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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Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.
Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?
Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!
Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden
Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.
Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)
Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.
Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.
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