Bryan Herta Autosport Signs Alex Tagliani As Driver To Lotus Partner Effort
Bryan Herta Autosport brings on Alex Tagliani (Tags) to test and drive the Lotus-powered, Bowen & Bowers Motorsports packaged, Dallara DW12 for the IZOD IndyCar Series for the 2012 season. The timing on this union will lend experience, technical ability, and overall proficiency in the race car during the Lotus engine on-track testing program.
The 2012 Lotus-powered package is scheduled to commence the on-track engine development Jan. 13-14 at Palm Beach International Raceway. It is assumed Bryan Herta Autosport and "Tags" will join HVM Racing and Simona de Silvestro in the two day test.
HVM manager Vince Kremer told IndyCar.com that his one-car team is working with other Lotus connected squads, Dreyer & Reinbold and Bryan Herta Autosport, in an effort to make up the ground lost by the lack of track time. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing owners Dennis Reinbold and Robbie Buhl have not issued any statements as it relates to their direct involvement on the engine development tests to date. If Dreyer & Reinbold Racing participates at Palm Beach, Justin Wilson's "hands on" driver/engineer expertise would certainly be a welcomed add to the mix.
"[The testing schedule] is quite ambitious, and that's just the on-track," HVM's Vince Kremer said. "We haven't talked about any off-track testing, seven-post shaker rig testing or twisting the chassis. The good thing is we're working as a cooperative group with Dreyer & Reinbold and Bryan Herta [Autosport], and we seem to be working quite well together.
"Palm Beach will be more of an engine shakedown test. We're not really concerned about how many miles we run. Sebring will be getting more into developing the engine on the track."
The Lotus-powered partner teams will join Chevrolet and Honda engine aligned teams Jan. 16 in the IZOD IndyCar joint manufacturer 2012 pre-season testing at Sebring International.
(ht: Bryan Herta Autosport, indycar.com, Racer.com)
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