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Jacques Villeneuve (elder)
Born 4 1953 (1953-Template:Pad2digit-Template:Pad2digit) (age 63)
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Formula One career
Nationality 25px-Canadaflag Canadian
Years 1981, 1983

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 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]

CareerEdit

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 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 USAflagsmall
PHX1
USAflagsmall
ATL
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
CLE
USAflagsmall
MIS1
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
POC
USAflagsmall
RIV
USAflagsmall
ROA
USAflagsmall
MIS2
USAflagsmall
PHX2
14
44th 1
1984 Canadian Tire Racing USAflagsmall
LBH
6
USAflagsmall
PHX1
13
USAflagsmall
INDY
DNS
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
POR
6
USAflagsmall
MEA
15
USAflagsmall
CLE
9
USAflagsmall
MIS1
USAflagsmall
ROA
USAflagsmall
POC
USAflagsmall
MDO
25px-Canadaflag
SAN
8
USAflagsmall
MIS2
USAflagsmall
PHX2
9
USAflagsmall
LS
Ret
USAflagsmall
LVG
Ret
16th 30
1985 Canadian Tire Racing USAflagsmall
LBH
7
USAflagsmall
INDY
DNQ
USAflagsmall
MIL
Ret
USAflagsmall
POR
Ret
USAflagsmall
MEA
Ret
USAflagsmall
CLE
4
USAflagsmall
MIS1
USAflagsmall
ROA
1
USAflagsmall
POC
USAflagsmall
MDO
3
25px-Canadaflag
SAN
Ret
USAflagsmall
MIS2
USAflagsmall
LS
Ret
USAflagsmall
PHX
13
USAflagsmall
MIA
Ret
8th 54
1986 Hemelgarn Racing USAflagsmall
PHX1
USAflagsmall
LBH
8
USAflagsmall
INDY
Ret
USAflagsmall
MIL
15
USAflagsmall
POR
5
USAflagsmall
MEA
5
USAflagsmall
CLE
Ret
25px-Canadaflag
TOR
Ret
USAflagsmall
MIS1
USAflagsmall
POC
USAflagsmall
MDO
11
25px-Canadaflag
SAN
Ret
USAflagsmall
MIS2
USAflagsmall
ROA
10
USAflagsmall
LS
Ret
USAflagsmall
PHX2
Ret
USAflagsmall
MIA
6
15th 38
1992 Arciero Racing 25px-AustraliaFLAG
SRF
USAflagsmall
PHX
USAflagsmall
LBH
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
DET
USAflagsmall
POR
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
NHA
25px-Canadaflag
TOR
USAflagsmall
MIS
USAflagsmall
CLE
Ret
USAflagsmall
ROA
Ret
25px-Canadaflag
VAN
USAflagsmall
MDO
USAflagsmall
NAZ
USAflagsmall
LS
52nd 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

External linksEdit

Preceded by:
Tom Gloy
North American Formula Atlantic Champion
1980-1981
Succeeded by:
Dave McMillan
Preceded by:
Al Unser, Jr.
Can-Am Champion
1983
Succeeded by:
Michael Roe



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