Lack of funds may sideline Villeneuve

Lack of funds may sideline Villeneuve

There are 39 comments on the TSN.ca story from Feb 15, 2008, titled Lack of funds may sideline Villeneuve. In it, TSN.ca reports that:

“It has been frustrating and disappointing.”

Jacques Villeneuve will be hard pressed to compete in next week's Sprint Cup race in California following his failure to qualify for this weekend's Daytona 500. via TSN.ca

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aldi

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#1 Feb 17, 2008
Where is Bombardier Recreational Products? This Montreal-based company sponsored JV's father Gilles for the 10-race 1976 Formula Alantic season and he one all but one of them before leaping to F1 and Ferrari. The only race he didn't win was the one he didn't enter when there were "sponsorship issues." Back then all Bombardier made were snowmobiles, which doesn't translate to the NASCAR audience, but surely the marketing folks at BRP can see the up-side of a generational connection. Much more practically, today BPR sells Ski-Doos, Sea-Doos, Can-Am ATVs and Evinrude marine engines, all of which are marketed heavily here in the southern US, and a full sponsorship of JV in NASCAR would seem to be an ideal marketing tool for their dealers.

Since: Aug 07

Fort Thomas, KY

#2 Feb 17, 2008
aldi wrote:
Where is Bombardier Recreational Products? This Montreal-based company sponsored JV's father Gilles for the 10-race 1976 Formula Alantic season and he one all but one of them before leaping to F1 and Ferrari. The only race he didn't win was the one he didn't enter when there were "sponsorship issues." Back then all Bombardier made were snowmobiles, which doesn't translate to the NASCAR audience, but surely the marketing folks at BRP can see the up-side of a generational connection. Much more practically, today BPR sells Ski-Doos, Sea-Doos, Can-Am ATVs and Evinrude marine engines, all of which are marketed heavily here in the southern US, and a full sponsorship of JV in NASCAR would seem to be an ideal marketing tool for their dealers.
He fired his Manager last week! I think he's a great driver look at him last year! He won the Indy 500 and even had to do an extra lap! He's the man I really like JV, he's a good guy :)

Since: Aug 07

Fort Thomas, KY

#3 Feb 17, 2008
Despite a mid–race two lap penalty, Villeneuve won the race by two seconds from Brazilian Christian Fittipaldi.

Oops 2 laps over! He still won!

“Is that Banjo Music I hear ...”

Since: Jul 07

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#4 Feb 18, 2008
Ah my prayers are being answered after all....

Since: Aug 07

Fort Thomas, KY

#5 Feb 18, 2008
redneck Bob from Atlanta wrote:
Ah my prayers are being answered after all....
I wondered when you'd see this, I find it sad :( I hope he gets sponsorship he did well last year he qualified on the pole and all. It's this damn managers fault. If I had the funds I would sponsor ol Jacques! I don't know why you hate him, could I get a refresher?

“Is that Banjo Music I hear ...”

Since: Jul 07

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#6 Feb 19, 2008
He's French canadian, he's french Canadian, he's French Canadian.. Just kidding, he was a one hit wonder in F1 and then spent the rest of his time and beyond F1 critisizing every single driver out there. And I don't hate the guy, I just don't have any time for him.
Whoyakidding

Raleigh, NC

#7 Feb 19, 2008
Villeneuve's chances now are slim to none that he will be able to bring enough sponsorship to the table to run any serious races at all. Sponsors that are willing to sponsor just one race will need to throw in 300k plus to get them to the track. For what, to run 40th. I don't see it happening. Running Daytona and finishing in the top 25 would have made a little difference. It would have helped. Now it's a lost cause.

Since: Aug 07

Fort Thomas, KY

#8 Feb 19, 2008
I'm dissapointed he did so well last year gave that damn pole up and it was looking good for him! I hate to think it's over that quick! I can't figure out why no Canadian sponsors weren't on board right away! What happened to Unicef? I hope he comes back. He seems like a good guy :(

Since: Aug 07

Fort Thomas, KY

#9 Feb 19, 2008
redneck Bob from Atlanta wrote:
He's French canadian, he's french Canadian, he's French Canadian.. Just kidding, he was a one hit wonder in F1 and then spent the rest of his time and beyond F1 critisizing every single driver out there. And I don't hate the guy, I just don't have any time for him.
That's too bad, he will always have a spot on my list of drivers because of his performance at Indy that did it for me! Is he a one hit wonder because he won 7 races in 1997 and the championship? It was a conspiracy! Team orders, lol, I hear that alot in F-1! He's still a former F-1 Champion! Ok I'll stop. Hope to see you more this season :)
Sessions

Coquitlam, Canada

#10 Feb 20, 2008
I'm surprised Canadian companies won't come to the party as sponsors. JPM has slowly been working his way forward. His exposure for Texaco and Dodge
has presence in the field even if is mid pack.
JV has all the talent of JPM, and some. It's time in getting a handle on drafting and other Nascar techniques. I hope we get to see more of him in the near future. Being dead in the water with his talent and age is very sad indeed.
He is a very exciting driver to watch when he has competitive equipment.

Since: Aug 07

Fort Thomas, KY

#11 Feb 20, 2008
Sessions wrote:
I'm surprised Canadian companies won't come to the party as sponsors. JPM has slowly been working his way forward. His exposure for Texaco and Dodge
has presence in the field even if is mid pack.
JV has all the talent of JPM, and some. It's time in getting a handle on drafting and other Nascar techniques. I hope we get to see more of him in the near future. Being dead in the water with his talent and age is very sad indeed.
He is a very exciting driver to watch when he has competitive equipment.
One thing Juan had is Felix Sabates, that's it, this man is loaded to the gills. JV says he remains devoted to Nascar if he gets the sponsor he'll be back and I can't wait :)

Since: Feb 08

Dresden

#12 Feb 20, 2008
Well I hope he makes it back too- he's an interesting guy and I like him not just because of his talent- but he was one of the few in F1 who said what he thought (didn't make him loved but respected at least). Want to see him give JPM a run for his money!

Since: Aug 07

Fort Thomas, KY

#13 Feb 20, 2008
siberianlady wrote:
Well I hope he makes it back too- he's an interesting guy and I like him not just because of his talent- but he was one of the few in F1 who said what he thought (didn't make him loved but respected at least). Want to see him give JPM a run for his money!
You know what's funny Dario and Jpm were both in contention for the Championship in Cart in I think 2000. So they weren't really friends btw JPM won, but now they're best friends, lol, they play video games together I think that JV will be the same story off the track they'll be fast friends and I'm hoping that will translate on the track they both need someone to work with.
canshal

Halifax, Canada

#14 Feb 20, 2008
JV has already proven he is able to drive in NASCAR. Look at his first result (and classy performance) in his first race last season. If he puts his full mental concentration into winning the series, the good ol' boys will be whining about the Flying Frenchman (even though he is Canadian)

Since: Aug 07

Fort Thomas, KY

#15 Feb 20, 2008
canshal wrote:
JV has already proven he is able to drive in NASCAR. Look at his first result (and classy performance) in his first race last season. If he puts his full mental concentration into winning the series, the good ol' boys will be whining about the Flying Frenchman (even though he is Canadian)
I know, we had some bashers on here but I told them he's an F-1 champion it seems they don't want the open wheelers in Nascar and are hoping for their demise. To me that sucks! I will continue to tell everyone who will listen why I think he's worth it :) I'm used to it.

Since: Aug 07

Fort Thomas, KY

#16 Feb 20, 2008
canshal wrote:
JV has already proven he is able to drive in NASCAR. Look at his first result (and classy performance) in his first race last season. If he puts his full mental concentration into winning the series, the good ol' boys will be whining about the Flying Frenchman (even though he is Canadian)
Giving up that pole he got was very classy, it's a shame some people don't use that when deciding if he's a good person to have in the league or not.
VTX

Leduc, Canada

#17 Feb 20, 2008
JV is sometimes his own worst enemy. You can have all the talent in the world but if you are not marketable that can quickly be the end of a career in big time racing.

JV is not the clean cut All-American hero - If he would conform a little, get a shave and at least for photos, and interviews wear a racing suite that fits, he may draw some huge sponsors (for them it is all about image). Look at "JR.", he is an OK driver but has not really won anything but has the largest contract in NASCAR.

Since: Aug 07

Fort Thomas, KY

#18 Feb 20, 2008
VTX wrote:
JV is sometimes his own worst enemy. You can have all the talent in the world but if you are not marketable that can quickly be the end of a career in big time racing.
JV is not the clean cut All-American hero - If he would conform a little, get a shave and at least for photos, and interviews wear a racing suite that fits, he may draw some huge sponsors (for them it is all about image). Look at "JR.", he is an OK driver but has not really won anything but has the largest contract in NASCAR.
I absolutely hated when JV and Paul Tracy did the blond hair thing! It's funny both of them have hardly any now! I think they look better though. I watched the news conference and Jacques is going to continue to try so that's great. He called the conference and 50 media members showed up he must mean something in Canada :)

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#19 Feb 20, 2008
Villenueve has been replaced in the car by Mike Skinner for the California race by Bill Davis because Villenueve didn't get any sponsorship for the car yet. So who is paying the bills for Mike Skinner to drive it? If a former F1 champion can't find any sponsorship, washed up Mike Skinner sure can't. I smell fish.

Since: Aug 07

Fort Thomas, KY

#20 Feb 20, 2008
Whoyakidding wrote:
Villenueve has been replaced in the car by Mike Skinner for the California race by Bill Davis because Villenueve didn't get any sponsorship for the car yet. So who is paying the bills for Mike Skinner to drive it? If a former F1 champion can't find any sponsorship, washed up Mike Skinner sure can't. I smell fish.
You know I don't know what the heck that is about unless Mike can bring some of his sponsors with him for a few races. I also can't believe that someone would put up money for someone who is like what you said washed up. Maybe it's because he's a "safe" choice? It stinks!

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