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.