Target Chip Ganassi Racing signs the French-Canadian as the substitute driver for the inured Dario Franchitti in the IndyCar season finale
Rumors are circulating that Alex Tagliani has been asked to step down to allow the Bryan Herta/Steve Newey owned team look at two drivers in the #98 entry for the rest of the season.
Alex Tagliani started the 85-lap competition in ninth place in front of his "home" crowd.
After a hard crash during qualifying on Saturday afternoon, Tagliani was cleared to drive and the No. 98 car was ready to go less than 20 hours later.
A climbing gearbox temperature ultimately ended Alex Tagliani's day for good on lap 156.
The Firestone 550 weekend was the sixth of a consecutive eight weekends on track for Tagliani and the rest of the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Dario Franchitti won the pole, but will start 11th for the first of two races in Detroit. E.J.Viso to take over the point.
Tagliani started the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile race in P11 and managed to advance four positions in only the first 10 laps.
Alex Tagliani: ""We've done everything we can this month to put ourselves in a position to win."
Charlie Kimball made contact with Alex Tagliani's car, causing damage to the front and rear wings
Team owner Bryan Herta: "It's a shame we got hit early and had some damage."
Alex Tagliani and rookie Tristan Vautier led a strong Honda-powered field in Friday practice at Barber Motorsports Park
The IZOD IndyCar racers are at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama and today was practice as they fine-tuned their racing machines prior to qualifying tomorrow.