Villeneuve, BDR consider competing in COT race at Phoenix

Jacques Villeneuve and Bill Davis Racing, coming off positive results in the former Formula One champion's Cup debut Sunday at Talladega, are contemplating running another Cup race before the end of the season.

Mike Brown, general manager at BDR, said the team had several meetings Monday to discuss the feasibility of Villeneuve competing in the Car of Tomorrow race at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 11. Villeneuve, who also has an Indianapolis 500 win on his resume, qualified sixth at Talladega and finished 21st.

Villeneuve, who will drive in the remaining NASCAR Craftsman Truck series races this year, will drive in the Cup series for BDR next season.

"We've talked to Jacques about it, and he wants to do it and we want to do it," Brown said of adding Phoenix. "We're kicking it around, and we really want to do it."

Brown said the team wants Villeneuve, who will participate in the two-day COT test later this month at Atlanta, to get in some testing time at a track comparable to the one-mile Phoenix track. Villeneuve has raced an open-wheel car at the track, so it's not a completely unknown entity to him.

Villeneuve possibly could test at Nashville or New Smyrna.

"We're just looking for that one true test for him," Brown said.

Angelique S. Chengelis is a contributor to ESPN's NASCAR coverage.