CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Sigma Motorsport preview

Papis, 32, is coming fresh from his Indianapolis 500 appearance, where counting the race, practice and qualifying, he put in more than 400 laps around the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway. If one includes his laps at the oval in Motegi, Japan, Papis...

Papis, 32, is coming fresh from his Indianapolis 500 appearance, where counting the race, practice and qualifying, he put in more than 400 laps around the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway. If one includes his laps at the oval in Motegi, Japan, Papis can tack on another 94 from the race and more than 100 from practice and qualifying. Now Papis and the Sigma Autosport team return to The Milwaukee Mile, where they hope he can put on another 250 plus laps in the #22 Sigma Autosport Ford-Cosworth/Lola and secure a top three finish.

Although it has been more than a month since the CART FedEx Championship Series has competed, Papis and the team are eager to get back on track for the summer part of the Champ Car season. Papis enters Milwaukee in a tie for seventh in the CART Series Championship with 18 points, thanks to his on track performances under difficult conditions. He scored points in the first two races of the season at Monterrey, Mexico, and Long Beach, where he secured Sigma's first-ever podium result with a third place. Papis has done this with a year old Lola, and without the benefit of a back up race car.

At Motegi, Japan, Papis was running in the top five when brake problems ended his run. It was a rare DNF for Papis and Sigma as Papis had scored points in eight consecutive races and Sigma had scored in eight of the past 11 races.

The Milwaukee Mile track has been a good one for Papis in the past. In five starts at Milwaukee, Papis has had two top 10 results including a seventh place in 2000, and an eighth place finish last year. Papis should be considered a definite threat to win the Miller Lite 250 as he has run towards the front in all three CART races this season.

Practice for the Miller Lite 250 begins on Friday, May 31, with final qualifying taking place on Saturday.

Notes

Papis is the only driver from Italy racing in the FedEx CART Championship Series.

This is Papis' seventh season in the FedEx CART Championship.

Papis has won three FedEx CART Championship Series races in his career.

He has taken two pole positions in his CART career.

Papis finished sixth in the 2001 FedEx CART Championship Series point standings.

He just competed in the 86th Indy 500, completing 196 laps and finishing 23rd due to brake problems.

Papis won the Rolex 24-Hours of Daytona race in January.

This is Papis' first season with Sigma Autosport.

The Miller Lite 250 will be Papis' 103rd career CART start.

Papis was a member of the inaugural CART All-Star team in 1999.

This will be the 24th start for Sigma Autosport in the FedEx CART Championship Series.

Quotes

"I think I've done a lot of testing on an oval lately so I'm not lacking in that! Hopefully we can have a great qualifying effort and a better race. I think I'll be pretty comfortable with the race and we can get back on track to score some points for the championship."

On his Indy 500 Experience "It was a great experience and one I'll always remember." -- Max Papis, Sigma Autosport Driver

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