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Tagliani Returns to RSR for VIR

Alex Tagliani returns to RSR Racing for Oak Tree Grand Prix…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

Alex Tagliani will return to the wheel of RSR Racing’s Oreca FLM09 this weekend at Virginia International Raceway for the Oak Tree Grand Prix.

Team owner Paul Gentilozzi confirmed to Sportscar365 Monday that the Quebec native will again team with Chris Cumming in the No. 08 Prototype Challenge entry after missing the last two TUDOR United SportsCar Championship rounds.

Tagliani was forced out of last month’s Brickyard Grand Prix after being suspended by IMSA for one race due to an on-track accident in practice at Watkins Glen.

While Cumming and IndyCar rising star Jack Hawksworth went on to claim class victory at Indianapolis, Hawksworth also subbed for the Canadian driver at Road America due to his commitments in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Trios-Riveries that weekend.

With IndyCar running at Sonoma Raceway this weekend, Gentilozzi confirmed at Road America that Hawksworth will be in the No. 08 car for the final two TUDOR Championship races at Circuit of The Americas and Road Atlanta, meaning VIR could be Tagliani’s final race with RSR this season.

This weekend’s event, meanwhile, will mark the second and final standalone PC round of the year, which will see the spec prototypes paired with IMSA Prototype Lites cars for two 45-minute sprint races.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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