Jacques Villeneuve (elder)

Jacques Villeneuve (elder)

Former F1 driver

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Name = Jacques Villeneuve Sr.

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Years = F1|1981, F1|1983
Team(s) = Arrows, RAM
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First race = 1981 Canadian Grand Prix
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Last race = 1983 Canadian Grand Prix
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Jacques Villeneuve Sr. also known as Jacquo or Uncle Jacques (in French L'oncle Jacques) (born November 4, 1953) is a Canadian racer. He is the brother of Gilles Villeneuve, and uncle to Jacques Villeneuve (F1|1997 F1 world champion). He was born in the small town of Berthierville, Quebec, Canada. He is now frequently known as "Uncle Jacques" because of the rise of his nephew. He had a varied motorsport career, taking in Formula Atlantic, CART, Can-Am, snowmobile racing and Formula One, and remains a revered figure in Canadian motorsport circles. Villeneuve was the first three time winner of the World Championship Snowmobile Derby. [http://www.derbytrack.com/history.cfm Eagle River Snowmobile Derby - Rich In History] ; 2005; World Championship Snowmobile Derby; Retrieved November 19 2007]


He started out racing snowmobiles and he has continued to race snowmobile events throughout his career. He moved into saloon racing in Canada, winning a Honda Civic series and many races from 1976 to 1978. He then stepped up to the open-wheeler Formula Ford category, and then Formula Atlantic, where he took Rookie of the Year in 1979, then consecutive titles in 1980 and 1981. He also won the World Championship Snowmobile Derby in 1980. At the end of 1981, he took a pair of drives for the Arrows Formula One team, but failed to qualify for the Canadian Grand Prix, or the United States Grand Prix East.

In 1979 he competed in the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash [cite web| title= The official Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash Entrant List| url =http://www.onelapofamerica.com/cannonball/index.shtml?cball=entrantsCB| accessdate =2008-02-20] in a Porsche 928 co-piloted by John Lane (Gilles Villeneuve's sponsor and friend).

1982 started out with Villeneuve winning the World Championship Snowmobile Derby. The track was exceptionally hard caused by bitter cold, and his team set up his sled for the conditions. He took home $11,300 for his win, with cash and prizes totaling over $50,000. The rest of 1982 was difficult, after his brother Gilles Villeneuve died in May. Jacques spent most of the year in Can-Am, though he would take a one-off drive in CART. 1983 saw him take the Can-Am title, as well as another Formula One drive (narrowly failing to qualify an RAM for the 1983 Canadian Grand Prix). During this period, he also kept up his snowmobiling exploits, winning a number of prestigious races, and had a one-off Sportscar drive at the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans.

1984 saw a return to CART, with Villeneuve ranking 15th overall, having taken pole position at the Phoenix round. The following year he became the first Canadian to win a CART race, taking victory in the wet/dry race at Road America on his way to 8th overall in the standings. He became the only person to win a third World Championship Snowmobile Derby in 1986. After spending the season of CART and his only appearance in the Indianapolis 500, Villeneuve scaled back his motor racing activities, though he has regularly returned for occasional drives to CART, Formula Atlantic (winning some of these guest races) and IMSA.

He also remained highly active and successful in snowmobiling, also branching out to powerboat racing. On January 18 2008, Villeneuve was seriously injured in an accident during a snowmobile race at Eagle River, Wisconsin. He suffered multiple leg and pelvic fractures as a result, in addition to a spinal injury. It is estimated that it will take Villeneuve seven to nine months to recover from his injuries. [cite news| title =Villeneuve's uncle seriously injured| publisher =tsn.ca| url =http://www.tsn.ca/auto_racing/news_story/?ID=227837&hubname=auto_racing| date =2008-01-21| accessdate =2008-01-22]

"Uncle" Jacques Villeneuve was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2001.

Complete Formula One results


ee also

List of Canadians in Champ Car


* Hughes, M. 1998. "The Other (quicker) Jacques Villeneuve". Motor Sport, October 1998.

External links

* [http://f1rejects.com/drivers/villeneuve/index.html Comprehensive Biography at F1Rejects.com]
* [http://www.statsf1.com/default.asp?From=/drivers/fiche.asp?IdPilote=701%26LG=1 Stats F1 Jacques Sr Villeneuve]
* [http://www.f1total.com/db/drivers/details.php?d=711 F1 Total.com Jacques Villeneuve Sr.]
* [http://cfm.globalf1.net/?page_id=59 Chequered Flag Motorsport's Profile of "the other Jacques Villeneuve"]
* [http://www.autosport.com/asknigel/index.html/id/22215 Nigel Roebuck about Jacques Villeneuve (subscription needed)]

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