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Through the years, some of the greatest drivers to ever compete at places like Indianapolis, Monaco, and Le Mans have also bolstered their racing resumes by taking to the Daytona 500. In 2022, Jacques Villeneuve will look to do just that as he brings international appeal to The Great American Race.

During winter testing at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday, Jacques Villeneuve told members of the media that he plans to attempt to qualify for this year's Daytona 500 as the driver of Team Hezeberg's No, 27 Ford. Villeneuve, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner and the 1997 Formula One world champion, is also looking to do other races in NASCAR as well. Villeneuve's announcement came as he was testing for Hezeberg, a new Cup Series team for 2022.

"This is the race. There's a few races in the world that stand out -- the Indy 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Daytona. It's part of that very small group of special races or tracks to drive at," Villeneuve said. "... It would be extremely special, because it's also a standout race. It's a very special race to participate in, and it's hard to get in the show when you have to qualify on time or run the Duels. It makes it a bit more stressful, and making the show would already be something special."

This will mark Villeneuve's second try at qualifying for the Daytona 500, as he previously attempted to make The Great American Race driving for car owner Bill Davis in 2008. Villeneuve crashed out of his 150-mile Duel qualifier and subsequently failed to make the field.

An accomplished international racer whose career has been highlighted by his open wheel success, Villeneuve has also dabbled in NASCAR for the better part of the last 15 years. Villeneuve has raced 20 times across NASCAR's top three national series primarily on road courses, and last ran in Cup in 2013 when he made a one-off appearance at Sonoma Raceway driving for car owner James Finch. Villeneuve competed full-time in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series last year, winning the final two races of the season at Vallelunga in Italy.

Team Hezeberg announced its intentions to race part-time in the Cup Series in October, and the team plans to focus on road courses and short tracks with driver Loris Hezemans.