Villeneuve, 42, left the circuit after winning his first Indy
500 and the CART championship that year and has not started an
IndyCar race since.
"We started talking not long ago, actually a few weeks ago,"
said the Canadian of the May 25 race. "It all went fast.
"The discussions happened at the right time because I'd been
watching the IndyCars last year, and it looked extremely
exciting with the new cars, to the point where I was angry and
jealous that I wasn't racing. So that got me going again."
The Quebec native left for F1 after his triumphant 1995 season
and competed from 1996 through 2006, winning the world
championship in 1997.
Villeneuve moved to stock cars in 2007 and has run in a variety
of series including NASCAR's Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Le Mans
as well as sports cars.
Villeneuve said the new-style IndyCars and the aggressive racing
style got him itching to return.
"When I started seeing that last year, I started getting excited
again, just because the racing was amazing, the cars looked fast
and aggressive, it looked hard on the drivers, and the battles
were fierce, which is all what I love about racing," he said.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Gene Cherry)
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