MAX PAPIS AND THE MCI/TOYOTA TEAM FINISH IN POINTS VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada (September 6, 1998) - MCI Racing Team/Arciero-Wells driver Max Papis finished ninth today in race 15 of the 1998 FedEx Championship Series at Concord...
MAX PAPIS AND THE MCI/TOYOTA TEAM FINISH IN POINTS
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada (September 6, 1998) - MCI Racing Team/Arciero-Wells driver Max Papis finished ninth today in race 15 of the 1998 FedEx Championship Series at Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Robby Gordon, racing the MCI/Panasonic Duskin-sponsored entry, finished 23rd.
Papis immediately began making his way through the field from his 23rd starting position, and was in the top-15 by lap 16. He cracked the top-ten on the race's 74th lap and went on to finish ninth. It was his second top-ten finish this season (finished eighth in Toronto), and the fourth of his career. Papis' efforts gave the MCI Racing Team/Arciero-Wells its eighth points finish of the season.
"I am really, really glad for the MCI/Toyota Team today," said Papis. "It is another time we have finished in the points and it shows we are making progress. It was a tough race. This is a tough course. Unfortunately we had a puncture on the first set of tires and that set us back a lot and we couldn't attack in the beginning. We made a lot of changes to the car during the race and the last stint really counted. I was able to stay with the guys in front of me. The Arciero-Wells team did a great job in the pits today. Richard Buck had a great strategy and Iain Watt gave me a fast car. This is a good combination and I feel we have success again."
Gordon's race ended on the 47th lap when he retired because of electrical problems. Gordon had finished in the points the previous two races.
"We had a pretty good race," said Gordon. "One thing is that we're really learning as we help to develop the Toyota motor. This was something that wasn't even a motor problem, our TPS sensor just failed. It's unfortunate because I was hoping to score some points today for MCI and the team."
Papis and Gordon qualified 23rd and 24th, respectively, around the new 1.8-mile temporary street course through downtown Vancouver.
Today's race will air at 5:00 p.m. today EST on ESPN. It will reair on Tuesday, September 8, 1998 at 1:00 p.m. EST on ESPN and on Thursday, September 10, 1998 at 4:00 a.m. EST on ESPN2. Check local listings. Times are subject to change.
The next race for the MCI Racing Team/Arciero-Wells is at the 2.238-mile permanent road course at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif. The race will air live on ESPN at 3:00 p.m. ET. Please check local listings.
"Laguna is a track that is well suited for us," added Papis. "Another top-ten finish would be fantastic. Laguna will be a shot for me to have the highest finish for MCI and Toyota."