Jacques Villeneuve uninjured after flipping WRC car, will drive teammate’s car this weekend at Norway

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Jacques Villeneuve was uninjured, but that’s more than can be said for his Peugeot 208 Supercar, which Villeneuve rolled during a test session in Sweden on Wednesday, according to Racer.com.

The damage cannot be repaired in time for this weekend’s World Rallycross Championship event in Norway, and there’s a question whether it can be repaired for the next WRC event two weeks from now in Finland, the fourth round of the series.

The Racer.com report also stated that Andy Scott, Villeneuve’s teammate and team principal of Albatec Racing, has agreed to give up his own ride for Villeneuve this weekend.

Villeneuve is looking for a better performance in Norway than his first WRC race, the season opener in Portugal early last month, where he failed to score even one point.

Villeneuve missed the second race on the WRC schedule (England) due to competing in the Indianapolis 500. It was his first return to the Brickyard since winning the 1995 Indy 500.

Villeneuve finished a respectable 14th in his return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Ricciardo set to see Dale Jr.’s final Texas ride in two weeks (VIDEO)

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We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.

And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.

After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.

In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.

Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.

“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.

“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”

Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.

“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”

Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.