Tagliani Added To Canadian Motorsport Hall

(TORONTO, ON) – Four accomplished Canadians will be honoured during the 21st Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s Induction Ceremonies at the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto on October 17.

The 2015 Canadian inductees are John Chisholm, Ralph Luciw, Alex Tagliani, and Don Thomson Jr. They will join International Category inductee Sir Jackie Stewart on centre stage.

Alex Tagliani is the 2009 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and the first Canadian to start on the Indy 500 pole, in 2011.

Tag, of Lachenaie, QC, near Montreal, was selected to be part of the Player’s Canadian driver development program and joined its Formula Atlantic team in 1997. He moved up to Champ Car in 2000 and has made 203 career Indy car starts, most recently in the 99th Indianapolis 500 in May for AJ Foyt Racing.

His lone Indy car win came at Road America in 2004. He has also driven sports cars, V8 Supercars and multiple NASCAR events.

“Definitely an honour,” Tagliani said of the pending induction. “Need to get my wedding suit out of the closet for that one.”

Other inductees are Riverside Speedway (Nova Scotia) founder John Chisholm, car builder Ralph Luciw, and seven-time Canadian stock car champion Don Thomson Jr.

The Class of 2015 will enter the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in an October ceremony immediately followed by a reception where the 2015 inductees, Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame members, fans, and celebrity guests will mingle.

This year’s International Inductee, announced in June, three-times Formula One World Champion Jackie Stewart, will also attend.


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