Jacques Villeneuve, Auto Racing

1995 would see Jacques Villeneuve follow in the tire tracks of his famous driving father Gilles. Jacques’ individual highlight was winning the famous Indianapolis 500. But that was only one race in a long season of excellence that brought Villeneuve and his Team Green the driving title in the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) circuit. He won three other races, at Miami, Cleveland and at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, winning six pole positions in 17 starts for Team Green.

Having graduated to the Formula One circuit, Jacques Villeneuve continued his career ascent in spectacular fashion. As lead driver for the Williams racing team, he won the F1 drivers’ championship, something no Canadian before or since has been able to accomplish. He rattled off seven victories – in Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Britain, Hungary, Austria and Luxembourg – and earned 10 pole positions overall as fastest qualifier.

Dave Perkins

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