Villeneuve to enter Indy 500 with Schmidt
26 February 2014 – Jacques Villeneuve will enter this year's Indianapolis 500 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
The Canadian, who recently announced that he is to contest the 2014 World Rallycross Championship, is a previous winner of the prestigious race, having triumphed at the oval en route to the 1995 CART title.
Villeneuve's latest Indianapolis 500 start will come after a 19-year break, the most in the event's history.
"To have the opportunity to return to IndyCar racing and the Indianapolis 500 is something I never thought possible," commented Villeneuve, who is one of only three drivers along with Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi to win the Indianapolis 500, the CART championship and the Formula 1 world title.
"I've been fortunate enough to compete in several of the world's top racing series, and nothing excites me more than entering the IndyCar Series at its current level of competitiveness.
"Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has proven itself able to compete with the largest of teams, and I am excited to get to work with [team co-owner] Sam [Schmidt] and the team and start preparing for May."
A date clash will see Villeneuve miss the second round of the World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill.