Bill Davis Racing's announcement this week that Jacques Villenueve would attempt to make his Nextel Cup Series debut at next week's Talladega race, has had me scratching my head. What's the hurry?
Jacques had a nice, first NASCAR race in the Craftsman Truck Series race last week. He qualified decent. Raced respectfully before wrecking. By all accounts his testing sessions at Talladega in the Car of Tomorrow were fine.
Jacques is a fantastic talent and highly accomplished champion in both Indy Cars at the Indy 500 and in Formula One as a World Champion. But that track in Alabama and this race are not the place to get your stock car feet wet - especially not during the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
Jeff Gordon is "fired up" about the whole deal too.
"I am a big fan of Jacques, but I think this is not the right decision, I just look at that race in the Chase - Why? You want to run a race, go to Atlanta, go to one of the mile-and-a-half tracks. I am very, very surprised that was approved as his first Cup race. "
The chances of Villenueve actually qualifying for the race are probably pretty slim. If he does though, the crap shoot/wild card that is the Talladega Chase Race will be even more risky than normal.
"It makes no sense to me other than the fact that NASCAR approved Gilliland last year under a similar situation and they kind of got themselves into a box with that one."
I agree with Gordon. What is NASCAR thinking?
Picture credit: Not sure, but Ken Shrader went for a wild one, huh?