Alex Tagliani excited to start new season in St. Petersburg

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Barracuda Racing's Alex Tagliani: "It's a fun place with a fantastic street course."

Alex Tagliani
I'm very excited to start the season. It's been a long winter but I've watched the Barracuda Racing team work hard on preparing a very competitive race car.

Alex Tagliani, Barracuda Racing
Alex Tagliani, Barracuda Racing

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This is my second year with the same group of people and stability is very important in this sport. You can only showcase your talent when you have a good crew and car behind you, and to get to that point there's a lot of work. The car gets developed and evolves based on driver input and what the engineer feels, so the type of relationship I have with my engineer Todd Malloy, is important. We're still going to be a one-car team but we have an advantage: I can look at my own data from last year and that will be very helpful.

We also have new livery this year. The No. 98 has already turned a lot of heads at the Barber test and we had some amazing comments. With an attractive, competitive race car, I think as a group, we feel that we can have a very good season.

St. Pete is a great place to start the year. It's a fun place with a fantastic street course. Hopefully the weather will cope with us and the fans should have a good time.

One other exciting part of this race weekend is that I'll be driving with the Wish For Our Heroes sticker on my helmet. Recently, I had the chance to meet Charlie Lemon, one of the guys who's protecting our country and a tremendous young person that required some help from the Wish For Our Heroes foundation. I decided to donate one of my helmets to raise money for what the foundation did for him and for others. I can't wait to see him again in pit lane and run a solid race in St. Pete.

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