|Alex Tagliani drives the #98 Team Barracuda-BHA Lotus during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg on March 24, 2012 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Nick Laham/Getty Images/AFP)
Alex Tagliani has been hit with another setback in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
His Team Barracuda/Brian Herta Autosports squad announced Friday it was pulling out of next week's Sao Paulo 300 in Brazil.
In a Twitter posting, owner Brian Herta said that after failing to finish two of the first three IndyCar events this season it needed to re-group.
"After not finishing the last 2 races and falling out of the top 22 in points, Team Barracuda-BHA has elected not to send our cars to Brazil next weekend. Instead, we will re-focus on the Indy 500 and coming back stronger than ever."
The team has faced numerous problems with its Lotus engines in all three races so far.
A big part of those problems are the result of Lotus falling behind in its production of engines, forcing teams like Barracuda/BHA to forego testing.
In fact while Honda and Chevrolet have been able to test at least half a dozen times so far this season Tagliani has been out just once.
He finished a disappointing 15th at the opening race at St. Petersburg and didn't even finish one lap at Barber Motorsports Park in the second race.
And last week at the Grand Prix of Long Beach Tagliani suffered more engine woes and again failed to finish the race.
That put the team back in 24th place.
The cost of going to Brazil was also a factor as IndyCar only covers the transportation expenses of the top 22 in points.
"It was a logical move after dropping back in points," Herta said. "We will be back stronger for Indy and the rest of the season."