“It would be amazing to continue in ARX” – Jacques Villeneuve

by Dominik Wilde

Jacques Villenueve has revealed that he would like to contest a full Americas Rallycross season, but he has admitted that he hasn’t got anything in the pipeline yet regarding a full-time programme.

The 1997 Formula 1 world champion competed in Subaru’s third car at Trois-Rivières last weekend, missing out on the final but improving his pace over the course of the weekend.

When asked if he would consider a full-time drive in ARX, Villeneuve told The Checkered Flag “that would be amazing,” adding that he’s “not yet” discussed the possibility of running a full season for Subaru Rally Team USA.

“Obviously they know that I would love to do it but the plan was to do this race, see how it goes, if we work well together and so on,” he said.

Since leaving BMW Sauber midway through the 2006 F1 season Villeneuve’s career has been a varied one, making appearances in sports cars, NASCAR, Australian Supercars, Stock Car Brasil, Formula E, IndyCar, and World Rallycross in addition to ARX. Despite competing in so many different disciplines since his F1 exit, Villeneuve hasn’t done a full campaign – his last coming in 2005. He said that he has wanted to race a full schedule in that time, but the opportunity to do so hasn’t yet presented itself.

“It wasn’t by choice, it was by opportunity and there was never an opportunity to do full-time racing in the last 10 years,” he said. “That’s been the main issue because that’s all I’ve been wanting – to race.”

“This should be it for this year, there’s nothing else in the pipeline,” he added, referring to his ARX outing. “Sadly I’m busy with the TV work, and racing needs to be organised a little bit in advance. Even this was a really last minute deal.”

Credit: Subaru Rally Team USA/Facebook

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