IndyCar refugee Alex Tagliani returning to Canadian NASCAR series

IndyCar refugee Alex Tagliani has formed his own team to return to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in 2014

IndyCar refugee Alex Tagliani returning to Canadian NASCAR series

The 40-year-old has partnered with friend and business associate Colin Livingston to form Tagliani Autosport, and intends to contest the majority of the 11 races on the schedule while continuing to look for opportunities in other series.

"Having a regular entry in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is an addition to my programme and gives our Canadian sponsors much more activation opportunity and visibility," he said.

"Plus, as a driver, I want to race as much as I can during my summer, so I will do as many of the NCTS races as I can.

"But when there is a conflict with other events, we plan to scout out a substitute driver from the vast crop of racing talent that's available from across Canada."

Tagliani spent a season in the series in 2008 after the Rocketsports team for which he raced in Champ Car elected not to switch over to IndyCar following the merger.

He has continued to make occasional appearances in the series since, most recently at Trois-Rivieres last year.

The Canadian subbed for the injured Dario Franchitti at Ganassi for last year's IndyCar finale at Fontana as well as the first post-season tests, but was overlooked for a full-time seat in favour of Ryan Briscoe.

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