VALENCIA, Spain – Former Indianapolis 500 winner, CART champion and Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve is coming to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.
Villeneuve will join the European version of Go Fas Racing to contest the full NASCAR Whelen Euro Series schedule next year.
Villeneuve took part in two days of testing on Dec. 13-14 at the Autodromo di Franciacorta in Italy to gain experience in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series car and on the track that will host the second round of the season.
“I had a lot of fun discovering the car because it is really similar to what I was used to in NASCAR in the U.S.,” said Villeneuve. “You can really drive it hard and you can work a lot on the car and that is also very nice. I also like the track, it’s interesting and there’s a lot to do for the driver,” said the Canadian. “Returning full-time is what matters the most to me, because I want to be part of a complete project and have a goal for the entire season. I’m really looking forward to the first race of 2019.”
Villeneuve won the 1997 Formula One World Championship, the 1995 Indianapolis 500, the 1995 CART championship and finished second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He also competed in all three NASCAR’s National divisions and in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in Canada.
Villeneuve will become the first Formula One champion to compete full-time in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.
“Having Jacques aboard is a huge piece of news for everybody involved in Euro NASCAR : our fans, partners, teams and drivers,” said NASCAR Whelen Euro Series President and CEO Jerome Galpin. “The series continue to grow and to gather everybody having passion for Pure Racing, whether they are World Champions or fans attending our events. The 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season promises to be one of the most exciting of any European series.”
Villeneuve will be a valuable addition to the Go Fas Racing NASCAR Whelen Euro Series lineup. The team made its European debut in 2018, winning its first race at Brands Hatch in the ELITE 2 Division.
“We are really excited that a former Indy 500 and Formula One champion will join Go Fas Racing and we really feel that with Jacques’ talent and the team we put together, we have a shot at the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship this season,” said Go Fas Racing owner Alain Lord Mounir.