“It’s no secret that we’ve been struggling with the car on ovals” – Tagliani
Alex Tagliani and his Barracuda Racing crew earned a seventeenth place finish Sunday afternoon at Pocono Raceway.
After a hard crash during qualifying on Saturday afternoon, Tagliani was cleared to drive and the No. 98 car was ready to go less than 20 hours later. Starting from the back of the field, the veteran driver was determined to bring home a solid finish.
A lap-one incident allowed the team to pit early for a splash of fuel. Setup adjustments were made on the next pit stop and Tagliani continued to fight for his position on track. He remarked that the car’s biggest issue was the front end “grabbing through the turns.”
The team and driver made adjustments throughout the day and were able to improve the car as the race unfolded, however after losing a lap early to the leaders they were never able to fight back onto the lead lap.
“It’s no secret that we’ve been struggling with the car on ovals,” said Tagliani. “I’m happy that we’re going back to street courses next weekend. We’ll see where we are with the street courses but our pace on ovals has been an issue. Hopefully we’ll be good in Toronto and go from there.”
In one week, the IZOD IndyCar Series heads to Canada for a double-header race weekend on the streets of Toronto, Ontario. Tagliani will aim to bring home two strong finishes in front of his “home” crowd. Race one of the Honda Indy Toronto will take place on Saturday, July 13 with an estimated green flag at 3:40 p.m. ET. Race two will take place at the same time on Sunday, July 14. Both races will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network in the U.S. and SportsNet in Canada.
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Barracuda Racing is operated by Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA). Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta, and noted race engineer and team manager Steve Newey, Bryan Herta Autosport has been a race-winning team in Firestone Indy Lights competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second IZOD IndyCar Series start. BHA currently fields entries in the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights with Curb – Agajanian. Since 2012, BHA has partnered with Bowen and Bowers Motorsports, Inc. (BBM). Based in Toronto, Ontario, BBM is the coming together of leading sports and entertainment property development professionals, Chris Bowers and David Bowen, along with the financial management experience of Trapeze Asset Management Inc. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.
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