Conquest Racing has confirmed that Alex Tagliani will drive the #34 entry in the Indianapolis 500 later this month.
The Canadian will be making his first appearance in the event and will take part in the rookie orientation tests at the Brickyard this week.
Having finally been confirmed in a seat for the event, Tagliani admitted that the chance to compete at Indianapolis would be the realisation of a dream and said he couldn't wait to turn his first laps at the biggest arena on the American open-wheel scene.
“It's every drivers dream to be at the Indianapolis 500,” he said. “As a kid I never thought I would make it here and even later on in my career because of the split, so it has always remained a dream of mine. It's the one race that has always sat atop my list.
“Finally, more than nine years after my first start in a major open-wheel series race, I will get to experience all that surrounds the famous 'Month of May', and get to experience it during the kick off of the Centennial Era Celebrations, which makes it even more memorable. I know that the first few laps around the track tomorrow will be quite special and I'm super excited and really looking forward to it.
“I'll be sporting my rookie status with pride this month. No matter how much experience you have behind the wheel, when you race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time I think it's easy to feel like a rookie. It's such a unique track, there's nothing else like it.”
Tagliani joins Paul Tracy in representing Canada in the race this season.