Canadian Alex Tagliani, who joined wife Bronte in welcoming their first child April 16, has a special tribute to Eva-Rose on his helmet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“She’s beautiful and special. It definitely makes you realize and appreciate what it takes to raise a child,” said Tagliani, who turned his first laps May 12 on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in the No. 48 Alfe Heat Treating Special for AJ Foyt Racing.
“It’s the biggest accomplishment you can have in my thinking. The best description of fatherhood will never be the way it is until you live it.”
Tagliani, 41, will seek to make his seventh Indianapolis 500 Mile Race start May 24.
“My wife says you have to be in it to win it,” said Tagliani, the 2009 race Rookie of the Year who earned the pole for the 2011 race and has a best finish of 10th after starting fifth in 2010. “I was able to live all the emotions of qualifying and Bump Day and rookie of the year, and in 2011 I got the pole. It’s the elusive win that you’re searching for. Being here means all of that and I’m thankful to Alfe and for Larry (Foyt) and A.J. to have selected me and giving me the chance.”