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Max Papis Joins Driver Lineup for RCR’s No. 33 Nationwide Series Effort

February 12th, 2013 at 9:47 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Tuesday Richard Childress Racing announced that Max Papis will drive three NASCAR Nationwide Series races in the No. 33 Chevrolet in 2013.

'6.25.11 NASCAR Nationwide 33 Max Papis 2011 Road America Bucyrus 200' photo (c) 2011, Royal Broil - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

His three races will be at Iowa Speedway on June 8, Road America on June 22, and Mid-Ohio on August 17 and he will have a host of sponsors help out with the effort.

"Having the trust and support of a man like Richard Childress and partners like Menards, Rheem, WESCO, Armour, Hunt Brothers Pizza and Fast Fixin' shows me how far I have come in NASCAR," said Papis. "With RCR and ECR Engines, I will have the best opportunity in my career to accomplish my goal of winning a NASCAR race. It fills my heart with joy to know that I did enough to earn an oval race opportunity and I will make everyone proud of their decision."

RCR's No. 33 will have a total of six drivers throughout the 2013 season including Papis now. The other five drivers that will help fill out the schedule in the No. 33 are Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Tony Stewart, Ty Dillon and Dakoda Armstrong.

"Max brings a great deal of talent and energy to the race track and everywhere else he goes," said Richard Childress. "He's worked with some of our younger drivers to make them better road course racers, specifically, and also their overall approach to racing. We know Max will do a great job for RCR and the No. 33 team on whatever track he's racing."

In addition to the No. 33 car, RCR will field the two full time efforts driven by Austin Dillon and Brian Scott as they try for the drivers championship.

Papis, who is a 43-year old native of Italy, has 11 career Nationwide Series starts dating back to 2006. He did make one start for RCR in the No. 33 last season at Road America and finished fourth. That race was one of his three top 10's in the 11 races. He also has made 35 Sprint Cup Series starts between 2008 and 2010 and also has 44 career Camping World Truck Series races which he competed in between 2008 and 2011. 

Tags: Austin Dillon, Brian Scott, Kevin Harvick, Max Papis, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Nationwide Series, Nationwide Series, Paul Menard, RCR, Richard Childress, Richard Childress Racing, Tony Stewart, Ty Dillon

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