Did Jenson Button ever truly retire? He’s dipped his toes in the odd racing venture since his retirement from F1 in 2017. The man just loves racing, and any opportunity to support JB on track is absolutely fine with us 🙌
And now, he’s racing at the 24 Hour of Le Mans for a second time. Was this in the retirement plan, Jenson?
The 2009 F1 champion is taking on the challenge with Garage 56, and even aside from the line-up being absolutely insane, it’s a unique entry.
The car is going to be a modified Next-Gen NASCAR. Everything from suspension, chassis, engine and bodywork has been released from the Cup series’ control and perfected to rule Le Mans.
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) January 29, 2023
The entire project was first announced in March last year, with the entry being a collaboration between NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet and Goodyear. There has been a huge hype around who will drive the special-invitation entrant, and rightly so!
Jenson will share the Chevrolet ZL1 with seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and 24 Hour of Le Mans winner Mike Rockenfeller. Wow.
Name a more iconic trio… we'll wait 🙌 pic.twitter.com/6HBUNvpfL3
— NASCARG56 (@nascarg56) January 29, 2023
Jenson said of the announcement: “As a lifelong racing fan, I have always dreamed of racing certain cars, with and against certain drivers and competing in certain events.
“In June, a number of those dreams will come true in one event when I get to bring NASCAR to the world stage alongside my pals Jimmie and ‘Rocky’ for the 100th anniversary of the most prestigious race in the world.”
We can’t wait to support you, Jenson!