Jenson Button will return to racing… in the least expected way. The 2009 F1 world champion was announced as part of a “dream team” – in the team’s own words – to take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours in June 2023.
But, he will do so not with an LMP1 or LMP2 but with a NASCAR car.
It was during the 24 Hours of Daytona that the NASCAR G56 announced that the British driver will race at the legendary race alongside Jimmie Johnson, who will be making his debut at the French event, and Mike Rockenfeller, a double winner at the Bugatti circuit.
They will drive a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and will have their first test at Daytona shortly.
Button already raced at Le Mans, in an LMP1, in 2018, after he’d completed his last race in F1 in 2017 with McLaren.
Subsequently, from 2019 onwards, he competed in SuperGT, DTM (German Touring Car Championship) and Extreme E – the electric class. Now, after a year on the sidelines and advising Williams F1, he is back behind the wheel.
Jenson Button’s quotes on his return
The Englishman is excited about the prospect of driving competitively once more.
“I think people should see NASCAR for what it really is, which is what they’re going to experience,” he declared.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the other competitors and what the fans think of the car and what we’re trying to achieve.
“I tested on the track at Sebring and I felt like a kid again.
“That’s what I want from motorsport. It put a big smile on my face, that love for racing came back.”
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