Team Mugen Director Nagataka Tezuka announced today that McLaren-Honda racing driver Jenson Button will join the team for a one-off race in the Super GT Series, GT500 class. Jenson will drive a Honda NSX-GT at the 46th International Suzuka 1000km, Round 6 of the Super GT series (27th August) at Suzuka Circuit, Japan.The announcement means Team Mugen will race with three drivers behind the wheel; regular drivers Hideki Muto and Daisuke Nakajima, and Jenson.
The 2009 Formula One World Champion will take the opportunity to drive the Team Mugen NSX-GT for the first time at Suzuka Circuitduring two days of tyre testing on 6th to 7th June. The Suzuka 1000km is the longest-running car race in Japan, held annually since 1966. 2017 will be the last time Suzuka will host the race.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to race a NSX-GT at the prestigious Suzuka 1000km. Last year in December, I really enjoyed driving the NSX Concept GT at Honda Racing Thanks Day, and since then have been itching to drive it in a championship race. Thankfully when I approached Honda to race in Super GT, they thought it was a great idea. I am grateful for this opportunity and am very much looking forward to racing in front of my Japanese fans again,” said Jenson.