May 28, 2012
Tagliani nabs speeding penalty at Indy
By DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency
INDIANAPOLIS - Alex Tagliani was frustrated again at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday with a 12th-place finish, but the Montreal native saw enough good things about his No. 98 Barracuda/Bryan Herta Autosports Honda to make him believe he can win a race — maybe more — this season.
Tagliani was running up with the leaders — and even led for a lap — but a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 47 of the 200-lap race, put him a lap down.
The frustrating part for Tagliani was that it was an electronics part failure and not driver error that was at fault.
“I think we had a car to win,” the Montreal native said. “The Honda power was incredible; we were good on fuel but unfortunately we had a problem with the electronics in the steering wheel when the gear selector would not work.
“I was having problems finding neutral coming into the pits and I couldn’t find the speed limiter. I got caught speeding and I had to do a drive through.”
Tagliani was able to gain back has lap but he was not able to pass cars in front of him with ease he had earlier in the race.
“It was tough at the end to make any passes,” he said. “It was much easier in the beginning to make those passes. We have to figure out how to fix this (electronics problem) so it doesn’t keep happening.”
Once that is done Tagliani said the team should be in much better shape.
“Having Honda engines back in the car was so good and we showed today, even with our technical problems, that we can compete and there is more to come.”