Alex Tagliani to be inducted into Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame

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Alex Tagliani began his racing career in his native Canada, and after more than 30 years behind countless steering wheels around the world, will be honored on Oct. 17 with induction into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.

Tagliani will be one of five inductees into the Canadian Hall. The others are seven-time stock car champion Don Thomson Jr., car builder Ralph Luciw, Riverside (Nova Scotia) Speedway founder John Chisholm and Sir Jackie Stewart (International Category).

“(It’s) definitely an honor,” Tagliani told IndyCar.com of the honor. He then added playfully, “(I) need to get my wedding suit out of the closet for that one.”

A native of Montreal, Tagliani has been one of the most noteworthy Canadian drivers in a variety of motorsport series.

Among the more notable accomplishments in his career including being named the 2009 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and the first Canadian to ever start on the pole in the 2011 edition of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.

Tagliani has made 203 IndyCar starts in his career. He’s also made 39 starts in NASCAR, including 32 in the Canadian Tire Series.

Even though he missed the season-opening race, Tagliani is currently ranked seventh in the CTS, including lapping the field en route to a win in June at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ontario.

In addition, the 43-year-old Tagliani has four top-five and three other top-10 finishes in those seven CTS starts.

He’s finished 13th and 17th in the last two Indianapolis 500s, as well, the only IndyCar starts he’s made in 2014 and 2015.

This Saturday, Tagliani will drive a Ford Mustang for Team Penske in his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start of 2015 at Mid-Ohio.

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IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

IndyCar weekend schedule Indianapolis
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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race