IndyCar: Tagliani Will Substitute For Franchitti At Fontana

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Target announced Wednesday that driver Alex Tagliani will substitute for four-time Series champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner in the season-ending MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway as Franchitti continues to recover from injuries suffered at the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston last weekend.About Alex Tagliani: Canadian IndyCar veteran Alex Tagliani will join Target Chip Ganassi Racing alongside two-time series champion and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon at Auto Club Speedway after completing 13 rounds of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season in the No. 98 for Barracuda Racing.

By the Numbers: In 14 seasons of IZOD IndyCar Series racing, Tagliani has 200 career starts, one win, seven poles including the 2011 Indianapolis 500, 14 podiums and over 650 laps led.

Tags at Fontana: In four starts at Fontana (2000-2002, 2012), Tagliani has one pole (2001), one top-three (third, 2001) and three top-10 finishes.  Overall, he has completed 945 of 970 laps and has 22 laps led at the track.

No. 10 in 2013: In 17 starts in 2013, Franchitti has scored three pole positions, four podiums, led 64 laps and stands eighth in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship point standings.