(TORONTO, ON // January 19, 2011) The Canadian Motorsports Expo is proud to announce that international racing star 'Mad' Max Papis will be at Canada's Ultimate Racing Show on Saturday, Jan. 22. In addition to participating in an on-stage Fan Q&A and Autograph Session -- at 6 p.m. on the Keystone Light Stage -- Papis will spend some time on Saturday in the Race Time Radio booth.
In 2011, Papis will be racing full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The week after the CME, he'll be competing in a Daytona Prototype car in the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.
The versatile Italian-born racer, who now resides in North Carolina, thrilled Canadian fans last summer at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve when he narrowly lost the NASCAR Nationwide Series race to his good friend, Boris Said, after a back-and-forth battle. Earlier in the season, he raced in his first Daytona 500, just weeks after being part of the overall runner-up team in the Rolex 24. His impressive racing resume also includes stints in Formula 1, NASCAR, Grand-Am, CART / IndyCar, IMSA, IROC and other series.
"I'm looking forward to coming to Toronto to participate in the Canadian Motorsports Expo on Saturday," said the charismatic Papis. "We'll be there promoting our MOMO Stockcar Steering Wheels, as well as speaking with the fans on Saturday afternoon and signing autographs. Look for us at the Race Time Radio booth (#1259). I'm racing at the Rolex 24 the following weekend and looking forward to a full season in the NASCAR Truck Series, so there will be lots to talk about."
Discussing Papis' appearance at the CME, show founder Glenn Butt said, "Max Papis is a classic racer, who excels in every racing machine he climbs into. His magnetic smile and accessible personality have made him a favourite with true racing fans. He's won or competed in the biggest series and events in the world -- including Le Mans, the Rolex 24, the Indy 500, the Daytona 500, the Sebring 12 Hour, F1, IndyCar, NASCAR and more. We're extremely happy that he's coming to the CME."