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NASCAR

Button hails 'staggering' NASCAR Le Mans 24 Hours success

Jenson Button, Jimmie Johnson and Mike Rockenfeller guided the #24 Hendrick Motorsport Chevrolet to the finish at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

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Former F1 World Champion Jenson Button has labelled the achievements of the Hendrick Motorsports Garage 56 entry as "staggering" after completing the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The repurposed NASCAR Cup Chevrolet Camaro was entered as the wildcard for the crown jewel endurance race, which is given to a car demonstrating innovation each year.

Button was joined on the project by seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and former Le Mans winner Mike Rockenfeller and after a mammoth effort, the #24 outfit finished 39th out of the 62 that began the race.

"It was awesome," Button told Eurosport.

"The crowd are here to celebrate everyone that is taking part in Le Mans but to hear the cheers for our car going past... it has been a long journey for these guys getting the car ready, lots of long hours.

"But what an amazing group of people. To produce what they have with this car, to take a Cup car and make it into an endurance car for Le Mans is staggering - the best in the business.

"I am proud to be working with these guys. We didn't make any mistakes.

"We still want to push the car hard but it was a car that was reasonably easy to drive, it is forgiving. Drive it hard, you do go slower, but it really is a wonderful car to drive."

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