Jacques Villeneuve signs up with Speedcar Series

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Manama, Bahrain, Mar 29 (UNI) Former Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve will take to the track for the last two rounds of the inaugural season of the Speedcar Series.

He will be seen in action during the upcoming race at the Bahrain Grand Prix on April 4-6 followed by the final round in Dubai a week later on April 11-12.

''Speedcar Series looks like a great event and I have heard that it is a lot of fun,'' Villeneuve said. ''It's a series still in its infancy and will build up but I think it's a great idea.'' ''On a personal level, Speedcar will give me more road racing experience with this kind of cars which will be useful in future NASCAR road courses events, and it's also a great excuse to meet race fans,'' he added.

Jacques is the most recent addition to the long line up of former Formula One drivers participating in the Speedcar Series that include Jean Alesi, Johnny Herbert, Stefan Johansson, Ukyo Katayama, JJ Lehto and Gianni Morbidelli.

The 37-year-old Canadian driver won the 1997 World Championship in only his second F1 season.

He sports a F1 track record of 165 races, 11 wins and 23 podium finishes over a decade long career from 1996-2006. He is also notable for being only one of five drivers, including Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi to have won both the F1 World Championship and the Indianapolis 500.

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