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Max Papis
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Born October 3, 1969 (1969-10-03) (age 40)
Hometown Como, Italy
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series statistics
Car #, team #13 - Germain Racing
2009 Sprint Cup position 43rd
Best cup position 43rd - 2009
First race 2008 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series statistics
2009 NNS position 127th
Best NNS position 74th - 2008
First race 2006 Zippo 200 (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series statistics
Truck #, team #9 - Germain Racing
2009 NCWTS position 34th
Best NCWTS position 34th - 2009
First race 2008 Chevy Silverado 350K (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of March 16, 2010.
Nationality Italy Italian
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1995
Teams Footwork
Races 7
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1995 British Grand Prix
Last race 1995 European Grand Prix

Massimiliano "Max" Papis (born October 3, 1969)[1] is a racing driver who has competed in several top-level motorsports series such as Formula One and Champ Car. He has three Champ Car victories. He is the son-in-law of Emerson Fittipaldi. His son's godfather is fellow Italian Alex Zanardi. He currently drives the #13 Geico Toyota Camry for Germain Racing part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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Formula One

Papis made his Formula One debut for Footwork at the 1995 British Grand Prix.

After a spell as the Lotus team's test driver in 1994, Papis replaced Gianni Morbidelli in the Footwork team for seven races in the middle of the 1995 Formula One season, as he brought valuable sponsorship to the cash-strapped outfit. Despite being a race-winner in Formula 3000, he often struggled with the unfamiliar car, and was occasionally outpaced by his much-maligned team-mate, Taki Inoue. He also proved to be an unlucky driver, suffering a spectacular puncture and suspension failure on his début race at Silverstone due to clipping the pit lane wall after a tire change, being left on the grid at Hockenheim due to a transmission failure, and spinning on dust and oil kicked up by David Coulthard at the Ascari Chicane on the first lap of the Italian GP, causing a pile-up and a restart. However, he only missed out on a point in the restarted race when he was overtaken by Jean-Christophe Bouillon's Sauber on the last lap. When Morbidelli returned, Papis was out of a drive and headed to America for 1996.

Champ Car

He moved to CART Champ Car racing in 1996 as a replacement for Jeff Krosnoff who was killed in the previous race in Toronto. In 1999 he joined the more competitive Rahal team, almost winning the US 500 before running out of fuel, and finishing 5th in the series. He broke his duck by winning the 2000 season-opener, but failed to finish in the championship top 10. In 2001 he won twice and finished 6th overall, but was dropped by the team, mainly due to two collisions with team-mate Kenny Bräck. He started 2002 with the Sigma team before they folded, and did a partial season with PK Racing in 2003, but has mostly concentrated on sportscars since 2001, infamously remarking that "Champ Car needs me more than I need it" as the series struggled to fill its grid for 2003 after many teams defected to the IRL. Papis also raced in the 2002 and 2006 Indianapolis 500 races for Cheever Racing.

NASCAR

He made his NASCAR debut in August 2006, competing in the Busch Series race at Watkins Glen International Raceway for McGill Motorsports.[2] He attempted to qualify for the NEXTEL Cup race but failed to make the race. He is also credited with having helped develop Toyota's Champ Car engine. In 2007 he drove the #36 car in the NASCAR Busch Series for McGill Motorsports following the release of Tim Sauter from the ride. Papis made his Sprint Cup Series debut at Infineon Raceway in 2008, piloting the #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet in place of regular driver Scott Riggs. He is also scheduled to drive the #64 car for Rusty Wallace, Inc. on three road course races in the 2008 Nationwide Series. Haas CNC Racing hired Papis to drive the #70 Chevrolet Monte Carlo at the course at Watkins Glen in the Sprint Cup Series in August 2008. He was announced as the driver of the #13 Geico Toyota in 18 races in the 2009 Sprint Cup.

"Mad Max"

Papis earned the nickname "Mad Max" at the 1996 24 Hours of Daytona during his last stint at the end of the race. Although his second-place Ferrari 333SP had been battered due to collisions, some of its bodywork held together by tape, Papis unlapped himself by passing the race leader (the Doyle Racing Riley & Scott-Oldsmobile driven by Wayne Taylor) and proceeded to set some of the fastest laps of the entire race. Taylor was nursing his car around the track due to an overheating problem and otherwise would have been able to cruise to a win, but Papis' pace and the slowing Oldsmobile suggested that Papis could theoretically take the win from him. Papis' speed was achieved at the cost of maximum fuel consumption and although he drove down the pit lane at full speed to re-fuel (pit lane speed limits were imposed the next year), Taylor was still ahead by 64 seconds at the end of the race.

Career results

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Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1995 Footwork Hart Footwork FA16 Hart V8 BRA
ARG
SMR
ESP
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
7
POR
Ret
EUR
12
PAC
JPN
AUS
NC 0

Complete CART results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
1996 Team Arciero-Wells MIA RIO SRF LBH NAZ 500 MIL DET POR CLE TOR MIC MDO
Ret
ROA
9
VAN LS
Ret
26th 4
1997 Team Arciero-Wells MIA
19
SRF
14
LBH
Ret
NAZ
Ret
RIO
13
GAT
Ret
MIL
Ret
DET
11
POR
Ret
CLE
Ret
TOR
15
MIC
8
MDO
14
ROA
15
VAN
Ret
LS
14
FON
12
24th 8
1998 Team Arciero-Wells MIA
Ret
MOT
13
LBH
Ret
NAZ
14
RIO
Ret
GAT
Ret
MIL
16
DET
18
POR
11
CLE
12
TOR
8
MIC
Ret
MDO
14
ROA
11
VAN
9
LS
12
HOU
5
SRF
Ret
FON
Ret
21st 25
1999 Team Rahal MIA
5
MOT
16
LBH
9
NAZ
13
RIO
4
GAT
5
MIL
13
POR
8
CLE
16
ROA
5
TOR
5
MIC
7
DET
Ret
MDO
5
CHI
4
VAN
Ret
LS
3
HOU
4
SRF
2
FON
2
5th 150
2000 Team Rahal MIA
1
LBH
Ret
RIO
Ret
MOT
8
NAZ
Ret
MIL
7
DET
2
POR
Ret
CLE
Ret
TOR
7
MIC
9
CHI
Ret
MDO
4
ROA
7
VAN
8
LS
16
GAT
6
HOU
Ret
SRF
Ret
FON
Ret
14th 88
2001 Team Rahal MTY
12
LBH
17
FTW
C
NAZ
Ret
MOT
6
MIL
8
DET
11
POR
1
CLE
19
TOR
8
MIC
Ret
CHI
13
MDO
Ret
ROA
16
VAN
Ret
LAU
2
ROC
11
HOU
9
LS
1
SRF
9
FON
2
6th 107
2002 Sigma Autosport MTY
9
LBH
3
MOT
Ret
MIL
3
LS
13
POR CHI TOR CLE VAN 19th 32
Fernandez Racing MDO
Ret
ROA MTL DEN ROC MIA SRF FON
Ret
MXC
2003 PK Racing STP MTY LBH BRH LAU MIL LS POR
Ret
CLE
12
TOR
Ret
VAN
9
ROA
4
MDO
9
MTL
9
DEN MIA MXC SRF FON
C
17th 25

Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2002 Dallara Infiniti 18 23 Cheever
2006 Dallara Honda 18 14 Cheever
2008 Dallara Honda DNQ Rubicon

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 Italy GBR
SPR
GBR
FEA
GER
SPR
GER
FEA
POR
SPR
POR
FEA
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
UAE
SPR
UAE
FEA
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
IDN
SPR
IDN
FEA
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
USA
SPR

19
USA
FEA

7
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
14th 46

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Terry Borcheller
Rolex Sports Car Series DP Champion
2004 with:
Scott Pruett
Succeeded by
Max Angelelli
Wayne Taylor

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