Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tagliani, Keselowski Team For Truck Series Debut

Brad Keselowski  Racing announced today that Alex Tagliani will drive the team's No. 19 Ford F-150 in the August 31 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Tagliani, a native of Montreal, has made five career NASCAR Nationwide Series starts over six seasons, dating back to 2009.  He has two poles and two Top-5 finishes and enters the NCWTS event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on the heels of a strong performance in Nationwide Series action at Road America, where he won the pole and scored a strong second-place finish. Tagliani also finished second at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal in 2011 and won the pole there in 2012. 

"Alex did a heck of a job in the Nationwide car for Team Penske at Road America and I knew I had to put him in one of my trucks," Keselowski said.  "I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do."

Tagliani’s Truck Series debut will add to an already diverse racing portfolio that includes the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar, road racing and Champ Car competition. 
"It's an honor to get a call to drive for Brad's team this year, especially after sharing the No. 22 Team Penske Nationwide car with him for two races," Tagliani said.  "It will be my first time competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but Mosport is a great track to drive and I am hoping to be able to help the team with a strong result."

Tagliani has made 20 starts in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series over the past six seasons.  He won a road course event at Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2008 and owns six Top-5 and eight Top-10 finishes, along with five poles. He currently competes as an owner/driver in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the Tudor United Sports Car Championship with RSR Racing.  Tagliani also competed in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 where he scored a 13th-place finish for Sara Fisher Hartman Racing.   

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