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Alex Tagliani to run Daytona road course Truck race

Alex Tagliani

BOWMANVILLE, ON - AUGUST 25: Alex Tagliani #51 of the CanTORQUE/Spectra Premium/Rona Toyota waves to the crowd during the driver’s parade prior to racing in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 Gander Nascar Outdoor Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on August 25, 2019 in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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Former IndyCar racer Alex Tagliani will drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Aug. 16 Truck race on the 3.57-mile Daytona road course, the team announced Sunday.

Tagliani has made five Truck starts. All five starts have been at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. He finished second in last year’s road course race there for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

“We finished second last year with the No. 51 Tundra at Mosport (CTMP) and now Kyle and everyone at KBM has provided me with an amazing opportunity to go to the road course at Daytona and try to finish one position better and add another banner to the rafters in their shop,” Tagliani said in a statement from the team.

“There are a lot of guys in the Truck Series that have been able to make a lot of laps around Mosport (CTMP) the last few years, which is a challenging road course, so the laps they’ve made there in practice and the race are going to pay dividends at a track like Daytona and it’s not going to be a walk in the park. I love the track and it’s going to be a good battle and exciting for the fans in attendance and watching on television.”

Tagliani will drive the No. 51 truck for KBM.

Tagliani ran in 131 CART races from 2000-07 and in 74 IndyCar races from 2008-16. He drove in the Rolex 24 in 2007 and 2014 at Daytona. He also has eight starts in the Xfinity Series, the last in 2016.