With Juan Pablo Montoya already in the NASCAR fold, fellow Formula One star Jacques Villeneuve might not be far behind.
Rumors have been circulating for weeks that Villeneuve, a former F1 champion and, like Montoya, an Indianapolis 500 winner, is ready to give stock cars a try.
With Montoya making his stock car debut on Friday in an Automobile Racing Club of America race at Talladega Superspeedway, the Villeneuve story heated up with news that the Canadian driver has been in contact with Roush Racing.
Asked if the 35-year-old Villeneuve could be in a Roush entry in 2007, team owner Jack Roush said, "That's a possibility. I know we're in discussions.
"He came to see us in Detroit and he's been in Charlotte and had discussions around our program and what he can do and the rate of which he could get up to speed," Roush said. "If he's got the stomach for it, and if we can find the sponsorship for it, that's certainly a possibility."
Efforts to reach Villeneuve and his agent, Craig Pollock, for comment were not successful.
Roush president Geoff Smith cautioned that a Villeneuve deal with Roush for next year is unlikely because he wants a deal similar to Montoya's. The Colombian driver, who signed with the team owned by Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates, plans to run races this season in ARCA, Busch and Cup to prepare for a full-time Cup ride in 2007.
Mark Martin announced on Friday at Talladega Superspeedway that he will leave longtime employer Roush to race a partial Cup schedule next season with MB2 Motorsports. But Martin's seat in the No. 6 Ford is expected to be taken in 2007 by one of three rookies: Current Busch drivers Todd Kluever and Danny O'Quinn or truck racer David Ragan.
There were reports on Friday that Villeneuve has also been in contact with Robert Yates Racing about the opening in the No. 88 Ford. Dale Jarrett will leave Yates at the end of the season for a ride with Michael Waltrip's new Toyota team. But Yates officials were not available for comment.