Report: F1 driver Villeneuve signs with Roush Racing

Updated: October 4, 2006, 2:29 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Another Formula One driver is reportedly making the leap to NASCAR next year.

Jacques Villeneuve has signed a deal with Roush Racing and will move back to Canada from his current base in Europe, according to a report in the Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport.

When contacted by ESPN, Roush Racing said the story is not true and that Villeneuve has not signed with them.

However, according to a report on TSN of Canada's Web site, reporters for La Presse spotted Villeneuve and his wife Tuesday in Montreal. When asked about the Italian report, Villeneuve smiled and said, "I'm retired." Villeneuve also said "they're only rumors" when asked if he was moving to Montreal but didn't deny the report.

If Villeneuve were to sign with Roush Racing, he would likely take the opening left by Mark Martin, who is scheduled to retire at the end of the season. Roush also has six cars in the Busch Series, but Villeneuve has said that if he were to run in NASCAR, it would likely be at the Nextel Cup level.

F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya will race for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2007.