Tagliani and BHA finally moving toward the front

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“He’s at the top of his game right now,” Herta said. “Out of the car, he’s done everything I thought he would for the program. But in the car, he’s driving at a very high level and really exceeding expectations.”

So what’s changed? Maybe it was feeling like he had something to prove after the terrible start to the season.

“I think a lot of it has to do with some of the adversity we’ve had this year,” Herta said. “If there was a black mark on Alex it was that sometimes he hadn’t shown that he could overcome adversity. But we’ve had all kinds of adversity and Alex has kept his head down and performed. To me, that’s where he has really come complete. That’s what Dario (Franchitti) does, that’s what Will Power does.”

Although BHA won the Indianapolis 500 last year, with the late Dan Wheldon in the team’s second ever IndyCar race, everybody had realistic expectations for this first full season. Now, this current upward trend has Herta believing the team can challenge for a win in one of the remaining four races.

Tagliani believes the team has gotten there through hard work, determination and a strong group that Herta has assembled.

“If you look at the well-established teams like Penske and Ganassi and Andretti and what they are trying to do with personnel, they try to keep some stability because they know chemistry is 90 percent of the success,” Tagliani said. “But you can have the best driver and best engineer, and the combination doesn’t work together.

“That’s why chemistry ends up playing a really big role. We have gelled. It feels like we’ve been working together for years. I would not be surprised if we can continue to do what we are doing at the moment.”

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