Saturday, August 18, 2012

Fuel or no fuel: Jacques Villeneuve talks about Saturday's race

   Jacques Villeneuve, driving the No. 22 Dodge for Penske Racing in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide race at Montreal, appeared to run out of fuel on the final lap while leading, but continued on to finish third.

   Villeneuve talked about the finish and his run-in with race winner Justin Allgaier.

   Can you talk about your race?
   JV: Dodge and Penske gave me an amazing car today. We had the car of the field today. We were untouchable. It makes the end result a little frustrating. We were a little bit low on fuel so I was being careful and as often happens (here) it goes a little bit crazy on the last lap.

   Did the car sputter on the last restart? Did you run out of fuel?

   JV: No, I got run in to. It (fuel) was no problem. Into Turn 6 I think it was (Justin) Allgaier (who) just hit me really hard and that was it, which is very frustrating because our car was untouchable. My Dodge was amazing.

   What ghappened when you made contact with Tagliani?

   JV: Well, we got together. He was really slow, just blocking on the inside, and the guys behind me were catching me so coming out of Turn 2 I was a little bit on the inside and we tangled a little bit. I thought it would be alright so I didn’t get off the gas, I didn’t want the cars behind me to get to me. I ended up turning him around. That’s a shame. That wasn’t my intention. At that point I couldn’t stay behind him.