Alex Tagliani man on a mission Three EpiPens lay spread out on his tray table, along with a translation app.
Canadian race car driver Alex Tagliani, who has a severe nut allergy, was on a plane departing China earlier this month. He was taking all his usual precautions, as well as an extra one this time around with the app, which a friend had recommended he use. translate that I going to die if I eat peanuts, almonds, pine nuts, Tagliani, 43, said. not even an hour into the flight and the (attendant) serves me almonds in a pot. I like, my god. For the first time in my whole life, I realize the difficulty of having an allergy with a problem of communication. food hurdles were everywhere throughout the Lachenaie, Que., native sojourn to Asia for the inaugural Le Mans Prototype 3 series race. With peanut oil being commonly used in food dishes in that part of the world and a complete death trap for Tagliani he said he was required to improvise by sneaking into the kitchen of his hotel and grabbing some white rice from the fridge, a thief. the zig zag and all the spinning that I had to do was unbelievable, he said. only place where I burberry brit dress felt safe was behind the wheel of a race car. Can you imagine? How crazy is that? I just happy to be alive, let put it this way. China trip was the latest in a lifetime of learning experiences for Tagliani, who was born with severe food allergies and spreads awareness on the topic via his racing partnership with EpiPen. Tagliani rather literal vehicle for promoting awareness arrived in Toronto earlier this week ahead of Saturday NASCAR Pinty Series Grand Prix of Toronto, part of the Honda Indy Toronto various race offerings. Tagliani, who won his two seater debut on the downtown street course last July after years racing in Toronto on the open wheel circuits, will aim for similar success and comes in with reasonable momentum, having scored three top 10s and one podium finish through the Canadian series opening four races of the season. But while closing out the week with a win would be the on the sundae for the 2009 Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year and 2011 Indy 500 pole winner, Tagliani is equally driven by the desire to spread awareness about severe food allergies. Earlier this week, he launched a contest, in partnership with EpiPen and Food Allergy Canada, called Summer of TAG: Drive the Discussion, with the aim of getting people dealing with allergies, as well as their friends and families, to ramp up the discussion online. Participants are asked to submit their favourite food allergy tips. follows my mission that I been having since I started this program in racing, said Tagliani, who formed the partnership with EpiPen in 2013. have the burberry outlet store prices stage to be able to talk discount burberry coats about my experiences, my allergy, the way I try to manage them. This (contest) is to allow other people also to share it. We all a big community that are in this situation. veteran driver is no stranger to the business side of the sport. It can be a grind for drivers who promote their sponsors around the clock, virtually year round. That why Tagliani feels as though he hit the lottery in terms of being able to promote something he is passionate about, which in turn has allowed him to continue to race. could still be a race car driver and have 75 sponsors names on your car, but this one makes a lot of sense to me and it a really good fit, he said. is searching for a sponsor. (but) it not every day that you can find such a good fit. Basically, it kind of a Disney story, because you still have your sponsor, you still have your commitment, but at the same time you participating and you contributing to a good cause burberry sale womens clothing and to do something that you care about and something that you know, because obviously it something that you live and you part of. being so involved keeps Tagliani on his toes, as experienced on that recent flight. the end of the day, when people understand how severe your reaction is and your allergy is, I think you can see in their face that they have to take care of you, he said. flight attendant, trust me, I didn see in her face that she knew what food allergy was all about. NO GUARANTEE Tagliani is seemingly well poised to defend his crown in Toronto this weekend. But the veteran driver is also well aware of the trap that is overconfidence. no guarantee in racing, said the 43 year old from Quebec, who drives the No. 18 Dodge in the NASCAR Pinty Series, part of the Honda Indy Toronto schedule. was on the pole last weekend (in Marabel, Que.), led 61 laps out of 75 and had a dominant car all race long and I got taken out on one re start.
that in mind, Tagliani, who finished his 2016 season in second place in the championship standings and currently sits sixth, is keeping an even keel as he goes looking for his first victory of the season on the same street course that was so kind to him last July. just hate to bring my hopes up and to think that we definitely have a car that is running in the top three every weekend and we have a good shot at it, because then I be even more disappointed if something like last weekend happens, he said. we super excited to be here.
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