SURFERS PARADISE, AUSTRALIA . . . Miller Lite driver Max Papis posted a career best second place finish in the Indy 300 on Sunday. The 30-year-old native of Como, Italy posted his tenth top-five finish of the 1999 season and his fifth top-five...
SURFERS PARADISE, AUSTRALIA . . . Miller Lite driver Max Papis posted a career best second place finish in the Indy 300 on Sunday. The 30-year-old native of Como, Italy posted his tenth top-five finish of the 1999 season and his fifth top-five in the last six races.
After a disappointing qualifying effort which saw him start 11th, Papis used an aggressive fuel strategy to force his way to the front of the race. Team owner Bobby Rahal made the fuel call in his first race calling race strategy for the Miller Lite team.
"I started back further today than what I like, but our pit strategy was very very good," said Papis. "My crew, led by Bobby [Rahal] and Tim Reiter, are my eyes and I look to them. This was the first time this year that Bobby was calling my race. He had a lot of experience and it was a great call today. I was pushing hard and I was able to run 100% from the pace car to the checkered flag. That was a nice change to be able to race hard and not worry about the fuel. I had a great car today, the fastest on the track. This is my personal best in CART and I want to dedicate it to my good friend Gonzalo (Rodriguez, who was killed at Laguna Seca last month)."
Papis is enjoying his finest season as a champ car driver. Papis has posted a career high 133 points in the PPG Cup race and currently ranks fifth in the standings. He leads CART in laps (2,400) and miles completed (3896.3) and in running finishes (17). Papis also ranks second in the series in top-five finishes (10) and third in top-ten results (13).
Papis' teammate, Shell driver Bryan Herta started second and finished fourth, his third straight top-five finish. With the 12 points Herta moves into sole possession of 11th place in the series points standings with 84 points.