What's up, Jacques?
Barry Green, business manager for Jacques Villeneuve
, said the former Formula One champion
definitely wants to be in the Sprint Cup series in 2009.
Green, who denied reports last week that he and Villeneuve planned to start their own Cup team, said Villeneuve has turned down several offers to race in Europe.
"He wants Sprint Cup," Green said. "We are far from having a deal for 2009 put together. We would like to see him do a handful of races this year."
Green said "it's a given" Villeneuve will compete in the Nationwide race in Montreal on Aug. 2, but was not prepared to say which team he will be with.
Villeneuve entered this season with Bill Davis Racing. He did not qualify for the season-opening Daytona 500 and never attempted another Cup race because he had no sponsorship. Villeneuve split shortly after with then-business manager Craig Pollock.
Davis said he is interested in continuing the relationship with Villeneuve.
"Barry is trying to salvage something," Davis said. "We've got a good relationship with
Barry and Jacques, and if they get something worked out, we would be all ears."