Tagliani to make Truck Series debut in Canada
August 13, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Alex Tagliani will drive the No. 19 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Aug. 31 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
Tagliani made an impression on Keselowski at Road America in June by winning the pole for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Gardner Denver 200 and finishing second in the race.
An open wheel veteran, it was Tagliani's first NNS event since 2012.
"Alex did a heck of a job in the (No. 22) Nationwide car for Team Penske at Road America and I knew I had to put him in one of my trucks," Keselowski said in a BKR release. "I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do."
A native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Tagliani will make his Truck Series debut roughly 300 miles from his hometown.
Tagliani has scattered five Nationwide Series races over the past six years. His resume also includes the Indianapolis 500.
"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 in the release. "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, 40, currently competes as an owner/driver in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and in the Tudor United Sports Car Championship with RSR Racing.
Tagliani competed in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 and scored a 13th-place finish for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. He's started six Indianapolis 500 races, with a career-best finish of 10th in 2010.