Team Rahal driver Max Papis seems lost in thought during Friday practice for the 2001 CART race in Portland, but it is not as it appears. Seconds earlier he had been smiling and giving a thumbs up while talking to his team in a debrief, I just caught him while he was listening. On the other hand, it does I think capture some of the uncertainty and pressure of the start of a race weekend, when in a competitive series even a small mistake can have a big impact. On this weekend Max would have nothing to worry about, he won both the pole and the race.
Just a few laps from the finish, race winner Max Papis drives his Team Rahal car on a damp track at the 2001 CART race at Portland. Max was impressive all weekend, in the dry and the wet, and deserved his win from the pole. I love the look of the cars from this era.
Max Papis puts on his helmet before climbing into his Team Rahal car at the 2001 CART race at Portland International Raceway.
Max Papis of Team Rahal talks to his crew in the pits on qualifying day for the 2001 CART race at Portland International Raceway. It was quite a weekend for Max, he won the pole, won the race, set the fastest lap, and was photographed by me.