Villeneuve on standby for Sorenson

Updated: August 5, 2009, 6:08 PM ET
Associated Press

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- NASCAR driver Reed Sorenson inhaled carbon monoxide during Monday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono, and his team has asked former Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve to be on standby this weekend at Watkins Glen.

Details of Sorenson's illness were not immediately available Wednesday. He finished 35th in the rain-delayed race, 15 laps down.

If Sorenson can't drive, Villeneuve would step into the No. 43 Dodge. The 1997 Formula One champion attempted to drive Cup cars in 2008 for Bill Davis Racing, but he failed to make the season-opening Daytona 500 and never secured sponsorship to keep the team afloat.

Sorenson, driving for Richard Petty Motorsports, is 28th in the points standings.

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