Tagliani Joins RSR, Team Reveals Rolex 24 Lineup

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

RSR Racing announced Tuesday the fourth and final full-season driver for its two-car Prototype Challenge effort in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, while also confirming its complete lineup for the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Veteran open-wheel pilot Alex Tagliani will rejoin the Paul Gentilozzi-led squad, teaming with 2013 PC class runner-up Chris Cumming in the No. 09 entry, with Bruno Junqueira and Duncan Ende completing the season-long lineup in the No. 08 car.

The 40-year-old Canadian is no stranger to RSR or the Gentilozzi family, having driven for the Michigan-based team in CART/Champ Car from 2003-04.

Since then, Tagliani has gone onto further success in IndyCar, including scoring pole for the 2011 Indianapolis 500 and more recently competing in the Rolex Sports Car Series in an AIM Autosport Ferrari.

“I am excited to work with so many familiar faces like Jeff Lohman, Paul, Bruno, Conor, and John and to participate at the Daytona 24 hour race with a competitive team and line-up,” Tagliani said.

Completing the lineup in the No. 09 entry for Daytona will be Rusty Mitchell and Mazda Road to Indy graduate Conor Daly, who will be making his sports car racing debut.

“I’m very excited to be headed to Daytona for the first time,” Daly said. “It will be a whole new experience for me and I’m ready to work with the team to learn from the guys around me to get up to speed quickly.”

RSR’s No. 08 Oreca FLM09, meanwhile, will see David Heinemeier Hansson and Gustavo Menezes complete the driving duties for the season-opener, as well as for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races.

The team expands to a two-car operation for the first time this year following a pair of ALMS class victories for Junqueira and Ende in 2013.

6 Comments

  1. Jason

    January 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I thought LMPC could only have one pro driver even for the enduros?

    • Dan

      January 14, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      You’re technically allowed to have two Pro drivers as long as you have 2 Am drivers.

  2. NaBUru38

    January 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Tagliani and Junqueira should be driving in a P2 or GTLM. Still, the LMPC deal is obviously better than unemployment.

    • Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

      January 14, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      They “should” be but aren’t connected to any one manufacturer which is the main reason why they aren’t in LMP2 or DP. There number is likely too high for the teams that need fully professional drivers to be victorious, I am looking at you Michael Shank.

  3. Byron Gacitua

    January 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    David Heinemeier Hanson??? the creator of Ruby on Rails??

    • NaBUru38

      January 15, 2014 at 6:04 am

      Indeed! Driving an LMPC must be relaxing after programming for months.

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