'A pleasure to race'

DEAN MCNULTY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

Canada's only Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve announced yesterday he'll give NASCAR another try -- this time at the NASCAR Nationwide series NAPA 200 Aug. 2 at the Montreal track named after his late father.

Villeneuve also will be getting the backing of a top team -- Braun Racing -- in the No. 32 Toyota Camry that NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin already have won in earlier this year.

"It could hardly be better to come to a race as important as this and with a good team that makes you confident," Villeneuve said at the unveiling of the race car at his Newtown restaurant in Montreal.

"It's an honour to be given the chance to race a car that was driven this year by such great drivers as Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin."

Villeneuve joins fellow Canadians Patrick Carpentier, Ron Fellows and D.J. Kennington in attempting to win the country's most important stock car race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

"I'm really happy because it's a pleasure to race, but it's even more so to do it at Montreal," Villeneuve said.

Villeneuve had two Sprint Cup starts last year, finishing 21st at Talladega and 41st at Phoenix, driving for Bill Davis Racing.


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