CHAMPCAR/CART: Motegi: Sigma Autosport race report

Papis Running Fifth When Brake Problems End Race at Twin Ring Motegi. MOTEGI, Japan - Brake problems halted a certain top five race for Max Papis at the Bridgestone Potenza 500 today. And it was a typical hard charge from Papis, as he was ...

Papis Running Fifth When Brake Problems End Race at Twin Ring Motegi.

MOTEGI, Japan - Brake problems halted a certain top five race for Max Papis at the Bridgestone Potenza 500 today.

And it was a typical hard charge from Papis, as he was running fifth when he pitted for good with the problem. Papis was methodical in his race after starting 17th, picking off several drivers in his #22 Rockwell FirstPoint Contact Lola-Ford/Cosworth.

Papis completed 94 laps and was classified 18th. Before his departure, Papis was also assessed a drive through penalty by CART after a pit-lane violation. The non-finish also broke Papis' streak of eight straight points paying finishes dating back to last season.

Although he didn't finish the race nor score a point, Papis will still leave Japan in the top ten in point standings. Papis came to Motegi fifth in the points with 18, and leaves in a tie for seventh place (with Patrick Carpentier) since many of the top points contenders like Michael Andretti and Jimmy Vasser were waylaid by a variety of ailments.

It was also announced that Papis will race at the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Quotes

"We were definitely having a great race, and felt we had a top finish for sure. We came here with only one car and maybe it had too many miles on it, but it was running well. We had a problem with the brakes and that's what put me out of the race. I feel so bad for the guys because they were fantastic and we were up there for so long. I was very proud of what I was doing out there." - Max Papis, Sigma Autosport Driver

"We had a good car and we were looking really good today. Max was faster than a lot of the guys on the track and we'll just have to get them at the next race in Milwaukee." - Phil Howard, Sigma Autosport Team Manager

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Patrick Carpentier