2011 Indianapolis 500 pole sitter Alex Taglaini has joined Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing for this year’s Indianapolis 500. “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 lineup, alongside Josef,” SFHR co-owner Fisher said in a team statement. “Wink (Hartman) has helped us bring the proper individuals together to provide a solidly prepared effort toward success at Indy.”
Tagliani was dropped from his fulltime IndyCar ride after Toronto last season and subbed for the injured Dario Franchitti at the season finale at Auto Club Speedway. In the meantime, Tagliani is competing in the Tudor United Sportscar Championship for RSR Racing and will also be competing in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series from May through September. So this will give him yet another opportunity, as he has done in years past to save his IndyCar career while competing in other series.
“I am very excited about this opportunity with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing for this year’s Indy 500,” Tagliani said. “I love this race, and this track has always been a comfortable fit for me. I need to really thank Sarah and Wink for this chance to go back to Indianapolis to win this race. It’s been a pleasure working with them. 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.”
The team, with the help of RW Motorsports, also plans to add additional races to Tagliani’s program if all goes well.
This will also be a boost for the team’s primary driver Josef Newgarden. Newgarden has never had a seasoned veteran as a teammate before. The team’s second cars with Bryan Clauson in 2012 and Lucas Luhr in 2013 were strictly one off deals, and neither of those two ever drove an IndyCar before. With Tagliani’s experience at the Speedway, the support is there for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing to surprise a lot of people with a great run at the Brickyard.