Race Ends Early for Team Barracuda – BHAPress Release
Newton, IA – June 24, 2012 – After a chaotic start to the Iowa Corn Indy 250 on Saturday, a mechanical issue ended the day early for Tagliani and his Team Barracuda – BHA crew in P16.
Throughout the day, rain cycled through the area and threatened to delay the race. After only a brief holding pattern, the No. 98 started the race in P9. Cold tires caused Tagliani to spin before the green flag dropped, he rejoined the pack two laps down.
The Canadian driver battled forward and gained position after position. At lap 65, Tagliani was running at a pace one full second faster than the race leaders. As the competition went on, he ran as high as P3 before having to pit. A mechanical issue on lap 207 brought the race to an end for Team Barracuda – BHA.
“I think we had a car that could win tonight,” said Tagliani. “I feel bad for making that mistake and I’m just disappointed. Even though we didn’t collect the trophy tonight, I know our car was the class of the field, and I hope this opportunity will happen again. We’re just running really well and I can’t wait to go to Toronto.”
Team owner Bryan Herta added, “Alex really drove a tremendous race. It’s a shame that we had the issue on the pace lap with the cold tires but the fact remains that Alex continues to do a great job in the car. I’m more confident now than I was even before this weekend that we’re on the right path and we’re going to get that Barracuda Networks car in Victory Circle before the end of the year.”
In two weeks, the IZOD IndyCar Series heads north for the Canadian races, starting with the Honda Indy Toronto, where Tagliani aims to put on a good show for his “home” crowd. The 85-lap race will take place on Sunday, July 9 with pre-race activities starting at 12 p.m. ET and an estimated green flag drop at 1 p.m. The Honda Indy Toronto will be broadcast live on ABC.
About Bryan Herta Autosport
Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta and noted race engineer and team manager Steve Newey, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Firestone Indy Lights competition since 2009 and recently won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second IZOD IndyCar Series start. The Indianapolis, Ind.-based squad made its IndyCar debut in 2010 contesting the Indianapolis 500. New for 2012, BHA has formed a joint venture with Bowen and Bowers Motorsports, Inc. (BBM) to field a full time entry in the IZOD Indycar Series for Canadian driver Alex Tagliani. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Bowen and Bowers Motorsports, Inc. is the coming together of leading sports and entertainment property development professionals, Chris Bowers and David Bowen, along with the financial management experience of Trapeze Asset Management Inc. For more information, please visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.
About Barracuda Networks Inc.
Barracuda Networks combines premises-based gateways and software, virtual appliances, cloud services, and sophisticated remote support to deliver comprehensive content and network security, data protection and application delivery solutions. The company’s expansive product portfolio includes offerings for protection against email and Web threats as well as products that improve application delivery and network access, message archiving, backup and data protection. Coca-Cola, FedEx, Harvard University, IBM, L’Oreal, and Europcar are among the more than 150,000 organizations protecting their IT infrastructures with Barracuda Networks’ range of affordable, easy-to-deploy and manage solutions. Barracuda Networks is privately held with its International Headquarters in Campbell, Calif. For more information, please visit www.barracudanetworks.com.
Source: Team Barracuda – BHA/Bryan Herta Autosport, Press Release
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