Another very busy race weekend for Alex Tagliani

Another very busy race weekend for Alex Tagliani

28.08.2015: Alex Tagliani to compete in four races this weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course

Alex Tagliani to compete in four races this weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course



Alex Tagliani will be a busy driver this weekend competing in four races at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) in Bowmanville, Ontario. Tagliani will repeat his experience from earlier this month at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières where he competed in two series, but this time he will pull triple duty.


In addition to driving his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) No. 18 EpiPen/CGI/CanTorque Chevrolet in round 10, the Terrebonne, Quebec driver will also be behind the wheel of the No. 75 Fast Wheels Ford Mustang Boss 302 in rounds 11 and 12 of the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC). Finally, Tagliani will also compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event with Brad Keselowski Racing.


“I will be a very busy guy this weekend, but I can hardly wait to get back behind the wheel of my EpiPen/ CanTorque Chevrolet and try to score maximum points and get back into the thick of the NASCAR Canada Team Owners Championship hunt,” said Tagliani, who missed the previous NCATS race in Nova Scotia.


“Following David Michaud’s mechanical problems with the Chevrolet at Riverside Speedway, Tagliani Autosport slipped from first to third in the Owners standing, and since there are only two races left, we need to finish at the top this weekend.


 “In the CTCC twin bill at the GP3R, I had a great time with the Grand Touring Class Fast Wheels Ford Mustang winning the pole twice and leading both races in front of the faster Super Grand Touring cars before encountering problems with the car and depriving us of any hopes of victory. My goal this weekend is to win both CTCC races. Of course, winning the two NASCAR races is also a prime target.”



Tagliani to run his second NASCAR Truck Series Race


Tagliani is back this weekend for his second ride in the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Cooper Standard Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.


Tag made his series debut last year at the CTMP winning the pole with a series record lap time of 1 minute 20.558 seconds around the 3.957-kilometre road course, a remarkable 0.433 seconds better than his closest opponent. Canadian cable subscribers of FOXSR, formally known as SPEED TV, can watch the race live on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Pre-race show starts at 1:00 p.m.


“Of course, I can hardly wait to drive Keselowski Racing Ford F-150 once again and compete against the top guns of the Truck Series. Last year, we set a series track record in qualifying, but in the early part of the race, the throttle pedal kept sticking and I had to pull it back with my right foot to ease the speed.


It was an unfortunate problem because the truck was really quick. I was very happy when Keselowski Racing announced I would back this year, and I hope to perform well because I would like to get more rides in the future,” he concluded.


This weekend, all vehicles driven by Tag will display a Justin Wilson logo to commemorate the life of his former racing teammate who was tragically killed last weekend at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.


Very busy schedule


On Friday afternoon, Tagliani will qualify his Fast Wheels Mustang at 4:00 p.m. following an earlier CTCC practice session.


Saturday will be his busiest day with no less than seven outings. Prior to lunchtime, he will switch back in forth from his Ford truck to his Chevrolet four times between 9:30 a.m. and  2 p.m. for a series of practice sessions. Following the CTCC first race of the weekend at 3:50 p.m., Tagliani will qualify his NASCAR Canada Chevrolet at 5:05 p.m. and then his Ford truck at 5:45 p.m.


Come Sunday, Tagliani will start his day at 8:45 a.m. in the second CTCC race of the weekend, and at 10:05 a.m., switch from the Mustang to his Chevrolet to race in the NCATS Pinty’s present the Clarington 200 51-lap race. Following lunch, Tagliani will climb aboard his Ford F-150 truck to compete in the NASCAR Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250, a 64-lap race that can be viewed live on the FOXSR network at 1:30 p.m.



PHOTO: Tagliani on the pole in 2014


Debuting in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last year, Alex Tagliani won the Keystone Light Pole Award at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a record time of 1 minute 20.558 seconds, a whopping 0.433 seconds better than his closest rival.



The participation of Tagliani Autosport in NCATS is the result of a partnership with Pfizer Canada Inc., the Canadian distributor of EpiPen® (epinephrine) auto-injectors. With his NASCAR program and participation in races across Canada, Alex is the ideal spokesperson to educate the 1.4 million Canadians who are affected by at least one food allergy and the severe life-threatening condition of anaphylaxis. Living with severe allergies to peanuts and nuts himself, Alex carries an EpiPen® Auto-Injector with him at all times. He invites fans to follow him on Facebook and Twitter (@Tagliani), www.TaglianiAutosport.com

To raise money for Anaphylaxis Canada, The Tagliani Foundation is organizing its second Annual Golf Classic at Golf Club Le Mirage on September 29, 2015. For details on the tournament and for tickets, visit http://www.taglianifoundation.org/en/index.html

Tagliani’s participation in the two CTCC races at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières is a result of a sponsorship from Fast Wheels, a Canadian alloy wheel brand owned by Fastco Canada. Fastco is Canada’s largest manufacturer and distributor of aftermarket alloy wheels, tires and accessories. Fastco’s head office and distribution centre is located in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada.

Tagliani Autosport is also sponsored by CanTorque, headquartered in Edmonton, which designs and manufactures Industrial Bolting Tools and Accessories; by CGI Group Inc., the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Riobel, a manufacturer of high-performance faucets and shower systems that are both elegant and sophisticated and available throughout Canada and in a growing number of US states, and Napoleon®, North America’s largest privately owned manufacturer of quality wood and gas fireplaces, outdoor living products and heating & cooling products, are also proud sponsors of Tagliani Autosport. Alex and his team can also count on the support of Fast Wheels, a Canadian alloy wheel manufacturer who offers high quality wheels for more than 40,000 vehicle models.


Max d’Orsonnens- photo NASCAR/Jeff Zelevansky

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