Jacques Villeneuve Now

Racing fans may recognize the guy in the photo as Jacques Villeneuve, the winner of the 1995 CART championship, the 1995 Indianapolis 500, and the 1997 Formula One World Championship. (The car he’s standing next to, incidentally, is the new Lotus Evora, which he had the opportunity to drive in a recent trip to the Group Lotus HQ in the UK.

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Racing fans may recognize the guy in the photo as Jacques Villeneuve, the winner of the 1995 CART championship, the 1995 Indianapolis 500, and the 1997 Formula One World Championship. (The car he’s standing next to, incidentally, is the new Lotus Evora, which he had the opportunity to drive in a recent trip to the Group Lotus HQ in the UK. After driving the car he remarked, “It’s a really nice car, fun and comfortable to drive,” which is certainly pleasant, but probably not entirely what they were hoping for. I mean: “nice, fun and comfortable”?)

Here is Villeneuve inside the cockpit of a legendary Lotus, Jim Clark’s Type 25.

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Racing fans of the NASCAR variety may seem to recall the Canadian driver, but may not be too sure, because his tenure in that series was not what it was in open-wheel racing. Specifically, Villeneuve drove in the Craftsman Truck Series for a few races in 2007 (at this point, open-wheel racing fans who were not aware of what had happened to Villeneuve are picking themselves up off the floor), then did run at Talladega that same year in a Nextel Cup car, finishing 21st. That was pretty much that.

All of which is to prove that even though you might hold a record along with Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittapaldi, when it comes to the likes of Dale Earnhardt, that’s another thing entirely.