Born: Oct. 3, 1969
Hometown: Como, Italy
Residence: Mooresville, NC
Children: Marco and Matteo
Hobbies: Cycling, skiing, kite surfing, gardening
Papis was born in Como, Italy, and now resides in Mooresville, North Carolina. He has made over 100 open wheel race starts, including two prior Indianapolis 500 starts, while also serving as a test driver for NASCAR's Hendricks Motorsports. Papis has also participated in NASCAR's number two Series, where he recorded a third place finish on August 4, 2007 in Montreal.
Aside from recording three wins in the former CART Series, Papis has been one of the top competitors in American sports-car racing. He posted an overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000 and 2002, as well as a Grand-American Rolex Sports Car Series championship in 2004. As a member of GM's Corvette Racing team, Papis has recorded two wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans, as well as two runner-up finishes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Papis is the son-in-law of legendary racecar driver Emerson Fittipaldi.