Papis subs for de Ferran

Max Papis will take the injured Gil de Ferran's place in the Team Penske squad for this weekend's Indy Racing League showdown at Texas Motor Speedway.

Papis subs for de Ferran

Papis will support Penske's other regular driver Helio Castroneves, who is second in the points and battling Sam Hornish Jr for the title. De Ferran lies third in the standings and until last weekend's crash at Chicago, was trying to secure a first IRL title to add to the CART crowns he won in 2000 and 2001.

"We are quite fortunate that a driver of Max's calibre was available," said Penske Racing president Tim Cindric. "Although we share Gil's disappointment in not being able to compete for the championship, ultimately Gil's health and well-being is our primary concern."

De Ferran suffered concussion and a hairline wrist fracture and was not cleared to race this weekend by IRL medical chief Dr Henry Bock.

"I sincerely hope that my team-mate can bring the championship home for Team Penske," said de Ferran, "and I'm sure Max Papis will do a good job for our team."

Papis has been a regular CART frontrunner in recent seasons, but has not had a full-time ride this year. He was part of the winning team at the Daytona 24 Hours at the beginning of the year, contested the Indy 500 with Team Cheever and subbed in CART for the injured Adrian Fernandez at Mid-Ohio.

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