Veteran road-racer and stock car pilot Max Papis will fill the Rubicon Racing seat for the 92nd Indianapolis 500 on May 25th. Papis' GEICO Dallara/Honda will be prepared by Indy Pro Series king-makers Sam Schmidt Motorsports. The team is...
Veteran road-racer and stock car pilot Max Papis will fill the Rubicon Racing seat for the 92nd Indianapolis 500 on May 25th.
Papis' GEICO Dallara/Honda will be prepared by Indy Pro Series king-makers Sam Schmidt Motorsports. The team is co-owned by actor Jason Priestley and Jim Freudenberg.
"We are thrilled to have Max and GEICO on board with Rubicon for the month of May," said Priestley. "Max is very smart as a driver and in his past outings at Indianapolis, he has gotten up to speed quickly, qualified well and been extremely competitive in the race."
The race offers Papis an opportunity to spend extra time with his father-in-law Emerson Fittipaldi, who will be driving a specially prepared Corvette Z06 pacecar bearing his signature on its flanks.
"This year will be particularly special to have my wife, Tatiana, and son, Marco, at the track as they will be reunited with family since Emerson will be driving the pace car," said Papis. "It will be magical and make the 500 even more special."
It will be Papis' third start in the Indy 500 if he qualifies satisfactorily for the 33-car field.
Hailing from Como, Italy, the 2004 Grand Am Rolex Series co-champion has made over one hundred starts in open-wheel (including nine in Formula 1) over his career.
He's a fixture at NASCAR's Hendrick Motorsports where he shares testing duties and runs the Nationwide Series. His recent podium finish in Montreal in 2007 was won in a Hendricks Motorsports car.
Papis competes in the American Le Mans Series, running with Corvette Racing at selected events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans where he has finished on the podium.
"I'm extremely committed to deliver a great result for the Rubicon Race Team and our sponsors," said Papis. " I will be out on the track making every lap count and especially the last one."