Jacques Villeneuve Happy with Fourth Place in NASCAR Comeback

The French-Canadian said he is very happy with his fourth place finish in Sunday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event held in Montreal, on the circuit that bears his father's name.

The former F1 champion witnessed plenty of action in the NASCAR series, but managed to keep away from any incidents and finished in fourth. The French-Canadian even led the race on lap 16 when Ambrose, who was first, entered the pits.

Villeneuve had a Formula One strategy in mind, with a longer stint in order to record faster laps on lower fuel than his rivals, but that didn't turned out right since the race was neutralized on several occasions.

"We didn't have a very good pitstop strategy, it didn't work out for us that the yellow came out exactly at the wrong time. That was a little bit frustrating, but the restarts were going amazing," said Villeneuve.

He continued: "my car was amazing at the restarts for two laps, three laps. The brakes were strong, I could attack and overtake a few cars and then take it easy because the brakes were over heating a little bit."

The 38-year-old revealed it was one of the hardest races in his career, since the contact is permanent in NASCAR as in opposed to Formula One. But Jacques is happy with his result and reckons he'll get more used to these types of races very soon.

"Every time there was a caution I was happy. But, there's nothing that's not bent on the car. It was like being in a pinball machine at every restart. It was just a matter of surviving and when I saw the rain coming I was quite happy because I thought we could maybe get a few more positions and fourth after where we were halfway through the race was great, I'm very happy," added Villeneuve.
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