Jenson Button to make NASCAR debut at popular F1 venue

The Brit will make his NASCAR debut in 2023 at the Circuit of the Americas on March 26


Former Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button has announced he will compete in three NASCAR Cup Series races this year, making his debut later this month at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA).

The 43-year-old will race the #15 Rick Ware Ford Mustang with support from Stewart-Haas Racing when he lines up at the Texas circuit on March 26, where he will be joined by a familiar face in fellow F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

As well as the first road course race of the Cup Series at COTA, Button will also feature in the Chicago Street Course event on July 1, and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on August 13.

Button retired from F1 at the end of the 2016 season and has enjoyed the challenge of racing across other disciplines since.

“Obviously, racing a Cup car is very different than what I’m used to” Button said. “It’s a lot heavier with a lot less power and, basically, no downforce.

“It’s got a sequential gearbox where you need to blip the throttle, so there’s lots of stuff to learn in a very short space of time.

“But I just get excited about that new challenge, and when I throw myself into something, I am 100% in. I’m not just doing it for fun in some one-off.

“I want to be competitive, and I know that to be competitive, it’s going to take a bit of time. That’s why doing these three races works very well this season.”

Why Button retired from F1

Button stepped away from the sport at the end of 2016 after 17 seasons. He made a brief return in 2017, filling in for Fernando Alonso at the Monaco GP, but that would prove to be his 306th and final race in F1.

During that time, the Brit forged a reputation for being one of the quickest and most consistent drivers, often lauded for his ability to manage tyres and excel in the wet.

His desire to keep improving fuelled his fire, so when he lost that he knew it was time to hang up his helmet.

“The reason I was able to stay in Formula 1 for so long was because I always felt I was learning,” Button added.

“There was always something new in terms of technologies, or I could still improve my driving or engineering skills within Formula 1.

“When I got to my 17th year in F1, I felt like I lost that hunger a little bit because it wasn’t new anymore. There wasn’t something new to learn.”

Andrew Wright
Andrew Wright
Sports Journalist for
- Advertisment -


Liam Lawson prepares for free practice at the 2022 Mexican Grand Prix | Peter Fox/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull bosses agree on Liam Lawson F1 prospects in 2025

Christian Horner and RB CEO Peter Bayer refused to back Liam Lawson's prospects for a full-time Formula 1 drive...
Carlos Sainz looks on at the 2024 Monaco GP | Ferrari

After Carlos Sainz’s Mercedes denial, why does his future remain an enigma?

Ferrari swinging the axe on Carlos Sainz's career in scarlet must have stung, but the Spaniard at least had...
Charles Leclerc dives into the Monaco harbour | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Where does Charles Leclerc rank 2024 Monaco Grand Prix win?

Charles Leclerc is a race winner for the first time in almost two years as the Ferrari ace crushed...
Charles Leclerc celebrates winning the 2024 Monaco GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

What we learned from the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix

The 2024 Monaco Grand Prix may not have served up a classic, but it wasn’t short on storylines as...
Sergio Perez talks to his engineer Hugh Bird and team principal Christian Horner in the garage | Mark Thompson / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Look away Checo – Horner praises Perez’s F1 rival as star fights for Red...

Christian Horner insists Red Bull will make a decision about Sergio Perez's Red Bull future "in the fullness of...
Max Verstappen during 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Winners and Losers of 2024 Monaco GP

Charles Leclerc vanquished his Monte Carlo demons to finally take victory at his home race, while Red Bull continued...
Daniel Ricciardo of Visa Cash App RB during the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Driver Ratings – Monaco GP 2024

Charles Leclerc was in dreamland as the Ferrari driver finally celebrated an elusive victory at home race at the...
Josef Newgarden drinks his milk after winning the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: James Black

2024 Indy 500 Race Results

Josef Newgarden joined an elite group of drivers by winning the Indy 500 for the second consecutive year in...
Josef Newgarden celebrates winning the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: Amber Pietz

Newgarden takes sensational Indy 500 win after epic battle for glory

The Indianapolis 500 never fails to excite and even a four-hour rain delay couldn't dampen the drama for IndyCar's...
Tom Blomqvist crashes in Lap 1 at the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: Aaron Skillman

2024 Indy 500: Results and Highlights as Newgarden wins

Welcome to this Total Motorsport live blog for the 2024 Indy 500, is among the most prestigious motorsport events...
- Advertisment -