Vilnius in time earned a place in the starting net in qualifying on Wednesdayas his team in the Hezemans team is not a charter team.
Villeneuve faced an engine problem before the race on Thursday before the Duel race and was forced to withdraw from the race when the problem recurred after 34 laps.
His team then discovered a more serious engine problem by running it before the last practice on Saturday.
When asked by Fox Sports about engine problems, Villeneuve replied: “Well, we fixed the problem on Thursday, but this morning we found out that our valve had fallen, so we have to change the engine.
“So there aren’t that many laps for me and I wanted to try to get out on the pit lane today and get a little out on the pit out. But 500 miles is a long time to learn all this tomorrow. “
Jacques Villeneuve, Hezeberg team, Ford Mustang Hezeberg Engineering Systems
Photo: Nigel Kinrad / NKP / Drawings of motorsport
In recent years, Vilnius has raced in the Euro NASCAR series, won in Vallelunga, Italy, and says he feels his racing career has revived in production cars.
“When I was in Formula 1, I didn’t think I could drive anything else,” Villeneuve added. “I was so focused and well-groomed for such cars, and it wasn’t until I jumped into NASCAR that I realized that driving was a lot of fun, and since then I’ve just been jumping in a different kind of car.
“The most interesting thing I had in racing was in NASCAR, not in qualifying, because it’s hard to exceed the speed you get in Formula 1, but racing from wheel to wheel or from wing to wing, you can’t win like it’s happening in NASCAR. “
The Ford Mustang № 27 from Vilnius provided the main sponsorship for the 500, and Woodie’s Wash Shack added its blue colors to the orange car owned by the Dutch.
Woodie owner Don Phillips said: “It’s a lifelong dream. I love NASCAR and IndyCar. We are already sponsoring the St. Pete Grand Prix, so being part of this great story with Jacques at 50, who qualified for the Daytona 500, is a really special moment. ”