Jenson’s button will be part of the crew that will drive a NASCAR car during the centennial of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. This special essay, was announced last Marchwill go through Garage 56, the area reserved by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) for “the technology of tomorrow and the future” innovative vehicles.
The full lineup that will have the opportunity to drive this Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Next Gen, in a project in which NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet, IMSA and Goodyear are collaborating, will be prestigious as it will also include the seven-time Champion. NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson and 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Mick Rockenfeller.
“It’s true that here is special”Button said when the news broke. “I have always considered myself a racing driver and have been looking for new challenges since my F1 career. I am very happy to go to Le Mans and work with an ‘all-star’ team.”
“[L’accord est né] thanks to Jimmie a long time ago. I asked him what he plans to do in 2023 because he cannot sit still. He said he hopes to bring NASCAR Le Mans, then ‘Rocky’. [Mike Rockenfeller] he invited me to a test at Sebring, and it all went from there. I watched and listened to all the news, and [vu] all the steps they passed. I can’t wait to be there.”
For Button, whose list of trophies is mostly linked to Formula 1 and in particular his World Champion title won by Brawn GP in 2009, this will be his second commitment during the old Le Mans since participating in LMP1 in the 2018 edition in . on behalf of SMP Racing, together Vitaly Petrov and Mikhail Aleshin.
The first representative of Garage 56 was the Nissan DeltaWing in 2012, which eventually gave birth to the Nissan ZEOD RC that completed the Circuit de la Sarthe on electric power alone. Recently, SRT 41 has been activated Frederic Saussetamputee, to compete in the 2016 race.
Jenson Button has already competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018.