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Alex Tagliani

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Alex Tagliani
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Tagliani in 2015
Nationality 23x15px Canadian
Born (1973-10-18) October 18, 1973 (age 42)
Lachenaie, Quebec, Canada
Awards 2009 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
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Statistics current as of May 24, 2015.

Alexandre "Alex" Tagliani (G pronounced in last name; born October 18, 1973), nicknamed "Tags", is a Canadian auto racing driver from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He currently competes in the United SportsCar Championship, driving the #09 Oreca FLM09 entry for Rocketsports Racing.

Champ Car career

Tagliani raced in the Champ Car series from 2000, when it was still known as CART, until its demise in 2007. He was signed by Forsythe Racing for the 2000 season replacing Greg Moore.

He came close to obtaining his first victory in his third start, after taking pole position at Brazil and leading most of the race, but spun out from the lead with nine laps to go.

In 2001 he was involved in the collision with Alex Zanardi at the Lausitzring that resulted in the loss of Zanardi's legs.

He remained at Forsythe until the end of 2002, when he was substituted by Paul Tracy. He found a job with the Rocketsports team in 2003, and remained there for the 2004 season, in which he earned his first and only Champ Car victory at Road America.

In 2005 he joined Team Australia, which was a rebranding of Derrick Walker's long-running team with the support of Australian businessman Craig Gore, and finished 7th in the championship despite lacking a race engineer. 7th would equal the best of his 3 top-10 championship finishes.

He returned to Rocketsports for the 2007 season, and finished 10th in points with a best finish of 4th in the first race of the season. He earned four pole positions during his Champ Car career.

Post–Champ Car: NASCAR and IndyCar

In 2008, after the Rocketsports team decided not to take part in the IndyCar Series, Tagliani made the transition to stock cars and began racing in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. He also drove for Conquest Racing in the IndyCar Series Detroit Grand Prix, replacing the injured Enrique Bernoldi. Tagliani continued in the seat for the last two races of the season.

Conquest Racing announced that Tagliani would return as a full–time driver for the 2009.[1] However, the team ultimately concentrated on road and street course races after the Indianapolis 500; ninth place in Toronto proved his best result. Tagliani left Conquest Racing after the 2009 Rexall Edmonton Indy race in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

It was announced on August 28, 2009, that Tagliani had signed a four–year deal with an option for a fifth year to drive for start–up FAZZT Race Team in the IZOD IndyCar Series beginning in 2010.[2][3]

After a successful 2010 campaign with Tagliani, FAZZT Race Team was looking forward to an even more successful 2011 season, along with the possible expansion on the grid with a second entry. However, the team was purchased by Sam Schmidt on March 1, 2011,[4] and was absorbed into his Sam Schmidt Motorsports team. Tagliani was retained, along with all sponsors, and he will continue to race full–time during the 2011 season. He will also be racing alongside new Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM) teammates Townsend Bell, Wade Cunningham, and Jay Howard. In 2011, during the 100th anniversary of the first running of the Indianapolis 500, Tagliani qualified for the pole position at a four–lap average of 227.472 mph, besting Scott Dixon in the last run of the day.

Tagliani also ran selected races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, running four races between 2009 and 2012. In 2014, he announced that he would drive in two races in the series for Team Penske.[5]

At Road America for the Gardner Denver 200, Tagliani won the pole position driving Penske's #22. Tagliani nearly won his first NNS victory leading the second half. However, it was questionable with 10 laps to go if Tagliani had enough fuel. A caution came out before the final lap and just as the yellow period began Tagliani ran out of gas in the extended race and stalled at the start/finish line. Tagliani switched to dry (slick) tires with most of the field on wet tires (on a drying track); he restarted in 23rd place and recovered for second place.

Later in 2014 Tagliani was announced as the driver for Brad Keselowski Racing's No. 19 in the Camping World Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.[6]

Sportscars

Tagliani made his debut in sportscars driving a Ferrari Grand-Am GT in the Rolex Sports Car Series in 2013. Later, Rocketsports Racing announced that it had signed Tagliani for the full 2014 United SportsCar Championship season to drive an Oreca FLM09.[7]

Motorsports career results

Career summary

Season Series Team Name No. Races Poles Wins Pts Final Placing
1996 Atlantic Championship 12 0 0 70 7th
1997 Atlantic Championship Forsythe Championship Racing 11 2 2 123 3rd
1998 Atlantic Championship Forsythe Championship Racing 13 3 2 130 5th
1999 Atlantic Championship Forsythe Championship Racing 12 3 2 118 4th
2000 CART Series Forsythe Championship Racing 33 20 1 0 53 16th
2001 CART Series Forsythe Championship Racing 33 20 2 0 80 11th
2002 CART Series Forsythe Championship Racing 33 19 0 0 111 8th
2003 CART Series Rocketsports Racing 33 18 2 0 97 10th
2004 Champ Car Rocketsports Racing 8 14 0 1 218 7th
2005 Champ Car Team Australia 15 13 0 0 207 7th
V8 Supercars WPS Racing 8 2 0 0 144 53rd
2006 Champ Car Team Australia 15 14 0 0 205 8th
Grand-Am Cup 3 0 0 45 59th
2007 Champ Car RSPORTS 8 12 0 0 70 7th
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Jacombs Racing 2 0 0 182 35th
2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Jacombs Racing 9 0 1 1091 19th
IndyCar Series Walker Racing 36 4 0 0 56 32nd
Conquest Racing 15
2009 IndyCar Series Conquest Racing 34 6 0 0 114 22nd
NASCAR Nationwide Series MacDonald Motorsports 81 2 0 0 134 115th
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Stockton Racing 3/81 2 2 0 184 40th
2010 IndyCar Series FAZZT Race Team 77 17 0 0 302 13th
V8 Supercar Championship Series Kelly Racing 11 2 0 0 72 NC
2011 IndyCar Series Bryan Herta Autosport 98 16 2 0 296 15th
Sam Schmidt Motorsports 77
NASCAR Nationwide Series Penske Racing 12 1 0 0 43 64th
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Jacombs Racing 12 2 1 0 307 37th
International V8 Supercar Championship Kelly Racing 16 2 0 0 120 68th

American open–wheel racing results

(key)

CART/Champ Car

  • ^ New points system implemented in 2004

IndyCar Series

1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.
3 The Las Vegas Indy 300 was abandoned after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
6 6 72 3 0 0 26 0 0
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes.
*** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

Indianapolis 500

File:Alex Tagliani Pit Challenge - Carb Day 2015 - Stierch.jpg
Alex Tagliani participating in the Pit Stop Challenge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2015
Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2009 Dallara Honda 33 11 Conquest Racing
2010 Dallara Honda 5 10 FAZZT Race Team
2011 Dallara Honda 1 28 Sam Schmidt Motorsports
2012 Dallara Honda 11 12 Team Barracuda – BHA
2013 Dallara Honda 11 24 Barracuda Racing
2014 Dallara Honda 24 13 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
2015 Dallara Honda 21 17 A. J. Foyt Enterprises

NASCAR

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide Series

Camping World Truck Series

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Touring/sports car racing

(Races in bold indicate pole position)

V8 Supercar results

+ International driver, not eligible for points in 2010 format. Points listed is team points for driver Jason Bargwanna in the two races where Tagliani was co-driver for the #11 Kelly Racing Holden.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Conquest Racing 2009" (PDF). ConquestRacing.com. 2008-09-04. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Alex Tagliani's new IndyCar team revealed". racer.com (Haymarket Publications). 2009-08-28. Archived from the original on 30 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  3. ^ "Tagliani to set up new IndyCar team". racer.com (Haymarket Publications). 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Sam Schmidt purchases FAZZT Race Team". Racer.com. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  5. ^ Estrada, Chris (May 6, 2014). "NNS: Alex Tagliani in for Team Penske at Road America, Mid-Ohio". MotorSports Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  6. ^ "Alex Tagliani to make NASCAR Truck debut at CTMP". Motorsport.com. August 12, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  7. ^ Dagys, John. "Tagliani Joins RSR, Team Reveals Rolex 24 Lineup". Sportscar365.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

2009
Succeeded by
Simona de Silvestro

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