McLaren F1 driver Jenson Button will make his Super GT debut in the Suzuka 1000km race.
The 2009 F1 champion has been linked to a drive in the race with Honda since last year.
Button will test the Mugen NSX-GT at the Suzuka Circuit, home of the Japanese GP on Tuesday and Wednesday next week as part of a tyre test, then make his debut in the final running of the 1000km event in August.
“After driving an NSX Concept-GT at the Honda Racing Thanks Day last December, I became interested in racing in Super GT,” said Button.
“I spoke with Honda and they have given me the chance to race at the Suzuka 1000km.
“As an F1 driver and a member of Team Mugen, I will push to win.
“I am very much looking forward to racing in front of my Japanese fans again.”
Button will be joined in the GT500 car by regular Mugen drivers Hidekah Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima.
“Jenson is an extremely talented and experienced driver, and we hope he will have a great race,” said Team Mugen director Nagataka Tezuka.
“Hideki Mutoh, Daisuke Nakajima, and Jenson Button is an exciting and formidable driver line-up and we are confident Team Mugen will be able to show its best performance at the final ever Suzuka 1000km.”
Honda could be set to struggle again in this series, as they have not won a Super GT race since September 2015.