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Jacques Villeneuve to compete in 2014 Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS -

JV is back!

Former Indy car and Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve will compete in this year's Indy 500.

Villeneuve will be driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. It marks Villeneuve's first Indy 500 race since winning the event in 1995. It also marks the 20th anniversary of his first start in 1994. That year, the French-Canadian driver finished second and claimed Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors. Villeneuve, 42, won the race and the CART season championship the following year.

Villeneuve says he's excited to return to the Indy 500 after a career in Formula One, where he won 11 of his first 34 grands prix and the Drivers' World Championship for Williams in 1997. He remained a Formula One regular with BAR, Renault and Sauber before switching to NASCAR in 2007. 

Villeneuve has competed in selected Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series events as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He is one of two drivers to compete in IndyCar, NASCAR Sprint Cup and Formula One cars at Indianapolis. The other is 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, who is returning to the IndyCar Series in 2014 as a full-time driver with Team Penske.

It's shaping up to be an exciting month of May in Indianapolis!

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