Alex Tagliani arrived for his Indianapolis 500 Media Day interview without any handlers or press agents. Dressed in jeans, with tattoos just peeking out below his shirt sleeves, the likeable, low-key Canadian settled into his seat.
Happily and earnestly, Tagliani answered questions from a small handful of reporters in what felt more like a casual conversation among friends. It was in stark contrast to the commotion one booth away, where a mass audience surrounded Danica Patrick -- television cameramen aggressively jockeying for position among a congested crowd of reporters competing for a chance to ask a question.
Patrick barely made the race - her starting spot was only assured with an hour left in qualifying - while Tagliani, driving for the under-budget, under-estimated Sam Schmidt Motorsports team, went out and won the pole position over the A-squad of favorites from the marquee Penske Racing, Target Ganassi operations and Patrick's Andretti Autosport team.
But what Tagli...