IndyCar veteran Alex Tagliani will drive a second entry being fielded by the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team at this year’s Indianapolis 500, the team has announced.

The Canadian had a poor 2013 campaign with the Bryan Herta Autosports team and stepped aside before the end of the season, and was seemingly off most teams’ radars for a full-time campaign for 2014 despite a one-off super-sub outing at Chip Ganassi Racing at the season finale in Fontana following Dario Franchitti’s career-ending accident at the previous round in Houston.

But his fortunes have now improved following this news, with the team confirming that he could expand his campaign to include other raises if he can raise additional sponsorship.

“It has always been our goal at SFHR to hire talent for credentials, and I am excited to have that opportunity again to include Tag in our Indianapolis 500 line-up, alongside Josef [Newgarden],” team co-owner Sarah Fisher said in a media release.

“We are looking forward to building on to this second entry even further during the second half of the season.”

Tagliani’s five previous Indianapolis 500 starts have yielded a best finish of tenth place in 2010.

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