Mad Max Targets The Glen
August 8, 2006
Denver, CO- Furniture Row® Racing welcomes road racer "Mad Max" Papis this weekend at Watkins Glen. Papis‚ is the hired gun that will be piloting the #78 CUP car.
Although the Glen marks Papis' first CUP race of his career, the team is very optimistic. Testing has gone exceptionally well, and the program is excited to take to the track. The team was the fastest car testing in the field at Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway, so the program is optimistic about the potential outcome of the race.
Papis states, "I'm looking forward to being out there on the race track.
I have a lot to learn in a short amount of time, but I am looking forward to the challenge,"
"I'm looking forward to getting in the Furniture Row Nextel Cup car on Friday and getting practice time. The key is to get comfortable with the car and testing last week helped a lot, so we should hit the ground running when we get to the Glen."
"I'm excited to be the first Italian in the modern era to debut in NASCAR and represent my country, Italy. I want to thank Furniture Row for the Nextel Cup ride opportunity."
Last weekend at the Brickyard, the #78 car secured a strong finish. Furniture Row® Racing crew chief, Joe Garone was concerned about qualifying due to the qualifying order and the heat. Garone states, "Being one of the last teams in the qualifying order, I became concerned about climate changes. The temperature increased about 30 degrees from earlier in the day. A temperature increase that dramatic directly affects the handling of the car."
However, the team pulled though and qualified at 28th with driver Kenny Wallace. During the race, the #78 car was not able to gain track position. Fortunately, the car stayed out of trouble and the team was able to secure a 32nd place finish.
Furniture Row® Companies is one of the largest family-owned specialty home furnishings and bedding retailers. The company is comprised of five specialty store brands including: Sofa Mart®, Oak Express®, Bedroom Expressions®, Denver Mattress Company®, and Furniture Row Outlet®. Furniture Row® operates more than 300 stores, in 30 states nationwide.