CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Sigma Autosport withdraws from event

Sigma Autosport withdraws from the G.I. Joes's 200 PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sigma Autosport decided today that it will not participate in this season's G.I. Joe's 200 race due to the delays in finding proper funds. The decision not to race prevents...

Sigma Autosport withdraws from the G.I. Joes's 200

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sigma Autosport decided today that it will not participate in this season's G.I. Joe's 200 race due to the delays in finding proper funds.

The decision not to race prevents Sigma Autosport driver Max Papis from defending his race championship at the Portland International Raceway. It is especially disappointing for Papis, who is currently tied for sixth place in the CART FedEx Championship Series Drivers point standings.

Both Papis and the Sigma Autosport team came to Portland prepared to race the #22 Sigma Autosport Lola-Ford/Cosworth, however it was announced by team owner Tom Wieringa that the team withdraw and concentrate its efforts on the next race at the CART Grand Prix of Chicago in Cicero, Ill., in two weeks.

"I found myself in this situation of not racing, but I'm not about to cry about it. I'm currently sixth in the championship and I believe I have done my part. The Sigma Autosport crew has been pulling a lot of favors and they have completed a lot of things, especially rebuilding the car from last week (Laguna Seca). They are the reason why we have done well on the track. I'm in a difficult position, but I am a fighter and I will be back. I'm also disappointed for the fans, who came to see me race. The fans mean a great deal to me and I was hoping to put on a great performance for them. I do want to thank them for their support and for all their greetings and well wishes. They are fantastic." -- Max Papis, Sigma Autosport Driver

"Regretfully, we had no choice but to withdraw from the race in Portland. We all feel bad about this, however, we plan on being at Chicago, which is our home race. We are continuing to do everything we can to secure sponsorship not only for the next race but also for the season. The Sigma Autosport crew has done a fantastic job for us this season and Max Papis is without a doubt one of the best drivers in the business, and it kills me that we are not racing." -- Tom Wieringa, Sigma Autosport Owner

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