Jacques Villeneuve's manager Craig Pollock says he is interested in buying a Nextel Cup team while admitting he has held talks with Bill Davis Racing, the team for which his driver is currently competing in NASCAR.
The former Formula One team principal and Champ Car team owner said in an interview with Le Journal de Montreal that he has held talks with a number of Nextel Cup teams, evaluating different options to become involved as a team owner.
Pollock is understood to be in serious talks with Bill Davis to buy equity in his NASCAR squad, which currently fields two cars in Cup and three in the Craftsman Truck Series. Jacques Villeneuve is expected to race for the team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup next year.
"I'm interested in having an active participation in a NASCAR team, preferably the one where Jacques drives," said Pollock. "It's the best way to make sure that my driver has access to the best equipment available."
"Every scenario has been examined, and this, with a lot of teams. We talked about partial buyouts, complete buyouts, set up of a new independent team, and multiple opportunities for a satellite team that would benefit from the expertise of an existing team.
"We talked to Roush, Evernham, Childress and, of course, Bill Davis."
It had been reported during the weekend at Martinsville and on Canadian radio that Jacques Villeneuve was the one actually buying BDR, something that Pollock categorically denies.
"Jacques has never spoken with a team with the intention to invest in it," he added.
Bill Davis would not confirm that he has already sold his team to Pollock, but has admitted openly that he is looking for the right partner to buy into his team in a time when funded investors have shown massive interest for getting involved in NASCAR.
"We're not in position to make any comment right now," Davis said about a buyout being completed already.
"But any team in this garage, particularly at this end, needs to be looking at opportunities to grow. There are a lot of people throwing money around, wanting to invest. Real big money.
"But it still needs to be someone who can add value to the team. For the last six months we've been entertaining offers and weighing our opportunities. And certainly there is the possibility that somebody will do that."
Roush Fenway Racing, Gillet Evernham, and lately Michael Waltrip Racing are all examples of the current trend in NASCAR, where owners have sold a big stake of their team to capitalize their operations, while still being actively involved in their day-to-day running.
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