July 31st, 2018
TROIS-RIVIÈRES, July 26th 2018 | Having a Villeneuve on the GP3R track is as natural as having all-wheel drive on a Subaru. It is then just natural that Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 FIA Formula One World Champion, will compete in the Trois-Rivières round of the all-new Americas’ Rallycross championship at the wheel of a Vermont SportsCar-prepared Subaru WRX STI on August 4th and 5th.
Villeneuve will join the Subaru Rally Team USA three-car entry alongside Chris Atkinson and Patrik Sandell, as the local champion will be back on track at GP3R for the first time since 2014, in a factory car prepared just on the other side of the Canada-USA border.
During his last appearance on track at the GP3R, in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, he won his first qualifying heat, before mechanical failure prevented him to advance to the final rounds. Villeneuve, winner of the 1995 Indy 500, is thrilled to be back in rallycross, an action-packed discipline he enjoys tremendously, with an highly-motivating partnership with a team with the reputation of Subaru’s.
“Trois-Rivières has always felt like my motorsports home, so it’s once again a pleasure to be back. Rallycross has grown exponentially since I’ve last raced these amazing cars, so it’s good to be part of a sport on the rise. I am grateful for the opportunity to be racing a works’ Subaru and will do everything in my power to help the team in its Americas Rallycross endeavour,” Villeneuve stated.
To be back in Trois-Rivières also means a lot for Villeneuve, a place that he knows well, where he has run often both in rallycross and road course races and where his father Gilles, was spotted on his way to Formula One. Furthermore, Jacques is happy to be racing in ARX, a new series put together by experienced promoter IMG, also in charge of the FIA World Rallycross Championship with accomplished teams like Vermont SportsCar.
For Subaru, it’s an honor to have a driver with the pedigree of Jacques’ caliber driving one of its cars.
“Jacques Villeneuve is a global motorsport icon, and Subaru is excited to welcome him to Americas Rallycross behind the wheel of a WRX STI,” said William Stokes, Motorsports Manager for Subaru of America. “With his local background and tremendous success in American racing, Jacques will be a thrill for both Canadian and U.S. fans.”
GP3R general manager, Dominic Fugère, is pleased to welcome Villeneuve back and to see him on its track in the new highly-exciting Americas Rallycross championship.
“Jacques is part of the GP3R family. We’re always happy to have him back. It’s a treat for our local fans to once again have a native son to cheer on in rallycross,” said Mr. Fugère.
Jacques Villeneuve will be at the wheel of a Subaru WRX STI at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, on August 4-5, as the ARX supercars take on the GP3R track. A test and press conference, where Villeneuve and the team will meet representatives from the media, are planned for Wednesday, August 2nd at Circuit ICAR, in Mirabel. Tickets and information: GP3R.com or 1-866-416-9797.
Source: Fannie Brouillette
Director – Sales and Marketing
GP3R Inc. – 819-698-8785