– Mouser Electronics, Inc., a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, has announced it will sponsor Alex Tagliani in the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. Tagliani is the first Canadian driver to win the Indy 500 pole. For the latest information on Tagliani and the race, visit http://www.mouser.com/indy. Tagliani qualified with a time of 227.472mph. “We’re trying to really bring it and to win the race,” said Tagliani. “Hopefully there’s many more results like this to come.”

“We are very pleased and excited to be sponsoring this talented driver,” says Mouser President and CEO Glenn Smith, whose personal hobby is auto racing. “At Mouser we work hard to deliver a speed-to-market advantage for our design engineers. Our partnership with Sam Schmidt Motorsports embodies that same commitment to performance.”

Mouser’s sponsorship of Alex Tagliani parallels the company’s global efforts in accelerating distribution of the world’s most technologically-advanced semiconductors and components for electronic design engineers. Mouser currently has 17 global customer service centers in North America, Europe and Asia.

The Indy 500 race will occur May 29. Indy marks the sixth pole in Tagliani’s career with the most recent in 2003 at Montreal. His last victory came in 2004 at Road America. Tagliani formed FAZZT Racing last year and completed the season as owner-driver.

Co-sponsoring Tagliani is Mouser Electronics’ parent company: TTI Inc and suppliers 3M, ebm-papst, Hammond Manufacturing, Littelfuse, Murata, and Omron Electronic Components. Mouser was also sponsoring Dragon Racing’s Ho-Pin Tung in his attempt to become the first Chinese driver to qualify for the Indy 500 in its 100-year history. Unfortunately, Tung is out of the Indy 500 after sustaining a concussion during a crash on the third lap of his qualification run. Doctors said Tung would be okay but would not release him to make another attempt to qualify.

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