NASCAR door still open to Villeneuve – manager

Mon, 8 January 2007, 12:47

Jacques Villeneuve’s manager has dismissed as “ludicrious” newspaper reports that said the 1997 world champion had missed his chance to switch to NASCAR in 2007.

Craig Pollock, who also ran the BAR team for several years, told the ‘Montreal Gazette’ that a deal could be in place by the end of the month.

Earlier reports indicated that Canadian Villeneuve, 35, had failed to find the requisite $18m in backing to drive for Roush this year, having lost his BMW seat in F1.

Pollock said: “We’re in a very strong position with any team he wants to go to and there are many, many teams really interested in Jacques.”

He dismissed as “the biggest load of **** I’ve ever heard” suggestions that his demand for a major management role scuppered Villeneuve’s hopes for a deal with Roush.

Pollock added: “We’re going to take our time to do things properly. Then we’ll choose whether we want to go with Roush or go elsewhere.

“I get many calls every week from many teams, but we’re looking at things very logically. Jacques still has 15 years to go (in motor racing), so why run into things when we can take our time and do it right?”


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