Massimiliano Papis

Like many of his contemporaries, Papis began by racing karts and after a few years in Formula 3 stepped up into Formula 3000 and was taken under the wing of former Lotus boss Peter Collins who had originally given him a test in 1994. Papis joined Footwork in 1995 and scored a career best seventh place at Monza in the Italian Grand Prix. He switched to racing in the USA thereafter, driving the Momo team's Ferrari 333SP in 1996 after which he was invited into the Arciero-Wells CART team after the death of Jeff Krosnoff. In 1999 he was invited to drive for Bobby Rahal's team and deservedly scored his first CART win at the start of the 2000 season.