Max Papis Tests for Hendrick Motorsports at VIR; Prepares for Grand-Am, Le Mans and NASCAR

Player Management International Media Release

Miami, FL (May 31, 2007) – Widely known as one of the most versatile race car drivers in the business, Max Papis spent Tuesday testing for Hendrick Motorsports as they continued to develop their NASCAR Nextel Cup Car of Tomorrow road course program. 

Papis was joined by Hendrick Motorsports’ regular drivers and other NASCAR stars at VIR (Virginia International Raceway), taking advantage of the track's test days to prepare for the Sonoma and Watkins Glen races.

Papis had a very successful day of testing and enjoyed the opportunity to further prove himself in a NASCAR race car. 

“It was a fantastic feeling to be on the race track with the four Hendrick Cup drivers,” Papis said.  “I am glad that I am able to contribute and help them get the best prepared car as possible for the road course tracks. It’s an honor to be associated with such a prestigious team.”

While testing continued at VIR on Wednesday, Papis would have to excuse himself and tend to yet another racing venture as he headed to Mid-Ohio to join his Grand-Am Rolex Series team, Krohn Racing, for a two-day test.

While Papis eyes another Grand-Am championship, he is also paying close attention to the business of the NASCAR world and hopes to participate in races yet this season.

“Doug (Barnette) has been working on a deal with a successful team for the Montreal race and we are hoping to announce something very soon,” Papis said.  “We’ve also had preliminary conversations with other teams regarding other Busch and Cup races, so we are excited at the prospects.  I love racing anytime I can get into a race car and NASCAR is just another opportunity for me to showcase my driving ability.” 

As Papis deals with the excitement of a diverse portfolio of racing activities, he will quickly turn his attention to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is one of the most prestigious races in the world.  He will be departing the United States on June 1st for qualifying activities and then start his 6th Le Mans and 18th 24 hour endurance race on June 16th, with the checkered flag waving on June 17th. 
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