King Tut gives Tagliani a boost

Alex Tagliani has received financial backing for the Honda Toronto Indy from an unexpected source....

Alex Tagliani has received financial backing for the Honda Toronto Indy from an unexpected source. (Dave Abel/SUN MEDIA)

Dean McNulty, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

Alex Tagliani guaranteed his place on the grid for the Honda Indy Toronto with the help of a 4,000 year old Egyptian pharaoh Tuesday.

Until the promoters of the “King Tut” exhibition that will be unveiled at the Art Gallery of Ontario in November came along there was a danger that Tagliani might miss the first of the two Canadian IndyCar races on the schedule.

The native of the Montreal suburb of Lachenaie, already has sponsorship from the Northlands Exhibition board — the promoters of the Rexall Edmonton Indy — that will see him race in the Alberta capital in two weeks.

So when Tagliani’s No. 34 Conquest Racing Honda Dallara makes its Toronto debut it will be emblazoned with a golden image of the boy pharaoh on the cockpit with additional King Tut branding on the front wing.

It may seem that an AGO exhibit and IndyCar racing would be strange bedfellows but the organizers of “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” event are convinced its a great pairing.

“Partnering with Conquest Racing, Rubicon and Alex Tagliani for the Honda Indy Toronto helps bring the excitement of King Tut to fans in a whole new way,” Bryan Harris, vice president of marketing and sales, Arts and Exhibitions International, said in a release.

The King Tut exhibition is organized by National Geographic, Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions, with cooperation from the Egyptian supreme council of antiquities.


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