‘Retired’ Jenson Button tied for lead in Japan sports car series, puts LA house up for sale

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After just over a year, retired Formula One driver Jenson Button has decided to put Los Angeles in his rearview mirror.

And the former F1 champ hopes to make a nice profit in the process. (Click on the story link nelow and check out the full photo gallery of Button’s home.)

According to a Los Angeles Times story, Button has placed his Brentwood neighborhood home on sale for $6.85 million. If he gets the asking price, it will be a about a $750,000 profit over the $6.1 million he paid for the two-story Cape Cod abode last year.

Button obviously had good taste when he first bought the house. Here’s how The Times described what will soon be Button’s former home:

“(It) offers 4,800 square feet of living space filled with an elegant mixture of hardwood floors, paneled walls, crown molding and modern lighting fixtures.”

The house has five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms.

Outside, the backyard has a relaxation patio that The Times said includes “a fire pit, a wet bar and a swimming pool with a spa fill out the backyard space.”

There’s no word where Button, 38, will be moving to, whether he’ll stay in the U.S. or move back home to his native Great Britain.

One potential possibility could be relocating to Japan. Button is currently competing in the Japanese Super GT Series, which wraps up Nov. 10-11 at Motegi.

Piloting a Honda NSX-GT, Button and teammate Naoki Yamamoto are tied for first place in the GT500 series, with one podium and two other top 10 finishes despite missing one of the first seven races.

One other name of note currently racing in the series is Felix Rosenqvist, who will drive for Chip Ganassi Racing in IndyCar in 2019, teaming with defending series champ Scott Dixon.

Button spent 18 years in F1, winning 15 races and the 2009 championship.

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Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.



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