|Canadian Alex Tagliani rounds turn ten in the late laps of the Honda Indy Toronto race in 2009. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)
MONTREAL - In his first year with the new FAZZT team, Alexandre Tagliani is happy with his results so far.
Having scored four top-10 results in nine IRL IndyCar Series races, the Quebec-born racer said the results are encouraging for the new team.
"We're meeting our goals little by little," said Tagliani, who qualified second during the inaugural race in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
"There are some that we haven't met while we're surpassing others, but overall, I'd say that our team is a little bit above average."
For Tagliani, the Indianapolis 500 was without a doubt the highlight of the season.
"We weren't at all expecting to be in pole position throughout the whole day on Saturday, we opened a lot of eyes at that moment," said Tagliani, who qualified fifth and finished the legendary race in 10th place.
Collisions on the track and a few fueling issues prevented Tagliani from getting better results, issues which the driver said are common during a team's first season together.
"We bought equipment from another team and we are improving it every race," said Tagliani. "What is important in IndyCar is to get the car out of the truck and be quick (and) to do that, it will take us a bit more experience. It is easier to deal with logistics and try to fix problems than to try and be fast ... we are still missing a little of something to be consistent."
Tagliani, driving for Conquest Racing at the time, was running first late in the 2009 Toronto race but dropped back when a caution flag spoiled his pit strategy.
"It is a bit of unfinished business in Toronto," said Tagliani, who will be meeting racing fans with drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Bobby Rahal at the end of this week during a Legends event at the Mont-Tremblant track. "I'm crossing my fingers hoping that we will be competitive again this year.
Tagliani hopes to finish in the top 10 for the championship. He is currently 14th with 169 points, 32 points out of 10th place, after nine of 17 races.