Tagliani receives a Hot Wheels look

By indycar.com staff

TORONTO — Alex Tagliani vividly remembers racing his Hot Wheels cars, seeking which would take the checkered flag in the “Tour de Tagliani,” as a youngster in his hometown of Lachenaie, Quebec.

This weekend, in the Honda Indy Toronto, he’ll drive an IZOD IndyCar Series car customized in Hot Wheels style. The No. 77 FAZZT Race Team entry was unveiled July 14 at Yonge-Dundas Square. He’ll also have the livery during the Honda Indy Edmonton on July 23-25.

“Decades later, it’s a huge honor to have my very own life-size Hot Wheels race car,” said Tagliani, who raced Hot Wheels RC cars at the unveil against Adam Simpson, who was celebrating his fifth birthday. “I am looking forward to getting on the racetrack and crossing the finish line in my awesome Hot Wheels ride in front of my fellow Canadians.”

Tagliani’s car, firesuit and his pit crew’s uniforms were designed by the Hot Wheels creative team.

“Hot Wheels is about providing thrilling vehicle experiences to boys of all ages who are looking to fuel their passion for speed, power and performance,” said Melissa Chau, Hot Wheels assistant brand manager for Mattel Canada. “We are so excited to see this vision brought to life through our partnership with the FAZZT Race Team and Canada’s very own Alex Tagliani.

“We are thrilled to expand our presence on the track with this one-of-a kind race car look that only Hot Wheels can provide.”

A 1:64 scale replica version of this limited edition car will be available for fans to purchase in 2011.

source http://www.indycar.com

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