Franchitti was injured in a last lap crash on Sunday in Race 2 of the Shell Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. He suffered a broken ankle, two fractured vertebrae, and a concussion.
"As a driver, you never want an opportunity like this to come under these circumstances, but I’m up for the challenge and looking forward to working with my friend Scott and the whole Target team," said Tagliani. "I’m thinking of Dario as everyone else is, and wishing him a quick recovery. This team has a championship on the line and I’m ready to step in a help them win it."
Tagliani will team with Scott Dixon, who takes a 25 point lead into the last race. Charlie Kimball will also be a teammate.
The Canadian will race for the 14th time this season after starting the first 13 races of the season in the No. 98 entry for Barracuda Racing. In 200 career open-wheel starts Tagliani has one win and 14 podium finishes.
“Obviously, the situation is not ideal with Dario being unable to compete in Fontana," team owner Chip Ganassi said. "As we look to the season finale we needed a driver with experience and the ability to step in and get the job done in the No. 10 car, and Alex was a logical choice for us.”
In four career starts at Auto Club Speedway Tagliani has scored three top-10 finishes.
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