BDR to field full-time Cup entry for Villeneuve next season

Updated: August 24, 2007, 3:37 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Bill Davis Racing plans to field a full-time Sprint Cup entry for former Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve in 2008, team owner Bill Davis said Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Davis said the plan right now is to run Villeneuve in the No. 22 Craftsman Truck Series entry later this season, as well as test the Car of Tomorrow. BDR will also field a car for Villeneuve in the ARCA race at Talladega in October in preparation for the Daytona 500 in 2008, Davis said.

Then?

"And then we'll go Cup racing next year," Davis said.

Davis said that Villeneuve's jump to Cup doesn't necessarily mean he'll be in the No. 36 Toyota and that a three-car team "is a possibility."

Veteran Nextel Cup crew chief Slugger Labbe will lead Villeneuve's team, Davis said.

Villeneuve will debut in NASCAR during a CTS test at Chicagoland Speedway on Monday. The hope right now is debut him in a CTS race next month in Las Vegas.

"It is an experiment, if you will," Davis said. "But he's pretty confident he can do it, and we are, too. I think it'll work out just fine."

Marty Smith is a contributor to ESPN's NASCAR coverage. He can be reached at ESPNsider@aol.com.

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