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Renaissance man Jacques Villeneuve returns to Indy 500 with deep respect for danger of race

Jacques Villeneuve is back at the Indianapolis 500.

Nineteen years after tasting the milk in victory lane, the Canadian driver will start 17th in Sunday's race. He got the itch to return after watching last year's race, which included a record number of lead changes and was eventually won by Tony Kanaan.

After poking around, Villeneuve landed a ride with Sam Schmidt and Rick Peterson, and will be part of a team that includes Mikhail Aleshin and Simon Pagenaud.

He'll have work to do. Villeneuve turned a fast lap of 223.123 mph on Carb Day, putting him 30th among the 33 cars that hit the track Friday for final laps of practice.