Villeneuve Returning To Indianapolis 500

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Jacques Villeneuve, seen here after winning the 1995 Indianapolis 500, is set to return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (IMS Photo)
Jacques Villeneuve, seen here after winning the 1995 Indianapolis 500, is set to return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (IMS Photo)
Jacques Villeneuve, seen here after winning the 1995 Indianapolis 500, is set to return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (IMS Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — According to multiple published reports, Jacques Villeneuve will be returning to the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since winning the race in 1995.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has a teleconference scheduled for Wednesday at which Villeneuve will be named to drive the team’s third car for the Indianapolis 500 May 25 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Villeneuve will team with rookie Mikhail Aleshin and Simon Pagenaud in a three-car stable overseen by former driver Davey Hamilton.

The 42-year-old Canadian becomes the sixth former winner in the field for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing joining Juan Pablo Montoya, Buddy Lazier, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan.

Villeneuve won the 500 en route to the CART championship in 1995 and went on to race in Formula One.

In recent years he has dabbled in NASCAR racing, competing primarily in road course races with the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He’s also racing in the World Rallycross Championship this year.