Tagliani Hoping for Another Shot at NASCAR

While Alex Tagliani has a full plate with the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and NASCAR Pinty’s Series commitments, he’s not afraid to add more races to his schedule.

The Canadian hopes to join the NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series action this season.

Tagliani ran road courses for Team Penske in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford for the past two seasons, with a pair of runner-ups and a fifth.  He was leading on the last lap last year at Mid-Ohio when Regan Smith bumped him in the final corner, and Tag was forced to settle for second place.

“I’m really hoping everything will come together,” Tagliani told POPULAR SPEED. “I’m always leaving the door open. For me, driving the 22 car for Team Penske is something I really enjoy. I hope I get the phone call and fill in for as many races as possible.”

Beyond the road course events, Tagliani hopes to run some oval events as well, after his dominating victory at Sunset Speedway in the Pinty’s Series last season.

“You always dream of jumping in that car for more races, but it’s the way it is for now,” he said. “I’m just hoping that whatever races we do, we’ll win one.”

The 42-year-old also hopes to race a truck at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the third straight season, where he’s been the polesitter for the past two years. He was a contender in last year’s race when he lost third gear in the closing laps and finished fifth.

“I would really love to be there again, but there’s no guarantee,” Tagliani said. “If you find funding, it changes the ballgame. We can definitely try – it’s not easy out there to find money, and we’re going to push hard to make it happen. But it’s one of those deals where you give yourself a job when you find money.”


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