INDIANAPOLIS, IN-- August 26, 2003 - Champ Car veteran Max Papis and PK Racing have reached a mutual decision to part company for the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Papis, 33, joined PK Racing in Portland...
INDIANAPOLIS, IN-- August 26, 2003 - Champ Car veteran Max Papis and PK Racing have reached a mutual decision to part company for the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.
Papis, 33, joined PK Racing in Portland for the eighth race of the season. The native of Italy competed in seven events and placed in the points in five of his starts with the team. In the last four races, he finished in the top-10 each time, highlighted by a fourth-place showing at Elkhart Lake, WI on August 3.
Papis has started 113 CART events, earning 11 podium finishes and three victories. The resident of Miami, Florida will compete in the 2003 Petit Le Mans for JML Team Panoz and drive in the Grand Am race in Mont Tremblant for Brumos Motorsports in September.
"I know Max is involved with other motorsports endeavours at this time," remarked team Co-Owner Kevin Kalkhoven, "and on behalf of Co-Owner Craig Pollock and Team Manager Russell Cameron, I would like to wish him the utmost success as he continues in his career."
"I would like to thank PK Racing, Mr. Pollock and Mr. Kalkhoven, and the crew for the chance to race the last seven events in the CART series," Papis said. "I very much enjoyed my time with the team and I think we had some good results. We didn't start racing together until the eighth race of the season, but we made a lot of progress in a very short time. I think our results in the last four races showed we could be competitive and hopefully, the team can build on that for the future. I wish them all the best for the rest of the season."