Yeah, but Villeneuve attracts more attention.
Also, it’s unlikely that Karl Reindler and Greg Murphy will continue with the team next year. Kelly Racing is getting full factory backing from Nissan, so they’ll be pulling out all of the stops to get an all-star driver line-up. It wouldn’t surprise me if they want Villeneuve to run full-time in 2013. He says he’d consider it if the right offer was made, an the lure of full manufacturer backing might be too much to resist. I think he has it in him to be reasonably competitive, but his inexperience is hurting him for now.
If KR really want a good line-up for next year (based on drivers who contracts are up for renewal), then they should be aiming for Shane van Gisbergen, Michael Caruso, Fabian Coulthard and Scott MacLaughlin. But the Kellys are already taking two of the seats, and since they envision themselves as leading the Nissan charge, it’s unlikely that they will take anyone who can consistently challenge them on-track, so they might as well take Premat and keep Reindler for all the good it will do.