Speaker


Alex Tagliani

Indy Car Driver

Fluent in French, Italian and English, the French Canadian is intensely competitive but very personable, passionate and fun.  This combination makes Tagliani well-liked by his competitors and a fan favorite.

Racing became his passion at the age of 10 years, when he was introduced to karting on a visit to see his paternal Grandfather in Northern Italy.  An enthusiastic competitor with racing in his blood, Tagliani will give 110% to his race team on any given day.

Tagliani competed in Indycar series. In 2011 he had 2 back-to-back poles, including the Indianapolis 500 during its centennial year. He also raced for the popular Team Penske in NASCAR and contributed with Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney to 2 owners championship for Roger Penske. Just last year at Sunset speedway he became the only driver to lap the entire field in one race.  In total since the beginning of his career in open wheel racing, Tagliani has accumulated 12 wins, 18 pole positions, 24 podiums and 35 top-10 finishes.

Known for his technical abilities and feel for the car, he has helped various inexperienced teams rise in a very competitive sport. On any given day away from the track, Tagliani can be seen rollerblading, cycling, go-karting at a track just outside of Montreal in his twin 250cc to keep up with is fitness.

Bio

Né à Montréal, Alex Tagliani est pilote de la série Champ Car pour Team Australia.

Tagliani a contribué en 2005 au succès fulgurant de Team Australia en son début de saison. L’équipe a terminé sur le podium à Monterrey au Mexique au terme de la deuxième épreuve et également à Toronto où elle a fini au troisième rang. Tagliani a égalé le même résultat que celui de sa meilleure saison en finissant septième. Jusqu’ici, la saison 2006 s’annonce meilleure pour Tagliani. Il a amélioré sa place dans le classement du Championnat après une septième place remportée dans le dernier Grand Prix Champ Car de Montréal.

Pilote expérimenté et talentueux, Tagliani (surnommé Tag) signe cinq poles positions et remporte onze podiums. Il est connu pour sa vitesse dans la qualification, sa performance soutenue, ses compétences techniques et son réglage de voiture. Après ses débuts en karting en 1987 et suite à un nombre de participations couronnées de succès au championnat de l’Atlantique, Tagliani se tourne vite vers la série Champ Car en 2000. Il commence en pole position au Brésil, alors qu’il n’en était qu’à son deuxième début à la Champ Car. Au cours de la saison 2002, il mène avec le meilleur résultat de sa carrière, 115 tours, 15 épreuves, classé parmi les cinq premiers dans trois des 15 épreuves qu’il dispute et deux podiums.

En 2003, Tagliani a été recruté par la toute nouvelle écurie Rocketsport. Il a assisté l’équipe qui manquait d’expérience à se classer dix fois dans les dix premières places  et à remporter 97 points de championnat pour terminer dans les dix premiers du classement. Il a également signé deux poles, un à Milwaukee et l’autre dans sa ville natale Montréal. Sur les 75 tours de la course, Alex a mené pendant 65 tours. Il était sur le point de devenir le deuxième Canadien français après Gilles Villeneuve à remporter la victoire dans une série internationale sur circuit, lorsque tard dans la course, un fâcheux drapeau jaune lui a coûté la victoire. Dans sa deuxième année seulement avec Rocketsport, Alex gagne sur le circuit de Road America. Alex avait réussi à se maintenir dans les trois premières places, mais a été victime d’une défaillance mécanique dans les trois derniers tours. Il a terminé la saison 2004 septième du championnat. Une saison remarquable pour une équipe assez jeune.


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