If Villenueve, a former Formula One World Champion, qualifies for the race, he will join Juan Pablo Montoya as the only drivers to compete in all three of the track’s premiere motorsports events: the Indy 500, the U.S. Grand Prix, and the Brickyard 400.
I am very excited to join with Braun Racing and Dollar General at Indianapolis. We had a very exciting and solid race last month [in the Nationwide Series race] at [Road America]. I had hoped it would result in additional opportunities to drive for the organization. I have a lot of good memories at the Brickyard. Winning the Indy 500 was a very big highlight in my career. This will be my first venture in a stock car there, but I am confident that we will do well.
Braun’s No. 32 has made four starts this season with Reed Sorenson behind the wheel. Sorenson replaced Casey Mears in Red Bull Racing’s No. 83 earlier this season. In his four starts, Sorenson finished 32nd, 41st, 43rd, and 24th. He had mechanical issues or accidents in three out of four of those starts.