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Villeneuve to run 2 Nationwide races

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)

Penske Racing has hired Jacques Villeneuve to run the two road course races this season in the Nationwide Series.

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Villeneuve will drive the No. 22 Dodge at Road America in June and at Montreal in August. The Montreal course is named the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after his late father.

It's the second straight year Villeneuve has been hired by Penske for the two races. The former Formula One world champion has 10 NASCAR starts over the past five seasons, seven of which were in the Nationwide Series. He was third at both tracks in 2010.

Villeneuve is one of only three drivers to win the Indianapolis 500, the IndyCar championship and the F1 world title. Former Penske Racing drivers Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi were the other two.

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