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Edmonton, Alberta - July 22, 2012 - With a chorus of cheers in the background, Alex Tagliani and his Team Barracuda - BHA crew earned a top five finish in front of the Canadian driver's "home" crowd at the Edmonton Indy on Sunday afternoon.
After running in the top three all weekend in practice, Tagliani qualified the car in P4 and took the lead on the first lap of the race. He dominated the first two stints, leading 49 laps and maintaining a comfortable distance between the No. 98 car and the rest of the field.
The team's two-pit-stop strategy (on laps 26 and 53) proved successful and Tagliani was able to achieve his season-best finish in P5.
"I'm so proud of Team Barracuda - BHA. It was our third Firestone Fast Six in a row and I believe we don't have to change anything. Bryan [Herta] and Steve [Newey] are running a really great team, and the guys are doing fantastic. We had a pretty clean race and at the end, I just didn't have the pace on used reds that the other guys had. Since we switched to Honda, we're showing speed and it's coming bit by bit. We're just knocking at the door and one day it's going to come."
When asked about racing in Canada, Tagliani added, "I was a little bit concerned at the beginning because the fans were screaming so much on the opening lap. I thought, 'It's a long race. They're going to be running out of lungs by the end.' The fans in Canada are great and I'm glad that we're able to put on a good show for them."
In two weeks, the IZOD IndyCar Series is back in the Midwest for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. The twelfth race of the season will take place on Sunday, August 5. An estimated green flag for the 85-lap competition is scheduled to drop at approximately 1 p.m. EDT. Fans can watch the live broadcast on ABC, or listen live on IMS Radio Network and Sirius (XM 94 and Sirius 212).
About Bryan Herta Autosport
Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta and noted race engineer and team manager Steve Newey, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Firestone Indy Lights competition since 2009 and recently won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second IZOD IndyCar Series start. The Indianapolis, Ind.-based squad made its IndyCar debut in 2010 contesting the Indianapolis 500. New for 2012, BHA has formed a joint venture with Bowen and Bowers Motorsports, Inc. (BBM) to field a full time entry in the IZOD Indycar Series for Canadian driver Alex Tagliani. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Bowen and Bowers Motorsports, Inc. is the coming together of leading sports and entertainment property development professionals, Chris Bowers and David Bowen, along with the financial management experience of Trapeze Asset Management Inc. For more information, please visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.
About Barracuda Networks Inc.
Barracuda Networks combines premises-based gateways and software, virtual appliances, cloud services, and sophisticated remote support to deliver comprehensive content and network security, data protection and application delivery solutions. The company's expansive product portfolio includes offerings for protection against email and Web threats as well as products that improve application delivery and network access, message archiving, backup and data protection. Coca-Cola, FedEx, Harvard University, IBM, L'Oreal, and Europcar are among the more than 150,000 organizations protecting their IT infrastructures with Barracuda Networks' range of affordable, easy-to-deploy and manage solutions. Barracuda Networks is privately held with its International Headquarters in Campbell, Calif. For more information, please visit www.barracudanetworks.com.
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