The man who started it all.
The man whose name will live on forever.
The first American car to race at the Daytona 500.
The only one to make a car that sold out.
The guy who won’t be forgotten in any way.
Jenson Button is the one guy you have to know.
A driver who has dominated the sport in an instant.
His first car, a 1967 Toyota, was a masterpiece.
The car that set the standard for the modern sports car.
His championship victory at the 1999 Daytona 500 was one of the most emotional moments in sports car racing.
A year later, the car would be on display in the Hall of Fame.
A man who was so quick to call it quits the sport.
In 2004, he sold the team to the Japanese automaker Toyota.
A decade later, he won the Formula One title with Ferrari.
He had one of his biggest moments, the 2003 Australian Grand Prix, where he was one-possession behind Lewis Hamilton.
The next year, he took pole position in the Monaco Grand Prix.
In 2009, he led the United States to the 2014 World Championship and, in 2015, was the first American driver to win a Grand Prix title.
It all started with a good drive.
Button was a rookie driver in the early 1960s.
He was a star at the age of 13 when he won his first race.
He raced for the American National Team at the 1962 Barcelona Olympics.
He won the World Championship that year, the first time he won a title in the series.
That year, a new racing series, NASCAR, was launched.
The concept was simple.
Drivers would race in a car they built and that would be the car that would race the track.
It was a big deal.
The sport was about to explode, and Button was the guy who would bring it to life.
Buttons success at the track did not end there.
He would race on the streets of America and the rest of the world, from Las Vegas to Detroit, the same car that was used in the 1961 Daytona 500 and 1967 Indy 500.
Button won races in the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Malaysia, Spain and Brazil.
He made the cut in the Tour de France, finishing fifth overall.
The following year, at the 1968 Indianapolis 500, he drove a Lotus Esprit that he had won the previous year.
He had an immediate impact.
Button would go on to become the most dominant driver in NASCAR history, and was the sport’s all-time leading driver.
He became the first driver in history to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
He finished third in the Daytona 100 and became the most successful driver of all time.
His legacy is something to be cherished.
He will always be the one who was most successful at the races, because at that point, you just had to have him.
Button will be remembered as the best driver to ever compete in the sport, but there are others to follow.
A car that could race for you in the middle of the night.
The American car that won its first race at Daytona.
The one that set off the American car revolution.
A car that, for so long, made the drivers dreams come true.
A perfect blend of racing and technology.
The 1995 Ferrari F430 GT, the fastest and most powerful car to ever make the track, was just a few years old.
The 1994 Mazda MX-5 was just four years old, the only car that ever took the track at Daytona International Speedway.
The one that, as Button’s team chief, Jeff Gordon, later admitted, was not a car to win races, but to win championships.
It was a car built for performance, but not just a car for performance.
It is a car you can drive in the dark.
And it was built to last.
The 1995 Mazda MX5.
The most powerful and fastest production car to have raced at the tracks.
It would go one more time to win at the Indianapolis 500.
It has been a journey for Button.
He has been the driving force behind a motoring culture that has taken over the world.
The creation of the sport has been in the making for so many years.
He helped to create the first Grand Prix car in the history of the series, a car made by the Japanese company Toyota, which was based at a former factory in Japan.
Button won the championship and the American title in 2005.
He took home the driver’s title in 2006.
Buttons first win came in 2008 at Indianapolis.
It came at the height of the financial crisis.
He ended up finishing second.
He went on to win five races and make history as the first ever driver to drive a race-winning car in a modern era.
He won his fifth championship in 2012 at Texas.
He beat the best in the field to win in the opening race of the season