NASCAR Cup Series
Max In for Smoke
Max Papis has been tapped by the Stewart-Haas Racing team to fill the vacant seat of Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet this weekend at Watkins Glen.
Papis, an eight year NASCAR veteran, has made 35 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, with a career-best finish of eighth in 2009 at Watkins Glen.
Known as “Mad Max,” Papis recently tested the No. 14 Chevrolet on July 30 at Road Atlanta.
Why did the Stewart-Haas team choose Papis? His resume speaks for itself.
Papis has made 35 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, with a career-best finish of eighth in 2009 at Watkins Glen. He has competed in Formula One, Indy car, sports cars and other NASCAR divisions, including the Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series and Canadian Tire Series. He is a three-time CART race winner and a seven-time winner in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, which includes a Daytona Prototype victory at Watkins Glen in the 2004 Sahlen’s Sports Car Grand Prix. Papis won the 2004 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series championship with co-driver Scott Pruett and is a two-time winner of the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona (2000 and 2002). Papis, 43, is from Como, Italy, and is a political science graduate of Milan University. He resides in Mooresville, N.C., with his wife, Tatiana, and sons, Marco and Matteo.