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Barracuda Racing Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Alex Tagliani, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Barracuda Racing Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Monica Hilton
Bryan Herta Autosport
April 17, 2013

Fast Facts

Driver: Alex Tagliani
Car: No. 98 Barracuda Racing
Primary sponsor: Barracuda Networks
Event title: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Location: Streets of Long Beach, California
Track: 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street circuit
2013 event counter: The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is the 3rd race (of 19) for the IZOD IndyCar Series

Alex Tagliani will be available for interviews on Thursday, April 18 from 12-2 p.m. at the Tecate Lite Tent at Lagoon Park.

Practice sessions: Friday, April 19 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. PST and 2:30-3:15 p.m.; Saturday, April 20 from 10:40-11:25 a.m.
Qualifying: Saturday, April 20 from 2-3:10 p.m. PST
Race: Sunday, April 21 – Pre-race activities starting at 1 p.m. PST with an estimated green flag at 1:45 p.m. (80 laps)

Broadcast Information

TV race broadcast (USA): NBC Sports Network
TV race broadcast (Canada): TVA Sports & SportsNet
Race broadcast (radio): IMS Radio Network, XM 211 and Sirius 211

Driver Quote: Alex Tagliani
I’m really looking forward to the Long Beach race because it’s going to be a very important test for the Barracuda Racing team. Getting familiar with the new Firestone street course tires was a challenge for us in St. Pete as we worked to get a hold on the setup and grip to be competitive, so getting back on those tires in Long Beach is going to be a way for us to evaluate where we are.

We’re accustomed to achieving very promising results in qualifying from our 2012 season, where we were really good in street and road courses. The Barracuda Racing team has been working really hard on things that are going to make us competitive and able to run up front for the 2013 season, and I’m confident we’ll get there.

There are some familiar faces and friends that we’re also looking forward to seeing in Long Beach. We’ll catch up with our buddy Daniel Goddard from The Young & The Restless. Also, Bronte is a big fan of the Twilight movie and we found out that Jackson Radbone – he plays Jasper in the movies – is racing in the Pro Celebrity race so we’re planning on saying hello and giving him some tips. It should be a great weekend on the streets of Long Beach.

Social Media


Barracuda Racing: @BHA

Alex Tagliani: @tagliani

Barracuda Networks: @barracuda

Bowers & Wilkins: @Bowers_Wilkins

Barracuda Racing: facebook.com/BryanHertaAutosport

Alex Tagliani: facebook.com/ATagliani

Fan Opportunities

Barracuda Racing presents The INDYCAR Tweetup on Saturday, April 20 from 12:30-1:15 p.m. PST on the IndyCar Fan Village Main Stage.
IZOD IndyCar Series autograph session with Alex Tagliani: Friday, April 19 from 4-5 p.m. PST in the IZOD IndyCar Paddock.

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