Over his career, Max has driven for many great teams in various categories and series.
In the NASCAR ranks, Max tested with NASCAR’s C.O.T. #48 for Hendrick Motorsports, the #91 Dodge Intrepid of Evernham Motorsports and the Ford Winston Cup Car of the Haas-Carter Organization. He also raced the #1 Miccosukee Resorts & Gaming Chevrolet of Phoenix Racing, and the #36 Sport Clips Chevrolet for McGill Motorsports in the Busch Series.
Among his older teams, Max earned the nickname “Mad Max” in Daytona driving a Ferrari prototype for Team Momo, but he also drove prototypes from the Italian marquee for the Doran-Lista Team, including a few 24 Hours of Daytona and Le Mans appearances. Max also raced a Dallara Judd for Dyson Racing, a Ferrari 360 GT for Team JMB USA and a Ferrari 550 GTS for Olive Garden Team Rafanelli – the latter two in the American Le Mans Series.
In Grand-Am Daytona Prototypes, besides his title win with the CompUsa Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team, Max Papis drove for Khron Racing/TRG and Team Brumos Porsche.
Max also drove for the Corvette/GM Team, the factory effort of the manufactures in the American Le Mans Series, and in several 24 Hours of Le Mans and victories at the Sebring 24 Hours; he also drove the Panoz prototype for JML Team Panoz, the factory effort at the ALMS; and for another factory effort with Team Cadillac in the Speed World Challenge.
In open wheel cars, he drove for Red Bull Team Cheever Racing and for Sam Schmidt-Ganassi at the Indy 500. In CART, Max Papis drove for Team Rahal, Miller Lite, Arciero-Wells MCI Team, Sigma Autosport Team and PK Racing, and still drove CART one-offs for Marlboro Penske Racing and Fernandez Racing. He also drove for A1GP Team Italy on the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, and in Formula 1 for Team Arrows and Team Footwork-Hart. In Formula 3000 in Europe, he drove for Team Mythos and Team Vortex.