JML Team Panoz snaps up Papis

Former CART star Max Papis will contest the three major events of the 2003 sportscar year with American Le Mans Series outfit JML Team Panoz

JML Team Panoz snaps up Papis

The Italian will drive the lead Panoz LMP-01 with Olivier Beretta and Gunnar Jeannette at the three major endurance events, the Sebring 12 Hours, the six-hour ALMS race at Mexico City and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

"We stand a great chance to really give some people out there some real headaches," said Papis. "Having driven the Panoz recently, I feel the potential of the car is great and I am really looking forward to working with Olivier Beretta who I know from my days in Formula 3000 in Europe. Gunnar Jeannette is a young and very determined guy and I think the three of us together will make a great team.

"Overall we have a great chance but we know we will have to be very focused because the opposition is very tough. For me, the Le Mans 24 Hour is one of the biggest races I have ever done and I am really looking forward to going back. Finishing sixth in 1997 was a huge thrill," he added.

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