TORONTO – Alex Tagliani, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 polesitter, will compete full-time in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in 2014 in the No. 18 Team EpiPen Dodge.
“Pfizer is pleased to be entering the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series as Alex Tagliani’s title sponsor,” said Allen Van Der Wee, General Manager, Global Established Products Business Unit at Pfizer Canada Inc, the makers of EpiPen. “We are looking forward to partnering with Alex for a second year to raise awareness for food allergies and anaphylaxis management.”
Tagliani unveiled the car that he will drive next season in Canada’s premier stock‐car series today at the eighth annual Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto
Tagliani also announced the second year of the Summer of TAG (Treating Allergies with Genuine care), which will support his charity of choice, Anaphylaxis Canada, in their efforts to engage Canadians in a conversation about effective management of food allergies and what to do in the event of a reaction.
“As someone with a severe allergy to peanuts and tree nuts, I am extremely happy to once again be teaming up with Pfizer Canada and Anaphylaxis Canada to raise awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis,” said Tagliani, who has one Canadian Tire Series victory on his resume. “I’m looking forward to an exciting summer of racing with the NASCAR Canadian Tire series and meeting fans right across Canada.”
With the goal of getting school children actively involved with Team EpiPen, Tagliani’s school visits will coincide with the launch of a Race Car Design Contest and a second edition of the Helmet Design contest. These two initiatives will give students the opportunity to see their allergy awareness message and design appear on the Canadian driver’s car and helmet. The helmet with the winning design will be auctioned off at the end of the season to raise funds for Anaphylaxis Canada.
Tagliani most recently competed in the IndyCar Series, driving for Barracuda Racing in 13 events last season before being released by the team. He raced in the IndyCar season finale at California’s Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 19, 2013 in place of injured driver Dario Franchitti. His best career finish in IndyCar competition was fourth on three occasions.