NASCAR teams scoff at Villeneuve gossip

Sun, 6 August 2006, 01:53

NASCAR teams have reportedly scoffed at claims in the press that departed BMW-Sauber Jacques Villeneuve could be headed for the series in 2007.

Canadian newspaper ‘Toronto Sun’ conducted an informal poll of teams at Indianapolis’ ‘Brickyard 400’ and found that none of them have staged talks with the world champion of 1997.

”We would be looking for someone to step in right away at this level,” said one NASCAR owner, who ruled himself out of following the example of Chip Ganassi by signing a grand prix star such as Juan Pablo Montoya.

A report in the ‘Journal de Montreal’ this weekend claimed that Villeneuve, replaced this weekend at Budapest by test driver Robert Kubica, had already signed a ‘pre-contract’ for a NASCAR team for next season.

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