Jenson Button making off-road racing debut at Baja 1000
Last Updated: 22/11/19 6:12pm
Jenson Button is making his off-road racing debut at the Baja 1000 this weekend as the 2009 F1 world champion takes to the desert in a Sky-sponsored truck.
Button will compete in the event in Ensenada, Mexico, for Rocket Motorsport, the name of the karting team founded by his late father John Button, and is racing alongside team-mates Chris Buncombe, a former Le Mans LMP2 class winner, Mazen Fawaz and Terry Madden.
The Baja 1000, staged since 1967, is off-road racing's oldest and most prestigious competition and represents another challenge for Button is expanding his racing portfolio in a way few ex-F1 champions do.
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Fun morning tuning shocks with @Fox on our @rocket_msport @masonmotorsportsinc truck here in Baja. Big thanks to @mikek949 for the tune up👌🏽. it’s only 36hrs until we leave the start line for biggest and baddest off-road race. #baja1000 #alpinestars #mobil1 #esso #sky #bfgoodrich #methodracewheels #fox #kchilites #dukeanddexter #dare2b #ridefox #builtonbfg.
The event features a brutal, 800-mile-long course through the desert on the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico.
Since retiring from F1 in 2016, Button has had seasons in WEC and Super GT, which he is leaving at the end of the season, while also taking on the 24 Hours of Le Mans with SMP racing last year.
To celebrate Jenson's participation in the event, we are giving 10 Sky VIP customers the chance to win the ultimate Rocket Motorsports merchandise package, including a signed photo of Jenson himself.