Alex Tagliani

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Alex Tagliani
Alex Tagliani - 2015 500 Festival Parade - Stierch.jpg
Tagliani in 2015
Nationality Canada Canadian
Born (1973-10-18) October 18, 1973 (age 43)
Lachenaie, Quebec, Canada
Awards 2009 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
IndyCar Series career
73 races run over 9 years
Team(s) No. 35 (A. J. Foyt Enterprises)
2015 position 37th
Best finish 13th (2010)
First race 2008 Grand Prix of Long Beach (Long Beach)
Last race 2016 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 3
Champ Car career
131 races run over 8 years
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 Xfinity Series career
8 races run over 6 years
Car no., team No. 22 (Team Penske)
2016 position 56th
Best finish 39th (2014)
First race 2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)
Last race 2016 Road America 180 (Road America)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 5 4
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
3 races run over 3 years
Truck no., team No. 02 (Young's Motorsports)
2015 position 91st
Best finish 91st (2015)
First race 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 250 (Mosport)
Last race 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 250 (Mosport)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 2
NASCAR Pinty's Series career
45 races run over 8 years
2016 position 3rd
Best finish 3rd (2016)
First race 2007 NAPA Autopro 100 (Montreal)
Last race 2016 Kawartha 250 (Kawartha Speedway)
First win 2008 Edmonton 100 (Edmonton Airport)
Last win 2016 Alberta Has New Energy 300 Edmonton International Raceway
Wins Top tens Poles
6 28 8
Statistics current as of September 3, 2017.

Alexandre "Alex" Tagliani (G pronounced in last name; born October 18, 1973), nicknamed "Tag", is a Canadian professional auto racing driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR Pinty's Series, driving the No. 18 Chevrolet Impala entry for car owner Colin Livingston. He also competes on an intermittent basis in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Truck Series and IndyCar Series.

Racing career[edit]

Atlantic Championship[edit]

Tagliani debuted in the Atlantic Championship in 1996 with P-1 Racing, where he finished seventh in the overall standings. Switching to Forsythe Racing, he finished third in 1997, fourth in 1998 and fourth in 1999, claiming two wins each season.

Champ Car[edit]

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.


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.

Tagliani with fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after winning the pole position for the 2011 Indianapolis 500

Conquest Racing announced that Tagliani would return as a full-time driver for the 2009 season.[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 Sam Schmidt Motorsports. Tagliani was retained, along with all sponsors, for a full-time entry during the 2011 season, racing alongside his new teammates Townsend Bell, Wade Cunningham, and Jay Howard.

In 2011, for the 100th anniversary of the first running of the Indianapolis 500, Tagliani qualified on the pole position with a four-lap average of 227.472 mph, besting Scott Dixon in the last run of the day. Unfortunately for Tagliani, he would run wide in turn 4 on lap 147 and make contact with the outside wall, inflicting damage upon the car which would force him to retire from the race the following lap.

To date, Tagliani's best finish in the Indianapolis 500 is tenth, which he achieved in 2010 while driving for FAZZT Race Team. His best performance was arguably the 2016 event when he charged hard from 33rd starting position to lead 11 laps, matching a record set by Tom Sneva in 1980.

NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series[edit]

2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series car at Road America

Tagliani has run selected races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2009. That year he entered the Montreal and Phoenix rounds with Pat MacDonald. He drove at Montreal in 2011 for Team Penske and 2012 for Steve Turner. He did not enter any race in 2013.

In 2014, Tagliani 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 No. 22. Tagliani nearly won his first NNS race 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. At Mid-Ohio he finished fifth without leading any lap.

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] Despite the race being his very first Truck Series start, he earned the pole position and led the first seven laps. However, he would finish the race in sixteenth.

Autodrome Chaudière 2015 - NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (Photo Paul-Émile Poulin-Jacques)

In 2015, Tagliani drove one race for Team Penske in the Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He earned the pole and was in contention for the victory, losing the lead in the second-to-final corner of the race after being hit by eventual winner Regan Smith. Two weeks later, Tagliani drove the No. 29 truck for Brad Keselowski Racing at Mosport, leading a total of 8 laps and finishing 5th after battling Erik Jones for the lead late in the race.

In 2016, Tagliani made a one-off appearance in the No. 22 for Team Penske at Road America in the Xfinity Series, and earned the pole for the race. He would lead 17 laps and score a seventh-place finish.

Tagliani returned to the Truck Series for the 2017 Mosport race, driving the No. 02 for Young's Motorsports.[7]

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series[edit]

In 2007, Tagliani debuted in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, entering two rounds with Dave Jacombs. In 2008, he raced in 9 out of 13 races with that team, scoring a win at Edmonton.

Tagliani competed at two NASCAR Canada Series races in 2009, two in 2013 and one in 2013. He scored four pole positions, but his best finishes were fifth.

The driver returned as a full-time driver in 2014 with his own team. Again, his best results were fifth, and ended ninth in the overall standings. In 2015, he joined Colin Livingston's team, where he claimed his second win at Sunset and two third place finishes. In 2016, he scored three wins at Sunset, Toronto and Edmonton, and finished third in points.

Sports cars[edit]

Tagliani has competed in sports cars since the mid-2000s. He finished 59th in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT class points in 2007, with a best finish of 13th at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. In 2013, he drove driving a Ferrari GRAND-AM GT in the Rolex Sports Car Series. Later, Rocketsports Racing announced that it had signed Tagliani for the full 2014 United SportsCar Championship season to drive an Oreca FLM09.[8]

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 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
2012 IndyCar Series Bryan Herta Autosport 98 14 1 0 272 17th
NASCAR Xfinity Series Turner Motorsports 30 1 1 0 23 66th
2013 IndyCar Series Barracuda Racing 98 10 0 0 180 24th
Chip Ganassi Racing 10
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series DJK Racing 1 0 0 40 45th
2014 IndyCar Series Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 68 1 0 0 28 31st
NASCAR Xfinity Series Penske Racing 22 2 0 0 82 39th
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Brad Keselowski Racing 19 1 1 0 0 103rd
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Tagliani AutoSports 18 9 0 0 273 9th
2015 IndyCar Series A. J. Foyt Enterprises 48 1 0 0 27 37st
NASCAR Xfinity Series Penske Racing 22 1 1 0 44 55th
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Brad Keselowski Racing 29 1 1 0 0 91st
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Tagliani AutoSports 18 9 0 1 356 9th
2016 IndyCar Series A. J. Foyt Enterprises 48 2 0 0 35 31st
NASCAR Xfinity Series Penske Racing 22 1 1 0 35 56th
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Tagliani AutoSports 18 11 1 3 446 3rd

American open-wheel racing results[edit]


CART/Champ Car[edit]

  • ^ New points system implemented in 2004

IndyCar Series[edit]

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
Top 10s
Indianapolis 500
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[edit]

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
2016 Dallara Honda 33 17 A. J. Foyt Enterprises


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

Xfinity Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Canadian Tire Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Touring/sports car racing[edit]

(Races in bold indicate pole position)

V8 Supercar results[edit]

+ 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]


  1. ^ "Conquest Racing 2009" (PDF). 2008-09-04. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Alex Tagliani's new IndyCar team revealed". 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". Haymarket Publications. 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Sam Schmidt purchases FAZZT Race Team". 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". August 12, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  7. ^ "Tagliani to make Truck return in Canada". Racer. August 30, 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2017. 
  8. ^ Dagys, John. "Tagliani Joins RSR, Team Reveals Rolex 24 Lineup". Retrieved 14 January 2014. 

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

Succeeded by
Simona de Silvestro