Max participates in the Lance Armstrong's Ride for the Roses 'Ride for the Roses' Combines Racing Workout with Great Cause DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 31, 2005) -- When asked what preparations are made heading into a race weekend, drivers ...
Max participates in the Lance Armstrong's Ride for the Roses
'Ride for the Roses' Combines Racing Workout with Great Cause
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 31, 2005) -- When asked what preparations are made heading into a race weekend, drivers always start by describing their strenuous workout regimens. Whether it's a run or a bike ride, cardiovascular conditioning is said to be just as important as mental training when in the cockpit of a sports car for an endurance race.
For defending Daytona Prototype co-champion Max Papis, riding his bike for 100 miles in the ninth annual "Ride for the Roses" charity event was the perfect way to not only help raise money for cancer research, but to prepare for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series finale in Mexico City (November 5, Live on SPEED Channel, 4 p.m. ET).
On October 23, more than 7,000 bicycle enthusiasts gathered in Austin, Texas for a ride sponsored by the Peloton Project, the Lance Armstrong Foundation's grassroots fundraising and outreach program, in hopes to raise funds and awareness for the foundation and its world-famous LIVESTRONG campaign.
"I can't think of a better event to be a part of," said Papis, who completed his 100-mile ride in less than six hours. "There are people here from all over the world with different reasons for coming, and it's truly an inspiration for me."
The weekend included an event for kids, a forum where cancer survivors told their stories of hope and inspiration, and a post-ride party in honor of everyone's remarkable achievements. Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France winner, was on hand to greet participants of the event, which raised more than $6 million in 2004.
"Bike rides have always been a part of my training," said Papis, who co-drove with Scott Pruett to four victories and eight podium finishes in their 2004 championship season. "But getting to share this experience with cancer survivors, people riding in honor of lost loved ones and everyone else wanting to help, it made me push my limits and want to make myself better."
In eight races this season, Papis has posted five top-10 finishes, including season-best third-place runs in the Grand Prix of Miami and the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway. With an off-weekend on the Grand American schedule, Papis left Austin for Atlanta, where he'll be driving in Saturday's IROC Series race.
Among the group that joined Papis in the "Run for the Roses" was his fiancee Tatiana, who is the daughter of legendary driver Emerson Fittipaldi, and Grand American Director of Operations Tom Seabolt.
The ride took place on the countryside roads surrounding Austin, and with paths ranging from seven to 100 miles, cyclists of all ages were able to participate.
Papis will co-pilot the No. 66 Krohn Racing/TRG Pontiac Riley with German Jorg Bergmeister in La Gran Final de la Serie Rolex Sports Car, the 14th and final race on the 2005 Rolex Series slate. The race marks Grand American's first trip to the famed Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, a 2.786-mile, 17-turn circuit.