MONTEREY, Cal.--Last year, Max Papis had one of the most memorable weekends of his life at Laguna Seca. This season, he had one he would like to forget. The defending champion quick all weekend, crashed in the morning warm-up. Papis went head-on...
MONTEREY, Cal.--Last year, Max Papis had one of the most memorable weekends of his life at Laguna Seca. This season, he had one he would like to forget.
The defending champion quick all weekend, crashed in the morning warm-up. Papis went head-on into the tire barrier in Turn 9. Papis escaped injury, however the #22 Ford-Cosworth/Lola, Papis' only car was damaged. Suspension failure was figured to be the cause of the incident. After the car was returned to the Sigma compound, the Sigma Autosport crew then worked feverishly on the Lola, doing a job that normally takes several hours, in only two.
Unfortunately for Papis and the team, brake problems kept him from keeping pace with the leaders and he finished the race in 13th place, just missing out on points. Papis came into the race tied for third with 32 points. Despite not scoring, he still leaves in the top ten, now in a three-way tie for sixth.
Next week, the FedEx Championship Series travels north to Portland, Ore., where Papis is the defending champion of the G.I. Joe's 200, at Portland International Raceway.
“Today was just a difficult day. We had a mechanical problem in the morning that put us in the wall. The guys did a fantastic job of getting the car back together in time for the race. During the race we had some brake issues and we were really slow on the first set of tires. I guess we were not quick enough to deserve a point and that's discouraging because we all worked so hard, but we'll bounce back next week at Portland.”
On his accident in the morning warm-up “We had a right front suspension failure and we went straight into the tire wall. It was a very unfortunate situation because I was taking care of the car and at that time I was one of the fastest cars on the track. It definitely hurt us a lot. ” – Max Papis, Sigma Autosport Driver