 500 champ Buddy Lazier also made his debut last night. He was three laps down and finished farther back. Travis Kvapil won last night's race. Ron Hornaday had trouble so Mike Skinner leads the points standings by three points.
Though nothing has been announced, 2007 IRL champ Dario Franchitti is supposed to race in ARCA at Talledega in a couple of weeks. Next year he's supposed to drive the #40 for Chip Ganassi and bring his Canadian Club sponsorship with him. And two time IRL champ Sam Hornish Jr. failed to qualify for his first two Nextel Cup races for Roger Penske. Penske says he hasn't made a decision about Hornish's future yet.