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Top Ten in Toronto for Tagliani

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Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Alex Tagliani, Honda Indy Toronto

Top Ten in Toronto for Tagliani

Monica Hilton
Bryan Herta Autosport
July 8, 2012

Alex Tagliani
For the fourth time this season, Alex Tagliani and his Team Barracuda – BHA crew earned a top-ten finish, this time in front of the Canadian driver’s “home” crowd at the Honda Indy Toronto.

The early stages of the 85-lap race brought a couple of unique circumstances for the Team Barracuda – BHA crew, including a front wing change after contact with another car at the start and later the loss of sixth gear. Tagliani focused forward and gained positions.

A multi-car incident with five laps to go allowed the No. 98 car to advance to P10 when the checkered flag flew. Tagliani was satisfied with the result and a successful weekend both on and off the track.

“I’m very proud of Team Barracuda – BHA,” said Tagliani. “We lost sixth gear at some point early in the race but we never gave up. To finish the day with a 10th place position is pretty amazing. I think we had a fast car but we never had the chance to prove it. We had a wing problem early on, then some tire pressure and then finally when the car was good we didn’t have sixth gear.

“I’m very proud. The guys just never give up. That’s kind of like our motto this year. We have things to overcome every single race but we always stick with it. And that’s what counts.”

Team owner Bryan Herta added, “It was a typical Toronto race with ups and downs but definitely exciting for the fans. The Barracuda Networks team had our fair share of excitement with the front wing changes and losing sixth gear halfway through the race but Alex did a great job as usual. He soldiered on and we were in a position then, when guys made mistakes at the end of the race, to take the positions and finish with a top ten.”

In two weeks, the IZOD IndyCar Series returns to Canada for the Edmonton Indy. The eleventh race of the season will take place on Sunday, July 22. An estimated green flag for the 75-lap competition is scheduled to drop at approximately 12:45 p.m. MDT. Fans can watch the live broadcast on NBC Sports Network, IMS Radio Network and Sirius (XM 94 and Sirius 212).

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