Veteran road racer Max Papis is scheduled to compete in three NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2013 under the Richard Childress Racing banner, including two road course races and one oval event, driving the No. 33 Menards/Rheem/WESCO/Armour Vienna Sausage/Hunt Brothers Pizza/Fast Fixin' Chevrolet Camaro.
The Como, Italy native is scheduled to drive the No. 33 Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway (June 8), Road America (June 22), and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Aug. 17). Papis began his racing career in go-karts as a child. Since then, his skill behind the steering wheel has taken him throughout the world to compete in, among others, NASCAR, Formula 1, Indy Car, and sports car racing, including the 24 Hours of Daytona and 24 Hours of LeMans endurance races and V8 Supercar.
"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 will field two fulltime Nationwide Series teams in 2013 as well as an all-star lineup with the No. 33 Menards/Rheem/WESCO/Armour Vienna Sausage/Hunt Brothers Pizza/Fast Fixin' team. Brian Scott will drive the No. 2 Shore Lodge/Armour Vienna Sausage/Fast Fixin'/Husky Liners Chevrolet and Austin Dillon, the 2012 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, will drive the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro. The rest of the No. 33 driver lineup will consist of Dakoda Armstrong, Ty Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, and Tony Stewart.
"Max brings a great deal of talent and energy to the race track and everywhere else he goes," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "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."