2011 Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Alex Tagliani has been officially confirmed to pilot Bryan Herta Autosport's IZOD IndyCar Series entry this season.
"I'm really happy to drive for BHA," said Tagliani. "Having known Bryan for a long time, I recognize that he's a nice guy with genuine integrity. I believe that he and Steve Newey deserve to own a great IndyCar team, and I'm honored to be part of the building of BHA's 2012 program. It's also a great honor for me to represent the Lotus brand as a factory partner. Lotus has so much history in the world of motorsports. As a team, we have a lot of work in front of us and while challenging, it will be fun to be at the core of both engine and team development. BHA has a great group of people and I'm looking forward to working with them."
Todd Malloy, a member of the Bryan Herta Autosport/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Indianapolis 500 winning engineering crew, will lead Tagliani's engineering department.
“We are very proud to have Alex Tagliani join our team for our first full season of Indycar competition. He brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the program, and is the perfect fit for us and our sponsor partners,” said Herta. “Together with Todd Malloy and Brian Page in engineering, and the Don Lambert led crew, Alex has the full support of a very talented group of professionals behind him.”
According to the BHA release a sponsorship announcement is expected Thursday.