News & Multimedia

Tagliani Joins SFHR For Indy 500 Effort

Alex Tagliani, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race pole sitter and 2009 Rookie of the Year, will join Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing for the 98th Running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Tagliani, of Quebec, will drive the Honda-powered No. 68 SFHR/RW as a teammate to third-year Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden.

"It has always been our goal at SFHR to hire talent for credentials, and I am excited to have that opportunity again to include 'Tag' in our Indianapolis 500 line-up alongside Josef," team co-owner and former Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sarah Fisher said. "Wink (Hartman) has helped us bring the proper individuals together to provide a solidly prepared effort toward success at Indy. We continue to have the support of RW Motorsports founder Steve Weirich for this second program and are looking forward to building on to this second entry even further during the second half of the season."

Opening Day on the 2.5-mile oval for practice is May 11, with qualifications March 18-19. The race is May 25.

"I am very excited about this opportunity with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing for this year's Indy 500," said Tagliani, who has a best finish of 10th after starting fifth the 2010 Indy 500. "I love this race, and this track has always been a comfortable fit for me. I couldn't ask for a better opportunity with SFHR, and I will do my best to contribute to the success of the team.

"I need to really thank Sarah and Wink for this chance to go back to Indianapolis to win this race. This has the potential to develop into a longer association because I really love what this team is about. You couldn't ask for a better team to attack the '500.' They have the ability to surprise a lot of people. I'm looking forward to working with Josef and trying to help SFHR win the big one."

Tagliani has made 201 Indy car starts since 2000, with one victory and 101 top-10 finishes. Last season, he competed in 14 races with Bryan Herta Autosport and Target Chip Ganassi Racing (as the replacement driver for the injured Dario Franchitti in the season finale at Auto Club Speedway). He posted a best finish of 10th at St. Petersburg and Toronto 2, and had a best qualifying effort of sixth at Belle Isle 1. Tagliani is competing in the 12 Hours of Sebring this weekend.

"SFHR is thrilled to welcome Alex to our second seat at Indianapolis for the '500,' " Hartman said. "We are excited to bring a seasoned veteran to our program who has demonstrated his capabilities at the Speedway. As a whole, we are committed to elevating the entirety of our team and are confident this is a step in the right direction. As we start our partnership at the Indy 500, the idea is to hopefully add additional races to Alex's entry for the second half of the season."

The team made three Verizon IndyCar Series starts in its first season (2008) and expanded to six races the next season and 15 races and two cars at select races in 2010. It was in December 2011 that Hartman joined as co-owner and Newgarden, the '11 Firestone Indy Lights champion, was named as driver of the No. 67 car for the 2012 season. Newgarden recorded four top-five finishes in 19 races last season, with a career-high second after qualifying a career-best fifth at Baltimore.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Tagliani Joins SFHR For Indy 500 Effort
 
Tagliani Joins SFHR For Indy 500 Effort
Alex Tagliani, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race pole sitter and 2009 Rookie of the Year, will join Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing for the 98th Running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
Read More
Related Media
Indianapolis 500
 
USA Today's 10Best Readers Choice Voting Open for 'Best Motorsports Race,' 'Best NASCAR Track'
Voting is now open for USA Today’s 10Best Readers Choice in the “Best Motorsports Race” and “Best NASCAR Track,” with IMS featured in each.
Read More
2016 Indy 500 Logo
 
IMS Offers Special Ticket Discounts for 2016 Indianapolis 500 Fans
As a thank you to the greatest race fans in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is offering special pricing for selected days for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 29, 2016.
Read More
Juan Pablo Montoya
 
Montoya Earns $2.4 Million for Winning 99th Indianapolis 500
Juan Pablo Montoya earned $2,449,055 from an overall purse of $13,397,315 for his victory Sunday, May 24, in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Juan Pablo Montoya
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Montoya Wins Thrilling Indianapolis 500
Montoya, who won the race 15 years earlier in his first start, held off reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and teammate Will Power by .1046 of a second -- the fourth-closest finish in race history -- in a thrilling battle over the final 15 laps that also included pole sitter and 2008 race winner Scott Dixon. Five of the 37 lead changes occurred in those 15 laps following a restart, with Montoya overtaking Dixon in Turn 1 for second place and Power in Turn 4 to lead Lap 197 by .0420 of a second.
Read More
Charlie Kimball
 
Kimball Surprises as Ganassi's Top Fighter in '500'
Kimball had never finished better than eighth in four previous Indy 500 starts, but when Dixon faltered late due to an understeer, the door was open for third place. Kimball took advantage of Dixon lifting off the throttle with two laps to go.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 1,941
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
Did you catch the big names on the red carpet for the 99th running Indianapolis 500? Who's Who - Indy 500 Style: http://t.co/vcLBg0Oeps
about 9 hours ago