Jacques Villeneuve Petter Solberg

Contenders for the five guest spots at IndyCar’s season-ending Las Vegas round are slowly emerging, with AUTOSPORT revealing that Jacques Villeneuve and Petter Solberg are among the contenders for the event, which promises a $5 million purse to a non-IndyCar driver should they win the oval race.

Despite former F1 World Champion Villeneuve – who is also the winner of the 1995 Indianapolis 500 and that year’s CART IndyCar title – having previously ruled out a return to American single-seat competition, it is understood that talks are already underway between IndyCar Series bosses and the French-Canadian.

Solberg, the 2003 World Rally Champion, has also expressed an interest in the IndyCar finale, and it is believed that the Norwegian would fit the bill given there are rumours that IndyCar Series boss Randy Bernard is keen to secure a rally driver as a wildcard entrant.

“I always wanted to try something like this,” Solberg is quoted as saying. “Competing at an event like this would be good fun.

“I have tested a Le Mans car and a Formula 1 car, so I don’t think the driving challenge would be a problem for me.”

[Original images via AUTOSPORT]

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