Laguna Seca: Papis to represent Team Italy

MAX PAPIS REPRESENTS ITALY AT THE A1GP LAGUNA SECA RACE Laguna Seca, CA (March 10, 2006) -- 10th Round of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations Team Italia has appointed drivers Max Papis, Max Busnelli and Enrico Toccacelo to represent Italy this...

MAX PAPIS REPRESENTS ITALY AT THE A1GP LAGUNA SECA RACE

Laguna Seca, CA (March 10, 2006) -- 10th Round of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations

Team Italia has appointed drivers Max Papis, Max Busnelli and Enrico Toccacelo to represent Italy this weekend at Laguna Seca. Papis will become the fourth driver to race for Team Italia at the A1 GP Championship.

Max Papis, who has already won at Laguna Seca in the past and knows the racetrack well, will be the primary driver during Friday's practices.

"It's a great honor to represent Italy especially at Laguna Seca where I have already raced eight times and have great memories of my victory and podiums in CART", says Papis. "The track is very physical demanding and extremely technical since it alternates of quick turns and high speed to returning from second gear like the well-known "corkscrew". Laguna Seca has seen great maneuvers from Italian drivers like the well-known and splendid overtake of Zanardi on Herta at the corkscrew, and my victory after having started from the last row of the grid. It will be fun to run with Graham Rahal after I have raced and won for his father, Bobby", added Max. "I will do my best and look forward to a great result for my country, the team and Piercarlo Ghinzani who is doing a great deal for Italian Motorsports."

Max Papis has won twice at Laguna Seca: in 2005 driving for Team Cadillac in the Speed World Challenge Championship, and in 2001 driving for Team Rahal in the CART FedEx Championship Series.

This will be Max Busnelli's first visit at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. "The track reminds me of Mugello, which is also very technical. I will be ready to drive if I will be chosen to race", says Busnelli.

-www.maxpapis.com

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Series A1GP
Drivers Max Papis , Graham Rahal