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Alex Tagliani Thrilling Fans, Ready to Lead Field to Green

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TORONTO, Ontario — Alex Tagliani has been successful in the streets of Toronto previously, so it marks no surprise that he will lead the field to green for Saturday’s Pinty’s Grand Prix.

The driver of the No. 18 Chevrolet laid down a lap of one minute and 15.918 seconds to take the pole for the event ahead of his 22 Racing teammate Marc-Antoine Camirand. Gary Klutt will start third, followed by L.P. Dumoulin and Anthony Simone.

While he’s performing well on-track, though, he’s also keeping the fans entertained off the track.

“It’s a big event with the sponsors that we have; they like to be here,” he said on Friday. “The fans, with some research, seem to love a lot of activations and when we come here, it’s a big deal. So we have a giveaway from Craftsman Tools over the weekend with challenges that they will be able to take part of. So, it’s a big weekend and it’s important for us to be here.”

As fans fill out ballots to enter the draw to win a NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series race experience, they will get the chance to try their hand at being a tire changer, or shooting a ball with a leaf blower. The idea came about courtesy of Tagliani himself. 

“I have a leaf blower at home and I mess around with because I have a four-year-old, and I try to be a cool dad,” he commented. “I came up with something that shoots. Now we’ve brought it here in the paddock so hopefully we don’t kill nobody.



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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.