Veteran Indy car racer Alex Tagliani will make his return to GT racing for Round 10 of the Grand-Am Rolex Series championship at Kansas on Aug. 17, RACER has learned.
The 39-year-old French-Canadian will share an R.Ferri/Aim Autosport Ferrari F458 with past champion Jeff Segal on the series' debut at the ISC “roval,” marking his first outing in the class since piloting a Ford Mustang at numerous rounds during the 2007 Rolex Series championship.
Tagliani, who is of Italian descent, was pleased to find himself behind the wheel of a works-affiliated Prancing Horse.
“My father was so happy to finally see that his son will be racing a Ferrari!” he said. “I never thought I'd get to race in the famous Ferrari red, and I'm looking forward to driving with Jeff Segal and learning about what it takes to go fast in these modern GT cars. I'm really, really excited.”
Questions regarding Tagliani's continuation in the IndyCar Series appear to have opened the door for his late-season Grand-Am appearance. After struggling through much of the 2013 championship, the Barracuda Racing team has elected to try different drivers in the Honda-powered No. 98, leaving Tagliani open to explore his options. The Bryan Herta- and Steve Newey-owned team also told RACER that Tagliani could return to the cockpit before the season concludes in October.