Corvette Racing Driver Profile: Max Papis

Max Papis Birthdate: Oct. 3, 1969
Birthplace: Como, Italy
Residence: Mooresville, N.C.
Family: Wife Tatiana, son Marco
Notable: Daytona 24-hour winner, two Sebring 12-hour victories, three CART wins, 2004 Grand-Am Daytona Prototype champion
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American Le Mans Series Career Record
Year Starts Wins Fast
2002 1 0 0 Drove Team Rafanelli Ferrari 550
2003 3 0 0 Drove Panoz LMP01
2004 2 1 0 Corvette C5-R (O'Connell, Fellows)
2005 2 0 0 Corvette C6.R (O'Connell, Fellows)
2006 2 0 0 Corvette C6.R (O'Connell, Fellows)
2007 2 2 0 Corvette C6.R (Gavin, Beretta)
Total 12 3 0  

24 Hours of Le Mans Record
Year Finish Class Car Co-drivers
1997 3rd LMP Ferrari 333 SP Moretti, Theys
2003 3rd LMP900 Panoz Beretta, Jeannette
2004 2nd GTS Corvette C5-R O'Connell, Fellows
2005 2nd GT1 Corvette C6.R O'Connell, Fellows
2006 7th GT1 Corvette C6.R O'Connell, Fellows
2007 14th GT1 Corvette C6.R Gavin, Beretta

Career Highlights
  • 1982-88: Italian national karting team
  • 1988: Formula Monza series
  • 1989-1992: Italian Formula 3, 3 wins, 1992 Italian Formula 3 champion
  • 1993-1994: International Formula 3000, 1 win
  • 1993: Second in German Formula 3 championship
  • 1994: Formula 1 test driver (Lotus and Honda)
  • 1995: Formula 1 driver (Arrows)
  • 1996: IMSA World Sports Car, 3 wins (Ferrari)
  • 1997-2002: CART, 3 wins
  • 2002: Indy 500 debut
  • 2000: Winner 24 Hours of Daytona, sports car division
  • 2002: Overall winner 24 Hours of Daytona (Dallara-Judd)
  • 2004: American Le Mans Series, won GT1 class in Sebring 12-hour and runner-up in 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit Le Mans (O'Connell and Fellows co-drivers, Corvette C5.R). Won Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype championship, scoring four victories and three runner-up finishes.
  • 2005: American Le Mans Series, second in GT1 in Sebring 12-hour and 24 Hours of Le Mans (O'Connell and Fellows co-drivers, Corvette C6.R). Also won two races and one pole driving Cadillac CTS-V in SCCA World Challenge GT and represented road racing in International Race of Champions all-star races.
  • 2006: Drove No. 3 Corvette C6.R with Fellows and O'Connell in Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans endurance races. Drove Daytona Prototype in Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, finished sixth in International Race of Champions standings
  • 2007: Won Sebring 12-hour and 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans with Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta. Drove Daytona Prototype in Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, competed in selected NASCAR road races; test driver for No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Impala SS in NASCAR Cup Series

Max Papis brings intensity and European style to the American Le Mans Series. A native of Como, Italy, Papis is the third driver for Corvette Racing's No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R, competing in three long-distance events (Sebring 12-hour, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Petit Le Mans) with teammates Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta.

This versatile driver has found success in both sports car and single-seater competition. Papis started his racing career in karts in the early '80s and joined the Italian national karting team at age 12. In 1989, Papis moved to auto racing when he competed in Italian Formula 3, producing podium finishes and victories in the prestigious open-wheel series. In 1993 and 1994, Papis raced in International Formula 3000 and began testing Formula 1 cars for Lotus and Honda. Arrows Formula 1 tapped the Italian for seven grands prix in 1995, with Papis recording a best finish of seventh at his home track of Monza.

The following year Papis made his debut in sports cars and selected CART events; he finished as a runner-up in the IMSA World Sports Car championship, scoring three victories. More success followed in CART while he developed his skills in sports cars in events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which he won overall in 2002.

In 2004, Papis joined the factory Corvette Racing program as a third driver for endurance events. Teamed with Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R, Papis won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and was runner-up in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit Le Mans in 2004. In 2005, Papis, Fellows and O'Connell were runners-up in the Sebring 12-hour and Le Mans 24-hour endurance races.

Papis also drove for Team Cadillac in the 2005 SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT series, scoring victories in Atlanta and Laguna Seca in a Cadillac CTS-V. Papis represented road racing in the International Race of Champions all-star series, finishing 10th in the 2005 standings and sixth in 2006.

In addition to driving for Corvette Racing in endurance events, Papis competes in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. In 2008, he is driving the Autohaus Pontiac GXP.R in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, and will drive Rusty Wallace Racing's Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in all three 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series road course events. When he's not racing, the personable Papis operates a sports marketing company, manages a kart racing team, and keeps active with an intense physical fitness program.