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Max Papis to replace Stewart at Watkins Glen

Aug 6, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT

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Max Papis has been named the first injury replacement for Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen. The Italian tested for the team at Road Atlanta on July 30, and last raced in NASCAR at the Nationwide Series race at Elkhart Lake’s Road America,

The team announced Stewart, who already had surgery for his leg injuries sustained in a sprint car accident, would need a second surgery.

“The surgery served as a preliminary procedure to stabilize and clean the Grade 2 injury. A second surgery will be necessary. In the meantime, Stewart will remain hospitalized for observation,” a team statement read.

Papis has 35 career Sprint Cup starts with a career-best finish of eighth place at Watkins Glen in 2009.

This weekend at Road America, Papis was slated to compete in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series with R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport in the GT class, in the No. 61 Ferrari F458 GA he co-drove to victory at Indianapolis last race with Jeff Segal. His status for that is yet to be announced.

  1. Jeff - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    That’s an interesting choice.

    • bmcgrath2 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      Love this pick. Max can wheel anything and I can see him putting up a Top-15, maybe Top-10 if he doesn’t use up his equipment.

      Hopefully ha can get Tony a good finish and at least pickup decent owners point for the 14.

  2. kitnamania13 - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    I’m glad Max has this opportunity to perform at a track where he’s done very well in the past. I can’t help but wonder, though, why Stewart wouldn’t try to start the race. He would start from the back, pit after one lap, and Max would take over from there, probably still on the lead lap. Then a fan can throw a shoe on the track, get a debris caution, and Max can catch up to the field. It’s been done before, especially at the road courses.

    • bmcgrath2 - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Um, how about because he has a broken tibia and fibula? And he requires a second surgery that hasn’t even been performed yet. There’s no way NASCAR would clear him to enter a race, let alone a road course, within a couple of days of having surgery. Not only would they not want to risk injury or a wreck to the other 42 drivers in case something goes haywire, but I am sure they would not want Stewart causing further injury to himself.

      • kitnamania13 - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        It’s preposterous that NASCAR drivers can get full points in the first place for running one lap and handing the car over to someone else. But since that is the rule, I would think any driver would try to exploit it, even if his accelerator leg is being held together by steel. Hopefully, if he tries to race at Michigan, NASCAR will have the power to keep him out.

  3. prov1x - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Not to mention its his right leg. Will probably be in a full leg cast initially.

  4. ironman721 - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Max today… Regan Smith for the rest of the season?!?

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