Massimiliano Papis was born October 3, 1969 in Como, Italy, and now lives in Mooresville, NC, USA with wife Tatiana, sons Marco & Matteo and a few pets.

Max is one of the most versatile and accomplished race drivers in the world, a consummate professional who through his career  combined natural talent, lots of hard work, focus, and sheer determination to win as he climbed over each step, surpassing his limits and building an impressive résumé in the process.

In 1996, fresh out of Formula 1, young Max Papis came to America and made an immediate impact in the driving circles when, at the end of a particularly tough Daytona 24 Hours and at the wheel of a mended factory Ferrari prototype, he put on a very spirited, ‘never-say-die’ drive to chase the leaders, which earned him the nickname “Mad Max” Papis. It stuck ever since, and he is still driving just like that.

At a more personal level, a man dedicated to his family, an avid cyclist, fitness enthusiast and committed to the causes that matter and touch him closely, such as the battle against cancer. Max is also a Political Science graduate of Milan University.

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