Alex Tagliani

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Alex Tagliani
Alex Tagliani at Mont-Tremblant 2010 crop.jpg
Tagliani in July 2010
Nationality Canada Canadian
Born (1973-10-18) October 18, 1973 (age 40)
Lachenaie, Quebec, Canada
Awards 2009 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
IndyCar Series career
69 race(s) run over 6 year(s)
Team(s) No. 10 (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
2011 position 15th
Best finish 13th (2010)
First race 2008 Grand Prix of Long Beach (Long Beach)
Last race 2013 MAVTv 500 (Auto Club Speedway)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 3
Champ Car career
131 race(s) run over 8 year(s)
Best finish 7th (2004, 2005)
First race 2000 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami (Homestead)
Last race 2007 Gran Premio Tecate (Mexico City)
First win 2004 Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America (Road America)
Wins Podiums Poles
1 14 5
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
4 race(s) run over 3 year(s)
2011 position 64th
Best finish 64th (2011)
First race 2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)
Last race 2012 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 1
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series career
16 race(s) run over 5 year(s)
Car no., team No. 28 (DJK Racing)
Best finish 19th (2008)
First race 2007 NAPA Autopro 100 (Montreal)
Last race 2013 JuliaWine.com 100 (Trois-Rivieres)
First win 2008 Edmonton 100 (Edmonton Airport)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 6 4
Statistics current as of August 11, 2013.

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[edit]

Tagliani is well–known for his Champ Car career. He raced in the series since 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 only 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 had the misfortune of being 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 essentially 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[edit]

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.

Sportscars[edit]

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.[5]

Gallery[edit]

Motorsports career results[edit]

Career Summary[edit]

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/Conquest Racing 36/15 4 0 0 56 32nd
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 Sam Schmidt Motorsports 77 16 2 0 296 15th
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[edit]

(key)

CART/Champ Car[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
2000 Player's Reynard 2Ki Ford XF MIA
9
LBH
4
RIO
Ret
MOT
15
NAZ
Ret
MIL
Ret
DET
6
POR
Ret
CLE
Ret
TOR
5
MIS
Ret
CHI
9
MDO
9
ROA
Ret
VAN
Ret
LS
Ret
GAT
14
HOU
Ret
SRF
Ret
FON
6
16th 53
2001 Player's Reynard 01i Ford XF MTY
Ret
LBH
18
TXS
NH
NAZ
Ret
MOT
Ret
MIL
12
DET
Ret
POR
12
CLE
9
TOR
2
MIS
6
CHI
6
MDO
7
ROA
8
VAN
Ret
LAU
Ret
ROC
14
HOU
Ret
LS
15
SRF
3
FON
3
11th 80
2002 Player's Reynard 02i Ford XF MTY
5
LBH
16
MOT
2
MIL
19
LS
10
POR
12
CHI
7
TOR
7
CLE
5
VAN
7
MDO
7
ROA
2
MTL
11
DEN
12
ROC
18
MIA
4
SRF
6
FON
8
MXC
10
8th 111
2003 Rocketsports Racing Lola B02/00 Ford XFE STP
19
MTY
3
LBH
10
BRH
8
LAU
18
MIL
5
LS
14
POR
3
CLE
8
TOR
17
VAN
14
ROA
3
MDO
6
MTL
4
DEN
9
MIA
13
MXC
16
SRF
7
FON
NH
10th 97
2004 Rocketsports Racing Lola B02/00 Ford XFE LBH
8
MTY
5
MIL
13
POR
7
CLE
3
TOR
7
VAN
7
ROA
1
DEN
10
MTL
7
LS
6
LVG
16
SRF
19
MXC
11
7th 218^
2005 Team Australia Lola B02/00 Ford XFE LBH
15
MTY
3
MIL
10
POR
18
CLE
4
TOR
3
EDM
7
SJO
9
DEN
14
MTL
5
LVG
7
SRF
4
MXC
8
7th 207
2006 Team Australia Lola B02/00 Ford XFE LBH
3
HOU
11
MTY
5
MIL
Wth
POR
11
CLE
4
TOR
6
EDM
12
SJO
14
DEN
16
MTL
7
ROA
11
SRF
3
MXC
5
8th 205
2007 RSPORTS Panoz DP01 Cosworth XFE LVG
4
LBH
5
HOU
9
POR
5
CLE
6
MTT
8
TOR
8
EDM
Ret
SJO
Ret
ROA
5
10th 205
Rocketsports Racing ZOL
9
ASN
15
SRF
7
MXC
13
  • ^ New points system implemented in 2004

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2008 Walker Racing Panoz DP01 Cosworth XFE HMS
STP
MOT1
DNP
LBH1
7
KAN
INDY MIL
TXS
IOW
RIR
WGL
NSH
MDO
EDM
KTY
SNM
      32nd 56
Conquest Racing Dallara Honda                                 DET
22
CHI
12
SRF2
4
2009 Conquest Racing Dallara Honda STP
10
LBH
10
KAN
INDY
11
MIL
TXS
14
IOW
RIR
WGL
TOR
9
EDM
13
KTY
MDO
SNM
CHI
MOT
HMS
22nd 114
2010 FAZZT Race Team Dallara Honda SAO
19
STP
6
ALA
10
LBH
21
KAN
8
INDY
10
TXS
18
IOW
12
WGL
17
TOR
17
EDM
23
MDO
4*
SNM
14
CHI
25
KTY
15
MOT
13
HMS
14
13th 302
2011 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Honda STP
6
ALA
15
LBH
5
SAO
19
INDY
28
TXS1
4
TXS2
14
MIL
18
IOW
16
TOR
23
EDM
17
MDO
6
NHM
19
SNM
20
BAL
7
MOT
4
KTY 15th 296
Bryan Herta Autosport LVS
C3
2012 Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara DW12 Lotus STP
15
ALA
26
LBH
21
SAO 17th 272
Honda INDY
12
DET
10
TXS
9
MIL
7
IOW
16
TOR
10
EDM
5
MDO
10
SNM
9
BAL
8
FON
20
2013 Barracuda Racing Dallara DW12 Honda STP
10
ALA
11
LBH
19
SAO
12
INDY
24
DET1
23
DET2
21
TXS
22
MIL
23
IOW
24
POC
17
TOR1
17
TOR2
10
MDO
SNM
BAL
HOU1
HOU2
24th 180
Chip Ganassi Racing FON
14
* Season still in progress


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
5 6 70 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[edit]

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

NASCAR[edit]

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

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNWC Points
2009 MacDonald Motorsports 81 Dodge DAY CAL LVS BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR LOW DOV NSH KEN MIL NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV
26
ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL LOW MEM TEX PHO
38
HOM 116th 134
2011 Penske Racing 12 Dodge DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH EKL DAY KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV
2
BRI ATL RCH CHI DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 64th 43
2012 Turner Motorsports 30 Chevrolet DAY PHX LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR IOW CLT DOV MCH EKL KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN CGV
22
BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 66th* 23*

Touring/Sports Car Racing[edit]

(Races in bold indicate pole position)

V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Final Pos Points
2005 WPS
Team Australia
ADL PUK BAR ECR SHA HDV QUE ORP SAN
22
BAT
13
SUR SYP PHI 54th 144
2010 Rock Racing YMC
R1

YMC
R2

BHR
R3

BHR
R4

ADE
R5

ADE
R6

HAM
R7

HAM
R8

QLD
R9

QLD
R10

WIN
R11

WIN
R12

HDV
R13

HDV
R14

TOW
R15

TOW
R16

PHI
R17

BAT
R18

SUR
R19

11
SUR
R20

20
SYM
R21

SYM
R22

SAN
R23

SAN
R24

SYD
R25

SYD
R26

NC 72 +
2011 Stratco Racing YMC
R1

YMC
R2

ADE
R3

ADE
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

WIN
R10
WIN
R11
HDV
R12

HDV
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

QLD
R18

PHI
R19

BAT
R20

SUR
R21

19
SUR
R22

11
SYM
R23

SYM
R24

SAN
R25

SAN
R26

SYD
R27

SYD
R28

68th 120

+ 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[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ 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