Jenson Button on running NASCAR Cup races

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Jenson Button on running NASCAR Cup races

Jenson Button, a former F1 star, decided to try his hand at NASCAR. Garage 56 entry at Le Mans will be an ideal opportunity for him. Button talked about his 'favorite' things in the motorsport interview. "Ovals for me is something where I really respect what the guys do, because it's far beyond anything I've experienced," said Button "Always racing with a little bit of yaw all the way through the corner; racing that close to each other and so close to the wall is a skill I don't have — I don't think — I don't know.

I've never tried it. But road courses, I'm definitely interested." Button does not want to finish in just one race. His goals are much bigger. "I would definitely be interested in racing on street circuits, road courses, but I just don't want to jump in for one race," he continued.

"That's not exciting for me. You can come away from it going 'Oh I did a good job' (but) you're not at your maximum. I would want to do all of the road courses if I'm going to do them. We'll see. That's an option. Obviously, the car is a little bit different to what we'll be racing at Le Mans.

Less downforce, heavier, less power, and all of that. It's probably tricky, but I would jump at the chance if I had the opportunity."

Johnson and his invite

Johnson, a co-owner of the Petty GMS, is ready to extend an invitation to Button to become part of his team.

It would be a great thing for both parties. Johnson hopes for a positive outcome. "I'm sure it's on his (Button's) mind and I know it's on my mind as a car owner now. There's nothing I would like more than to run Jenson at some point.

I think this is an opportunity for all of us to show our versatility. Rocky (Rockenfeller) has done a great job of capitalizing on the opportunity with Action Express and being around the NASCAR community, and (he) got two drives last year on road courses in NASCAR.

I imagine it's in the back of Jenson's mind. Of course, a proper opportunity would really sway his mind."

Jenson Button