JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (August 15, 2003) -- Veteran Champ Car and sports car racer Max Papis is the latest addition to the Brumos Racing team for the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant, a Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series event September 19-21 in...
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (August 15, 2003) -- Veteran Champ Car and sports car racer Max Papis is the latest addition to the Brumos Racing team for the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant, a Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series event September 19-21 in Quebec, Canada.
Papis, a three-time winner in CART Champ Car competition and the overall winner of the 2002 Rolex 24 At Daytona, will join two-time 2003 Rolex Series winners Hurley Haywood and J.C. France in the No. 59 Porsche FABCAR in the premier Daytona Prototypes class for the six-hour race.
"After winning The Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2002 and finishing fifth for JML Team Panoz at the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours, I am looking forward to this new challenge," said Papis. "I am especially looking forward to sharing the car with one of the greatest legends of sports car racing, Hurley Haywood.
"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to race at Mont-Tremblant. I'm told it is a great circuit, and an old-time friend, Lawrence Stroll, who sponsored Team Lotus in Formula One while I was the test driver for my good friends Alex Zanardi and Johnny Herbert, owns it. With the upcoming CART race in Montreal, I will be visiting the Montreal area twice in a short period to time.
"I have to thank Brumos for this opportunity, and my CART team, PKR, for allowing me to take part in this event," Papis added.
Papis becomes the second renowned driver to join the two-car Brumos effort for Mont-Tremblant. Recently, Porsche factory driver and Le Mans 24 Hour class winner Sascha Maassen was announced to join David Donohue and Mike Borkowski in the No. 58 Red Bull Porsche in the premier Daytona Prototypes class for the six-hour event on the scenic 2.65-mile circuit.
"Having two drivers of the quality of Max and Sascha to help on the Brumos team for the Six Hours indicates the strength of the series," said Brumos Racing President Bob Snodgrass. "Max and I have been friends since the first time he came to Daytona for the Rolex 24 in 1996. He was very respectful of Hurley and his position in international competition. Max is an excellent driver, and I've always wanted to have him on our team. Now, this is like a dream come true to finally put Max together to co-drive with Hurley."
Papis burst upon the American motorsports scene with a scintillating second place in the 1996 Rolex 24 At Daytona, when a stellar come-from-behind charge earned Papis the nickname "Mad Max." He won the World Sports Car class in America's greatest endurance race in 2000, driving for Dyson Racing, and captured the event overall in 2002, co-driving a Judd Dallara for Doran-Lista Racing.
A native of Italy, Papis, 33, now resides in Miami. He won CART Champ Car races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Portland and Laguna Seca while driving for Team Rahal. Papis raced in Formula 1 and Formula 3000 prior to competing in America. He currently drives for PK Racing in Bridgestone presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.
The 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant will be held on the classic Canadian road course September 19-21. Tickets are currently on sale for the second-annual Rolex Series race and can be purchased by calling 800-517-5725 or logging onto www.lecircuit.com.
Additional information on the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.