Tagliani joins Bryan Herta Autosport for 2012 season

1/9/2012 9:39:25 AM

The 39-year-old Tagliani has competed in IndyCar since 2008. Last year, he claimed his first pole in the series, which came in the centennial anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. Tagliani also won the pole at Texas, a race that followed the Indy 500. His career-best finish in IndyCar so far is fourth, which came three times, most recently in September at Motegi, Japan.

"We are very proud to have Alex Tagliani join our team for our first full season of IndyCar competition," team co-owner Bryan Herta said in a statement. "He brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the program and is the perfect fit for us and our sponsor partners.

"Together with Todd Malloy and Brian Page in engineering, and the Don Lambert led crew, Alex has the full support of a very talented group of professionals behind him."

BHA made its series debut in the 2010 Indy 500 and then won last year's race at Indianapolis with Dan Wheldon driving the team's No.98 car. After forming a joint venture with Bowen and Bowers Motorsports this past week, BHA plans to run a full-time schedule for the upcoming IndyCar season.

"I'm really happy to drive for BHA," Tagliani said. "Having known Bryan for a long time, I recognize that he's a nice guy with genuine integrity. I believe that he and [team co-owner] Steve Newey deserve to own a great IndyCar team, and I'm honored to be part of the building of BHA's 2012 program."

Tagliani finished 15th in points last season. He missed the October 2 race at Kentucky when Wheldon took his place in Sam Schmidt Motorsports' No.77 car. Tagliani drove BHA's No.98 car in the October 16 season-finale at Las Vegas, a race that was called off after a 15-car crash in the early going claimed the life of Wheldon.

BHA is expected to announce sponsorship for Tagliani's team later this week. The 2012 IndyCar season begins March 25 at St. Petersburg, FL.