FEBRUARY 20, 2007

Villeneuve makes it clear that NASCAR is his future

Jacques Villeneuve launched his first record the other day in Montreal and his manager Craig Pollock used the event to underline that Villeneuve's aim is to finish his racing career with success in as many different championships as possible. Pollock said that he was "very close" to lining up a title sponsor for a NASCAR ride to get Villeneuve installed on a team with a serious chance to win. He also made the point that Jacques still has plenty of time as Mark Martin, who finished second at Daytona on Sunday, is 48 years old and so Jacques at 35 is still pretty young.

Villeneuve may do some driving in ARCA, the Craftsman Truck Series and the Busch series before moving up to NASCAR and the Nextel Cup in 2008.

In the meantime he is concentrating on trying to win Le Mans with Peugeot.

For the moment he is also busy selling his record, which is called Private Paradise, a collection of 13 songs, some of which he composed.