Tagliani's team gets Honda power

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:37 AM ET

TORONTO - Alex Tagliani finally has an engine for his No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport/Barracuda Dallara for this month's Indianapolis 500.

The team announced on Thursday it has a deal with Honda for engines not only for the Indy 500, but for the remainder of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar season.

Tagliani and BHA/Barracuda started the season using Lotus power, but after three hugely disappointing results the team was let out of its contract after numerous engine failures.

Tagliani won the pole at last year's Indy 500 -- the first Canadian to do so -- with a Honda engine and BHA won the race with the late Dan Wheldon behind the wheel of another Honda-powered Dallara.

Honda Performance Development vice-president Steve Eriksen said the company was pleased to be back in business with Herta and Tagliani.

"We're pleased to be able to renew our relationship with Bryan Herta and his team," Eriksen said. "His team's victory in the 2011 Indianapolis 500 was the stuff of legend, and all of us at HPD and American Honda are delighted to have a hand in helping him defend that championship."

For Herta, it was a homecoming of sorts. He has a long history with the manufacturer.

"My time as a Honda driver in both the IndyCar Series, as well as the time spent driving factory Acura LMP2 in the American Le Mans Series, were among my most rewarding and memorable years in racing," Herta said. "So, it is with great personal pleasure that we are returning to the Honda family for the remainder of the 2012 season."


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