Italian single seater and sports car ace (Mad) Max Papis - whose resume includes some Formula 1 experience - makes his NASCAR Nextel Cup debut next month at the Watkins Glen road course in New York state.
Papis will drive the #78 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven usually by Kenny Wallace.
Papis tested with the Furniture Row Chevy team at Virginia International Raceway, a test described by crew chief Joe Garone as "very promising."
Papis said he's "very thankful for Furniture Row giving me the opportunity to make my first Nextel Cup start. The crew has been great to work with and Joe and I have a great relationship. I'm looking forward to getting in the #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet and having a strong run."