Homecoming weekend for Alex Tagliani at Circuit ICAR

Homecoming weekend for Alex Tagliani at Circuit ICAR

04.07.2015: Tagliani Looks to Extend his NASCAR Winnings this Sunday Winner of the last NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) race at Sunset

Tagliani Looks to Extend his NASCAR Winnings this Sunday



Winner of the last NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) race at Sunset Speedway oval track on June 20, Quebec racer Alex Tagliani is looking to maintain the momentum this weekend at Circuit ICAR’s 3.4 km, 14-turn road course located in Mirabel, QC.


Following his first oval-track series win, the Lachenaie driver will be one of the feature drivers in this Sunday’s round 4 of the 2015 series schedule. Tag has always performed well at Mirabel, winning the pole in the inaugural series race in 2011 and leading the race with a few laps to go when he was bumped off the lead and finished eighth. Last year, he captured a top-5 finish.


“We are definitively looking to add another win this weekend, but I know competition will be rough on this track,” Tagliani said. “It is a very technical track, but I like the challenge. Tagliani Autosport is fired-up following all the positive comments from our fans on the EpiPen and Tagliani Facebook pages.


With five races coming up in the next 29 days, we will be quite busy. The fans reactions are pumping up the whole team, but right now, we are focusing on the Mirabel event.”


Two 30-minute practice sessions for Round 4 will be held this Saturday at 10:45 and 11:55 a.m., followed by qualifying at 3:25 p.m. Green flag for the 30-lap, 102-kilometre Ecko Unlimited 100 race will be given at 2:45 p.m.



Recap of Tagliani’s historic win



Driving the No 18 EpiPen/CGI/CanTorque Chevrolet, Tagliani became the first driver in the Canadian Tire Series history to lap the field en route to capturing the chequered flag at Sunset Speedway.


 “All the energy and effort by the members of Tagliani Autosport over the last two years has finally paid off and allowed us to dominate 192 of the 300-lap race. It was quite a thrill to present the folks at EpiPen with this historic win as they believed in us when we decided to return to the NASCAR Canadian Series in 2014,” concluded Tagliani, who was also happy for his associate sponsors: CGI, Riobel, CanTorque, Napoleon, NTN and Fast Wheels.


With three races in the books, Tagliani Autosport is second in the Team Championship, a result that pleases Tag. But he recognizes that capturing top honours in the Driver Championship is an impossible task after missing the season opener. Tagliani missed the race while qualifying for the Indy 500.


Tag also points out that he could miss other Canadian Tire events because of other racing commitments. He says that he will be competing in two Canadian Touring Car Championship races in one of the two Fast Wheels Mustangs the first weekend of August at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R) and on August 29-30 at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. Two busy weekends for Tag, as he will also be competing in the NCATS races.



Max d’Orsonnens, photo Matthew Manor/NASCAR via Getty Images.
 

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