Jacques Villeneuve to race again at Indy 500

Jacques Villeneuve will race in the Indianapolis 500, for the first time since winning it 19 years ago.

Quebec driver moved to F1 shortly after winning Indy in '95

Jacques Villeneuve, seen preparing to take practice laps for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in 2013, won at the Brickyard in 1995. (Ben Margot/Associated Press)

Jacques Villeneuve will finally get a chance to win a second Indianapolis 500.

Almost two decades after winning his first title, Villeneuve will return to the historic 2.5-mile oval in May, driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The official announcement came Wednesday.

In 1995, Villeneuve won the 500 and the CART championship but hasn't started an IndyCar race since then.

Now 42, the St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., native left for Formula One after that season where he competed from 1996 through 2006. He won the world championship in 1997, then moved to stock cars in 2007 and has run in a variety of series including Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Le Mans as well as sports cars.

In two IndyCar seasons, Villeneuve won six poles and five races. This year's 500 is scheduled for May 25.


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