This campaign was backed by Players cigarettes, which helped his graduation to Indycars in 1994.
A promising season was followed by a superb one in 1995 as he took victory in the Indianapolis 500 as well as the Indycar championship.
During this time he became an accomplished and popular karaoke performer.
• Villeneuve lives between Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland, and Montreal. In 2001 he opened a restaurant in Montreal called Newtown (the English translation of his name, and his nickname on the Formula 1 circuit), causing a language debate.
A friend of the pair told The Sun: 'Their relationship has been cooling for a while and I think they both realised marriage was maybe not for the best. Their romance has been very full on since they started dating nearly two years ago.
The honeymoon period is very much over now and they have decided to call it a day.'Australian Dannii and French-Canadian Jacques started their relationship in June 1999.
Brought up in Monaco rather than his native Canada, Villeneuve has been guided from the beginning by Craig Pollock, his former sports master at school.
After an initial foray in saloon cars, Villeneuve learned his craft in F3 in Italy and Japan before moving Stateside and the American Formula Atlantic championship.Kylie Minogue's sister Dannii has split up with her racing driver fiance Jacques Villeneuve, it has been reported.After a two-year romance, the couple have decided not to go ahead with marriage plans and instead go their separate ways, saying they have 'grown apart'.Like Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve is another second-generation Grand Prix driver who escaped the long shadow of a famous father, Gilles, to become World Champion through his own efforts and on his own terms.He claims he was always going to follow in his father's footsteps, though Jacques was just 11 years old when Gilles was killed in 1982.Only four years after his famous father Gilles Villeneuve is killed, Jacques Villeneuve is begging his mother to let him race. In 1995, at the age of 24, he wins the Indy 500 -- the youngest driver ever to win an Indy car championship. In his second season in Formula 1 racing, Jacques Villeneuve becomes Canada's first world champion, in 1997. He'll always be the first Canadian to win a Grand Prix, "to make it to the top, and he'll always stay there."In this 1992 CBC Television clip, his mother, Joann, says she supports him in spite of the danger.