Nascar star Jimmie Johnson, German Mike Rockenfeller and former Formula 1 driver Jenson Button will compete together at the 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours. You drive a Nascar Chevrolet at Garage 56.
For several years, the so-called ‘Garage 56’ has been part of the 24h Le Mans (occasionally). In this context, a car that is innovative in some way is allowed to participate in a great long-distance classic. The 2023 edition will feature the Garage 56 car again. This is a modified Nascar car that has been modified for long-distance racing and also has a hybrid system on board, for example.
Nascar shares that mission with the legendary Hendrick Motorsports team. Now it has been announced which trio will drive the unusual car at Le Mans 2023. They are Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller and, surprisingly, former Formula 1 driver Jenson Button. Johnson is a legend in Nascar racing and has won seven titles there. However, he has not yet participated in the 24h Le Mans.
Mike Rockenfeller from Germany already made his debut in the Nascar series in 2022. But he is well known from prototypes / GT racing. In 2010 he managed to get the overall victory at the 24h Le Mans. His dedication is unexpected. Rockenfeller has done a lot of test work with the Nascar car for Le Mans so far.
The third driver, on the other hand, is a huge surprise that no one has ever done justice to before: It’s Jenson Button. The Brit became Formula 1 World Champion in 2009. Button has also driven at the 24h Le Mans before. That was in 2018 in BR1 in the LMP1 class. However, the car broke down early on then, meaning that Button still didn’t make it to the Le Mans finish line. Now he returns to Le Mans with Nascar Chevrolet.