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Another Top Ten Finish for Tagliani in Mid-Ohio

Lexington, OH – August 5, 2012 – Alex Tagliani and his Barracuda Racing crew capped off the Mid-Ohio IndyCar race weekend with a solid tenth place finish on Sunday afternoon.


The team completed an impressive qualifying run the day before, earning their fourth consecutive Firestone Fast Six when Tagliani qualified fourth. A ten-spot grid penalty for an engine change put the Barracuda Networks car in P14 on the starting grid.


Race day started with inclement weather, making the morning warmup chaotic, but the track remained dry throughout all 85 laps of the Honda Indy 200 of Mid-Ohio.


Tagliani picked up three positions early in the race, but was then forced to change to a three-stop strategy due to a graining left front tire. The Canadian driver continued to push forward, running as high as P5 at one point and pacing the leaders through much of the second stint.


When the checkered flag fell, Tagliani had achieved his sixth top-ten finish of the season and picked up some points toward the championship standing.


"I'm proud of the Barracuda Racing crew for a top ten finish," said Tagliani. "We had a great qualifying run and obviously the ten-spot grid penalty hurt us, but from the point that we decided to do a three-stop strategy, we were committed to a top ten finish and we did that. It's not exactly where we wanted to finish but once again, we showed great speed, had great qualifying and we have good pit selection for Sonoma. I'm really looking forward to the next race – it's kind of the Barracuda Networks 'home' race, so I'm looking forward to seeing that whole group and having some fun."


Team owner Bryan Herta added, "It's great to get another top ten finish and keep building momentum with the Barracuda Racing car. We tried to switch strategies during the race because it was so tough to pass and Alex drove a great race trying to execute the strategy. We were hoping to catch a yellow to put us back in top five contention, but it didn't quite work that way."


In two weeks, the IZOD IndyCar Series heads west for the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday, August 26. The 75-lap competition is will be aired live on NBC Sports Network, with pre-race activities beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET and an estimated green flag drop at 4:47 p.m. Fans can also listen to the live radio broadcast on IMS Radio Network and Sirius Satellite (XM 94 and Sirius 212).


About Bryan Herta Autosport 
Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta and noted race engineer and team manager Steve Newey, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Firestone Indy Lights competition since 2009 and recently won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second IZOD IndyCar Series start. The Indianapolis, Ind.-based squad made its IndyCar debut in 2010 contesting the Indianapolis 500. New for 2012, BHA has formed a joint venture with Bowen and Bowers Motorsports, Inc. (BBM) to field a full time entry in the IZOD Indycar Series for Canadian driver Alex Tagliani.  Based in Toronto, Ontario, Bowen and Bowers Motorsports, Inc. is the coming together of leading sports and entertainment property development professionals, Chris Bowers and David Bowen, along with the financial management experience of Trapeze Asset Management Inc. For more information, please visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.

About Barracuda Networks Inc. 
Barracuda Networks combines premises-based gateways and software, virtual appliances, cloud services, and sophisticated remote support to deliver comprehensive content and network security, data protection and application delivery solutions. The company's expansive product portfolio includes offerings for protection against email and Web threats as well as products that improve application delivery and network access, message archiving, backup and data protection. Coca-Cola, FedEx, Harvard University, IBM, L'Oreal, and Europcar are among the more than 150,000 organizations protecting their IT infrastructures with Barracuda Networks' range of affordable, easy-to-deploy and manage solutions. Barracuda Networks is privately held with its International Headquarters in Campbell, Calif. For more information, please visit www.barracudanetworks.com.

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