Turner Motorsports announced that it will run local favorite the No. 30 Chevrolet with driver Alex Tagliani for the Nationwide Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Aug. 18. It's a circuit the French-Canadian knows well after narrowly finishing second in there last year (ABOVE), as well as his previous runs on the Canadian F1 track in Champ Cars.
"I'm always proud to come back to Montreal and to be able to race on this fantastic road course named after one of my all-time racing heroes, Gilles Villeneuve," Tagliani said. "I really wanted to race here again, so when the opportunity presented itself with Turner Motorsports and we were no longer scheduled to be overseas, I was pretty excited. In Formula Atlantic, I won here from the pole and also had a pole in Indy cars. Montreal has been good to me to date and I'm hoping to better my race history here. Having a competitive car to challenge for the win is all I can wish for."
"Last year's race was a great experience and it was amazing to qualify on the front row and finish the race second. This year is really cool because I met [crew chief] Trent Owens in Kershaw and he was really helpful, answering all my questions even though, at that time, he was working with his own team. It's ironic that we are going to work together a few short years later. He's an amazing guy, so I'm excited. I'm honored to drive for Turner Motorsports. This is a passionate group of individuals that make up an awesome team. From Steve [Turner] to all the mechanics, I'm looking forward to meeting everyone at the shop."
Owens said he is looking forward to the opportunity to work with Tagliani in the upcoming event.
"Looking at what he is capable of doing in IndyCar with a new team with a one-car operation for the last two street course-qualifying sessions says it all," Owens said. "But last year is what impressed me. He missed the pole by just a little bit, and then ran a mistake-free race. Racing in the open wheel circuits makes him drive with a lot of respect on the track and that's important."
Tagliani see the Nationwide Series start as bolstering his program which includes a regular gig with Bryan Herta's IZOD IndyCar Series team.
"I feel like I'm covering Canada well this season, with two races in IndyCar [Toronto and Edmonton] and the Nationwide race in Montreal now," Tagliani said. "My sponsors are excited to spend the week in this beautiful city."
Turner feels Tagliani's road course experience will be an added advantage to his entire organization.
"Our team is looking forward to working with Tag. The type of experience he can bring to our organization and road course program is invaluable and will be a big advantage for us. We have one road course win under our belt already this season after Nelson Piquet Jr.'s win at Road America, and we fully expect to be able to bring home another with Alex in Montreal."