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Jacques Villeneuve

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Jacques Joseph Charles Villeneuve (IPA: , born April 9, 1971 in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec) is a Canadian automobile racing driver, he is the son of Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve. Jacques Villeneuve is notable for winning the 1995 CART Championship, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 and the 1997 Formula One Championship. Alongside Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi, the Canadian is one of the rare drivers to achieve all three.

Outside of Formula One, Villeneuve has taken on two new careers: in sportscar racing, racing for Peugeot in the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans and jumping to NASCAR in August 2007, and in music, so far releasing one album titled "Private Paradise".

Villeneuve signed a two year contract with Williams with an option year available to him as well. Villeneuve impressed during his debut race in Australia, taking pole position and almost won the race. But due to a combination of an oil leak and team orders, Villeneuve was forced to slow down and allow team mate Damon Hill to pass and take victory at the opening round of the Championship, the Canadian however did manage to hold onto second place. It would be another decade before another driver finished on the podium on his debut which was Lewis Hamilton during the 2007 Australian Grand Prix.

In a subsequent interview with Autosport magazine, Villeneuve's manager Craig Pollock confirmed that the Canadian is done with F1 and is now linked with a NASCAR switch. When asked about the rumor he neither denied nor confirmed but did say that if he was to drive in NASCAR, it would be at the NEXTEL Cup level. He has been linked to a Busch Series ride for 2008, and a NEXTEL Cup ride in 2009. But he has not officially confirmed it.

In 1997, following his win of the Formula One World Championship, Villeneuve appeared in a Volkswagen publicity on Québécoise television . Villeneuve was seen driving a VW before stopping and saying at the camera, "Moi, je n'ai rien contre les Allemandes!", French for "I have nothing against Germans!" - a reference to his rivalry with Michael Schumacher and for the incident at the 1997 European Grand Prix.

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