Former Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve has become the latest addition to the grid for the new Speedcar Series, with the announcement that the Canadian will take part in the final two rounds of the inaugural season.

The 37-year-old Canadian, who had hoped to spend this season running in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, will join a range of former F1 racers - including Jean Alesi and Johnny Herbert - for the races in Bahrain and Dubai next month and admitted he was looking forward to the challenge.

"Speedcar Series looks like a great event and I have heard that it is a lot of fun," he said. "It's a series still in its infancy and will build up but I think it's a great idea. On a personal level, Speedcar will give me more road racing experience with this kind of cars which will be useful in future NASCAR road courses events, and it's also a great excuse to meet race fans."

Benoit Lamonerie, general manager of the Speedcar Series added that he delighted to see a former F1 champion sign up for the final races of the season.

"We're proud to have Jacques join the Speedcar family," he said. "He will be the first Formula One World Champion and NASCAR driver to sign with us. And we're also excited that Speedcar Series is growing to a multinational level at the moment with drivers from twelve countries across three continents."

 

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