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Alex Tagliani Crashes During Indy 500 Time Trials

A bad Month of May just got much worse for Alex Tagliani.

Tagliani, 42, was involved in a shunt off of Turn 4 during the final day of qualifying for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, hitting the attenuator at pit entrance and spinning multiple times before stalling on the frontstretch.

The Canadian was no worse for wear after the incident, and was quickly checked and released from the infield care center.

His No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Special Honda for A.J. Foyt Enterprises, however, was less fortunate. The machine sustained heavy damage in the incident, and will require extensive repairs from Tagliani’s A.J. Foyt Racing team.

The accident means that the 2011 Indy 500 pole sitter will start 33rd in the May 29 Indy 500.

May has proven to be a frustrating month for Foyt, and Tagliani in particular. Tagliani was the second slowest driver to complete a four-lap effort during Saturday’s time trials, with an average speed of 224.507mph.

Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato haven’t faired much better. All three teams have required significant changes and struggled to find speed. Sato led the organization with a 17th-place run on Saturday.

(Photo: Walter Kuhn/INDYCAR)
(Photo: Walter Kuhn/INDYCAR)

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A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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Bucky Jones

I am glad I reserved the right to tell you, “I told you so”, because …I told you so! :D Tethers & wing flaps are no brainers! Glad to see Indycar is listening to me [as I have been recommending both of these for several years]. Btw, I also reserved the right to tell you “I told you so” regarding the eventual evolution to full canopies in Indycar & F1! …wait for it :-P~


My hope for a 32 car field remains alive. That Foyt owned crap wagon may not be repairable. Sure Hinch is a great story but Indy Car is a joke. Plus, Cheever and Goodyear make the Waltrips sound good!

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