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Jacques Villeneuve (racing driver, born 1953)

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Jacques-Joseph Villeneuve also known as Jacquo or Uncle Jacques (in French L'oncle Jacques) (born November 4, 1953) is a Canadian racer. He is the younger brother of the late Gilles Villeneuve, and uncle to Jacques Villeneuve (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.[1]

Jacques Villeneuve
Jacques Villeneuve Sr 070615.jpg
Born (1953-11-04) 4 November 1953 (age 65)
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityCanada Canadian
Active years1981, 1983
TeamsArrows, RAM
Entries3 (0 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1981 Canadian Grand Prix
Last entry1983 Canadian Grand Prix
1983 positionNC (0 points)

CareerEdit

Villeneuve started out racing snowmobiles and he has continued to race in 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 Caesars Palace Grand Prix.

In 1979 he competed in the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash[2] 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.[1] 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 a 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 eighth 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 the World Championship Snowmobile race. He suffered multiple leg and pelvic fractures as a result, in addition to a spinal injury. It was estimated that it would take Villeneuve seven to nine months to recover from his injuries.[3] On February 16, 2013, having recovered and returned to racing, Villeneuve suffered another serious accident whilst competing in Valcourt, sustaining a leg injury.[4] He left hospital ten days later.[5]

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

Racing recordEdit

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Points
1981 Arrows Racing Team Arrows A3 Cosworth V8 USW BRA ARG SMR BEL MON ESP FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN
DNQ
CPL
DNQ
NC 0
1983 RAM Automotive Team March March RAM 01 Cosworth V8 BRA USW FRA SMR MON BEL DET CAN
DNQ
GBR GER AUT NED ITA EUR RSA NC 0

American open–wheel racing resultsEdit

(key)

CARTEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1982 Jamieson Racing  
PHX1
 
ATL
 
MIL
 
CLE
 
MIS1
 
MIL
 
POC
 
RIV
 
ROA
 
MIS2
 
PHX2
14
45th 1
1984 Canadian Tire Racing  
LBH
6
 
PHX1
13
 
INDY
DNS
 
MIL
 
POR
6
 
MEA
15
 
CLE
9
 
MIS1
 
ROA
 
POC
 
MDO
 
SAN
8
 
MIS2
 
PHX2
9
 
LS
Ret
 
LVG
Ret
16th 30
1985 Canadian Tire Racing  
LBH
7
 
INDY
DNQ
 
MIL
Ret
 
POR
Ret
 
MEA
Ret
 
CLE
4
 
MIS1
 
ROA
1
 
POC
 
MDO
3
 
SAN
Ret
 
MIS2
 
LS
Ret
 
PHX
13
 
MIA
Ret
8th 54
1986 Hemelgarn Racing  
PHX1
 
LBH
8
 
INDY
Ret
 
MIL
15
 
POR
5
 
MEA
5
 
CLE
Ret
 
TOR
Ret
 
MIS1
 
POC
 
MDO
11
 
SAN
Ret
 
MIS2
 
ROA
10
 
LS
Ret
 
PHX2
Ret
 
MIA
6
15th 38
1992 Arciero Racing  
SRF
 
PHX
 
LBH
 
INDY
 
DET
 
POR
 
MIL
 
NHA
 
TOR
 
MIS
 
CLE
Ret
 
ROA
Ret
 
VAN
 
MDO
 
NAZ
 
LS
52nd 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Hughes, M. 1998. The Other (quicker) Jacques Villeneuve. Motor Sport, October 1998.
  1. ^ a b Eagle River Snowmobile Derby - Rich In History Archived 2007-06-16 at the Wayback Machine; 2005; World Championship Snowmobile Derby; Retrieved November 19, 2007
  2. ^ "The official Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash Entrant List". Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  3. ^ "Villeneuve's uncle seriously injured". tsn.ca. 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2008-01-22.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Snowmobiler Jacques Villeneuve injured in race". cbc.ca. CBC.ca. 2013-02-16. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
  5. ^ "Jacques Villeneuve rentre chez lui". rds.ca (in French). Bell Média. 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2013-03-02.

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