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Jacques Villeneuve aims for Daytona 500 bid with Hezeberg

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jacques villeneuve aims for daytona 500 bid with hezeberg

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Alejandro Alvarez | NASCAR Digital Media

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jacques VilleneuveWednesday, he said that he had plans for a Daytona 500Effort withTeam HezebergA first forThe start-up company and an attempt forHe made his debut in the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time since 2013.

Canadian veteran of 50 years participated in preseason testing Tuesday, Wednesday withThe No. The No. 27 Ford is scheduled forPart-time work this season VilleneuveThe 1995 Indianapolis 500Two years later, he was Formula One World Champion.

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“It would be amazing,” Villeneuve said. “The last time I was in NASCAR in North America was quite a few years, I think it was Sonoma (Raceway) the last time so it was a lot of years ago. It will be extremely special because it is also a standout race. It is a very special race to participate in, and it’s hard to get into show when you have to qualify on time or in the duels. So it makes it a bit more stressful, and making the show would already be something special.”

Villeneuve has been competing the last two seasons in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, alongside former series champ Loris Hezemans — who was announced as Team Hezeberg’s primary driver at its launch last October. The organization is still new for2022, an initiative of former sports-car driver Toine Hzemans, Ernst Berg, a Dutch businessman, and Reaume Brothers Racing.

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Team HezebergRoad course events will be the focus of this year’s partial schedule. VilleneuveHezemans, a 24-year-old man, has not yet been approved forCup Series competition was confirmed Wednesday by NASCAR officials. That status is now official. for VilleneuveTo test at DaytonaThis may lead to more in the future.

“That’s how we ended up getting together and bringing experience to the team, but right now it’s a new team,” Villeneuve said. “It’s a small team and there’s there’s still a long way to go. Right now we’re focusing on Daytona and hopefully we’ll do more races.”