Aug. 6, 2013 – By Reid Spencer – NASCAR Wire Service – Max Papis will drive the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in relief of injured Tony Stewart in the Cheez-It 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this weekend at Watkins Glen International, SHR announced Tuesday afternoon.
Papis, 43, a road-course ace, tested the No. 14 Chevy for Stewart-Haas on July 30 at Road Atlanta.
Stewart broke his tibia and fibula during a Sprint Car race Monday night at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. After being transported to a local hospital in an ambulance, Stewart underwent surgery, the team announced in a statement Tuesday morning.
Stewart remains hospitalized under observation pending a second surgery, according to the team. There is currently no timetable for the three-time champion’s return to competition.
According to NASCAR policy, a driver must be cleared by a specialist in the specific area of an illness or injury before returning to competition. The specialist can be a doctor of the driver’s choosing.
A full-time competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011, Papis is winless in 92 combined starts in NASCAR’s top three national series. He has 35 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts to his credit, most recently in August 2010 at Michigan.
Papis’ notched his lone top 10 in the Cup series at Watkins Glen in 2009. He has three top fives to his credit in the Nationwide Series, the best a second-place run in 2010 at Montreal, where Papis lost a drag race to the checkered flag to Boris Said by .012 seconds.
The Italian-born driver has three Champ Car wins to his credit, two on road courses (Portland and Laguna Seca). Papis also started seven events in Formula One in 1995, with a best finish of seventh at Monza.
Most recently, Papis teamed with Jeff Segal in a Ferrari 458 to win the GRAND-AM GT classification in the July 26 Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course.