Tagliani to Run “Indy Double”

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Alex Tagliani will return to the Verizon IndyCar Series in May, driving the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Dallara-Honda.

Tagliani, who has 203 career starts in the IndyCar Series, drove for the team in last year’s Indy 500, finishing 17th.

“I feel very privileged and honored to be driving the Alfe Heat Treating Honda,” Tagliani said. “Alfe is a great company, and I met a lot of good people last year with their headquarters being so close to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

The sponsor chose the number 35 as it honors Foyt’s 35 straight starts in the Indianapolis 500, from 1958 to 1992. The livery for the car will be based on Foyt’s No. 14 Copenhagen livery.

“I’m very excited to be driving for the AJ Foyt Racing organization again. To be driving for them at the speedway during the month of May is very special. The 100th Running of the Indy 500 will make it even more unique,” said Tagliani.

The Grand Prix of Indianapolis will mark Tagliani’s first time running the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Tagliani last raced on a street/road course in 2013, when he made 14 IndyCar starts. He posted a season-best finish of 10th at both St. Petersburg and Toronto.

“It will be difficult because I haven’t driven an IndyCar on a road course in several years,” Tagliani admitted. “Jumping in the car on a road course in something that is very new will be tough. Getting used to the guys and working with the team is very important if you want to maximize the performance of the driver, the team and the car.”

Tagliani has made seven previous starts in the Indianapolis 500, with a best finish of 10th in 2010. The Canadian won the pole for the 2011 Indy 500.

“I’m glad to have Alex back in the car. He did a great job last year — he even led the race,” Foyt commented. “We know he can run fast. Plus I think the crew will be a little more tuned up this year by doing two races instead of one.”

“We are happy to have Alex back as he did a great job for us last year, and we are hopeful for an even better performance this year,” said Kurt Westman, founder and CEO of Alfe Heat Training, Incorporated.

Beyond sponsoring Tagliani’s Indianapolis effort, Alfe Heat Training enters their sixth season as an associate sponsor on both the No. 14 and No. 41 ABC Supply Dallara-Hondas with drivers Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth.

“Alfe’s been a great associate sponsor for us,” Foyt said. “We couldn’t work with nicer people, and they are always 100-percent behind the team, so I can’t ask for much more than that. It’s great that they want to recognize my 35 starts at Indy by choosing the number 35, and when I see that car looking like some of my old race cars, well that will be pretty special too. I hope the fans get a kick out of it.”

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Ashley McCubbin is currently studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber while writing for multiple websites. She also serves on the managing staff for a select few. Born in North York, Ontario, McCubbin currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area where she enjoys taking photos and working on websites.

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